Inside Mohawk Valley

Mohawk Valley RegionThe Mohawk Valley is strategically located between Albany and Syracuse along the scenic Erie Canal and spans six counties--Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie.  Historic urban centers such as Utica, Rome, and Amsterdam stretch along the Mohawk River, and are complemented by growing suburban areas such as New Hartford and Marcy.

The region is located at the geographic center of Upstate New York and links all the major metropolitan areas together. It is home to numerous academic and research institutions and thriving companies whose success is based on the area’s highly skilled workforce.

Manufacturing remains among the region’s largest employers but a growing concentration in information and technology now holds tremendous potential for the attraction of innovation economy employers.  The Mohawk Valley, with its various industry strengths as well as its exceptional quality of life, is a great place to do business.




General Overview
Area –5,296.57 square miles
Population (2009) – 490,080
By county:
    Fulton:  55,053
    Herkimer: 62,236
    Montgomery: 48,616
    Oneida: 231,044
    Otsego: 61,602
    Schoharie: 31,529

2009 Labor Force: 242,600
2009 Per capita income: $22,730

Market Access
The New York State Thruway (I-90) is the main east-west artery through the region, with additional routes, including NYS Rt. 12 N S, providing connections to north-south interstates, I-81 and I-87, giving the area direct access to markets in Canada, Pennsylvania, New York City and Buffalo. Interstate 88 (I-88) passes through the southern portion of the region, providing a link to Binghamton in the southwest and the state's Capital Region to the east.

Air Service
Service is available at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

Rail Service
CSX and MA&N and the New York Susquehanna & Western provide freight service. Daily passenger service is available from Amsterdam, Rome and Utica via Amtrak.

Bus Service
Local bus service is available in the metropolitan area and a number of carriers provide inter- and intra-state service.

Port Services
The New York State Canal System has harbor points and marina facilities in Rome and Utica, with smaller facilities located in Sylvan Beach, Little Falls, Ilion and St. Johnsville.


Notable hospitals in Mohawk Valley:
Faxton St Lukes Healthcare, Utica
Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome
Mohawk Valley Network, Utica
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica
Little Falls Hospital, Little Falls
Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Cobleskill
Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown
St Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam


Principal Industries
Travel and Tourism
Financial Services
Materials Processing
Industrial Machinery & Services
Healthcare & Medical Facilities
Information and Technology


Colleges and Universities
The Mohawk Valley Region has more than 22,000 students who are enrolled in four-year and two-year colleges and universities.  The State University system operates five community and technical colleges in the Mohawk Valley.
Cazenovia College
Colgate University
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Hamilton College
Herkimer County Community College
Mohawk Valley Community College
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
SUNY College at Cobleskill
SUNY Morrisville
SUNY Institute of Technology
SUNY College at Oneonta
Utica College
Utica School of Commerce


Local Utilities
National Grid
New York State Electric & Gas Corp.


Top Five Mohawk Valley Employers by Size of Work Force
Oneida Indian Nation
Mohawk Valley Network
St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company