Named for the much-treasured narrow bodies of water that are found in the southern counties of the region, the Finger Lakes region provides unique opportunities for new and expanding businesses. It is home to a wealth of 19 notable academic institutions, great access to international markets in New York City and Canada and innovative urban industrial centers like Rochester.
Prime Location for Business Expansion
Extensive infrastructure systems, including abundant water resources and access to international markets
Proximity to 10 of the largest cities in North America
Host to a number of global companies including JPMorgan Chase, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb
Finger Lakes Facts
Nine counties encompass four major cities, including Rochester, the third larges-city in the state, as well as Geneva, Canandaigua and Batavia
Population of 1,193,363
Convenient access to air travel:
The Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) provides direct and connecting flights for approximately 2.5 million passengers annually
Additional services are offered by numerous active General Aviation (GA) airports in the region
Numerous ground transportation options:
More than 550 miles of operational rail track
New York State I-90 provides major east-west access, and I-390 is the primary north-south route
The Regional Transit Service operating in and around the city of Rochester, and outlying counties are serviced by four other bus services
Excellent access to waterways:
The New York State Canal System can be accessed at various points throughout the region
Quality of Life
Residents and visitors alike enjoy an exceptional quality of life in the Finger Lakes region throughout the year. Excellent educational opportunities, affordable housing and diverse leisure activities make the region a highly desirable location.
The Finger Lakes region is one of the nation’s largest wine producers. Its unique lakeside setting makes it a great place to enjoy award-winning wines, craft brews and gourmet food.
The National Museum of Play at the Strong houses the most comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, and play-related objects in the world and is the second largest children’s museum in the country.