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New Community Walk Showcasing Gloversville’s History and DRI Projects Slated for June 17 and 18th

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The City of Gloversville will be participating in the NYS Path Through History Weekend, scheduled for June 17 and 18, by hosting a Community Walk that will highlight both historic buildings and those being transformed through the $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant.


Community Walk tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both days, Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, and will last about 60 to 90 minutes. Participants are asked to register as the tours will be limited to 25 individuals. To register, visit Gloversville Community Walk ( or call (518) 725-7700 ext. 4.


Four of the buildings and properties on the current Historic Walk are also on the DRI list. Other historical stops on the walk are very close to DRI projects.


This Community Walk will remind people of the rich history Gloversville has and will show off where the transformative projects in the DRI will be located. This is a walking tour, so participants are encouraged to be dressed in comfortable clothing and good footwear. If severe weather is expected, the tour will be cancelled, and participants will be notified via phone and email.

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Food Truck Fridays Returns on June 2nd at Gloversville’s Castiglione Park

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The 2023 Food Truck Fridays season will begin on Friday, June 2nd, at Castiglione Park at 47 Main St. in Gloversville. This is a joint venture sponsored by the Gloversville Recreation Commission and Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. Cricket Wireless has joined as a corporate sponsor. John and Sunday Blackmon are sponsors for the music and entertainment during Food Truck Fridays.

Food trucks and music by local performer Michelle King will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glove Cities Coalition, Fulton County Regional SPCA and Gloversville Public Library will also be on hand. Participating in the June 2nd Food Truck Friday are A&S Spice on Wheels LLC, Jammin Juice Bar, Parkside Hot Dogs, Teddy’s Gyro of Herkimer, and Trucksteraunt. Menus can be found at This year, Food Truck Fridays will be held on the first and third Fridays in June, July, and August (June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, and Aug. 18). “Many downtown employees and residents have expressed how much they have enjoyed Food Truck Fridays and wanted to see this popular event return,” Jennifer Donovan, Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) said.

That weekend is busy in Downtown Gloversville. In addition to Food Truck Fridays on June 2nd, the Fulton County Historical Society kicks off its First Fridays series with a tour of the Schine Memorial Hall at 6 p.m. on June 2nd. Participants are asked to meet in front of the Glove Theatre at 42 N. Main St. On Saturday, June 3rd, both the Gloversville Art Walk and the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival start at 3 p.m.  Not far from the Downtown Core, the Fulton County Museum, located at 237 Kingsboro Avenue, opens for the season, also on June 3rd, from noon to 4 p.m.

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CRG to Host Fulton County Small Business Symposium on June 13 at Holiday Inn

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG) is pleased to announce that it will host a Fulton County Small Business Symposium on Tuesday, June 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 308 Comrie Avenue, Johnstown. The event, sponsored by Community Bank, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, First Choice Financial Credit Union and Pursuit Lending, is free and is designed to put Fulton County small businesses in the same room as the experts. It also allows business owners time to ask questions of local, regional, and state agencies, and network with other businesses. The format includes participants visiting vendor tables and networking, as well as listen to presentations on business development and marketing. The structure for the event includes:


  •  4:30 to 5:25 p.m., Visit Vendor Tables and Network (The experts are here for you! Come meet them and ask questions one on one)

  • 5:25 – 5:30 p.m., Ron Peters, President & CEO of CRG (Welcome Remarks)

  • 5:30 – 5:50 p.m., Greg Chanese from the Small Business Development Center (What Is the Small Business Development Center and How Can It Help Your Business Grow)

  • 5:50 – 6:10 p.m., Betsy Emery from Emery Designs (Best Marketing Strategies, How to Have a Better Footprint in the Digital World for Your Business)

  • 6:10 to 7 p.m., Q&A, a word from our sponsors (Community Bank, Community Loan Fund, First Choice Financial Credit Union, Pursuit Lending), and more networking


In addition to the Small Business Development Center and Emery Designs, vendors include Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD), FMS Workforce Solutions, Fulton County IDA, Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County Veterans Agency, and Fulton County Tourism. Business owners are encouraged to RSVP by emailing or calling (518) 725-7700 ext. 4.

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Downtown Gloversville Online Photo Contest Winner Announced

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Paula Brown-Weinstock won the recent online photo contest that focused on the Downtown Gloversville Corridor, according to Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) Jennifer Donovan.


“From Feb. 9th through March 30th, participants submitted digital photos to this contest, a program designed to promote Downtown Gloversville in a fun way and have people share their optimistic views of the city. There were thirteen entries that were posted on Facebook and FB users liked their favorite image from March 20 to March 30. At the end of judging, Paula’s photo had 236 likes and was the clear winner,” Donovan said.


Paula’s photo was the sun setting over Fulton Street. Other photos included images of the Dorn Space, Panache Quality Consignment Apparel, the top of the Schine Memorial Building, the moon rising over Gloversville, and the vault at the Fulton-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. All photos can be viewed at the Facebook Page Downtown Gloversville’s Photo Album named “Downtown Gloversville Facebook Photo Contest.” The prize for the contest was a gift certificate from a Downtown Gloversville business. Paula chose Craving's Bakery & Café for her certificate. She was presented with the certificate and a framed copy of her photo on April 4th at the offices of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth at 34 W. Fulton St., where another copy of the photo is on display.


