Development Services

Making Connections. Creating Solutions.



Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s region-wide commitment to economic development is driven by a strategic plan with major initiatives and priorities. Our partner organizations are the unifying force in the county that bring together federal, state and local government groups, the private sector, and academic institutions to advance a shared vision of an economic climate that is vibrant and positioned for future growth.


Business Development Center
Entrepreneurs in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties at any stage of business development can reach out to the Corning Community College Small Business Development Center. Counseling is available on business plans, loan requirements, start-up steps, cash flow projections, recordkeeping, marketing, requirements for hiring employees, government procurement, and the application process for women/minority-owned business certification.  The Research Network can provide demographics, industry trends, statistical data, trade associations, and suppliers. Training programs are continuously refreshed to meet new in-demand occupations, trends, and customized training needs within our local businesses and industry.

Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center
The Ceramics Corridor® Innovation Center was created in 1992 as a not-for-profit agency, by Corning Incorporated and Alfred University, to harness the region’s powerful academic and business resources to fuel economic development. Today, the center is operated by Alfred Technology Resources as a business incubator for entrepreneurship and job creation in ceramics, glass, and materials science technologies research and development.  Its Business Incubation Program with a 94 percent success rate has brought more than 2,000 jobs to the Southern Tier.

City of Hornell IDA
With a deep history rooted in transportation and manufacturing, the City of Hornell, is located at the western edge of Steuben County. Hornell created its Industrial Development Agency to develop sound commerce and industry to enhance the quality of life and job opportunities for area residents.

Corning Enterprises
Established in 1983 by Corning Incorporated, the area’s largest employer, Corning Enterprises seeks to create the atmosphere and environment necessary for community development in order to attract and retain an exceptional workforce. The organization has a keen interest in a diverse local economy. Its far-reaching success includes working with partners to improve infrastructure, boost the arts and entertainment sectors, and preserve and protect historic sites.

CSS WFNY – Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York
This not-for-profit organization, based in Corning, was created to provide a no-fee business-driven workforce preparation system including career exploration, job-employee matching tools, training, and human resource consulting. In partnership with service providers, educators, employers, and others in the workforce development system, CSS administers funds available through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. 

NYSEG – New York State Electric and Gas Corporation
NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 878,000 electricity customers and 261,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. NYSEG has recently expanded and upgraded service for all of Steuben County positioning the region to support significant business expansion.  NYSEG is participating in a “smart grid project” that enhances system reliability and improves service. The Corning Valley Transmission Project is a $55 million investment by NYSEG in 9.2-mile area extending transmission lines into the Towns of Campbell, Erwin, and Village of Painted Post.  NYSEG is involved in several other projects such as the “Catch the Wind” program to increase renewable energy involving wind and solar. 

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
In cooperation with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration, STC collaborates with local government, economic and community development organizations, and human services agencies in New York’s Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. Since 1969, the agency has brought millions of dollars to the region.

Three Rivers Development Corporation
A private not-for-profit economic development organization, Three Rivers Development Corporation, serves the Southeast Steuben area. The agency works in partnership with community organizations, businesses, and local and state agencies to provide assistance for projects and programs that improve quality of life in the area. The mission of the agency is to attract and retain jobs, encourage smart growth, promote community assets, grow a sustainable workforce, and maintain a sustainable economy.