Southern Tier

Southern Tier Soaring lifts off from a launchpad of innovation, home to a range of industries and talent.

The right space to grow

The Southern Tier’s building on a New York State community of innovation that’s helping the region soar.

Adding to its strategic location, the region’s legacy of advanced and industrial manufacturing is being re-energized, in part through industry-university partnerships, and bringing big ideas to life: from cutting-edge transportation equipment and powerful batteries that make cell phones and rail cars more efficient to advancing train technologies at light speed.   

Supported by a highly educated work force, the Southern Tier is committing and building for the future through vocational job training programs to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. And the region’s plan for strategic growth includes urban redevelopment and revitalization of cities; updating historic buildings as places for top talent to live and work and a focus on transforming the food and agriculture industry.  Take a look at all that’s happening in the Southern Tier.


farms call the Southern Tier home


innovation index of the Southern Tier compared to the rest of the U.S.


yearly payroll generated by manufacturing in the region (2019)

Home to Top-Tier Education and Innovation

  • Dozens of higher educational institutions  throughout the region, including top-ranked Cornell University, Binghamton University and Ithaca College, offer research teaching, training and networking resources, and also act as major economic drivers for the area. 
  • Broome County’s first high-tech business incubator, the Koffman Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton, provides an entrepreneurial ecosystem for emerging companies. The incubator also supports a SUNY Broome Community College student entrepreneurship program and startup community.
  • The repurposed site of a former Carnegie Library nearby will house SUNY Broome’s College Culinary Arts Center, providing training and hands-on experiences for students planning culinary and hospitality careers.
  • The region is also home to one of New York State’s six Centers of Excellence:  Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, part of its Innovative Technologies Complex. Renewable energy is powering up at the complex, with research and testing of battery energy efficiency and storage at the state-of-the-art NECCES Battery “dry room."
  • Binghamton University’s also partnering with NYS industries to lead New York’s “node” in the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute – part of a national program to support advanced manufacturing in the U.S.

A Diverse, Dynamic Industry Mix

  • Diverse industries such as defense, distribution, insurance, agriculture and manufacturing all have a significant presence in the region. 
  • The state is investing in manufacturing in the Southern Tier, including major anchor businesses such as Corning, Raymond Corp., Lockheed Martin, Hilliard Corp., and Anchor Glass Container Corp., to help strengthen their competitive positioning and grow global exports. 
  • The region is a rail manufacturing hub. As part of its bid to provide next-generation trains for Amtrak, Alstom Transportation Inc. is expanding in Hornell, in Steuben County – retaining 1,000+ current jobs and creating almost 200 more. And TTA Systems is a leader in rail transit vehicle vehicles, systems and components. 
  • DICK’s Sporting Goods, a national sporting goods chain that got its start in the region, opened a 650,000-square-foot distribution center in Conklin in January 2018 and, in April, announced a further expansion: the company’s first in-house eCommerce fulfillment center.
  • The Southern Tier Agricultural Economic Development Initiative has invested more than $30 million into agriculture to support growers and producers in the area.

Great Places to Work, Easy Access to All

  • The region is transforming and adapting historic buildings for new uses, including the Century Sunrise project in Johnson City – bringing new residential units and commercial space to the industrial former home of the Endicott-Johnson Corporation.
  • National and international flights out of the Binghamton (BGM), Elmira-Corning (ELM) and Ithaca-Tompkins (ITH) regional airports, and a vast freight railway infrastructure operated by Norfolk Southern, New York Susquehanna & Western and Canadian Pacific. The Elmira airport is among upstate airports receiving funding from a state competition for upgrades and expansion. 
  • Easy north-south access provided by I-81, which connects the Southern Tier with Canada and the mid-Atlantic and southern states.

The Southern Tier 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 Southern Tier Soaring plan builds on a strong foundation of higher education and key industries.

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

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


Regional Office

Robert Sweet
Regional Director
44 Hawley Street
Room 1508 (15th floor)
Binghamton New York 13901