Ontario County Development


Welcome to the Ontario County Development website, a cooperative effort of the Ontario County Office of Economic Development (OCOED), the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) and the Ontario County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC).

Please view our Organization Chart.

We share a vision for Ontario County—a vision that is innovative and future-focused, one that offers the community and prospective newcomers the most robust high-tech infrastructure in New York State’s Finger Lakes region.

With a picturesque, welcoming environment, Ontario County offers a diversity of lifestyle choices that range from small city and suburban to village and rural, and we are dedicated to its safe, prosperous and long-range development.

2023 EDC Board Meeting Dates

2023 IDA Board Meeting Dates

*Please click here to go to our COVID-19 Resources page.

Please click on the link below to find the 2022 Ontario County Resource Guide.  This guide includes information for transportation, child care and other useful resources.

2022 Ontario County Resource Guide


 Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $82 million in New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants are now available for nonprofit arts and culture organizations and individual artists across New York State. The launch of these grants will provide flexible funding to support a wide range of organizations and artistic pursuits, including helping individual artists create new works, sustaining new and existing programming at community organizations, increasing access to affordable rehearsal and studio space, and expanding opportunities for performing arts residencies. Application guidelines are available now at arts.ny.gov.

Guidelines for the following opportunities are available to download on the NYSCA website:

  • Support for Organizations

    • Provides flexible operating and programmatic funding for qualified arts and culture organizations. Awards range from $10,000 to $49,500.
  • Support for Artists

    • Funds creative commissions to individual artists across the state. The commission areas include Choreography, Composer, Film, Media, and New Technology, Folk and Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Theater Commissions, and Visual arts. Award amount is $10,000.
  • Support for Targeted Opportunities

    • Rehearsal and Studio Space for the Performing Arts: This funding is intended to support creative rehearsal time and organizations that provide viable and affordable space for non-profit arts groups and artists. Awards range from $15,000 to $35,000.
      • Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships: This funding provides individuals experienced in a folk art with opportunities to study with master folk artists from their own community. Award amount is $10,000.
        • Performing Arts Residencies. This opportunity supports a minimum 3- consecutive-week residency by New York-based performing arts groups in a targeted area in New York State outside of the applicant's home county and outside New York City. Awards range from $15,000 to $35,000.
  • Support for Regrants and Services

    • Supports funding to State Community Regrant sites - a network of regional arts and culture organizations located across the state - that leverage their local expertise to extend the impact of NYSCA's grantmaking to artists and nonprofits in all 62 counties as well as funding to organizations for services to the field. This opportunity is by invite only.

Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

New York State announced the launch of Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council funding. This year’s programs include core capital grant and tax-credit funding combined with a wide range of programs from 10 state agencies, including $150 million in grant funds from Empire State Development (ESD) to help support business growth and investment. More information on all the programs can be found here.

Through ESD programming, funding is available for capital-based economic development projects intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business or economic activity in a community or region.

New this year is a micro grant program to support New York State craft beverage manufacturers to increase production capacity, business infrastructure and profitability of businesses licensed to produce wine, beer, spirits, hard cider, and mead.

As in years past, funding requests will be submitted through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), the State's single application for state resources which includes programs from numerous agencies. It is designed to give project applicants expedited and streamlined access to a combined pool of grant funds and tax credits from dozens of existing programs.

Applications are due Friday, July 28 at 4 pm so don’t delay!

Applications for the Fourth Round of
Grow-NY Open May 16

Image of a woman in an indoor growing facility with text "applications for year 4 will open May 16, 2022"

The application window for year four of the Grow-NY food and agriculture business competition will open on May 16 and close on July 1, 2022. The program welcomes applications from innovators in the food, beverage, and agriculture sectors from across the globe to compete for the $1 million top prize. 

Learn More About the Competition

Attend an Information Session

The Grow-NY team is offering a series virtual information sessions for interested applicants to learn more about the program. After a short presentation, info session attendees will have the chance to ask questions. 

Have more questions? Check out the Grow-NY FAQ page to find answers to our most commonly asked questions. 

Grow-NY is funded by Empire State Development and administered by Cornell University. Questions? Contact grow-ny@cornell.edu.

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