Mohawk Valley

A strategic location is just one of the advantages this growth-focused, innovation-rich environment can offer your business.

Tech, manufacturing and more are making inroads in the Mohawk Valley

Building on its own unique regional assets, the Mohawk Valley offers a competitive business climate with its exceptional quality of life, strategic location along the Erie Canal, and six counties at the geographic center of upstate New York linking all the major metropolitan areas together. In addition, businesses will find a wealth of academic and research institutions and major industry clusters that drive innovation and success, with notable advances in cybersecurity. Mohawk Valley is a landscape of opportunity for business.


spent by visitors in 2017


of 40 colleges honored — Mohawk Valley C.C. was recognized by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security for cyber defense excellence


new net income tax for small businesses — the lowest rate since 1917 — down from 6.5%

Key facts

Here’s a look at the reasons why businesses of all kinds are thriving in the Mohawk Valley region:

  • The region’s robust business environment draws major employers as diverse as ACS Education Services, MetLife, Bank of New York Mellon, ECR International Inc., Remington Arms Co., wholesale paper distributor Hill & Markes, the nationally acclaimed Brewery Ommegang, and distribution centers for Walmart, Target and Family Dollar.
  • Thriving industry clusters are building around distribution, materials processing, industrial machinery and services, agriculture, financial services, and information and technology.
  • Cybersecurity has become a keystone industry base here, with firms such as AFRL, PAR Technology, BAE Systems, ITT Industries, Black Rivers Systems, and Assured Information Security all in the region.
  • Utica College has the expertise to create the first cyber-nano test range in the nation for use in the private sector — cybersecurity professionals in the Mohawk Valley (and throughout NYS) will be able to test computer systems to gauge their reactions to security threats.
  • Direct access to markets in Canada, Pennsylvania, New York City and Buffalo allows businesses to expand their reach, while proximity to north-south interstate highways simplifies logistics.
  • Griffiss International Airport is one of six national sites testing the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, an effort led by NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance).
  • The region’s workforce is being fine-tuned through a $1 million joint training program between Herkimer College and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The partnership will train Mohawk Valley residents for jobs at NYPA and upgrade training of current NYPA workers.

The Mohawk Valley regional office works hand-in-hand with new and existing businesses to help identify program funding to support business growth and expansion. Below, explore the wide range of economic development programs that are available for building new facilities, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce and entering new markets and international arenas.

Explore opportunities in the Mohawk Valley

Visit the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council site to see strategic plans, current projects and the latest economic data, plus access funding applications and more.


Regional Office

Mike Reese
Regional Director
207 Genesee Street
16th Floor
Utica New York 13501
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