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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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  • 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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  • Friday, January 20, 2017
    Executive Summary Report
    The report is designed to to provide an overview of the current state of the tourism industry in the 1000 Islands Region and allow comparisons over time. Local tourism businesses are overwhelmingly positive in regards to the last year and see potential for improvement in the future. Please click "Read More" to download a copy of the report.
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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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  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016
    2016-2017 Occupational Health and Safety Training schedule is now available. Click *HERE* for more information!
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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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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Jefferson County's and the Thousand Islands own Coyote Moon Vineyards has taken the top prize of New York State Winery of the year!! Coyote Moon blanketed the awards ceremony with 3 Gold Medals at the competition for their Fire Boat White, Dry Rose and Cherry Bomb. Coyote Moon also won 13 medals for their wines at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
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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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  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    Upstate Revitalization Initiative
    CLICK HERE to read the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

    The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) announced its Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) plan was submitted to meet the October 5 deadline.  The URI submission, entitled “IGNITE,” represents an opportunity to ignite an economic revolution across the North Country region.
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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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  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Jefferson County 16th Annual Community Survey
    The 16th Annual Jefferson County Survey of the Community holds some very key findings:
    • JeffCo residents indicated in 2015 that they feel better or more positive about the local economy since the Great Recession of 2008.
    • 64% of residents indicated that the presence of Fort Drum in the local area has a positive effect on their families or financial situation. Significantly higher than the 51% only a year ago.
    • Jefferson county residents reported a significant decrease in avoiding medical care due to cost down from 18% in 2009 to 9% in 2015.
    • 2015 continues a steady 6-year trend of positive perceptions of the overall state of the local economy
    • Highest ranking of Cultural/Entertainment opportunities rated as Excellent or Good ever found in the survey
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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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Economic Development Partners