Cayuga County is a great place to grow your business.  From financing and technical assistance programs to its close proximity to major metropolitan areas in the Northeast U.S., Cayuga County has what your business needs to succeed.

Click on map to view municipalities, school districts, and more details about Cayuga County.

Education and Training

Cayuga County is located near more than a dozen colleges and universities and is home to successful K-12 systems that include both traditional and technical education. Furthermore, 86% of K-12 students graduate from high school, more than the state and national averages. Cayuga County is home to Cayuga Community College and Wells College (pictured above).

Another asset to Cayuga County’s education system is the Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). BOCES provides both career and technical education opportunities to juniors and seniors in high school as well as GED and continuing education for adults.

More Info on Local and Regional Education / Research Institutions

Kind words from local business owners...

  • Aurora Ale & Lager Co.

    “At Aurora Ale and Lager, we hoped to expand our production capacity, but were new to raising funds on a larger scale. The team at CEDA was extremely helpful walking us through the whole process. We hope to be a more integral part of the community as we expand, and having the support of the county development agency is a great start!” ~John Evans, Aurora Ale & Lager Co.


    “…CEDA introduced us to the opportunities available for businesses to expand and prosper in Cayuga County. While CIDEC has conducted business in Cayuga County for over 20 years, it was eye opening to see all the programs that were available to local businesses.”  ~Chris Cherry; Owner; CIDEC, LLC

  • Simple Roast Coffee Company

    “… the CEDA office [has] been a help in setting up our small business in Auburn since day 1. From our first meeting until now they continue to offer support and guidance in helping us grow our business.” ~Matt Peirson, Owner, Simple Roast Coffee Company

Cayuga County is a beautiful, smart, and affordable place to make a home.  Residents can take advantage of quality elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions; a wide variety of housing options; low cost-of-living; quality health care; recreational opportunities in all four seasons; and more!

Contact us for free and confidential assistance with your startup, expansion, or location project:

  • Danielle Szabo, Economic Development Specialist

    Danielle Szabo, Economic Development Specialist

    As the Economic Development Specialist for CEDA, Danielle works to retain and expand existing businesses, as well as to attract new businesses to expand or relocate to Cayuga County.  To do so, she identifies available commercial sites and buildings, and helps businesses navigate the myriad of programs and incentives at the local, state, and federal levels.

    Businesses with more than 10 employees should contact Danielle.

  • Derek Simmonds, Business Development Specialist

    Derek Simmonds, Business Development Specialist

    As the Business Development Specialist for CEDA, Derek is responsible for providing resources for entrepreneurs and emerging businesses.

    Businesses with fewer than 10 employees should contact Derek.