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Broome County, New York

Broome County, New York, located in the heart of NY, is a scenic region full of natural beauty, quaint historic towns and thriving cities. Considered the crossroads of the New York’s Southern Tier Region, Broome County consists of the cities of Binghamton, Endicott and Johnson City, as well as several surrounding rural areas and suburban towns.

The area lies situated within a 350-mile radius of some of the richest markets in the world, with Interstate highways 81 and 88, as well as state route 17 all intersecting at the county seat of Binghamton. Almost one half of the U.S. and Canada's populations are found within this radius, making Broome County a marketer's dream and one of New York’s fastest growing areas in the Upstate Region.

Broome County began its economic life as one of the leading cigar manufacturers in the country. Manufacturing remains a large sector of the economy, but the County is also the birthplace to the world-renowned IBM Corporation and the flight simulation industry, begun by Link Aviation. Broome County is also home to the Endicott-Johnson shoe factory.

Binghamton University and Broome Community College, as well as smaller local colleges and universities provide the work force with education and training for new corporations entering the County. The American International Group, Pepsico, Unisource, and Norfolk Southern Railroad are just a few of the newcomers to Broome County, NY. The Binghamton Regional Airport, with international capabilities, serves these and other firms well.

According to the 2000 census, Broome County’s population numbered just over 200,500. Many local and state tax incentive programs are in place, encouraging new business growth for the area and targeting full employment for all Broome County residents. The Southern Tier East Economic Development (STEED) Loan fund is one of these, which works along with the Broome County Industrial Development Agency. New York State itself boasts one of the richest and most diverse economies in the nation. More Fortune 500 companies headquarter themselves here than anywhere else, and Broome County keeps an eye out to attract more to their sector. According to the 1997 Census of Manufacturers, The Broome-Tioga County area employees rated as some of the most productive in the nation.

The quality of life also rates high in Broome County, while housing prices are 10% lower than anywhere in the state. Located at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers, Broome County remains one of the most picturesque and lovely areas in Upstate New York. Gently rolling hills abound, with rustic villages thriving not far from modern cities.

Known as the 'Carousel Capital of the World', Broome County boasts six different wooden musical carousels, with only 170 still existing worldwide. Cultural activities abound in the County, with the Anderson Center for the Arts keeping things lively. The Roberson Museum and Science Center, the Ross Park Zoo, the Hanford Mills Museum, and the many beautiful County and State Parks are just a few of the other attractions that keep Broome County residents and visitors alike, happy and well entertained. Tri Cities Opera and the Endicott Performing Arts Center provide top-notch performances.

With a strong and powerful economic base and an excellent quality of life, surrounded by natural beauty, it is easy to see why Broome County remains one of the fastest growing areas in the region.

 

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