BID Mission

Downtown Auburn BID is a membership organization of residents, business & property owners, non-profit organizations & government entities. By means of research, advocacy, marketing, promotion, event planning & collaborative efforts, the BID is committed to enhancing the appearance, economic viability & quality of life of the community.

BID District

The BID District is a unique mix of eateries, breweries, cultural attractions, lodging & boutique retail, banking & grocery, health & wellness offerings and business & government services. BID members include approximately 110 property owners, 45 government departments or agencies, 350 businesses or organizations & 750+ downtown residents. The boundaries are determined by the property owners that voted in favor of creating the BID. To the west, the boundary is Plaza of the Arts, to the east, the boundary is Goodyear Tire, to the north it is the Holiday Inn, and to the south it is the Seward House Museum & Park.

Currently, about 110 downtown property owners contribute to the BID assessment tax. They pay an additional $3 plus dollars per $1000 of their assessed property value; with a cap of $5000 per property. Churches & government-owned properties are exempt from the tax. The BID members stand behind the District, and in turn we focus resources within our boundaries for services & promotion to increase business and foot traffic.

We so appreciate our stakeholders that contribute to our operating budget.

What does the Downtown BID Do?

The BID markets and promotes existing Downtown businesses and assists with the establishment of new businesses downtown. Our Beautification Crew cleans the Downtown streets & parks, ensuring they look their best. BID manages the annual Flower Program that fills the flower pots each summer season with a variety of plantings. BID helps organize special events & festivals including First Fridays, Music on the Mall, Majorpalooza, City Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off, Juneteenth Celebration, Founder’s Day, TomatoFest, Gobble 'N Go and the Annual Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street. The BID also acts as liaison, providing an office for communication between its members and the City of Auburn as well as Cayuga County or any other entity that may have a direct impact on Downtown Auburn. For more info on BID programs click here.

What is a BID?

A BID is a state designated area where the properties within the boundary are assessed an extra tax to contribute to the operation of the organization. The businesses, property owners, and residents located within those boundaries make up the membership of the organization. The Downtown Auburn BID strives to make Downtown Auburn a vibrant and attractive city center that residents can be proud of and that visitors are drawn to. Please patronize all the services and business here, so we can continue to grow.


BID’s dedicated staff and Board of Directors work together to grow, promote and improve Downtown Auburn.

BID Executive Officers 

Mark DiVietro, President, Silbert Optical
Andrew Simkin, Vice President, Phoenix Properties
Jeff Weigand, Treasurer, Lee Enterprises
Maureen McEvers, Secretary, Cayuga County Office of Tourism

BID Board Members

Joe Bartolotta, R & M Real Estate Group
Amy Fuller, CEDA & Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce
Allison Hinman, The Seward House Museum
Councilor Debby McCormick, City of Auburn
Carey Eidel, Auburn Public Theater
Kim Pearson, Nash's Framing & Art
Mayor Mike Quill, City of Auburn
Brian Redfield, Image Agent
Mike Talbot, City of Auburn DPW
Jennifer Haines, City of Auburn Planning & Economic Development
Joe Catalfano, J & J Limousine Service
Dawn Aubin, Chemung Canal Trust Company
Dawn Schulz, Prison City Pub & Brewery
Keith Cuttler, East Hill Family Medical
Demetrius Murphy, Lyons National Bank


Lisa Carr, Seymour Library

BID Staff

Stephanie DeVito, Executive Directorstephanie@auburndowntown.org
Jesse Kline, Assistant Director - jesse@auburndowntown.org
Nik Sanzotta, Beautification Supervisor - nsanzotta@gmail.com

The BID office is located in the Lorraine Building, at 128 Genesee Street, Suite 100, next to Edward Jones. We are open Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM. To reach staff call (315) 252-7874 or send an email.

Call us to send out the downtown Auburn brochure listing all the places to shop, dine, play & stay plus detailed info on the City’s parking options.

BID Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors that subsidize our programs & events:
Auburn Beautification Commission, Auburn Correctional Facility, The Citizen,
Finn Bell, Lyons National Bank, Majorpalooza, NYSCA/
FLCAG, Senator John DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County, 

Header photo by Jimmy Giannettino.


Photo by Jimmy Giannettino.

Photo by Jimmy Giannettino.

Photo by Jimmy Giannettino.