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Watertown International Airport

Welcome to Jefferson County, the Heart of Drum Country!


  • Fastest growing County in New York State with a 3.5% increase in population since 2010.
  • Daily direct flights from the Watertown International Airport to Philadelphia.
  • Interstate I81 with direct access to Canada’s 401 via the 1000 Islands Bridge.
  • A cost of living that is lower than the rest of the state and the national average.
  • A low crime rate compared to the rest of the state.
  • A higher than average percentage of high school and two-year college graduates leading to an educated, competent workforce.
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  • Monday, April 02, 2018
    Informational Links

    UPDATED 4/2/2018

    This news section will be updated with any links containing information on NAFTA and potential changes. Please email [email protected] with any questions, information requests or any way we might be able to help.
    Stefanik talks trade
    Canadians tell NYT it's time for them to "Grow Up"
    Actual negotiations taking place on NAFTA
    Commerce Sec. Ross NAFTA UPDATE -good news?
    Congressman Owens UPDATE on NAFTA
    Canada and Mexico prepare for life after NAFTA

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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    Key Infrastructure for Airport
     Watertown International Airport $1MM DOT funding for taxiway apron work. Department of Transportation Federal Grant announced by Rep. Elise Stefanik.
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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    Northern Border Regional Commission
    The NBRC is a partnership for economic development that encompasses northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York state.
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  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Very pleased to provide a download of the results of the 18th Annual Jefferson County Survey of the Community by The Center for Community Studies at SUNY Jefferson. Research Director Joel LaLone and Research Coordinator Larry Danforth once again did an amazing job. Thank You!
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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    The Business Complex at Watertown International is the new name for the still in development business park at Watertown International Airport. Located in the Town of Hounsfield, NY and run by Jefferson County, the growing airport was selected as a site for a new business park by the Board of  the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. Featuring very close proximity to the Airport, Interstate 81 and Canada. The new Business Complex is currently adding infrastructure assets and looks to add the first tennent in 2018.
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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    Project Could Spur Additional Development in JCIDA New Business Park
    The Hi-Lite Group, LLC, an international leader in airfield safety solutions, has been awarded $1.27 million in New York State grant funding. This award will help offset the costs associated with moving their worldwide headquarters to the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency’s new business park near the Watertown International Airport.  
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  • Monday, December 05, 2016
    Public hearings to follow
    On Thursday December 1st, the JCIDA board approved a draft form of the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy or UTEP. Taxing jurisdictions will now be able to view and comment on the document and public hearings will he held for residents to voice their support or concerns. The draft copy can be downloaded HERE
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  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    -A Leading Worldwide Plastics Manufacturer-
    Local, state and federal officials joined Roth Industries, Inc. today to celebrate the company’s $6.0 million expansion project ground breaking at its Watertown facility in the City Center Industrial Park. Manfred Roth, Chairman and CEO of the company, was in town from Germany for the event, and kicked off the ceremony by welcoming guests and local/state representatives. “Watertown is very important to us. After having started our production in Watertown just ten years ago, we are now entering into our next phase of the expansion”, stated Roth.
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  • Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    Kraft Heinz is proposing a 52,000 sqft addition to it's Lowville, New York cream cheese plant. The village board has reviewed an application for the addition and could approve construction in December. This is the largest cream cheese plant in the country and produces the company's "Philadelphia" branded product. Construction could take up to year to complete. 
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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    $3.5 Million Grant to extend runway 1,000 feet

    The Watertown International Airport in Jefferson County, New York has received a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to extend a runway 1,000 feet. This expansion will allow larger jets to fly into and out of the airport. Steady growth in passengers has also qualified the airport to receive $1 million in FAA money to help the airport rely less on local taxpayers. 
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  • Thursday, July 09, 2015
    Fort Drum in Jefferson County was spared a major impact on potential cuts in the number of soldiers stationed at the base. Reports are that only 28 soldiers will leave the base.
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CAR-FRESHNER Corporation
CAR-FRESHNER Corporation is the manufacturer of the world-famous LITTLE TREES automotive air fresheners. Headquartered in Watertown, New York, USA, but export worldwide. Learn More
New York Air Brake Knorr-Bremse Group an innovative leader in locomotive braking sytems, continues to grow in Northern New York. Recent years have seen a major expansion in engineering resources de... Learn More
Current Applications
The Current Applications production facility located in a New York State Empire Zone, Interstate 81 in close proximity and over one hundred (100) years of combined... Learn More
Hi-Lite Airfield Services, a global leader in airfield maintenance, is now providing long-term integrated airside safety solutions to reduce risk and lower costs.  Learn More
 North American Tapes was founded in Watertown, NY in 2003.  It is the 2nd largest producer of hockey tape in the world, and its product is in use by every team in the NHL.  
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