North Country

Here, at the door to the U.S. market, cross-border commerce and growth opportunities are wide open.

Business opportunities as vast as the North Country landscape

Join a growing number of successful companies that have discovered how doing business in the North Country opens the door to the North American market. The North Country Region is a prime gateway to Canada, uniquely suited to companies seeking growth opportunities and cross-border markets. The region’s colleges and universities provide critical research assistance and workforce development. And, thanks to increasing state investments, the tourism industry in the area is growing rapidly. Explore a region with a future that’s truly wide open.


companies make up the region’s Transportation Equipment Cluster


Total Gross Regional Product (2018)


spent by travelers during 2017

Key facts

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

  • Diverse industry clusters such as aerospace, agriculture, biotech, defense, energy, transit equipment and tourism. Key employers include Bombardier Inc., Kraft Heinz, Vapor Stone Rail Systems, Nova Bus, Norsk Titanium, Fort Drum and the Trudeau Institute.
  • Proximity to Quebec and Eastern Ontario, which makes the region uniquely suited to U.S. and Canadian companies seeking growth opportunities and cross-border markets, with ports in Alexandria Bay and Champlain continuing to rank in the nation’s top ten for truck traffic entering the U.S.
  • Collaboration with the region’s colleges and universities, which provide critical workforce development and R&D infrastructure.
  • Energized micropolitan cities like the areas around Fort Drum, which received more than $60 million in state investment for projects related to housing, renewable energy, and the revitalization of parks and downtown districts around the base.
  • Access to deep-water shipping through the St. Lawrence Seaway ports at Ogdensburg and Montreal (the second-largest inland port in North America) as well as access to the Champlain Canal that connects Lake Champlain and Montreal with the Hudson River to New York City.
  • Rich cultural venues and activities, such as the renovation of the landmark Plattsburgh Strand Center for the Arts, the state’s $3 million investment in the Krog Corp. and Hart Hotels’ hotel and conference center in Clayton, a $5 million state investment in the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake and the Wild Center, which has a $10 million annual economic impact on the region, are proof that New York recognizes the importance of not only attracting visitors, but retaining this valuable workforce with greater recreation opportunities.

The North Country 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 North Country region

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


Regional Office

Steve Hunt
Regional Director
61 Area Development Drive
Plattsburgh 12901
317 Washington Street
2nd Floor
Watertown 13601

Regional Offices

Steve Hunt, Director
Plattsburgh Office
61 Area Development Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Watertown Office
Dulles State Office Building
Watertown, NY 13601
  • Plattsburgh: (518) 561-5642
  • Watertown: (315) 785-7907
  • Plattsburgh: (518) 561-8831 Fax
  • Watertown: (315) 785-7935 Fax