“I am pleased with the contest and all of the entries, and we are exploring the possibility of running it again in the future. Thank you to Paula and all the people who submitted photos, as well as all the people who liked and shared the imagese,” Donovan said.


New Grant Available Through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative


Mayor Vincent DeSantis announced Gloversville has created a new grant program, specifically for property owners within the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Zone who are planning expansion and improvement projects.


The new $600,000 grant program known as the Gloversville Revitalization and Improvement Program, or GRIP, is funded through the state $10 million DRI grant. Applicants eligible for funding through this program include property owners that are individuals, for-profit entities, and not-for profit entities. The purpose of the program is to aid commercial or mixed-use rehabilitation projects, including the creation or rehabilitation of upper story residential units. Because the funding is streamed through the DRI, the GRIP grant program is specifically for projects within the DRI Zone. Guidelines can be found at and For information on how to apply, call (518) 725-7700 x 4. or email

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Gloversville’s Glove Theatre Awarded $2 Million NYS Restore NY Grant


GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Gloversville Mayor Vince DeSantis is pleased to announce New York State recently awarded the Glove Theatre a $2 million Restore New York grant to help fund the rehabilitation of the historic building at 42 N. Main Street. This is in addition to the $1.9 million awarded through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant that was announced by Governor Kathy Hochul when she visited The Glove Theatre in November. The goal of both Restore NY and the DRI is to transform downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities. More on the grant and other area awardees can be found at RESTORE-NY-ROUND-7-FULL-AWARDEE-LIST-2023-FINAL.pdf.


“This is another breakthrough for the revitalization of our city. It will not only enhance the already ambitious scope of work for the theater’s physical restoration but will also serve to expand its programming and improve people’s experience when attending events. It will make the theater the prime catalyst in the success of the entire downtown,” said Mayor Vince DeSantis. “As an anchor on Main Street that draws people to the vibrant City of Gloversville, this is tremendous news,” said Jennifer Donovan, Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS). “The theater is rich with history and is instrumental in shaping the future of Downtown Gloversville. This Restore New York grant will not only aid in the theater’s project, but also help boost the revitalization of Downtown Gloversville.”


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Gloversville Hosts Business Class for Discussions on Economic Development and Tours of Small Businesses

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Mayor Vince DeSantis and Jennifer Donovan, Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG), hosted students from Mayfield High School’s Principles of Business class, taught by Jill Fonda, on May 16th when they came to Gloversville to learn about economic development. Mayor DeSantis discussed the projects associated with the $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) and other revitalization efforts in Downtown Gloversville. Donovan discussed the role of CRG in Gloversville and Fulton County, and later accompanied the students as they stopped into Cravings Bakery & Cafe to learn the importance of resiliency in entrepreneurship from owner Ashley Alikhan. They also visited the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market.

Glove City Lofts Project Receives $7 Million in NYS Financing for Affordable Home Project


Also a Gloversville DRI Project, It’s the Only Project in the Area to Receive This New Award


GLOVERSVILLE, NY – City of Gloversville and The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG) are proud to announce New York State recently awarded the Glove City Loft project $7 million in tax credits and other state funding.


Glove City Lofts, through the Kearney Development Group, will remove a vacant commercial building from the property and build a new $21.2 million 75-unit loft-style affordable housing unit building at 52 Church St. for mixed income tenants, including some units dedicated specifically to income eligible artists and a 2,000 square foot art gallery run by the Glove Cities Arts Alliance. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant that was awarded in November 2022, is $1.250 million and will help pay for six percent of the total project.


“This project will be a major breakthrough in our efforts to re-establish a vibrant walkable downtown. It is by far the largest project in terms of monetary investment we have seen in Gloversville in many decades. It will not only provide beautiful, state-of-the-art housing but will all but erase the devastating effects of suburbanization our downtown suffered in the 1960s. We are thrilled to welcome Kearney Development Group to our city.” Vincent DeSantis, Mayor.


“We are very excited to work with Ken Kearney and the Kearney Development Group on this transformative project for the City of Gloversville,” said Ron Peters, President & CEO of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.


“This is great news for not only Ken Kearney and the Glove City Lofts project, but for Downtown Gloversville. This project is a great example of a public-private investment partnership that works for the common goal of redeveloping the Gloversville community,” said Jennifer Donovan, Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist at CRG, who is on the Local DRI Administrative Team.


The breakdown of the new funding is as follows:

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) - $1,298,000

  • State Low Income Housing Credit (SLIHC) - $450,125

  • Housing Trust Fund (HTF) - $2,000,000

  • Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) - $412,500

  • Middle Income Housing Program (MIHP) - $2,550,000

  • Rural & Urban Community Investment Fund (CIF) - $300,000

This project was one of 27 development projects throughout New York State that was awarded funding this month. It is only one of two projects in the Mohawk Valley Region, the other one being based in Utica.


For a breakdown of the Glove City Loft funding through the Governor’s office, visit and a description of the awards at

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