The village of Massena is vying for the state's $10 million grant to revitalize its downtown. That's the same program that awarded Watertown $10 million last year.
To make a strong showing, Massena leaders and residents met Wednesday night on the steps of town hall.
A crowd of more than 100 people gathered to speak about the history of Massena and recent efforts to revitalize it.
One of the speakers was Spencer Beckstead, a 16 year old high school student who says he'd like to be involved in bringing back prosperity to his hometown.
"I've lived here since I was a little kid and I just want to see this expand more," he said."I hope whoever makes the decision, that they see that we need it," Massena resident Maureen Allen said.
So far, Massena's competition for the grant is from the village of Potsdam and the village of Saranac Lake.
See our story that previews Wednesday's rally