Our Future Growth
To ensure that its economy remains vibrant and positioned for future growth, the following business growth and development initiatives are offered in Steuben County.
An open-access dark fiber network is being constructed across Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler Counties. The Southern Tier Network (STN) will provide advanced, affordable connectivity to businesses, government, research, health care, and education. STN will bring technology to the region at speeds and prices that will make it globally competitive.
Steuben County is a prime area for wind power because of the wind resource to the power grid, as well as areas with low population density. The wind resources in Cohocton, Hornell, and the Prattsburgh areas are appropriate since they experience sustainable winds on an average of 15 mph year round.
New York’s Southern Tier, which includes Steuben County, is considered to be one of the largest sources of natural gas in the country. The section of New York State that may yield the most gas covers more than three million acres in what is known as the Marcellus Shale. Steuben County offers several advantages in terms of its ability to support the natural gas industry including transmission and distribution lines, storage, and transportation (both trucking and rail).
One of the utilities operating in Steuben County, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) is involved in several projects such as the “Catch the Wind” program to increase the amount of renewable energy involving wind and solar; working on interconnecting a number of farm digesters and landfill gas projects throughout New York State.
Renewable energy sources, such as biomass, generate less than 4% of energy on a nationwide basis. Steuben County has the potential to position itself as a leader within New York State in the Biomass Industry with over 85,000 acres in the production of dry hay in 2008.
Creating shovel ready sites with enhanced basic infrastructure, such as water and sewer, rail, and telecommunication remains a top priority for Steuben County. The County’s economic infrastructure, with an emphasis on existing population centers in the County, supports existing businesses and new business development through the following advantages:
- Enhancing basic infrastructure
- Increasing Access to Rail
- Attracting talent and strengthening the workforce
- Developing Potential Sites
New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), Corning Natural Gas, and Steuben Rural, the utility companies serving in Steuben County, strive to maintain reasonable utility rates.
Corning Natural Gas and Steuben Rural have the potential to offer the lowest natural gas rates in the Northeast. For economic development projects, Corning Natural Gas negotiates rates on a project-by-project basis. NYSEG recently expanded and upgraded service for the entire County, which is more than adequate to support new business development.