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.

2.3M

visitors to North Country state parks and campgrounds in 2014

$2.3B

value of the region's exports in 2012

$1.3B

spent by travelers during 2015

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., New York Air Brake Corp., Alcoa Inc., Agri-Mark Inc., 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 and the state’s $3 million investment in the Krog Corp. and Hart Hotels’ hotel and conference center in Clayton, are proof that New York State 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 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.

Nova Bus: Getting the world where it needs to go

In 2008, Nova Bus, a bus manufacturer founded in Canada and owned since 1998 by the learn more

Nova Bus: Getting the world where it needs to go

In 2008, Nova Bus, a bus manufacturer founded in Canada and owned since 1998 by the learn more

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 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