This region is a promising hub, especially for the advanced materials processing, energy and tourism industries. The major strides recently made by the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences in Buffalo have greatly influenced Western New York’s emerging biotech sector. Developments in the transportation equipment industry have also made an impact on regional employment, which now is 20 percent higher than the national average.
Prime Location for Business Expansion
The region has a large and vibrant economy, with a particular focus on manufacturing
Strategic proximity to Canada through five international bridge crossings
History of being a strong industrial center, focusing on Buffalo/Niagara’s manufacturing facilities
Western New York Facts
Includes the Buffalo/Niagara metropolitan area, compromised of Erie and Niagara counties, plus Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties
Covers 4,974 square miles and shares a border with Canada located on Lake Erie and Ontario
Population of 1,399,013
Convenient access to air travel:
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is the region's largest air passenger and cargo facility, serving five million passengers per year with more than 100 flights per day
Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport (JHW) provides regional service via United Express
Scheduled airfreight service is offered through Buffalo Niagara International Airport, as well as international airports in Toronto and Hamilton, Canada
Numerous ground transportation options:
I-90 provides local companies with convenient access to points east, as well as west to the Pennsylvania border
Route 219 creates a north-south corridor connecting to I-86 along the Southern Tier
Four railroads, including CSX, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific service the Western New York region
Excellent access to waterways:
Access to the Port of Buffalo, located on the Great Lakes system, with a point of entry to intercontinental destinations through the Welland Canal
Numerous Buffalo shipping companies have access to the ports of Toronto and Montreal for container shipments
Quality of Life
At the heart of the Western New York region is the world-famous Niagara Falls area that attracts millions of visitors year after year. But this is only a part of the overwhelming natural beauty of the area that stretches from Allegany to Chautauqua.
Take a cruise and view the falls up close, enjoy shopping in Niagara, Buffalo and Erie counties, or enjoy the outdoor options of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
TRADITION IN SPORTS
Home to national teams including the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, and home of the original Buffalo wings, Western New York is the best place for fans to catch the game.