Welcome to Cortland County, NY!

Cortland County, located in central upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region, is home to more than 50,000 people. The county’s many and diverse employers rely on a plentiful, motivated, well-educated workforce, an excellent transportation infrastructure providing easy access to major northeastern and international markets, and proximity to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of colleges and universities to make Cortland County an ideal location for relocating or expanding companies.

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Public Meetings ~ Monthly Board Meeting

BDC Board Meeting - Monday, March 9, 2015 @ Noon

IDA Board Meeting – Monday, March 9, 2015 @ Noon

Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2015 at Noon.

City of Cortland to Offer Funds to “Microenterprises”

The City of Cortland was recently awarded funding to assist
existing or start-up microentprises located or wishing to locate in the
City. The funding was awarded by New York State Homes and Community
Renewal under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant

A microenterprise is a business that employs five or fewer
persons, including the business owner or owners, at the time of
application submittal. The “five or fewer test” is based on total
headcount regardless of the number of hours worked by each employee.
Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on a competitive basis.
The City can provide between $5,000 and $35,000 per business. Owners
must provide a cash equity contribution of at least 10% of the project

Download the Program Guidelines.
This provides greater detail with respect to eligibility for the
Program and the Program’s terms and conditions. An application is
included as Attachment 5.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18,
2015 at 6:00. pm. The meeting will be held in the Common Council
Chambers, top floor of City Hall, 25 Court Street. Interested
individuals or business owners are encouraged to attend.

Additional information can be obtained from the City’s Community Development Consultants, Thoma Development, at 607-753-1433.

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