New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting state investments in downtown revitalization in two upstate communities.
The Democrat on Wednesday announced projects to upgrade and improve the downtown areas in Watertown and Batavia.
Both communities won $10 million each in a downtown redevelopment competition created by Cuomo.
The two cities will use the money for improving downtown areas to make them more attractive to businesses, residents and visitors.
The funds will support projects including the renovation of downtown storefronts, the improvement and expansion of parks and public spaces, business incentives and help for local arts organizations.
Cuomo says the state's investments will lead to more visitors, a more robust local economy and new investments in the downtown core.