James C. Johnson

James C. Johnson, Executive Director

Welcome to the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The IDA is here to promote, encourage and develop job opportunities and economically sound commerce throughout our county. We are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information and incentives to start, attract and retain businesses to create job opportunities in the community. Our shared approach to economic development provides many resources including funding and development solutions. Whether you are a site developer, an existing business seeking information and assistance, or an entrepreneur looking for new opportunities, we are committed to connecting you to the resources you need to succeed and prosper. I invite you to explore the many advantages this thriving area has to offer, including affordable location, financial incentives, shovel ready sites, available and educated workforce, and outstanding quality of life for residents and businesses alike.

What we can do for you

About Us

About Us

The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is the designated economic development organization for Steuben County, NY, providing comprehensive economic development services to attract new jobs and investment, and generate new wealth. We are uniquely positioned to provide timely and quality assistance to help retain and grow existing businesses, and to help new business entrepreneurs lay the right groundwork to successfully get establish themselves.


As a hub for advanced manufacturing, Steuben County is heavily investing in its manufacturing base, with an emphasis on transportation, food processing, ceramics, glass and advanced materials. Diverse industries such as agriculture, retail trade, tourism and health care all have a significant presence.
Major Employers

Major Employers

Steuben County serves as the corporate home of Corning Incorporated, and their world-renowned hub for research and development. One of the world’s leading innovators in materials science for more than 165 years, Corning Incorporated has over 45,000 employees worldwide. In addition, Steuben County is home to a number of other prominent employers including Gunlocke, Alstom, Dresser-Rand/Siemens, Mercury Aircraft, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, World Kitchen, LLC, Transit Air Systems, The PKC Group, and more.
Business Development

Business Development

With its strategic location among three interstates, solid education systems, and opportunities for a wide range of businesses and industries, Steuben County is the right space to grow. The region is a hub for advanced manufacturing, transit, and supply chain development, and boasts booming tourism, winery, brewery, food and agricultural industries.
Building Our Workforce

Building Our Workforce

New York State’s diverse and talented workforce is a key to business success and growth here. That success is reflected in the record number of Fortune 500 companies that have made their home in New York. NYS is actively invested in workforce development efforts and programs designed to train workers for an innovation economy. New York’s unique industry-university partnerships, including NYSTAR programs and tax-free zones for businesses, also provide opportunities for businesses to benefit from university R&D resources and for students to get hands-on experience in businesses that are launching and growing here.
CCC Ribbon Cutting


We are connected! The Steuben County IDA works closely with federal, state, and local partners to provide the most comprehensive list of resources available. If you have a need that we can’t directly provide, we will connect you to the right resource, at the right place, and at the right time.


Our remarkable landscape includes picturesque countryside with rolling green hills, sparkling lakes, miles of vineyards and enchanting forests, breathtaking gorges and waterfalls, along with deep valleys where you’ll find dairy, beef, sheep and goats, field crop, and potato farms. The areas natural artistry, four beautiful seasons, and a plethora of waterways offer a wealth of ways to enjoy our great outdoors.
Corning Museum of Glass

Developing Community

Steuben County IDA has expanded its services approach to work with the community to provide a more comprehensive package of business development assets, including workforce development, housing, economic development, and much more. With a focus on Work, Live and Play we are helping to develop vibrant communities that are more appealing to new investments and to retain business.
Steuben County Access


Connected to the World… Located in the center of New York’s Southern Tier region bordering Pennsylvania, Steuben County is directly in line between the major market areas of New York City, Cleveland and Toronto. Three major interstate highway systems, several airports, and a comprehensive rail system enable easy access to and from Steuben County. More than 1/5 of the U.S. population lives within 250 miles of our region.

Steuben County Demographic Profile

2016 Top 5 Employment Sectors

Annual Average Employment by Industry

Steuben County Population

Regional Overview

Steuben County is part of the Southern Tier/Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York which includes the counties west of the Catskill Mountains along the northern border of Pennsylvania. Our county is generally hilly without being mountainous, and can range from low rolling hills to more steep and rugged cliffs and valleys, with a plethora of lakes and waterways.

Steuben County covers nearly 1,400 square miles with a population of approximately 100,000 people living in rural agricultural areas, quaint small towns, and small city communities. It offers many of the amenities and activities of urban living without the demands. Many of the streets, towns, rivers, and lakes in the area, like Keuka Lake, have names which reflect the influence of the Seneca Indians who lived here long before it became Steuben County.

A vibrant and welcoming community for all ages, residents call Steuben County home because of the comfortable and affordable quality of life found here.

Steuben County offers a high quality of life

  • Outstanding Education
  • Low Cost of Living
  • Affordable Housing [Median home price $98,000]
  • Viable Transportation System [20 min average commute]
  • Abundance of Natural Beauty
  • Recreational Opportunities


The purpose of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is to advance the job opportunities, general prosperity and economic welfare of the people of the County.

The goal is to create and stimulate an economic climate that competitively positions Steuben County to attract a talented workforce, public and private investment in infrastructure and business development, and other compatible and diverse sustainable economic development opportunities. This will be accomplished by undertaking projects and development strategies that promote business development, and assist businesses to respond to opportunities, reduce risks, and overcome barriers to ensure long-term sustainability.

Steuben County IDA will work openly and cooperatively with its stakeholders to leverage the county’s major assets and build the economic development capacity necessary to catalyze and sustain Steuben County’s economy. Stakeholders include Steuben County’s residents, workforce, municipal government entities, existing and prospective businesses, educational institutions and other organizations and agencies that can serve to enhance the county’s economic prosperity.

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