Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Cayuga County is strategically situated near major upstate population centers and is home to both major industrial enterprises and robust small businesses. The historic, cultural, and geographic center of the county is the City of Auburn, which is also the county seat. Cayuga County boasts ready access to convenient transportation corridors such as Interstates 90 and 81, railways, and the New York Canal System.
The county-wide workforce of over 40,000 is heavily engaged in the agricultural, manufacturing and services sectors. According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, the median income for a household was $50,140, and the median income for a family was $61,053. Unemployment in Cayuga County currently remains below the national average.
Cayuga County’s business support network begins at the County Economic Development Agency (CEDA), a local development corporation funded through Cayuga County to coordinate and provide “One Stop” economic development services to businesses within or locating to Cayuga County. Located in downtown Auburn, CEDA’s mission is “To foster a sustainable quality of life in Cayuga County through job retention, expansion, and attraction.”
CEDA provides businesses of all sizes with direct assistance in accessing all available resources, incentives, loans, counseling and other forms of public and private sector support. Through the One Stop model, CEDA coordinates and funnels assistance from an array of local partners, including the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, the City of Auburn Department of Planning and Economic Development, the Auburn Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the Cayuga County IDA, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, and resources at Cayuga County Community College, Cayuga Onondaga BOCES and Wells College.