Southern Tier

Always a hotbed of innovation, the region continues to be a home for revolutionary new businesses and people leaders.

The right space to grow

With its strategic location, prestigious universities and opportunities for a wide range of businesses and industries, the Southern Tier is the right space to grow. The region is heavily investing in its manufacturing base — with the goal of becoming a hub for advanced manufacturing — and working to transform the food and agriculture industry. In addition, the Southern Tier has one of the lowest costs of living in the nation, sparking business growth and attracting the next generation of the best and brightest talent.

6,000+

farms call the Southern Tier home

104.2

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

$2B

yearly payroll generated by manufacturing in the region

Key facts

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

  • Dozens of prominent universities and colleges throughout the region offer research opportunities and support, including the top-ranked Cornell University, Binghamton University and Ithaca College. All are major economic drivers in the region.
  • 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.
  • The Southern Tier Agricultural Economic Development Initiative has invested more than $30 million into agriculture to support growers and producers in the area.
  • 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.
  • Diverse industries such as defense, distribution, insurance, agriculture and manufacturing all have a significant presence in the region.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Corning continues to innovate across industries

“Today, the Southern Tier is really the hub of the glass universe,” Corning Chief Strategy Officer Jeffrey Evenson says of the world-renowned company’s upstate New York...

Corning continues to innovate across industries

“Today, the Southern Tier is really the hub of the glass universe,” Corning Chief Strategy Officer Jeffrey Evenson says of the world-renowned company’s upstate New York...

Explore opportunities in the Southern Tier region

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

Regional Offices


Donna Howell, Director
Binghamton Office
State Office Building
44 Hawley Street – Suite 1508
Binghamton, NY 13901
Elmira Office
Elmira Savings Bank
333 East Water Street, 4th Floor
Elmira, NY 14901
  • Binghamton: (607) 426-2999
  • Elmira: (607) 734-2698
  • Binghamton: (607) 721-8613 Fax
  • Elmira: (607) 734-2698 Fax