Doing Business Here

Over 900 businesses are operated along the Adirondack Coast. Why? The Champlain Valley provides the ideal balance of economic opportunity and quality of life to attract and foster prosperous enterprises. In a place where play and work coincide, the Lake Champlain Region brings together flourishing industries, an energized workforce, and a fun place to live.   

Adirondack Coast firms range in size from large manufacturers and resource extraction operations to local retailers, artisans, and restaurants. Major business sectors in the region include manufacturing, construction, forestry, agriculture, and tourism but the area's unique quality of life attracts a diversity of firms in all segments of the economy.

Access — Get you and your products to the largest markets

The Adirondack Coast is convenient to some of the world's largest markets including New York City, Montreal, and Boston. Interstate 87 runs through the region connecting enterprises to Montreal and Albany in just over two hours and New York City in five. International airports in Plattsburgh, Montreal, and Albany provide further access to global centers, while the region boosts four Amtrak stations on the connection between New York City and Montreal. Shipping goods to markets is easy too. Canadian Pacific freight rail lines, combined with deep-water ports in Montreal and Albany, make exporting opportune and expedient.

Talent and innovation — Easily recruit a trained and energized workforce

Cutting edge research and product commercialization occur throughout the Coast. Hundreds of thousands of students attend colleges within a two-hours drive including top engineering schools such as Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), SUNY Polytechnic Institute and its Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). The Adirondack Coast already maintains a network of established professionals and future leaders but if the person you are looking for isn't already here, the region's high quality of life makes talent recruitment easy and exciting.

Business climate — A new New York is driving growth

Since 2011, just over $1.07 billion in state financing has been directed to the greater Adirondack Coast region through Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development initiative. Thanks to this funding, a modern broadband network has been established, a new $35 million biotechnology research partnership developed, and numerous small businesses have received the financial assistance necessary to expand and grow.

Additional initiatives, including the state's Innovation Hot Spots and the START-UP NY programs, are connecting academia with private enterprise to establish a new culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. For more information on State incentives visit New York State Empire State Development.

Start-Up Stories

Hear directly from individuals who have relocated here and started a business.

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