April 10, 2018, For Immediate Release
Senator Helming Secures Operations Funds for NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center to be Located in Downtown Auburn
Mayor Michael D. Quill announced today that the City of Auburn has been notified by 54th District NY State Senator Pamela Helming that the recently adopted New York State budget contains $50,000.00 to be provided to the City of Auburn for the operations of the new NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center.
“We would like to thank Senator Helming for her partnership on this project. For the past year and a half the Senator has been working diligently to advocate at the State level for this and many projects of interest to the City of Auburn. We are confident this project will drive tourism business for Auburn, Cayuga County and the Central/Finger Lakes Region and thanks to the Senator’s support we are certain to have success,” said Mayor Quill.
Construction of the new NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center in downtown Auburn began in February 2018. As part of Governor Cuomo's Central New York Upstate Revitalization Initiative, this investment of $10 million will create over 100 construction jobs and will support and boost upstate New York’s tourism industry. The center will open in October 2018 and will house the following three main components: 1. An I Love NY Equal Rights Heritage Tourism Promotion Center; 2. a Taste NY Market; and, 3. a local visitor information center for Auburn, Cayuga County and the region. The facility will also house the offices of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism, the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District and the Auburn Historic & Cultural Sites Commission.
“The new center will provide an economic boost to Auburn’s downtown and our number one goal is to attract visitors to downtown and keep them here, staying in our hotels and dining and shopping at our local shops and restaurants. Senator Helming has provided us with the support to make this project a success for all,” said Stephanie DeVito, Executive Director of the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District.
“We are very appreciative of Senator Helming’s commitment to growing our local, regional and statewide tourism industry by helping to promote our attractions, food and beverage producers and particularly our equal rights heritage destinations. Tourism is a critical driver of the local economy, generating more than $100 million in visitor spending in Cayuga County and the new Equal Rights Heritage Center will raise the profile of our rich history and culture and quality food and craft beverages, by connecting our visitors to the best we have to offer.” said Meg Vanek, Executive Director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism.