This holiday season (and all year long!), support Cayuga County small businesses

For the last eight years, our small businesses have been celebrating “Small Business Saturday,” which falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The first Small Business Saturday was sponsored by American Express in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In contrast with its counterparts “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” which host deals for die-hard … Continued

The importance of Agriculture to Cayuga County’s Economy

Many residents of Auburn don’t think a lot about the agriculture industry, besides the occasional smell of cow manure. In many ways, Agriculture is a major driver of our local economy. Dairy farms are the largest segment of the local agricultural ecosystem. Our large, efficient dairy farms produce a huge amount of milk, with a … Continued

Experiencing Modern Manufacturing through Augmented Reality

MFG Day is coming up on October 5, 2018, which is a day to celebrate and show off modern manufacturing and “inspire the next generation of manufacturers”. In anticipation of MFG Day, the Manufacturing Institute (the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers) teamed up with PTC (an innovation and technology firm) to … Continued

Spotlighting Performing Arts and Unique Stages in Cayuga County

The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce’s 109th Annual Dinner is coming up on October 17, and this year’s theme is Spotlight Cayuga. Performing arts are a significant contributing factor to quality of life and the visitor experience in our community, which are both important for an array of reasons. Having a high quality of life … Continued

Auburn was awarded a $10M Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant! Now what?

At the end of July, Governor Cuomo came to Auburn and announced that our community was awarded $10m for transformative downtown projects. This award is part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), which is in its third year.  Each year, communities around New York submit applications to be considered for this funding. These applications define … Continued

Our approach to business attraction in Cayuga County

Depending upon what type of job you have, I bet you speak a different language at work than you do at home.  Each industry comes with its own terms and acronyms, and this is especially true in economic development; acronyms are in its DNA.  When having a conversation with someone outside of my industry, I … Continued

SCORE’s “Simple Steps” returning to 2 State Street

Have You Always Dreamed of Starting Your Own Business? Your Dreams May Become a Reality! Auburn SCORE, our local chapter of SCORE National, in partnership with the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA), The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, The National SCORE Foundation and Canon, are bringing back the successful you a business planning workshop series, … Continued

2018 Global NY Export Experts Tour coming to CNY

If your company is export-ready or you are interested in entering the global marketplace, you may want to attend one of the eight stops on the Global NY Export Promotion Tour this October. Empire State Development’s (ESD) Global NY Division is taking its expertise on the road and will be making a stop in Central New … Continued