Central New York

Central New York’s rising thanks to a strategic location and enormous business diversity and support.

Your success is central to ours

Picture your business at the center of the world’s richest markets – a rising hub of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry, with investments in industry firsts including a state-of-the-art drone testing facility and a 50-mile Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight testing corridor. 

We’re attracting top talent in UAS and to many other industries in our region’s  diverse economy, including biomedical, cleantech and agribusiness. Other emerging segments such as bioprocessing, medical devices — and industry-leading technology including sensors and radar — also contribute to the region’s economic vitality. 

We’re preparing the workforce of tomorrow – expanding on demand driven workforce-training programs and community-wide initiatives including Work Train that tackle un- and underemployment -- and also building on the region’s top-tier higher educational institutions to incubate  innovation and entrepreneurial success, including GENIUS NY, a global business competition focused on UAS. 

With an additional commitment to infrastructure, including strengthening roads and bridges and a $48.8 million transformation of Syracuse Hancock International Airport, we are revitalizing our urban areas as vibrant places to live, work and play. And we’re also investing in the Syracuse home of the annual Great New York State Fair,  drawing record-breaking summer crowds, with creation of a new Expo Center that will attract major year-round events and business.

Come to Central New York -- a destination for businesses on the rise. 


in agricultural goods produced annually in Central New York


annual output of advanced industries in the Syracuse metro area


committed by New York State to help grow the unmanned aerial systems industry in Central New York

Flying High with UAS

  • An innovation corridor is developing in Central New York, with a focus on the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry and with Griffiss International Airport in Rome, one of seven designated FAA-designated test sites. The state has invested $35 million to develop a 50-mile operational UAS Traffic Management (UTM) corridor.
  • Central New York and the Mohawk Valley are home to a robust network of companies with significant research and manufacturing capabilities, including Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, AIS, Saab, SRC and Gryphon Sensors.
  • Central New York businesses are also taking off with Genius NY, one of the world’s largest business accelerator competitions, focusing on UAS.

Diverse Industries and Top Schools

  • Central New York’s diverse range of businesses creates abundant opportunities to capitalize on a ready customer base. For instance, the region’s unmanned systems developers can serve Central New York’s $3.1 billion agribusiness industry or $1.8 billion transportation and logistics industry.
  • That diversity ranges from INFICON, a leading provider of world class instruments for gas analysis, measurement and control, which has expanded its operations in east Syracuse, to the Good Nature Farm Brewery, a homegrown craft brewery.
  • The region’s higher educational institutions—including Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Morrisville, Colgate University and others—contribute to a highly educated workforce and talent pool for regional innovation and industry.

A Central Location for All

  • Convenient air access is available via Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) and Oswego County Airport (FZY). A $35.8 million NYS investment is driving a $48.8 million transformation of the Syracuse Airport into a state-of-the-art transportation hub.
  • The excellent quality of life keeps getting better. Lake Ontario and the Salmon River attract anglers from around the globe, and the Great New York State Fair is an annual visitor draw. In Syracuse, mixed-use redevelopment along the Inner Harbor is adding new vibrancy to the city, as well as the refurbishment of historic buildings, including the Hotel Syracuse, and central to downtown revitalization.  

The Central New York regional office works hand-in-hand with new and existing businesses to help identify funding options. They provide a range of economic development programs for building new facilities, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce, and entering new markets and international arenas.

The Upstate Revitalization Initiative

The URI-winning CNY Rising plan identifies strategic investments and initiatives, geared to regional strengths and growth.

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council

Visit the REDC site for more information on members, projects, economic data and funding applications.


Regional Office

James P. Fayle
Regional Director
620 Erie Boulevard West
Suite 112
Syracuse New York 13204