Innovation and Technology

Innovation drives the economy by cultivating ideas and inventions through research to generate new products and processes. The innovation pipeline typically starts at colleges and universities that conduct research and prepare young talent for a diverse range of industries that drive innovation and pay higher wages. This research and talent generates patents, and start up firms that create jobs and enhance the economy as they move products up the innovation - commercialization pipeline.



The Southern Tier region of NYS is home to more than 6,600 farms and possesses agricultural assets ranging from Cornell’s commitment to the industry in Cornell Cooperative Extension, to the thriving dairy industry, to unparalleled access to water. These advantages have allowed for the continued growth of companies such as Upstate Niagara, Golden Age Cheese, HP Hood and numerous wineries and specialty beverage manufacturers throughout Steuben County.

Steuben County is ranked first in the state in terms of acreage devoted to forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass sileage and greenchop, and first for oats and grain. The total value of agricultural products fold in Steuben totaled $187,206,000 in 2012 vs. $135,286,000 in 2007 and ranks 7th in the state among all counties.


Steuben County is leading the way in healthcare investment through the construction of two, brand-new hospitals to serve the community. While Guthrie’s Corning Hospital opened in 2014, new architectural plans were completed in 2017 to increase the medical center’s footprint through expanded services. Hornell’s St. James Mercy Hospital has broken ground on a new facility to serve the western portion of the county, with a private medical arts facility also under construction next door.

To provide the employment base needed for this fast-growing industry, Corning Community College opened in 2017 a new, state-of-the-art Health Education Center to train the next generation of healthcare workers. The 21,000 square-foot facility offers video-conferencing technology, a simulation lab and a commercial kitchen that will allow enrollment to increase and expand into other programs such as public health.



Tourists spend over $120 million each year in Steuben County. With its cultural assets and national accolades, it’s not hard to see why! The Corning Museum of Glass boasts the nation’s most comprehensive collection of glass and recently completed a $66 million expansion that will draw close to 500,000 visitors annually. The Rockwell Museum depicts the American experience through fine art and is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in upstate New York. The Bath to Corning communities host the Wineglass Marathon each fall, a USATF-certified Course and Boston Marathon qualifier that draws thousands of runners to the area. The Keuka Lake region offers swimming, boating and access to the renowned Finger Lakes wineries such as Dr. Frank and Bully Hill and an emerging market for breweries, cideries and distilleries. And with Corning being named the “Most Fun” Small Town in America by Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road” and Hammondsport being named the “Coolest Small Town in America” in Budget Travel’s annual conference, it’s fun to play in Steuben County!

Building Our Workforce

The Southern Tier recognizes that a strong workforce is one of the key components of sustainability and growth. We are focusing on building a talent pipeline to ensure the future competitiveness of the area. Steps are being taken to expose young people to career opportunities, engage the existing workforce in technical skills training, and aggressively recruit new talent at all levels from machine operators and engineers to scientists.

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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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