When Kingston won a first-place award in the second round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), it formed a DRI local committee to determine how the money would be spent. Participating communities are awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization. 19 people were selected for the appointment, and they met four times between November 2017 and February 2018, with four public meetings, including a focus group conducted in Spanish and a kick-off event and presentation. They also met at least once in a private meeting with business owners.
We ask three former DRI local committee members, Theresa Widmann, Kate Heidecker, and Micah Blumenthal, what was their experience of the DRI process?