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The City of Auburn is a small city that features historic, stable neighborhoods; excellent education opportunities; a dynamic downtown; a solid manufacturing base; an emerging arts and culture scene; and a full array of community services. 

Historic, Stable Neighborhoods

Housing in Auburn and the Syracuse Metro Region is among the most affordable in the nation. Our City is rich in history with links to such influential historical figures as Harriet Tubman, Louis Comfort Tiffany, William H. Seward, and Ted Case to name a few. Many of Auburn’s landmarks and historic sites have been preserved and are located within the South Street National Historic Register District. The Historic Resources Review Board (HRRB) is responsible for preserving the City of Auburn's historic buildings located within the District and several “Local Landmark Structures”. 

Dynamic Downtown

Downtown Auburn is experiencing a true renaissance. Over the last decade, the City has invested millions of dollars in its urban core for a variety of projects. These include extensive uniform streetscape enhancements, improvements to traffic circulation, building stabilization, facade improvements, creating interesting and inviting public spaces, and encouraging public art. Private sector investment downtown includes such transformational projects as the Auburn Public Theater and Logan Park Lofts. Additionally, several new restaurants and businesses have opened recently making Downtown Auburn a true destination. 

Excellent Education Opportunities

Quality education & training opportunities are available to meet the needs of individuals and businesses in Auburn. Cayuga Community College (CCC) provides an affordable gateway to higher education, credit-free courses for leisure learning and specialized workforce training. Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) provides vocational, special education, professional development, adult education and career training programs and services for a nine-district area within its new state-of-the-art LEED Silver certified facilities. The Auburn School District provides an excellent educational program for 4,850 full-time students, as well as those who participate in night school and other programs.

Emerging Arts and Culture Scene

Year-round programming is available in Auburn through a variety of venues to showcase the region’s creative talents and history. Organizations contributing to this growing scene include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Players Community TheatreNew York Institute of Dance and EducationSchweinfurth Memorial Arts CenterCayuga MuseumMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, and the Auburn Beautification Commission to name a few! Major festivals include Founders DayNew York Dance FestivalTomatoFest, Quilts=Art=Quilts, and the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival

Solid Manufacturing Base

The City of Auburn has a strong and diverse local manufacturing base with concentrations in specialty materials and advanced manufacturing processes. We build everything from custom leather dog collars to flawless metal rings, recycled plastic bottles to kayak storage systems! The City’s largest manufacturers include Currier PlasticsHammond & IrvingITT Goulds, NUCOR Steel and 4-M Precision Stamping. Several businesses are located in Auburn’s Technology Park, an 80-acre industrial park at the north end of the City located just 15 minutes from Exit 40 on the NYS Thruway. 

Community Services

Comprehensive health and human services are in place to meet the needs of Auburn residents. Auburn Memorial Hospital (AMH) is located in the City and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including state-of-the- art medical, surgical, and rehabilitation technologies. The Hospital serves a population of approximately 80,000 and employs 800 employees and 229 medical-dental practitioners. The Human Services Coalition of Cayuga County is a network of service providers, public and private organizations, and individuals organized to address the needs of the greater Auburn through inter-agency coordination, information sharing and collaboration.

We recently expanded in Auburn because of the central and convenient location within our six state territory. Our employees really appreciate the flexibility that our proximity to downtown provides with an easy walk to restaurants, banks, grocery stores and the YMCA. Local government was very proactive and came through with favorable incentives in a timely manner for the completion of a construction project that doubled the size of our facility.
— Gary Cuthbert, President, Community Computer Service, Inc.

Community Computer Service computerizes medical offices in six states, develops software and provides technical support services from their call center located in Auburn. This endeavor employs 128 people in Auburn and an additional 22 people in satellite locations.