Situated on the Canadian border in northern New York State, the St. Lawrence River Valley offers an ideal setting for the growth and development of your business. We offer exceptional transportation facilities, low commercial power rates and the immediate availability of fully serviced industrial sites and buildings. Additionally, our proximity to major markets in the Northeastern United States and in the Montreal-Toronto corridor of Canada gives you easy access to suppliers, company headquarters and customers.
Motivated…reliable…trainable…St. Lawrence County’s labor force consists of approximately 50,000 workers, with an unemployment rate that is historically over 8%. The availability of this vast pool of labor will provide you with a cost-effective operation not only now, but also as you continue to grow into the future. Employers throughout St. Lawrence County have found the local labor force to be exceptional; their employees are productive, eager to learn and have low absenteeism.
St. Lawrence County provides unlimited opportunities for new or expanding industry. An abundant and stable supply of natural gas and electricity are available at competitive rates. The St. Lawrence River runs the length of the County’s northern border, providing an inexhaustible supply of fresh water for industrial use. There is a water flow of 242,800 cubic feet per second from the St. Lawrence and over seven billion kilowatt hours of power are produced annually from all of the county's rivers. Extensive stands of hardwood and softwood timber, a thriving dairy industry and rich mineral resources have resulted in a broad diversification of industry in St. Lawrence County.
Our local and state job training programs are organized into an easy-to-use, interactive network created under the concept of a "One Stop” system. To best meet the labor needs of local employers, the St. Lawrence County One Stop Career Center offers the combined programs and services of a number of workforce development agencies. Through this easy-to-use Center, you will find assistance with the recruitment of new employees, incumbent worker training, on-the-job training and customized training programs.
With a number of higher education institutions in our county, including Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and the State University of New York at Potsdam, you will also have access to highly skilled graduates to fill the technology positions for which recruitment and retention is becoming so competitive. These colleges offer, in addition to liberal arts and vocational courses, computer science, technology and engineering degree programs. Furthermore, the State University of New York College of Technology at Canton is willing and able to provide customized technical training programs for specific worksite needs.
With a variety of well coordinated and cohesively delivered training programs and an educational system that is diverse, well balanced and active, St. Lawrence County is unmatched in providing a skilled, capable and adaptable workforce.
St. Lawrence County's transportation systems provide efficient and flexible movement of both passengers and materials throughout the county and to other regions. The county has established facilities for rail transportation, trucking, air travel and air freight. Additionally, the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) qualified Port of Ogdensburg provides access to the Great Lakes and world ports.
Financing & Incentives
Financing incentives are available from federal, state and local agencies to assist in starting or expanding a business in St. Lawrence County. Incentives include Industrial Revenue Bonds and long term/low interest loans and loan guarantees for the acquisition of property, construction of buildings and purchase of equipment. In addition, St. Lawrence County and New York State offer a variety of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions on real property and business income.
When you’re looking for a location for expansion, we can advise you on the programs, packages and incentives available that can lower your initial start-up costs. Additionally, the St. Lawrence County One-Stop Career Center will test, screen and refer qualified job applicants for your business- one more way to help you hit the ground running. The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency can help coordinate your interactions with the local, state and private entities that can make your growth as efficient and successful as possible.