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City of Cortland Revitalization Project


Our Goal & Vision for Downtown

Latest Construction Information

What's Happening Downtown

Participating Organizations

City of Cortland New York
Cortland County Business Development Corporation Industrial Development Agency
Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce
Experience Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau

As a gateway to both Central New York and the Finger Lakes, the City of Cortland is a magnet for hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. It also serves county residents and SUNY Cortland students as the primary shopping area in the county.


The central business district is at the core of the area designated for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, consisting primarily of commercial and residential mixed-use attached buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Cortland envisions new space for community activities and additional housing to accommodate an expanding residential and tourism population. The city plans to guide the redevelopment of its downtown through the expansion of the creative economy, building a complete downtown neighborhood, and re-imagining its infrastructure for the 21st century.

Cortland Named Top 10 Affordable Small Towns to Live

Cortland was named the No. 1 affordable small town in America by, the second most visited real estate listings website in the United States as of 2021, with more than 100 million monthly active users, according to its website. 

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Recent Updates

We have more and more people living downtown, and we believe it's important that we do everything we can to rebuild it as a great place to live." 

Garry VanGorder, BDC Executive Director

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