Managing safety while maintaining a sense of place; how we're doing it:
Learn how Downtown Gloversville is continuing its commitment to ground-up economic development in the form of expanded broadband capabilities, collaboration with local schools on public art spaces, and robust community-organized events & programs.
Placemaking in a Pandemic
Whether you're a prospective developer, entrepreneur, resident, or visitor, we are proud to host valuable resources that will answer your inquiries.
Downtown Gloversville takes pride in our community-oriented events. Keep up on the dates and mark your calendars!
ABOUT Downtown and the DDS
The story of Downtown Gloversville is deeply ingrained in the City's history as an industrial town. It grew from a tiny frontier village, formerly known as Kingsborough (now the Kingsborough Historic District) in the 1810s to a booming industrial city of roughly 30,000 people in the early 20th century. Until the early 1960s, it produced up to 90% of the leather dress gloves in North America, with over 13,000 people employed in the leather and glove industries and related enterprises. As glove manufacturers steadily moved their labor-intensive operations to the Philippines and Taiwan, the City eventually became a shadow of it's former industrial manufacturing days and declined in both wealth and population.
Today, Downtown Gloversville's community acknowledges its impressive past while enacting positive change to pave the way for the next age of prosperity.
Both private and public partners have gathered together to create an office solely dedicated to galvanize community leaders, manage development projects across a variety of scales, and market the many assets Downtown has to offer for families and businesses alike. Thus, the Downtown Development Specialist (DDS) office was created.
With the attractive banners hung throughout the Downtown corridor, sponsors have not only commemorated their loved heroes, but also have contributed to the beautification of their own community. This union of beautification and veteran appreciation will serve as a shining example of the community's collective effort to advance the development of our city.
Elk Street Park
This community cornerstone has stood as a historic centerpiece for integration. Elk Street's basketball court has hosted countless pickup games, picnics, chess matches, and other leisure activities for generations. Now, the community is stepping up to give back to the park.
The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, or LWRP, is aimed at strengthening Gloversville's economy, accessibility, and built/natural resources. Once awarded, the program would implement productive, sustainable, and place-oriented projects along the Cayadutta Creek.
Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a New York State program designed to foster the transformation of urban centers with significant potential for redevelopment, business, job creation, greater economic and housing diversity, and opportunity.
The City of Gloversville will be submitting an application to the 2020 round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).
In order to capture the true walkability of an iconic downtown, pedestrian safety must be made a priority. Gloversville already has a compact urban core and the City is developing a plan to strengthen multi-modal transportation.
Click below to learn more about our commitment to creating the true walkable city.
Downtown Gloversville Development Specialist
I started as the Downtown Gloversville Development Specialist in January of 2020 after a tenure as the Director of Membership Services at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. I grew up in Johnstown following four siblings before moving to Niskayuna during high school, and eventually pursued a Bachelor’s in Finance at Siena College. After graduating from Siena in 2017, I entrenched myself in community outreach throughout the place I grew up, and will always call home. Since being hired as the DDS, I have dedicated my efforts to achieve a new age of prosperity for Gloversville by executing developments in the city’s Downtown region.
I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Glove Theatre, is active in One Church Street development efforts, and is a fellow Lion for the Greater Johnstown Lion’s Club.
34 West Fulton Street
Gloversville, NY 12078
Tel: (518) 725-7700 x1004
Fax: (518) 725-7702