Steuben County Business Climate
Manufacturing plays a fundamental role in Steuben County’s economy, especially in the areas of transportation, food processing, wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and advanced materials. Steuben County continues to be a leader in New York in manufacturing, having one of the highest employment shares in the state. As the corporate home of Corning Incorporated, Steuben County serves as their hub for research and development. Corning’s Research facilities at Sullivan Park are undergoing a $400 million renovation. In addition, with the development of the natural gas and wind sectors, energy looks to become an increasingly essential future industry.
Steuben County is among 10 counties in New York’s Southern Tier that are believed to be one of the largest sources of natural gas in this 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. The area offers several advantages in terms of its ability to support the natural gas industry including transmission and distribution lines, storage, and both trucking and rail transportation.
Additional industries in Steuben County include agriculture, with over $140 million in cash receipts for farm sales ranking as the 10th highest in cash receipts among New York State counties, while tourism has generally exhibited growth in tourism revenue and tax collections.
To meet the needs of the county’s employers, Steuben County offers a quality workforce with a strong work ethic. Workforce training is available through various local and regional institutions as well as Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Workforce NY to meet the needs of the shifting economy.
Steuben County Major Employers Business Profile (private)