Auburn is in line to receive $50,000 from the state to put toward the operational costs of the new $10 million Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center. State Senator Pam Helming secured the money for the city in the recently adopted state budget.
Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the money will be used to offset the nearly $147,400 the city preliminarily budgeted for the operation of the visitor center, which includes the cost of staffing, utilities and supplies.
The center will include a Taste NY market and interactive exhibits promoting historic and cultural sites in Auburn, Cayuga County and the central New York region. The center is scheduled to open in October. The center will also house the county tourism, BID and the Auburn Historic and Cultural Sites Commission offices.