Help employees get vaccinated

With vaccine eligibility open to New York residents 16 and older, Cayuga County’s workforce is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. There are various ways for residents to get an appointment: Find and register for local vaccine clinics in Cayuga County here: Contact 315-253-8316 in the City of Auburn or your local town clerk … Continued

Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative [DRI] Small Project Grant Fund

The second round of the Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative Small Project Grant Fund (“DRI Grant Fund”) has begun. The DRI Grant Fund is intended to assist property owners/developers, for-profit businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit entities in the DRI boundary with investments that will help to meet the following goals: 1) Reinvent Downtown as a vibrant center … Continued

Leadership Cayuga legacy speaks for itself

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell Some would accuse me of looking through rose colored glasses when it comes to talking about Auburn and Cayuga County. I can’t help it though, there is SO much good going on here I can’t help but talk about it with unbridled optimism. Thankfully I’m not … Continued

NYS Women Business Enterprise: Be Heard – Certify

March is Women’s History Month and the theme this year, “Refusing To Be Silenced,” commemorates the suffragette movement. This is a time to reflect and honor those who fought for women’s right to vote. When the suffragettes marched on the street and demanded to be heard via the vote, they were also asking for identity … Continued

Request for Proposals – Cayuga County Supply Chain Analysis

The Cayuga Economic Development Agency (“CEDA”) is requesting proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to conduct a supply chain analysis of the Cayuga County economy. The goal of this analysis is three fold: to identify gaps in supply chains that could be ideal targets for business attraction and startup, to identify opportunities for additional intra-county trade, … Continued

Cayuga County Economic Development during COVID

In a few weeks, Cayuga County will reach a somber anniversary.  Mid-March marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced closures and disruptions throughout our community.  Like so many businesses, the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) was thrust into change, reducing staff at our office building, shifting to remote operations, and adopting health and safety … Continued

Shop local advertising campaign a success

Over the past two months, CEDA ran an advertising campaign to promote and support Cayuga County small retailers and restaurants during the holiday season and into the new year. Our goal was to reach local and regional audiences and present them with a selection of small Cayuga County businesses to support by shopping safe in-person … Continued

CEDA launches Microenterprise Program

The Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is launching a new small business development series – the “Microenterprise Program”.  The program will be offered to low-to-moderate-income citizens of the City of Auburn and provide them with the information and resources they need to be successful business owners. The eight, one-hour virtual training sessions will not only … Continued

COVID’s economic impact on Cayuga County

Normally at this time of year, CEDA would be hosting an Economic Forecast Luncheon. During this event, I provide an update on demographic and economic indicators. We will not be hosting a luncheon, so I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some updates. Demographic data tends to be a year behind, and it just … Continued

Why mentoring is more important now than ever

We have all heard the old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Small business owners certainly have a lot of lemons right now, but not everyone automatically knows how to turn that into lemonade. We are all facing a lot of change, uncertainty and turmoil. There are words being thrown at us: pivot, … Continued