Economic Development News from Cayuga County
March 2020
Establishing goals is an important aspect of managing a successful business. To develop useful goals, businesses need to step back from day-to-day business operations and plan out short-term, mid-term and long-term company goals. A lot of small business counseling focuses on start-up planning and short term objectives, however, the key to successful long-term business growth is establishing defined short-, mid- and long-term goals. Creating, maintaining and updating these ambitions is an exercise that should be practiced continually through the life of the business. 
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Starting October 1, 2020, a standard New York State driver’s license will no longer be sufficient to fly within the U. S. (a “domestic flight”). You will need to present a US Passport or a Real ID. You have a choice of obtaining an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or the basic REAL ID license to board a domestic flight. The EDL also allows you to travel to and from Canada and Mexico by land or by sea.
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Do you work for a hotel, restaurant or attraction in Cayuga County? Take this 2-hour online learning class and enter the raffle to win a $100 Auburn Downtown BID card. The program is designed to educate anyone that interacts with our visitors about Cayuga County’s unique tourism assets as well as sales, customer service, and diversity training. The goal is to give our travel industry partners the knowledge they need to go above and beyond for their guests/clients leaving a lasting impression to boost word of mouth and drive tourism growth for Cayuga County. Help set Cayuga County apart by coming together when you do well and your neighbors do well the community does well.
New York State’s food and beverage manufacturing companies have brought in $2.3 billion in private capital investment since 2010, according to Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) analysis of data collected by CB Insights. The Grow-NY region, comprising 22 counties in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier, captured 38%, or $886 million, of the state total.
The dawn of the year 2020 has been accompanied by a worldwide health concern in the form of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped viruses most commonly found in animals and are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. That said, six strains of coronavirus have previously proven capable of such transmission including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV (large outbreak in 2003) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) CoV (Outbreak in 2012). In order to understand coronavirus prevention, we must first understand what it is and how it is spreading.
Two Cayuga County businesses, Heart in Hands Winery and Gretchen's Confections, were highlighted in a "Farm-to-Table" feature of Food Traveler magazine, a bi-annual publication that provides information on exquisite food and travel destinations in the United States and abroad.
The dark side of the Force has led an Auburn brewery to another top-10 showing in a national blind tasting. Prison City Pub & Brewery's Sad Devotion to Ancient Religion, a schwarzbier,  placed No. 8  in a tasting of 68 dark lagers published Monday by Paste Magazine. Named after a line from "Star Wars: A New Hope," the beer is 5.2% alcohol by volume and currently on tap at the State Street brewpub. Paste writer Jim Vorel called the beer "among the most purely flavorful (and roasty) in the entire field."
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The Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) provides businesses with easy access to all of the information, incentives and resources needed to start or grow in Cayuga County. For instance, CEDA can help businesses and entrepreneurs find a location or mentor, as well as assist in accessing tax incentives, low interest loan programs, technical assistance, or State grant funding. CEDA does this by working collaboratively with partners and experts throughout the region.