Southern Tier Soaring

A regional plan to generate robust economic growth and community development in the Southern Tier.

The Southern Tier is Soaring to New Heights

In 2015,  Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) competition to strategically focus on the economic development of Upstate NY, as part of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) initiative, which created long-term, regionally-based strategic plans for economic growth in each of New York State’s 10 geographic regions. The Southern Tier benefits from a strategic location, world-renowned colleges and universities and a robust pipeline of STEM grads. The region’s  also home to 5,600+ farms and to top manufacturers in a mix of industries. Southern Tier Soaring, the URI-winning strategic plan developed by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, builds on a strong foundation of higher education institutions, the nonprofit sector and government agencies and key industries, including those mentioned below as well as healthcare and tourism.

  • Build the Greater Binghamton Innovation Ecosystem
  • Invest in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry
  • Transform  the Food and Agriculture Industry
  • Promote the Southern Tier’s Innovative Culture

Southern Tier Soaring will focus on increasing the region’s workforce through new business growth based on high-tech discoveries and entrepreneurship, while ensuring healthy communities and protecting the region’s natural beauty and resources.

The Southern Tier URI plan provides a comprehensive view of the region's strategic economic goals.

Southern Tier: Innovation Runs Deep

The genius of American manufacturing was established in New York's Southern Tier and forward-thinking companies are keeping that spirit alive today.

Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira & Corning: Cracking the Code for Business Success

The cities of New York’s Southern Tier are uniquely supportive to both entrepreneurs and established businesses that relocate to the region.

Explore the Southern Tier Region

Find out how the Southern Tier is investing in strategic business clusters, strengthening workforce development, and building healthy communities.

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

Visit the Southern Tier REDC site to access more opportunities and information.

Regional Headquarters


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) 721-8605
  • Elmira: (607) 734-2698
  • Binghamton: (607) 721-8613 Fax
  • Elmira: (607) 734-2698 Fax