Development Opportunities

DRI Business Assistance Fund

The funds in the Business Assistance Fund (BAF) originated from the one-time Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) infusion, provided on behalf of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) of New York State.

The Business Assistance Fund (BAF) will provide funding to strengthen and make necessary improvements for downtown businesses and buildings within the target area. It will provide support for businesses by assisting them in making key investments in their properties including interior and exterior renovations or improvements, and capital purchases, such as machinery, furniture, or fixtures.

The fund has been developed to provide resources to stimulate investment and economic development through projects that align with the greater DRI vision for Rome to be a welcoming and walkable destination activated by arts, culture and entrepreneurship. Projects should not only benefit the applying business but impact the Downtown as a whole.

Interested parties who wish to apply can find the application, FAQs, scoring sheet and program guidelines below under “Documents for Download”.

All applications must be submitted by February 15th at 4:30 p.m.

There will be informational sessions open to the public throughout the month of January, please see the schedule below:

January 7th: 6 p.m.
January 10th: Noon
January 17th: 6 p.m.
January 24th: Noon

All informational sessions will be held at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. Rome, NY in the Council Chambers on the second floor.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Makenzi Enos, by email at, or by phone at (315) 339-7608.

Documents for Download:

DRI Business Assistance Fund Press Release
Business Assistance Fund Application
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Guidelines
Scoring Sheet
Rome DRI Plan


Business Assistance Fund Contractor RFQL

On behalf of the prospective Business Assistance Fund applicants, the City of Rome is looking to engage qualified general contractors and suppliers to provide various services for rehabilitation, renovations, and equipment/business supplies within the program target area.

This solicitation is designed to enable the City of Rome to develop a list of qualified contractors and make it available to building and business owners. All Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) are encouraged to submit.

Responses must be received and time stamped no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019.

Documents for Download:

RFQL Press Release
Business Assistance Fund Contractor RFQL

City Development Opportunities Contact Information:

Matthew J Andrews
Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development
(315) 339-7628
Email: Matt Andrews