There are a number of incentives available to Cayuga County businesses through local, state, and federal agencies.

Local Incentives

Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency & Auburn Industrial Development Authority

  • Financing assistance (Sales tax abatement, Property tax abatement, Mortgage tax abatement, tax exempt below market financing)
  • Technical assistance
  • Access to shovel-ready development sites
  • Coordinating/supporting collaboration between public and private entities

Links for Applications and Forms

Cayuga County Development Corporation

  • Below market financing
  • Technical assistance

New York State Incentives

Empire State Development

  • START-UP NY (SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY): initiative to transform SUNY campuses and other university communities across the state into tax-free communities for new and expanding businesses
  • Excelsior Jobs Program: Tax credits available for strategic businesses such as high tech, bio-tech, clean-tech and manufacturing that create jobs or make significant capital investments
  • Qualified Emerging Technology Companies (QETCs): Tax incentives for investment and job creation in production and/or R&D of emerging technologies
  • Investment Tax Credit (ITC): tax credits of up to 10% for businesses that create new jobs and make new investments in production property and equipment
  • Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit:  up to 9% corporate tax credit for eligible investments in R&D facilities.
  • Brownfield Cleanup Program: Liability relief and tax credits for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites
  • For a full list of all financial assistance programs, visit

Regional Economic Development Councils