A Message from the North Country Regional Director

If you’re interested in learning the benefits of doing business in the North Country region of New York State, you’ve come to the right place.  The region offers a unique mix of business opportunities and outstanding quality of life. 
The strength of the North Country lies in its diverse economy, with sectors ranging from manufacturing, distribution, transportation, back office operations, tourism, and development of natural resources.   Alternative energy is an emerging sector with numerous hydro power plants across the region providing low cost energy to businesses in the state.  The region’s proximity to major Canadian population centers also makes it a highly desirable location for companies serving the North American market and for Canadian companies wishing to establish a branch operation in the United States.  The region is the ideal location for entrepreneurs and others looking for quality workers, strong schools and low costs in a stunningly beautiful setting.  
Major businesses are choosing New York to locate and expand their operations. To remain competitive, New York State has implemented progressive economic development strategies and aggressive financial and tax incentives to stimulate growth and job creation.

We are particularly proud that the North Country is home to many outstanding and internationally known employers such as Fort Drum (Home of the 10th Mountain Division), Bombardier, Alcoa, Trudeau Institute, Nova Bus, Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), International Paper, Swarovski Lighting LTD, and New York Air Brake. 
The staff of the North Country Regional Office of Empire State Development will work closely with you to identify and fulfill your business goals.  Economic development programs are available to assist in building a new facility, relocating a business, expanding operations and workforce, and entering new markets and international arenas.  We look forward to working with you!

Roseanne Murphy
ESD North Country Regional Director


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