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Unparalleled Quality of Life

New York is home to innovative city centers, an abundance of great schools, arts and outdoor beauty

New York State is a national and global hub for businesses, but our unparalleled quality of life is a key reason companies (and their employees) are happy to be here. New York is home to vibrant communities of all sizes, great places where you can put down roots – and then set out to explore. Wherever you live in New York State, you’ll have access to educational opportunity, abundant art and culture, and outdoor recreation in some of the world’s most beautiful natural settings.

If you have a reason to work here, you’ll find many more reasons to live, play and stay in New York State.

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New York State is a great place to call home. The state is making strategic investments in innovation, infrastructure and revitalizing downtowns. That all supports a vibrant mix of communities – from Buffalo and Binghamton, to Syracuse and Troy – where entrepreneurs are innovating, recent graduates can build careers and where families and businesses can grow and thrive. 

Cornell University

From kindergarten to graduate school, New York State is home to academic opportunity. The Excelsior Scholarship offers free tuition to eligible applicants at the 64-campus State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public university system in the nation. The state’s higher-ed offerings also include hundreds of private colleges and universities; New York is the only state with more than one Ivy League university (Columbia University and Cornell University).

Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center at Monroe Community College

New York State is actively invested in workforce development efforts and programs designed to train workers for high-quality, in-demand jobs — and New York’s colleges and universities are fostering industry-university partnerships and programs that are incubating entrepreneurial ideas and 21st century businesses.

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New York State is making historic investments in infrastructure, dedicated to keeping New Yorkers moving, in ways that keep businesses going and growing. There are many ways to get around in New York State – whether by car, train, water or air – and we’re improving on them all. 

New York State has been inspiring trailblazers, artists and performers for centuries – and that inspiration is evident in the state’s rich cultural and historic landscape. New York has been home to presidents and pioneers, inspiring the change-makers and innovators who have been at the forefront of social movements and breakthrough discoveries and developments. Whether in museums or at historic sites – or in theaters and concert venues, large and small – New York State offers a wealth of opportunities for experiencing history and the arts first-hand. 

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New York State is one big, 54,556-square-mile, staycation. There’s no need to get away; the getaways are all here. And they’re every kind of escape: outdoor adventures from skiing to sailing to swimming in a variety of natural settings; culinary tours paired with New York-grown craft beverages; landmark destinations that tell the New York story; and family attractions built for fun.

Visit I LOVE NY to explore all there is to see and do in New York State.

Explore our regions

New York’s rich and diverse regions offer a multitude of advantages for business, from world-class cities to transportation hubs to innovation hot spots and regions ideal for manufacturing, tech, R&D, farming and more.

Explore by industry

New York is home to innovative companies from a diverse mix of industries. See how businesses like yours are thriving here.

Why New York State?

In New York State, the future is already here – fueled by the talent and the resources that are leading companies and smart, dynamic, innovative new businesses to start here, move here and thrive here.

Opportunities to grow your business in New York State

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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.

Growth Support

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

Financial incentives to foster university collaboration, research and innovation.
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