The New York State Urban Council is a statewide not-for-profit organization created to facilitate and encourage the revitalization and development of central business districts in cities, towns and villages across New York State. With assistance from the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York State Urban Council was created in 1991 as a unique forum for downtown practitioners and economic development professionals. Today, our membership has grown into an organization of more than 400 members, representing those who are directly involved in the revitalization of communities and downtowns throughout the state.
A vital component in the NYS Urban Council’s efforts is its Board of Directors, which represents some of the best economic development and revitalization talent in the state. The Board members volunteer their time to advise the staff on the formulation of the NYS Urban Council programs and to assist staff in meeting requests for community assistance. No other statewide organization can offer communities this link to such a broad pool of economic development and downtown revitalization expertise.