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 Doing Business in the Mohawk Valley

Strategically located in the Northeastern United States, the Mohawk Valley of Central New York State is at the epicenter of major commercial centers of Boston, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Nearly 300,000 people in Oneida and Herkimer Counties call the Mohawk Valley home. They also call it Fast Track Country, representing a long-standing philosophy for doing business. Embracing this philosophy, Mohawk Valley EDGE puts companies on the fast track to success, while executives and employees and their families enjoy a relaxed lifestyle of rural landscapes with the cultural amenities of an urban concourse.

Key initiatives supporting the business Fast Track include:

  • Zoned sites and buildings with immediate development potential;
  • Economic assistance packages and relocation incentives;
  • Top-notch infrastructure, including high-speed telecommunications delivery;
  • Existing research and development for future technologies transfer;
  • Educational resources closely aligned with development opportunities;
  • A "can do" attitude towards growth and expansion, translating to exciting business opportunities with fewer roadblocks.
EDGE will help with research, planning, financing, capital improvements, site selection and technical support.

 Mohawk Valley At A Glance

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 Major Employers

Local Companies in Mohawk Valley
Local Industry in Mohawk Valley

 Industry Clusters

These locally concentrated industry groups have historically proven to fuel one anothers growth and success in the Mohawk Valley. Such business networks lead to competitive advantages for existing companies and start-ups alike. This is why EDGE has made a concentrated effort to seek out these clusters and provide an environment to foster their growth.

The Mohawk Valley has current strengths and growth potential in several industrial clusters, particularly:


With the legacy of the former Griffiss Air Force Base, and having once served as a regional hub for the former Mohawk, Allegheny, Empire and Piedmont airlines, the Mohawk Valley has deep roots in aviation. Today, Empire Aero Center, a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries, operates a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in a refurbished former Air Force hangar. In 2006, Mohawk Valley Community College will open an aircraft and power plant mechanic training program next door to Empire Aero Center's facility, to train the next generation of aviation personnel. A 2-1/2-mile runway and uncongested airspace make it easy to move aircraft - and the people and products they carry - to and from the Mohawk Valley.


In 2006 Family Dollar opened the third major retail distribution center in the Mohawk Valley, joining Rite Aid and Wal-Mart as national chains that have realized the logistical value of the Mohawk Valley. Interstate 90 provides east-west travel from Boston to Seattle, and access to all of North America via the Interstate highway system. Many smaller firms such as M&L Trucking have likewise recognized the advantages of locating in the Mohawk Valley, where a network of state highways provides excellent transportation to all parts of New York State and the Northeast. Large development parcels are ready to host your warehousing and distribution operation.


This cluster has a strong regional history dating to the early 1800s. From the founding of Remington Arms and Revere Copper Products almost two centuries ago to the advanced metallurgy found today at Special Metals Corporation, Homogenous Metals (a subsidiary of United Technology Corporation) and others, the Mohawk Valley has been at the forefront of this industry. International Wire, Owl Wire (owned by the Marmon Group), and TECT all have major manufacturing operations in the Mohawk Valley.


The Mohawk Valley has become a center of major back office operations including insurance claims, check processing and call centers. Bank of America, Federal Reserve, Bank of New York, Metropolitan Life, The Hartford, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and ACS all have major centers in the Mohawk Valley, and Utica National Insurance Company's international headquarters are here.


Led by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate headquarters, the Mohawk Valley has developed a significant niche in the IT industry over the last half century. Today, international firms such as PAR Technology, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, ITT Industries and Northrop Grumman have offices in the region, and homegrown companies such as Dolphin Technology and Black River Systems are becoming forces in the industry.


Over the last decade, New York has made a statewide commitment to this industry, investing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop shovel-ready sites and state-of-the-art facilities. A 280-acre site in the Mohawk Valley is among those being promoted for nanotechnology in New York State. This site, located on the campus of the State University of New York Institute of Technology, is served by a municipal water system with an abundant supply, dual power sources and easy highway access, is properly zoned, and is virtually shovel ready for new development. Click here to read about New York's commitment to nanotechnolgy: www.nylovesnano.com

 Demographic Profiles

Demographic Information for Mohawk Valley

 Transportation Infrastructure


Interstate 90, which runs from Boston to Seattle, passes through the heart of the Mohawk Valley, connecting the region with Albany to the east and Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo to the west. Interstate 87 passes through Albany providing routes south to New York City and north to Montreal, while Interstate 81 goes through Syracuse giving easy access to Canada to the north, and Binghamton and Pennsylvania to the south. A comprehensive network of state highways crosses the region as well, giving access to local and regional markets.

Highway Information for Mohawk Valley

The Oneida County Airport offers facilities for private and charter flights. Passenger service to locations throughout the U.S. and abroad is available through Hancock Airport in Syracuse, less than an hour away, and Albany International Airport, about 90 minutes away.


Conrail and the New York Susquehanna & Western provides freight service; daily Amtrak passenger service is available from Utica and Rome.

Port Information for Mohawk Valley

The New York State Canal System has harbor points in Utica and Rome, with smaller facilities, including Little Falls and Ilion, available throughout the region.

Port Information for Mohawk Valley


Education Information for Mohawk Valley

The Mohawk Valley also features several technical and vocational training programs, including the Board for Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and Pratt at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.