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Jefferson County Economic Development is committed to helping businesses through this current situation we are all being affected by in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If your business is experiencing issues, please do not hesitate to reach out directly:
Our main office number is 315 782 5865 but might be easiest to call CELL NUMBERS or EMAIL:
Donald Alexander CEO         315 783 2000
David Zembiec                       315 286 3222
Marshall Weir                         518 365 9128
Jay Matteson                          315 783 2251

Manufacturers:     Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order No. 202.7 and New York on PAUSE Essential Businesses with details about the 100% in-person workforce reduction as of 3/21/2020. Essential businesses including food processing, are exempt from this requirement. A waiver for businesses that request exemption form the reduction is available HERE.
Empire State Development has provided guidance on workplace reductions AND ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES HERE.  See Frequently asked questions HERE.

Small Businesses:  The small Business Administration (guide to resources HERE) has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. This enables eligible small businesses to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans HERE. This program provides up to $2million in necessary working capital until normal operations resume. Payroll Protection Program HERE . Applicants can also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800 659 2955 or email

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2018 Dairy Products Competition
Located in beautiful Adams, New York at the southern end of Jefferson County. Great lakes Cheese was named Grand Champion of the Dairy Products Competition at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N... 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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