f location, workforce, and quality of life are important to site selectors, then Chautauqua County, NY, should be on top of everyone’s list. We are approximately halfway between the #1 — New York City; and #3 — Chicago — metropolitan areas in North America. Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis are all within an easy day’s drive.
Shovel ready sites serviced by I-90 and I-86, plus state highways, are available throughout the County. Class 1 rail is provided by CSX and Norfolk Southern, and Class 3 is provided in the southern part of the County by the Western New York & Pennsylvania Rail Road. There are two County airports and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is 35 miles away.
19% of our workforce is employed in advanced manufacturing. We are home to facilities of Cummins Engine, Nestle Purina, SKF Aeroengine, TitanX, Truck-Lite, Welch Foods, and Cott Corporation. Our largest cluster is metal parts manufacturing with numerous companies involved in the highest quality metal machining and fabricating.
There are excellent public schools, and two New York State colleges — SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College. Along with great academics, they are involved in economic development with their key roles in “STARTUP NY.” STARTUP NY is attracting new business to New York State to start here or out-of-state businesses to relocate here. The generous benefits, which last for 10-years, include: no State income taxes for employees: no sales, property or business taxes!
We have great natural assets. Over 40 miles of Lake Erie Shoreline is home to the largest Concord grape growing region in the world that now supports an outstanding wine trail. Lakes Erie and Chautauqua, and our streams are some of the finest fisheries in the world for bass, walleye, muskellunge, steelhead and other types of trout, and varieties of pan fish. Hunters find an abundance of whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, and black bear.
Our man-made assets also garner national attention. The Town of Chautauqua, which contains Chautauqua Institution, was just named the #1 Best Small Town to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian Magazine. The County was recognized as the Best Little Golf Town in America by Golf Digest in 2002 for access to and the diversity of its courses.