What Yates offers

With engaged consumers, thriving small towns, picturesque lakes and productive farmland, Yates County, New York, has the perfect foundation for your business, too. Yates County leads New York state in organic production and leads the region in manufacturing job growth, as well as the craft beverage industry. Find out more about our leading industries.

Yates County is topping the list on a number of economic and community benchmarks in the Finger Lakes nine-county region. From tourism, housing, financial self-sufficiency, to general community health and wellness, Yates County has made strides and surpassed its neighbors in nearly every measured category.

The FLEDC is here to help your business succeed.

Recognized by the International Economic Development Council as one of the seven most highly performing organizations in the world, The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center is here to help businesses in Yates County succeed. Whether you are an entrepreneur working to launch your dream business, a company looking to locate to the area, or an existing business looking for available resources, the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center is here to assist you.

Yates County has been the No. 1 County in the Greater Rochester / Finger Lakes Region since 2000 in:

  • Total job growth: 19%

  • Tourism speding increase 68%

  • Median home value increase: 20%

  • Total manufacturing job growth: 29%

Since 2000, we have helped facilitate:

  • Nearly 125 new attraction and start-ups

  • 300 business expansions

  • Creation of 1,600+ jobs

  • $300,000,000 in company investments

  • Creation of first agricultural-specific loan in NYS

Staving Artist Woodwork

Penn Yan, New York

Dan and his partner, Rachel, love showing wine enthusiasts how wine barrels and reclaimed wood can become beautiful and unique accents in their homes. Dan started creating his own designs in the basement of his house using recycled Finger Lakes wine barrels in 2005. A true small-business success story, Staving Artist has expanded multiple times, with financing help from the FLEDC, culminating with the opening of their own retail shop on Main Street in Penn Yan.
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Dresden, New York

In 1986 Abtex purchased the old Dresden Elementary School building and relocated its young Rochester-based business to Yates County. For the past 33 years Abtex, with help from the FLEDC, has grown the business to 35+ people shipping advanced deburring systems and deburring consumables around the world. Abtex has relied on the local area to provide a highly skilled workforce including accounting, sales, marketing, engineering (electrical, mechanical, controls), manufacturing and assembly.
— Jason Saner, President of Abtex
yates county is the heart of the booming finger lakes region, close to the rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Elmira, and syracuse metro areas

yates county is the heart of the booming finger lakes region, close to the rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Elmira, and syracuse metro areas

The FLEDC believes that small businesses drive the economy and has made Yates County a veritable hub for entrepreneurship. We have helped more than 100 small businesses — from retail shops to manufacturers to artisan workshops — get off the ground via low-interest loans, grants, low-cost space and business planning assistance.



Wine and grape foundation moving to Penn Yan

The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is moving from Canandaigua to Penn Yan. The foundation, a trade and marketing organization for grapes and wine, has been located in Canandaigua since the New York Wine and Culinary Center - now known as New York Kitchen - opened in 2006.


An Insight to our Economic Development Strategy


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