Here are some of the available benefits resources, information on utilities, and business incentives in Auburn, NY. If you can’t find something you’re looking for here or would like more information about these programs/services, please contact us.

Benefits and Financing

The Auburn Industrial Development Authority (AIDA) was formed under Article 18-A of New York State General Municipal Law to actively promote, encourage, attract and develop job opportunities and economically-sound commerce and industry to the City of Auburn. AIDA is empowered to provide financial assistance to private entities through tax incentives in order to promote the economic welfare, prosperity and recreational opportunities for residents of Auburn. Any company considering a construction/renovation/expansion project or other economic development activity within the City, or seeking assistance to retain its business interests in Auburn, should contact AIDA.

The following incentives are available:

Fee Structure

Local Loan Funds

The Cayuga County Small Business Loan Program, the City of Auburn Small Business Assistance Program and the CEDA Micro-loan Program are three of the main financial assistance programs available to the county’s businesses.

State-level Incentives

  • ESD Grant Funds are available annually through the Consolidated Funding Application and Regional Economic Development Council process. This program funds up to 20% of capital expenditures on business location and expansion projects that meet regional priorities and that will create jobs.
  • 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. Learn more.

Utility Information

Businesses in Cayuga County have access to the utilities they need from private and municipal providers.


The primary private electricity and gas providers in Cayuga County are NYSEG and National Grid. However, alternative forms of energy are becoming increasingly important and accessible to industries in the County. Alternative energy options include power generation from co-generation plants, digesters and solar panel installations at various sites. These energy sources provide businesses with reliable power at below-market rates.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Cayuga County has been designated as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is available just outside city limits through the Energy Improvement Corporation’s Energize NY PACE program.  PACE financing programs use authority given to a municipality to offer financing for property owners to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on existing commercial structures. The property owner voluntarily agrees to repay the financing through a special assessment or special tax charge placed on their annual property tax bill. This provides financing for these types of improvements over time without requiring the property owner to make a large upfront investment.

Please note that PACE is only available outside of the city of auburn at this time.


Telecommunication services in Cayuga County are made possible by a number of providers, including:

Recent improvements have been made to Cayuga County’s broadband network, and it continues to grow.  In fact, a recent nationwide internet speed study conducted by PCMag ranked Auburn, NY, the seat of Cayuga County, fastest among U.S. cities for both download and upload speeds. In 2012 Clarity Connect received over $2M from NYS to expand coverage in Northern Tompkins and Southern Cayuga County.  This project will bring high speed service to more than 3,000 new homes and businesses. In August 2010, TDS Telecom received a $640K grant to expand broadband coverage throughout the region and provide service to additional homes and businesses.

Water and Sewer

The City of Auburn and The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority are the primary water and sewer service providers for the communities around Auburn and Cayuga County. Some communities throughout the county have individual municipal water and sewer services.

Click here to view/download a map of Water Lines and Sewer Areas in Cayuga County.

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