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Plan Then Act!

The NYF program employs an innovative “plan-then-act” strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation. Communities are paired with a consultant team and a project manager from the DOS who will guide them through a targeted, community-based planning process focused on the development of a Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The SIP will build upon the community's NYF application, including the preliminary community vision for revitalization and the proposed project list. The planning process will refine the vision, develop actionable goals and strategies, and identify a suite of complementary and transformative projects to help the community achieve its vision for downtown revitalization.

Public Engagement
Transparent, open, and ongoing public engagement is a critical component of the NYF planning process. Public engagement will occur throughout the entire NYF planning process to ensure that the community is informed and empowered to contribute ideas, identify challenges and opportunities, provide feedback on potential projects, and help to shape the future of downtown. Notices of public meetings, events, and other opportunities to be involved in the process will be posted on this website and publicized through the Village’s resources and various media channels. All are encouraged to check back regularly for updates on the process as it progresses.

Development of a Community Vision, Goals, and Revitalization Strategies
It is important for visions and goals to be set in preparation for the revitalization of the area. These will be a used as a baseline for the project but will be revised as seen fit throughout the process. Below is the vision statement that was submitted with the Kinderhook's original NY Forward application:



The Village of Cambridge aspires to be a thriving, people-centered, walkable Main Street community in rural Washington County. Resilient, adaptable and dynamic, this small urbanized community will continue to be a center of economic, social and cultural activity for the region—an incubator for entrepreneurs, artists and agriculturalists.  The Village will offer an excellent quality of life, celebrate its history and connections to the natural environment and serve as an active space where diverse people of all ages and abilities live, work, innovate, play and explore and connect. 

The Owlkill Commons is in the geographic heart of the Village and is poised to advance the Village’s vision through revitalization. It is a neighborhood filled with rich history and an abundance of natural, architectural and community resources.  It serves as an incubator of ideas and entrepreneurship and an important place for commerce, convening and residing. 



  • Secure and advance the Village’s role as an incubator for entrepreneurs and artists;

  • Foster a recreational economy with connections to our Main Street Economy;

  • Expand housing and commercial options to attract residents and visitors;

  • Improve quality of life.

Identification and Development of Priority Projects

Projects will be identified through a variety of means during the NYF process, such as through an open call for projects, which will be announced and publicized during the process. Projects identified and submitted during this process should be oriented toward achieving the community’s vision and goals for the future. The LPC, along with state and local partners and consultants, will work to develop and refine these proposed projects, with the goal of prioritizing investments toward key projects that can have positive catalytic and transformative impacts on the community.

NYF Strategic Investment Plan

The goals of the NYF programs should be reflected in the SIP developed for each community and the projects identified in each plan. The SIPs, which will be prepared by the consultant teams, are a compilation of the required deliverables described throughout this guidebook. Each SIP will describe the unique challenges and opportunities for revitalization of the NYF area, present the community’s vision for the future of the area, and propose transformative projects that may be realized with an investment of NYF funds. 


Projects from the NYF Strategic Investment Plan will be selected for funding, and the Governor will make an announcement regarding funded projects. State staff will work with project sponsors to execute project agreements and manage contracts to project completion.

Planning Process Timeline

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