Regional Information

Regional Info

STN serves eight counties within the Southern Tier of New York, including Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates.  These counties are centrally located within a four-hour drive of many large metropolitan areas (Buffalo, Rochester, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, NYC, Syracuse, Albany and Toronto).

  • Population – 608,517
  • Median Age – 40.5
  • Median Income – $53,535
  • Major Industries – Education, Healthcare, Tourism/Hospitality and Manufacturing

Economic Development

STN collaborates with government and nonprofit economic development agencies to promote economic growth.  Economic developers in the region recognize the importance of fiber based, broadband infrastructure to support and attract businesses and social services within the region.  STN can facilitate and coordinate meetings with all of the following primary regional development organizations.

Southern Tier Central (STC) and Southern Tier 8 (ST8):

Regional Planning Boards work with local government, economic and community development organizations and human services agencies to identify issues and provide solutions that will improve the economy, the environment and the quality of life for the region.  STC and ST8 help to distribute federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration (both sources which have successfully funded broadband). STC helped to create Southern Tier Network in 2011 and provides continued administrative support in the way of grant writing and strategic planning.

Regional Planning Boards are available to assist potential customers find funding and plan for fiber builds or necessary broadband infrastructure expansion.  Regional Planning Boards are also one of the best resources for assembling partners within the community to achieve common goals.

Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs):

Each county’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Regional Economic Development & Energy Corporation (REDEC) understand and can help solve the needs of incoming and existing businesses.  Tight partnerships between STN and these organizations differentiates our region and has enabled us to attract businesses, create new jobs and provide critical healthcare, remote learning and supportive distance worker infrastructure that makes our region so attractive!

Our Counties

County government within the Southern Tier region have acknowledged broadband infrastructure and the need for competitive, high quality, reliable, internet as a priority for the region. County governments have been integral in the creation of Southern Tier Network and assists in the planning for and development of new fiber builds.