Economic Development, Planning and Tourism
Three sub-departments compose the Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism which are all in the name.
- Are you thinking about starting a business?
- Do you need help with your business?
- Do you have business questions?
- Looking for business loan or financing information?
- Do you own or are thinking about starting an agri-business?
- Are you looking for a site for you business?
It is to achieve a balance between urban and rural development trends, in order to protect Cattaraugus County for future generations.
Tourism promotes the activities, attractions, eateries, lodgings, POIs and other tourism-related assets of Cattaraugus County, the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York.
Working to improve all the communities of Cattaraugus County through:
- Retention and expansion of employment
- Aiding municipal governments through planning assistance
- Encouraging private sector investment
- Fostering entrepreneurship, and
- Promoting the County as a Tourism Destination, place to locate a business and as a truly great place to reside and raise a family.
Whereby we ultimately build a healthy tax base that can support the services needed by our residents.
Located in Southwestern New York State and bordering Pennsylvania's northwestern counties, Cattaraugus County is in a central geographic location between Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and is within a three-hour driving distance of each of these metro centers. Major metropolitan areas, New York City and Philadelphia are less than a seven hour trip by car, with the international metropolitan area of Ontario, Canada with Canada's largest city of Toronto less than four hours away. Private and commercial air service is available in the New York cities of Olean, Jamestown, Buffalo and Wellsville, as well as Bradford, Pa. The Buffalo International Airport, located in Erie County is less than an hours drive from the majority of Cattaraugus County.
Cattaraugus County has many unique assets and strong points. Significant advantages for companies considering relocating to or expanding in Cattaraugus County include: strategic location, high quality of life, low percentage of unemployment, highly productive workforce, part of the ceramics corridor, rich history of metal working, a large investment in telecommunications, financing and tax incentives, energy supplies, and an abundance of natural resources. The ground water supply in the Allegheny River Basin and its major tributaries is virtually inexhaustible. New York Empire Zone and IDA incentives are also available.
The skilled labor force is one of the most productive in the nation ranking high in added value per manufacturing man-hour. A wide range of available basic raw materials and a positive attitude toward business and industry at all government levels contributes to the strategy for growth offered by Cattaraugus County.
The City of Olean is Cattaraugus County's industrial and retail hub. The Olean-Allegany area's vast range of employers run the gamut from the CUTCO Cutlery International Headquarters to the St. Bonaventure University Campus.
The natural beauty and abundance of four season outdoor activities that the County enjoys, offers employees and families a fantastic quality of life. The Tourism Industry ranks second in Cattaraugus County. The things that attract visitors also attract industry, professionals and employees that fuel the local job market. New York State's largest state park is located within our County boundaries and over 1.5 million visitors pay to enjoy the beauty that we have in our back yards.
The Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Reservation includes 96% of the City of Salamanca. The (Historically Underutilized Business) HUB Zone incentive is available to manufacturers that locate on the reservation. The City of Salamanca offers low cost electricity to both businesses and residents. Salamanca is the home of the new Seneca Allegany Casino Resort, and is just minutes away from the Holiday Valley Four-Season Resort.
Railroad service is available! If you are interested in gaining access to western New York and northern Pennsylvania, and affiliated railroads... visit the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad website
New York State is wonderful to experience, as both a visitor and a resident. The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County can be yours to enjoy too, after all we are the other side of New York.
To see what we can do for you or your company, feel free to contact our professional staff, or give us a call at 716-938-2310 for Economic Development, 716-938-2369 for Planning, or 716-938-2242 for Tourism.
Stop by and visit us on the second floor of the County Center at 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755.