Easy access to Canadian markets
Watertown International Airport

Welcome to Jefferson County, NY --Heart of The Fort Drum Region!
  • 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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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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Economic Development Partners