Why Ontario County?

Ontario County is the logical choice for businesses looking to locate or expand in an affordable, close-to-market, resource-laden region that is home to a highly educated, dedicated and skilled workforce.

Located just southeast of Rochester, NY, Ontario County is the gateway to New York's Finger Lakes region. Our well-balanced workforce features a high percentage of skilled and professional-level workers and is recognized as one of the most productive in the nation. While the skill level is high, labor costs are often below those in adjoining metropolitan centers.

Many respected colleges and universities—including the University of Rochester, Syracuse University, Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology—are less than an hour drive from Ontario County. Higher education institutions within the county include Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Community College and Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

Key quality-of-life factors include exceptional hospitals and healthcare facilities, well-maintained and affordable homes in established neighborhoods, nationally ranked public schools and a vibrant tourism industry, featuring year-round leisure activities throughout the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region.