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CenterState NY Quickfacts

Region Demographics:
  • 12 counties
  • 1.5 million people
  • 750 miles to half the population of the U.S. and Canada
  • 22 minute average commute time
  • Central Northeast location, with access to a comprehensive multimodal transportation system
Business Sectors & Workforce:
  • 2,250 small tech companies (less than 100 employees)
  • 23,000 employed in financial services
  • 65,000 employed in higher education
  • 70,000 employed in healthcare
  • 10,300 employed in clean and greentech
  • International leader in nanotechnology, sensor systems, and advanced manufacturing
  • $8.7 billion in goods and services exports (2012)
  • 20% above U.S. average for graduates holding bachelors or advanced degrees
Education & Research:
  • 35 colleges and universities
  • 138,000 higher education students
  • $1.2 billion in annual R&D projects at the region’s 6 largest universities
Green Industry Resources:
  • 419 clean and greentech companies
  • Green private-sector firms produce 15% of regional job growth
  • 19 green and hightech development centers, including the Syracuse Center of Excellence, The Clean Tech Center, and The Tech Garden
  • Largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River
  • 578,000 acres of forest and farmland available to sustainably produce biomass
Natural Assets:
  • Access to 25% of the world’s fresh water
  • The Adirondack Park, with 6 million acres - larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined
  • The Thousand Islands, with 1,793 islands spanning 50 miles between NYS and Canada
  • The Finger Lakes Region, with more than 100 wineries on 5 wine trails and 11 state parks