Western New York

Businesses across the country and around the world are growing here.

Fresh water, affordable power, a skilled workforce and a strategic location

Western New York State’s time has come. News stories abound about our affordable real estate, academic and research institutions, growing downtowns and the quality of life. We have captured the world’s attention, and it’s no surprise to the people and businesses that have steadily built their futures here. 


Firms (private and public) that make their homes in Western New York (2019)


Private-sector jobs in Western New York in 2019


Western New York visitor spending in 2017

Key facts

Here’s a look at the reasons why businesses of all kinds are thriving in the Western New York region:

  • A highly strategic location — the 500-mile radius around Western New York region is within reach of 40% of North America’s population. The region also has a strategic proximity to Canada through four international bridge crossings.
  • The region is building a comprehensive network of entrepreneurial support, expertise, funding and facilities and is attracting more entrepreneurs, capital and attention from around the globe due to initiatives like 43 North, the world’s largest business plan competition, and Innovation Hub, which is providing comprehensive support to accelerate the growth of life science and technology startups.
  • WNY is also establishing itself as a center for tech talent through partnerships with industry to upskill, retain, and attract tech sector workers.
  • M&T Bank, MOOG, General Mills, Verizon Media and GEICO, have all chosen to build their organizations in Western New York. 
  • Access to the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences in Buffalo has greatly influenced Western New York’s emerging biotech sector.
  • Health and life sciences also succeed here, as do sectors including agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, manufacturing, professional services and, of course, tourism.
  • Convenient air access via Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), which serves 5 million passengers per year with more than 100 flights per day.
  • Access to the Port of Buffalo, located on the Great Lakes system, with a point of entry to intercontinental destinations through the Welland Canal.
  • Niagara Falls, the natural wonder that made Western New York famous and prosperous a century ago, continues to have a positive economic impact on the region today, with visitor numbers bordering 9 million, and providing access to affordable and renewable power.
  • Access to a highly educated workforce with over 28,000 graduates annually from the region's 20 colleges and universities.

The Western New York 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.

See what’s going on in the Western New York Region right now

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


Regional Office

Amanda Mays
Regional Director
95 Perry Street
Suite 500
Buffalo New York 14203-3030