Central New York offers many opportunities for businesses to thrive. Its regional workforce is 20% more educated than the national average, and is consistently ranked as one of the most productive nationwide. The region is also known for its diverse industries, ranging from biosciences and cleantech to food & beverage processing.
Prime Location for Economic Development
Robust transportation system provides access to major industrial markets, including Canada, Mid-Atlantic and New England
A highly educated workforce, with one of the highest clusters of undergraduates and graduates nationwide
A strong regional manufacturing presence offering expertise in a wide range of industries
Central New York Facts
Multiple points of access to the New York Canal System
Includes the Syracuse metropolitan area (Onondaga County), Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, and Oswego counties
Population of 790,660
Convenient access to air travel:
Hancock International Airport (SYR) in Syracuse offers eight major airlines and two commuter airlines
Oswego County Airport (FZY) and many other aviation facilities operate throughout Central New York
An extensive combination of rail, bus and taxi services conveniently located near the airports
Ground transportation facilitated by:
Major highways that provide north-south access from the Canadian border down to Pennsylvania
Syracuse Rail Center, operated by major transportation companies such as Amtrak, CSX and New York Susquehanna & Western
Bus transportation, including Greyhound, Trailways and other local carriers
Regional water access ensures:
Ocean-going vessels have direct access to the St. Lawrence Seaway through the Port of Oswego
Quality of Life
The region offers a wide mix of activities, including family-owned farmers markets, live music and high-end shopping at unique boutiques.
Lake Ontario and the Salmon River draw visitors from all over the world to enjoy activities like fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and kayaking.
diverse leisure actIvities
Chittenango Falls and Skaneateles Lake highlight the region’s unique attractions.