Finding the right balance is easy in Fairport.


Fairport OCED works hard to ensure we can achieve complete community living through our investments and policies.

One of the Most Sought After Communities

There’s no place quite like Fairport. Set along the picturesque Erie Canal, our plethora of shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation, and proximity to major cities like Rochester and Syracuse makes Fairport the perfect place for residents and businesses of all types.

Fast Facts

Welcoming and walkable

with our canalside parks, bustling downtown, & community hubs.

Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal

- part of the 750 mile Empire State Trail.

65% lower electric

cost than nearby utilities thanks to Village-owned power.

EVolve NY Community

The state's first Evolve NY Electric Vehicle Accelerator Community.

Highly Educated

with over 18,000 graduates annually from the area's leading colleges and universities.

Great Local Education

11:1 student-teacher ratio (vs. 17:1 national average).

Diverse Business Sectors

  • Home to Corning Advanced Optics – a global leader in cutting edge material and optical solutions
  • LiDestri Foods – premier private label and contract manufacturer of food, beverages and spirits
  • Iron Smoke Distillery – internationally acclaimed NYS farm distillery
  • A growing Professional, Scientific and Technical community which has doubled in share since 2010
  • Destination Retailers

Community Events
and Festivals

  • Fairport Canal Days is one of the premier juried art festivals in the Northeast
  • Annual Fairport Music Festival raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for regional non-profit organizations
  • Tree-lined residential streets
  • Historic properties
  • Great location
  • Parades, concerts, holiday markets and more

Abundant Recreational Amenities

Investing in our canalside was an easy decision to make. Our recent projects provide accessible, active and passive recreational activities while preserving a unique natural habitat that connects our community to the rest of the Erie Canal Trail.

Cultural Attractions

The Village of Fairport, in conjunction with OCED has consistently emphasized our cultural attractions and events through our public art, support of the NY Fiber Trail, Fairport Plein Air Festival, Fairport Junction, and more.

The Village of Fairport
Government Official Page

Student-Centric Education

A community’s future is only as strong as its commitment to quality education. This investment in our students is clear in Fairport, with above-average graduation rates, high proficiency in math and language, and small class sizes. For growing families looking for a new home base, our high-ranking public school district and regional education opportunities set our village apart.

Fairport Central

School District

  • Commitment to high standards and excellence.
  • K-12 school district
  • Goal of cultivating creative, healthy, caring,
    and analytical thinkers who participate in and
    contribute to a diverse society.

Monroe #1 BOCES

Serving the diverse needs of students in our community, Monroe #1 BOCES is one of 37 BOCES in New York State. Programs include Career and Technical Education, Department for Exceptional Children, and other collaborative programs across districts.


“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

College Education

Our region is home to 80,000 highly-educated enrolled students each semester in leading colleges and universities such as:

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

16,000+ students

Roberts Wesleyan University

1,750+ students

Roberts Wesleyan University

1,750+ students

Nazareth College

2,900+ students

St. John Fisher College

3,600+ students

SUNY Brockport

7,900+ students

Bryant and Stratton College-Syracuse North

500+ students

Monroe Community College

11,500+ students

Keuka College

1,700+ students

SUNY Geneseo

5,400+ students

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