Creating a Vibrant + Healthy Community

The Fairport Office of Community and Economic Development is dedicated to building on the historic successes of Fairport, New York.

Our innovative and collaborative organization is represented by our investments in village assets and a commitment to the future. Through our strategic vision, Fairport OCED supports the continued growth of the Village of Fairport into the most sought-after destination in Upstate New York region for residents, visitors, and businesses.

Our Agencies


Industrial Development Agency

  • Incentivizing investments
  • Encouraging capital improvements
  • Creating savings for businesses


Urban Renewal Agency

  • Revitalizing properties & neighborhoods
  • Improving housing conditions
  • Supporting Section 8 success
  • Improving accessibility


Local Development Corporation

  • Reducing unemployment
  • Promote maximum employment
  • Improving job opportunities

Section 8

Section 8 House Program

  •  Preserve & increase affordable housing
  • Promote Fair Housing
  • Encourage families to be self-sufficient

About OCED

Our Vision for the Village of Fairport is complete community living with attainable housing, abundant amenities and vibrant streets lined with businesses.

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Resident Resources

Explore how we can help residents call Fairport home for years to come.


Success Stories

The Cannery

The long-vacant 62,000 square-foot former can factory and 42,000 square-foot industrial building that dominated the north side of the village were impediments to the revitalization of Fairport.  

Sterling West

What began as a simple façade improvement project in 2004, resulted in the demolition of 2 buildings and the construction of what has become a signature project in the heart of the Village. The Fairport Urban Renewal Agency supported this project with a $300,000 low-interest loan and a façade grant. The total project cost was $1,200,000. 

Iron Smoke Whiskey

Iron Smoke Whiskey, founded in 2011, is a small-batch craft distillery. Enjoying success, the distillery needed a larger location. Working with Fairport Local Development Corporation, a suitable site was identified, and Iron Smoke relocated to the Fairport location in 2014.  The project was assisted with a low-interest loan for renovations, build-out costs, fixtures, and equipment. The total project cost was $850,000.

Fairport Landing

Developed through Urban Renewal programs in the 1970’s, the 120,000 square foot Fairport Landing shopping center had served as a key component of the Village’s commercial corridor. Due to shifting retail trends and lack of investment, the property was experiencing significant vacancy.


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Updates from OCED: Newsletter Archive Now Available

Monthly email newsletters are archived for easy access to our past updates. To have future newsletters sent directly to your inbox, subscribe here: NEWSLETTERS: June 2024 Thomas Creek Entrance Project Underway Fairport OCED’s Economic Development Strategic Plan - Attainable Housing May 2024 Erie Canal...

OCED Studying Ways to Help Ease North Main Street Parking Challenges

The Village of Fairport has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years, with a significant amount of private development. These projects have reenergized our restaurant, retail and recreational opportunities, drawing people from throughout the Finger Lakes Region. However, this success is accompanied by concerns...

Fairport OCED – Thomas Creek Wetlands Entrance Project

The Fairport Industrial Development Agency continues to invest in this unique urban wetlands which provides ecological benefits as well as a passive recreational space along the Erie Canal and the NYS Empire Trail.  This project proposes to make improvements to the entrance which will result...

Sign, Facade and Street Frontage Grant Program

To date, the Village of Fairport Local Development Corporation (FLDC) Local Investments for Fairport’s Transformation (LIFT) Grant Program has distributed $80,000 in grants, to more than 40 Fairport Village businesses for PPE, takeout supplies and other pandemic related expenses.


“Thank you for the grant! It made my vision come true for my house!!”

Lisa L.
Village Resident

“Thank you so much for this front porch grant. It certainly helps. I am grateful that I now have a safe and beautiful front porch.” 

Joanne M.

Village Resident

“The village of Fairport’s economic development group has embraced the project,” Lester said. “Most municipalities would have put the development team through the ringer. Fairport was like, ‘What can we do for you?’ ”

Matt Lester

Caliber Brokerage

“This is a shining example of how the arts and the Erie Canal can come together to create vibrant public spaces. Fairport has long been a quintessential canal village and this installation will make it an even more compelling destination.”

Brian U. Stratton

NYS Canal Corporation Director

“Fairport’s Office of Community and Economic Development supports local businesses and is dedicated to developing a Village business district that supports small business and the needs of the local community. OCED helps business owners cut through the red tape and navigate the complex process for new businesses looking to open or existing businesses looking to expand. It is like having an extra consultant on your team that will support you throughout the life cycle of your business.”

Tracy Jong, Esq.

Senior Attorney, Evans Fox, LLP

“The Village of Fairport is blessed with scenic Canal frontage, vibrant retail, food and beverage establishments, and a wonderfully charming community. They are also fortunate to have the Office of Community and Economic Development, which works tirelessly to champion development projects and capitalize on opportunities to optimize their downtown. Working with OCED on numerous projects within the Village has been undoubtedly one of the highlights of my professional career.”

John Reddington, RLA, ASLA

Trowbridge Wolf Michaels - A Fisher Associates Landscape Architecture Studio

“Fairport OCED supports the charming and thriving village of Fairport with engaged and creative leadership who are dedicated to working with businesses and the community on sustainable growth. Great people to work with!”

Jared Shepard

MRB Group

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