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Business Atmosphere
Ontario County, located in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region, is a vibrant, growing county with a history of public-private partnerships, which is truly business-friendly. Our excellent infrastructure enhances your speed to market. Whether it’s the county’s four interchanges on I-90 (New York State Thruway), the Branchline rail service, our growing general aviation airport or the countywide fiber optic ring, we understand your need for real-time access—and we deliver.

Effective, efficient government contributes to a healthy leadership environment where public-private collaboration is encouraged.

For years, Ontario County has invested its efforts in assembling and growing a team of economic development professionals. This investment continues with the introduction of new products and programs that are designed to keep pace with the changing needs of business.

Top Ten Employers
Ontario County’s top ten employers come from many sectors of our economy. From healthcare to advanced manufacturing, they exemplify the county’s strong, diverse economy.

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Agribusiness/Food & Beverage
Agriculture is an important aspect of the Ontario County economy. Dairy farms, vineyards, orchards and field crops cover approximately 40% of the land in Ontario County and add to its natural beauty and economic diversity. Food and beverage production and related industries have grown alongside agriculture, boosted by Ontario County’s close proximity to major markets on the East Coast.

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Green Industries
From recycling barn timbers into beautiful post and beam construction to advanced geothermal and radiant heating solutions, Ontario County businesses provide a wide range of sustainable, green products and services.

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Healthcare
Ontario County features three separate healthcare systems. These facilities offer efficient, state-of-the-art emergency rooms, birthing centers, wellness programs and senior living facilities.

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Manufacturers
Ontario County manufacturers produce products in almost every conceivable cluster, shipping nationally and exporting around the world. From a custom woodworking shop with five workers to a defense contractor employing hundreds, these businesses have chosen Ontario County as the right place for their companies to succeed.

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Small Businesses
Small business is the backbone of the economy of Ontario County. Our outreach programs are designed to help these manufacturers and producer-service firms with fewer than 10 employees find the resources they need to succeed.

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Tech Industries
Thanks to Ontario County’s close proximity to research centers such as Cornell, the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, our companies are uniquely able to embrace technology as a means to establish and maintain competitive advantages in their industries.

The county is home to the Tech Farm and Infotonics Technology Center, two unique, world-class facilities that provide state-of-the-art research and development and pilot production for the agribusiness and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) industries.

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