business in yates

Yates County is leading the booming Finger Lakes region.

The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center has the resources you need to move to or expand your business in Yates County. From local financial assistance to help navigating state and federal funding to our collaborative roles with regional and state economic development organizations, the FLEDC are experts in developing solutions tailored to the needs of your business.

 With Yates County as your base  you are located within 500 miles of one-third of the U.S. and Canadian populations, including New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

33 Colleges and Universities surround Yates County putting 187,000 students at your doorstep.  The region is No. 1 in the United States for STEM-related degrees, including physical sciences and mathematics, No. 3 for degrees in engineering, and No. 5 in degrees for computing and information sciences.

Nearby transportation includes the Penn Yan Airport, the location of Seneca Flight Operations’ fleet of private jets, Penn Yan Aero, the world’s oldest independent airplane engine overall facility, and Performance Aviation, a helicopter service and repair operation, as well as rail service through the Finger Lakes Railway and convenient access to the New York State Thruway, Interstate 390 and New York State Route 17 (I-86).

Yates County is only an hour from both the Greater Rochester International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Grow Your Business in Yates

  • Whether a start-up or an established business, Yates County is the place where you will succeed

  • More than 125 new businesses call Yates County home while nearly 300 more business expansions occurred in the last 10 years

    • More than $300,000,000 in capital investments have been made by local employers during that time.

  • Numerous international corporations have operations in Yates County

  • Yates County is home to one of the nation’s leading telemedicine organizations

Build Your Business Here

At the FLEDC, we strongly believe that small businesses drive the economy. This motivates us to help launch as many businesses as possible in Yates County, regardless of industry. We know that maximizing the number of small businesses here will lead to more business growth and a revitalized local economy. It is our goal as the FLEDC to solidify our reputation as the leader in entrepreneurship and small business development in Yates County. We are already considered the launching pad for many local small businesses, but we want to make sure the news of our services reach the eyes and ears of all of Yates County’s potential entrepreneurs.

  • Experts at developing custom financing solutions utilizing our knowledge of local, state and federal programs.

  • Access to vast network of organizations and individuals to call on to help guide your business.


Climbing Bines Hop Farm

Penn Yan, New York

When we moved back to Yates County and started Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Craft Ale Company, we both were newly employed in the education field, so farming, brewing beer and starting a business were not necessarily our area of expertise. We read a lot of books, drew upon the knowledge of our friends, family, neighboring farmers, brewers, winemakers, bankers, and the FLEDC to help us guide our decisions.
— Chris Hansen, owner of Climbing Bines Hop Farm

Project and Tax Financing

The FLEDC can provide expanding businesses with a variety of tax incentives and low cost financing options to help lower their project costs. Please visit the Financing and Tax Incentives sections of our website for more information on specific programs.

Ready and Willing Workforce

With a workforce of 650,000 within a 45-minute drive, businesses in Yates County find a range of skills that can be applied to a variety of businesses. Wage and benefit packages are very competitive with entry level skilled workers earning approximately $12-$16 per hour.

The Yates County Department of Workforce Development One-Stop Center is a cooperative effort with partners in the Finger Lakes Works Workforce Development System in the four-county Finger Lakes region of Yates, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne counties. They serve both job seekers and employers through a variety of programs.  Most recently, Workforce Development, in partnership with our larger Manufacturing Companies, launched SkillUP Yates, providing free on-line training programs offering over 5,000 courses to any Yates County resident or employee!

Discover Yates is a program developed by the FLEDC in cooperation with the local school districts that takes students out of the classrooms and into Yates County businesses to get hand-on learning in many different industries and professions. 

Contact the FLEDC or Workforce Development for more information on available programs for employers and employees.

Locate Your Business in Yates County

Find the perfect space to showcase your business and connect with consumers.

Connection to Consumers

From farmers’ markets to street festivals to Main Street businesses with evening hours, Yates County offers organic opportunities for people to engage with various businesses. The craft beverage and tourism industries offer additional ways an means of exposure of local businesses to both local and visiting consumers.

  • Total Connection: The total market size reaches one third of both the U.S. and Canadian populations within just 500 miles

  • Tourism Connection: Regional market size is growing, with the Finger Lakes seeing more than $3 billion in tourism related sales in 2017

    • Yates County is located at the epicenter of the Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca metropolitan areas and their combined population of over 1.8 million

  • Local Retail Connection: Yates County has an annual retail market demand of $330 million with $144 million going unmet by current businesses.

    • Shows demand for additional retailers.

Business Parks

We have flexible space appropriate for most businesses and business needs here in our home office in the Keuka Business Park, as well as in other business parks and store fronts throughout Yates County.

  • Horizon Business Park: Shovel-ready business park

    • Building permits available in as little as 30 days!

  • Penn Yan Industrial Park: Sold Out!

  •  Keuka Business Park: Multi-tenant facility currently home to 25 tenants ranging from manufacturers to retailers to nonprofit service providers

Rent or Lease Space

There are retail spaces available for rent or lease along the Main Streets of the local towns. The Finger Lakes area prizes independent, startup businesses, and the charm of the small towns is emphasized by the variety of shops and storefronts. Penn Yan, as the recipient of a Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, is particularly well-suited to showcase your business.

Main Street flex space

Main Street flex space

200 liberty cowork

200 liberty cowork

Keuka Business Park

Keuka Business Park