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Mayor Quill to Lead a Downtown Revitalization Initiative Jobs Tour July 6th


Mayor Quill to Lead 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative Jobs Tour

        Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
        Time: 11am
        Location: Memorial City Hall, City Council Chambers, 24 South St, Auburn

More than 528 jobs that will be created by Auburn’s transformational 2017 NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application will be the focus of a walking Downtown Jobs Tour led by Mayor Michael D. Quill on Thursday, July 6, 2017 kicking off 11am at Memorial City Hall.  Regional Economic Development Council members, government officials, contractors, workers and the public are invited to attend.

“Governor Cuomo has a vision that the State can partner with cities through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to revitalize the upstate NY economy.  We believe our 2017 DRI application clearly illustrates that we have the most projects and developers that are ready to make the Governor’s vision become a reality because there are over 528 jobs on the table, ready to begin,” said Mayor Michael Quill. “Our Downtown Jobs Tour will illustrate these projects and jobs are real and ready to go.”

Auburn’s 2017 NYS DRI application contains 12 major transformational projects and initiatives including: a new riverside production brewery and tasting room for the Prison City Brewing Company; the relocation of the Good Shepherds Brewing company into a vacant main downtown location; the expansion of the Auburn Public Theater; the rehabilitation of the Schines Theater into the Auburn Civic Center; rehabilitation of the old Nolan’s Shoe store into 5 retail and 18 housing units; redevelopment of the riverside ‘Nolan’s Block’ to establish a new Regional Public Market; a new downtown housing development in the East Hill Neighborhood, the establishment of a Cayuga Community College Culinary Center;  mixed use rehabilitation of the Rudolph’s building; the establishment of an Avenue for the Arts and tourist shuttle to connect tourists to sites associated with the new downtown Cultural Heritage Welcome Center; and, streetscape and regional public transportation enhancements.

“Auburn’s DRI plan will create many good paying jobs for local people. The difference for Auburn is they have projects and developers that are ready to build, the DRI can be the catalyst for a flurry of jobs over the next 2 years,” said Mike Davis, of Local 840 IBEW and the President of the Finger Lakes Building Trades Association.

Auburn’s Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Stephanie DeVito said “The DRI plan will bring together a culmination of years of planning and investment to take downtown Auburn to the next level.  These investments in our downtown will create jobs and bring even greater economic activity and support for our existing small businesses.”

“Auburn appears well prepared to create these jobs and the State DRI will be the catalyst to create a flurry of construction over the next couple years. We are very interested in putting local people to work on these exciting projects,” said Bill Andre, President, Cayuga County Labor Council.

The 528 jobs to be created in Auburn’s 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application are tied to shovel-ready transformational projects and represent the most realistic job creation numbers out of the 5 total applications received in the Central New York region’s group of DRI applications.


For more information please contact:
Chuck Mason
City Clerk
City of Auburn, New York
24 South Street
Auburn, New York  13021
Cell: 315-283-3216
Office: 315-255-4101
Email: cmason@auburnny,gov

Complete information on the City of Auburn’s 2017 NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application is may be found at 

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