Welcome to Cortland, 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.

Public Meetings

Monthly Board Meeting Notice – 40 Main Street, Suite A, 2nd Floor
Conference Room, 12:00 PM – we now live stream our IDA Meetings


  • BDC Meeting – April 13, 2020 – Canceled
  • IDA Meeting – April 13, 2020 – Canceled 
    Next meetings are scheduled for Monday, May 11th @ Noon 


Public Hearing Notices


Past Public Hearings (2019)

  • July 1, 2019 – Lapeer Cortland Solar, LLC.  Lapeer Town Barn,
    Clarks Corners Road, Lapeer at 6:00 PM (Notice)
  • September 5, 2019 – Sepp, Inc. (Creamery Hills) @ 11:00 AM
    Harford Town Hall, 394 NYS Route 38, Harford NY (Notice)
  • October 15, 2019 – 83-85 Main Street, LLC, 10:00 am (Notice)
    Conference Room at 40 Main Street, Suite A, Cortland NY
  • November 7, 2019 – Janis Solar, LLC @ 6:00 pm
    Willet Town Hall, 1425-1427 Route 41, Willet NY  (Notice)

On the Coronavirus…

COVID-19 developments unfold please know that we are closely monitoring the impacts on public health and the Cortland County business community. Working with our local, regional, state, and national partners we will do our best to provide information you can count on in formulating your own approaches to the crisis.

We have already taken steps to protect public health with the cancellation of our annual dinner saluting the county’s agricultural community, and we will not be scheduling face-to-face meetings at our office until the situation is resolved. The office is closed, with staff working remotely.

Contact us at 607/756-5005 for staff contact information. We will be happy to return your call as we hope to continue working as hard as we can to support community and business development in Cortland County.

This website will be updated frequently in coming weeks, and we’ll do our best to point you to the best resources available to answer any questions you might have about business and employee support.

Finally, we want to underscore the importance of following Center for Disease Control and health department guidelines about how you can best protect yourselves and your employees in the days and weeks ahead. These practices include good personal hygiene (wash your hands), a commitment to social distancing, cleaning public surfaces when possible, supporting working from home and enactment of policies that allow employees to stay home if sick.

Garry VanGorder
Executive Director


Cortland County BDC Offers COVID-19 Business Assistance Loans


March 30, 2020

The Cortland County Business Development Corporation is now offering low-interest loans to micro and small businesses facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approved by the BDC board of Directors today, loans from $10,000 to $25,000 will be offered to qualified companies needing immediate cash to support operations. The loans, offered at low interest with all fees waived, are not intended to replace federal or traditional banking assistance but to offer another alternative for local small businesses as they evaluate their best path forward.

“We are working every day to provide information to our businesses that can help them through this, and this one more thing that we can do,” said BDC Executive Director Garry L. VanGorder. “Our traditional loan program has been a great resource over the years, and we are hopeful that this modification of it will be valuable in these difficult times, as well. The challenges to our small businesses are unprecedented.”

Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider commended the BDC for taking action. “Small business is the backbone of our economy and no place is that concept more important than right here in Cortland County,” he said. “The Cortland County Legislature stands with the BDC and supports these steps in order to make sure our small businesses are ready to rebound as soon as the all clear sign is given.”

Click here for Information and click here for Loan Application



April 3, 2020

The SBA has posted the interim final rule for PPP, and 7a participating lenders are now able to accept PPP applications. Please see the fact sheet for borrowers, a copy of the loan application, and an overview of PPP. A copy of the regulation itself is also attached.

Borrowers may identify an eligible PPP lender by zip code at this page: www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find. Not all eligible lenders may be prepared to accept PPP applications, yet. More lenders will be added as eligible entities are onboarded. Please note, this search tool only lists the bank HQ addresses. Large multi-branch entities may not appear in the tool. A list of current, as of 4/3, eligible lenders in our district, which serves CNY, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, and North Country, is attached.

SBA’s network of resource partners stands ready to assist businesses with PPP. You may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find the nearest SBA partner or SBA office. The NYS Small Business Development Center has advisors statewide available to provide remote assistance. Please visit www.nyssbdc.org to make an online request for counseling. Click the links below for more information.
-Interim FINAL Rule    -Overview    -Fact-Sheet    -List of Current Lenders          -PPP Application 


The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Click here for information


SBA Disaster Loans Available

Eligible small businesses may now apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) by accessing the website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/apply-for-disaster-loan/index.html. The site includes instructions for uploading documents and has links to all of the relevant forms (you may need to clear your browser cache if you receive an error message accessing this page). Please review the attached fact sheet containing important information about disaster declaration leading to this program as well as links to free assistance with preparing the loan applications. Request that assistance at www.nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.



Click here for more information



Click here to review the Guidance




Cortland County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Cortland County Emergency Response and Communications is leading the update of the countywide HMP. This plan is an opportunity to detail a variety of potential hazards that could affect some or all our our residents and will also allow the county and participating municipalities to be eligible for future mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The goal of the plan is to identify projects that can reduce damages from future hazards. The plan will include a risk assessment and a hazard mitigation strategy. The primary natural hazards of concern in the current County HMP include: Severe Storm, Severe Winter Storm, Earthquake, and Flood.  The 2020 update will review and update the hazards of concern as necessary due to any changes in risk.

The study will focus on existing buildings and potential future development, infrastructure, and critical facilities that might be impacted.  Critical facilities include but are not limited to municipal buildings and infrastructure such as power-generation facilities, water utilities, roadways, railroads and communication systems.

We will need your input! Please take our Citizen Survey to help us understand how we can make the County more resilient from natural hazards.  www.surveymonkey.com/r/CortlandCountyNYHMP



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Governor announces Phase I Completion of Transformative Mixed Use Development Project in Cortland

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Central New York Takes Top REDC Prize

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Cortland Companies Proposes Cortlandville Expansion

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