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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 Philmont Waterfront District Economic Impact Positioning Report.  Click here to see 2015 Annual 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.  

Co-op Curbside Cafe food truck July 9th, 2016                                  Thank you Assemblymember Didi Barrett! We are all very honored to receive an Assembly resolution in honor of Farmers Market Appreciation Month to members of the Philmont Market Cooperative and farmers who participate in the Philmont Farmers Market. Left to right: Miriah Winnie, Charlie Doheny, Sally Baker, Wade, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, James Dooling, Irene Young, Elizabeth Angello, Lynda Ackerman, Abby Laufer, Koen van der Mere, Cathy Zises, and Dexter. 

Thank you - Philmont is rising!                                                Read the article                                                              Roads Less Traveled: Out of the Way Places We Love, Part 2


 Click the photo to see the projectThe Kitchen at Philmont and the Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op as the anchor business creating a community based food system with local farmers, and food businesses.                                                          2017 Breaking News!  The project team have rounded third base and headed for home plate to start final stage renovations and installation of the commercial kitchen, cafe, retail, cold storage, and solar green energy solutions developed with the community as a reuse revitalization project bringing back local, fresh, healthy foods to Philmont's Main Street.  Click to see the whole project.

Waterfront District  creating a community driven economic development plan for the Village of Philmont funded as a Brownfield Opportunity Area for planning activities by the New York State Department of State.  Click to see the whole project.                                                                                                                                                           


Click to see the 2015 Annual ReportWe 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.               
                                                                                                                                                                                       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.           

The success of sustained renewal lies in the nature of collaboration, including partnerships with local, state, federal funding agencies, local government, and private grantmaking foundations using a portfolio of community-driven, regenerative, sustainable strategies. Projects employ criteria deeply rooted in human use potential. See a sampling of downtown improvement projects 2001-2014.

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                                                                                                                             

Community 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 local artisans come together to hold Pop Ups at the PBI Resource Center at 113 Main Street as a part of our Small Business Incubator program.  Contact us to join this group of artisans for 2017 Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter shows.                                        

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 news  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 news                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.        


Making of the Philmont Waterfront

A community Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 24th from 11am to 7pm at the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library.  The Open House event will involve a series of "stations" with various themes to engage community thoughts and ideas.  The event is intended to be an open, relaxing environment to garner your 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.  Community members are encouraged to drop by to speak with Elan Planning & Design, PLCC, from Saratoga Springs, NY, engaged by the Village of Philmont to create the waterfront revitalization plan with the community.  


The Open House will be an all-day event where community members can drop by the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center from 11am to 7pm to visit and discuss the Making of the Philmont Waterfront with Elan Planning & Design, contribute ideas for the plan at event stations specifically set up for the Open House, including a fun and engaging History of Philmont station. 


Your participation is vital to our success as a community...come and collaborate with us on our shared future!