The first meeting of the Local Planning Committee will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Penn Yan Village Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

Mayor Leigh MacKerchar says work has already begun on establishing a plan for using the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant that will change the village of Penn Yan.

The first meeting of a local planning committee will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Penn Yan Village Hall.

Penn Yan was nominated by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council based

on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each DRI community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

The meeting will provide an overview of the DRI program and Penn Yan’s DRI application as

well as the project’s schedule. The LPC will also review and discuss the vision and goals of the project. The DRI provides an opportunity to implement and build upon the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan and Penn Yan Vision Plan.

Working with consultant LaBella Associates, the committee will focus on planning for a year, according to MacKerchar, who is co-chairing the committee with Steve Griffin, CEO of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center.

The committee meeting is a public meeting.

The DRI planning effort will focus on promoting sustained, year-round economic growth by concentrating on four areas:

‒ leveraging the abundant natural assets,

‒ capitalizing on the growing craft food and beverage industry,

‒ using the local art scene as an economic engine,

‒ and capturing the intellectual capital that lives and vacations in Penn Yan.

Residents, business owners, employers and potential investors are encouraged to participate. The meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity for comments at the end of the meeting.