PBI Resource Center and Pocket Park Philmont Beautification, Inc., is a grass-roots, charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. See the brochure and the Summit Reservoir BOA project Economic Impact Positioning Report. PBI has four main program areas designed to work together as programs providing opportunities for the Philmont community to come together to contribute and collaborate towards the revitalization and renewal of the Village of Philmont, NY in the spirit and tradition of a rural barn raising. Visit the archive of newsletters to see a community in action. Mission Statement.
We believe the revitalization of a small rural community can be achieved more effectively through a sustained effort of community involvement committed to regenerative principles deeply rooted in the wellness of achieving a diversified wholeness dedicated to creating a sustainable and resilient community by working alongside each other for community-driven projects in the spirit and tradition of a rural barn raising.
Programs and projects are developed with community members to implement over 200 suggestions and recommendations contained in the 2003 Philmont Comprehensive Plan. These include, among others, improved affordable housing, restoration and conservation of natural resources, revitalization of the Main Street, achieving a localized economy, creating common ground gathering places, increasing community services, producing healthy landscapes, stewardship for clean waterways incorporating green energy solutions, connecting to local agriculture, and access to fresh, local, healthy food. 2003 Village of Philmont Comp Plan suggestions.
A 2012 project, D.E.V.E.L.O.P. implemented by young village resident attending the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at SUNY reaffirmed PBI's mission and demonstrated programs truly reflect a community working together to collaboratively bring a small rural village back from the edge of over 70 years of significant social and economic decline experienced in many upstate New York rural towns and villages.
Programs and projects are developed by PBI in collaboration with community members and in partnership with local, state, federal funding agencies, local government, and private grantmaking foundations using a portfolio of community-driven, regenerative, placemaking, and sustainable strategies. Projects employ criteria deeply rooted in human use potential. See a sampling of downtown improvement projects 2001-2014.
The Making of the Watefront The Open House event involved a series of "stations" with various themes to engage community thoughts and ideas. The event was a success! It was well attended by over 150 community visitors and garnered thoughts about new ways to stimulate economic and social opportunities in the immediate areas influenced by the Summit Reservoir and its connection to the downtown core along Main Street.
The Open House was all-day event held in February where community members dropped by the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center from 11am to 7pm to visit and discuss the Making of the Philmont Waterfront with Elan Planning & Design, PLCC, from Saratoga Springs, NY, engaged by the Village of Philmont to create the waterfront revitalization plan with the community. Participants contributed ideas for the plan at event stations specifically set up for the Open House, including a fun and engaging History of Philmont station.
Ongoing participation is vital to our success as a community...keep checking back to this site to see more public events. See more on the background for this effort.
Local 111 - a farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2007Main Street Program: This program provides financial and technical assistance for storefronts, commercial buildings, and affordable housing that have experienced sustained neglect and are located on the Main Street. See more
Village Pocket Park on the Main Street restored in 2010Revitalization Program: Designed to work with community volunteers serving on project developement and selection committees to accomplish projects that contribute towards an improved quality of village life. See more
Hawk Studio. Hand made fine leather bags, clothes, and beltsCommunity Arts and Fine Craft Trades: Increasing the involvement and promotion of local arts and fine craft trades as vital parts of the whole contributing towards community wellness and resiliency. Currently this program is assisting four local small businesses at the PBI Resource Center at 113 Main Street as a part of our Small Business Incubator program.
Historic Design Standards, and technical assistanceSmall Business Program: Provides financial and technical assistance to assist new small business join the Main Street. See more
Revitalization Program Current revitalization project: Summit Reservoir Area Plan in partnership with the Village of Philmont. This project intends to create a community-informed plan for the Summit Reservoir Area aimed at restoring the Summit Reservoir and the surrounding area, including, the re-use of potential strategic sites and historic buildings for new uses such as housing, retail, commercial, and public amenities like lake-side parks. See more
Small Business Program Thank you Local Economies Project for featuring this project in the August newsletter and web site! Current small business project: Turning an old Stewart's gas/convenoence store into a small-batch processing kitchen and bakery working with local farmers, producers, and the Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op creating a robust community based localized food system in the heart of the downtown. 2011 community gathering 2013 building & facade renovations Farmers' Market For more market information click here. Sustainable communities are ones that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just, including access to affordable foods supporting the local farming economy.
Please visit the PBI used book stand at the Philmont Farmers' Market held every Sunday June-Oct 10am-2pm to buy a book, donate a book, or sign up for our newsletter to receive our suggested summer reading. All book sale proceeds support PBI programs dedicated to revitalization, renewal, wellness, strengthened local economy, and diversified social resiliency in the Village of Philmont.