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Southern Tier

Contact Omar Sanders
Industry Contact Regional Director Omar Sanders

Our manufacturing legacy is fueling cutting-edge innovation

The Southern Tier is building on its strategic location and re-energizing a regional legacy of advanced and industrial manufacturing, in part through industry-university partnerships, to bring new ideas to life: from cutting-edge transportation equipment and powerful batteries that make cell phones and rail cars more efficient to advancing train technologies at light speed.    

Supported by a highly educated work force, the Southern Tier is committing and building for the future through vocational job training programs to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. From Binghamton to Ithaca, the region’s plan for strategic growth includes urban redevelopment and revitalization of cities; updating historic buildings as places for top talent to live and work and a focus on transforming the food and agriculture industry.  Take a look at all that’s happening in the Southern Tier. 

Key Industries in the Southern Tier

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Homeland and Cybersecurity

New York State’s growing homeland and cybersecurity sector produces defense industry and commercial data protection products and services.
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Distribution

New York, with a vast transportation network and strategic access to East Coast markets, is a key distribution hub for major companies.

Financial Services and Insurance

New York is a global tech and talent capital, home to leading commercial and investment banks, financial and insurance services and fintech.
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Agribusiness

New York State agribusiness, supporting leading companies, is fueled by farms, rich natural resources and innovative agricultural startups.
Valor Glass was invented right here in the Southern Tier so it is only fitting our first significant manufacturing operation be located here ... I believe the future of our community is brighter than ever.
Wendell Weeks, CEO, Corning
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Dozens of higher educational institutions  throughout the region, including top-ranked Cornell University, Binghamton University and Ithaca College, offer research teaching, training and networking resources, and also act as major economic drivers for the area. The Koffman Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton provides an entrepreneurial ecosystem for emerging companies and supports SUNY Broome Community College student entrepreneurs and startups. SUNY Broome’s College Culinary Arts Center, on the site of a repurposed Carnegie Library, provides training and hands-on experiences for students planning culinary and hospitality careers. 

Innovation thrives in the Southern Tier, home to one of New York State’s six Centers of Excellence:  Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, part of its Innovative Technologies Complex. Renewable energy is powering up at the complex, with research and testing of battery energy efficiency and storage at the state-of-the-art NECCES Battery “dry room.”  The university’s also partnering with NYS industries to lead New York’s “node” in the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute – part of a national program to support advanced manufacturing in the U.S. And the Grow-NY business competition supports entrepreneurial innovation drawing on the region’s agricultural strengths. 

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The region’s major anchor businesses include Corning, Raymond Corp., Lockheed Martin, Hilliard Corp., and Anchor Glass Container Corp. The region also  is a rail manufacturing hub—Alstom Transportation Inc. is expanding in Hornell, in Steuben County and TTA Systems is a leader in rail transit vehicle vehicles, systems and components. DICK’s Sporting Goods, a national sporting goods chain that got its start in the region, opened a 650,000-square-foot distribution center in Conklin in 2018 and, in 2019, its first in-house eCommerce fulfillment center. 

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The region’s industries are supported by  access offered by the Binghamton (BGM), Elmira-Corning (ELM) and Ithaca-Tompkins (ITH) regional airports, and a vast freight railway infrastructure operated by Norfolk Southern, New York Susquehanna & Western and Canadian Pacific. The Elmira airport is among upstate airports receiving funding from a state competition for upgrades and expansion. And there’s easy north-south access provided by I-81, which connects the Southern Tier with Canada and the mid-Atlantic and Southern states. 

Southern Tier By The Numbers:

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104.2

innovation index of the Southern Tier compared to the rest of the U.S. 

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$2.3B

yearly payroll generated by manufacturing in the region (2019) 

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5,300+

farms call the Southern Tier home 

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Labor Force Status 2024

Age Distribution 2024

Education Attainment 2024

Data source: ZoomProspector (Applied Geographic Solutions)

Doing Business in the Southern Tier

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Tax-Based Incentives

All forms of tax incentives that enable savings and cost advantages to businesses.
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Operational Support

Programs offering assistance or training to ensure more competitive businesses.
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Growth Support

Funds, loans and other means of financial support to stimulate business growth.
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Innovation Development Support

Leverage New York State’s unparalleled investment in world-class tech assets, programs and expertise to grow your business.

Explore the Southern Tier Region

Find out how the Southern Tier is investing in strategic business clusters, strengthening workforce development, and building healthy communities.

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

Visit the Southern Tier REDC site to access more opportunities and information.

Regional Office

The Southern Tier regional office works hand-in-hand with new and existing businesses to help identify economic development programs to support business growth and expansion—for building new facilities, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce and entering new and global markets.  

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Omar Sanders
Regional Director

44 Hawley Street
Room 1508 (15th floor)
Binghamton, NY 13901
United States