A Message from the Western New York Regional Office

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Western New York and the numerous assets this region--and New York State--has to offer. It is an exciting time for Western New York and businesses across the country and from around the world are choosing New York to locate and expand their operations. To remain competitive, New York State has implemented progressive economic development strategies and aggressive financial and tax incentives to stimulate growth and job creation.  Additionally, there is particular focus on building industry clusters that will significantly contribute to growing New York' s New Economy.

New York State' s strengths lie within its wealth of academic and research institutions, highly skilled labor force and extensive transportation network.  With regard to Western New York, our region' s strengths lie in our close proximity to Canada (with five international bridge crossings), and a tremendous quality of life, including affordable housing and a high-quality work force. Top industries in Western New York include manufacturing, agribusiness, life sciences, renewable energy, financial services and back office support.
We are particularly proud that Western New York is home to many outstanding and internationally known employers such as GEICO, Yahoo!, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Buffalo, M&T Bank Corporation, Moog Inc., Rich Products Corporation, Kaleida Health and HSBC Bank.
The staff of the Western New York Regional Office of Empire State Development will work closely with you to identify and help meet your business needs and goals for the future.  Economic development programs are available to assist in building a new facility, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce and entering new markets and international arenas.  Again, welcome to Western New York and we look forward to working with you.

Christopher Schoepflin
ESD Western New York Regional Director


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