The Cortland County Business Development Corporation has moved its Church Street offices to the newly renovated historic building at 40 Main Street in downtown Cortland.
Owned by the Cortland Downtown Partnership, the building’s undergone renovations for the past several years, underwritten by numerous state grants, including the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
A third-floor apartment is soon to be under lease, with the second-floor space to be occupied by the BDC and a current tenant, the American Red Cross.
BDC executive director Garry VanGorder said the decision to relocate was prompted by indications that the county may have other plans for its building as well as an opportunity to be at the center of an energized central business district.
Lease negotiations with two first-floor tenants are also underway, including SUNY Cortland’s entrepreneurial and business incubator program.
“That’s a key for us,” VanGorder said. “We need to be and want to be close to our academic partners as we seek out and train the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs. Church Street has been great for us but we understand that circumstances and priorities change. We’re sorry to leave but we’re excited about being in the heart of downtown, too.”
The BDC’s move comes after 15 years of operations at 37 Church St., a county-owned building adjacent to the county courthouse.