The Interstates of Upstate New York make direct connections with the Connecticut and Massachusetts turnpikes, New Jersey's Garden State Parkway and other major expressways that lead to New England, Canada, the Midwest and the South.
The Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, the 641-mile superhighway crossing New York State, is the longest toll superhighway system in the United States. The Thruway's 426-mile mainline connects New York City and Buffalo, the state's two largest cities. A majority of New York State's 62 cities, including the nine largest, are located within the Thruway corridor, which contains more than 80 percent of the state's population.
The port of Buffalo, New York (Google map) is located on the eastern end of Lake Erie and has been a key U.S. Great Lakes port from the very first days of maritime trade on the Lakes. The focal point of Buffalo's port operations over the past decade has been Gateway Metroport located in Lackawanna just south of the city of Buffalo. Gateway Metroport has established a cargo profile of primarily dry bulk commodities.
The port of Oswego, New York (Google map) is the largest U.S. port on Lake Ontario and the first Great Lakes port of call for inbound ocean vessels. The port is 45 miles from the entrance to the St. Lawrence River and offers access to major highway and railway transportation routes. Primary products handled at the port include aluminum ingots, agricultural fertilizers, road salt, materials for recycling and heavy machinery. Oswego's largest volume commodity is cement.
The port of Ogdensburg, New York (Google map) is the only U.S. commercial port on the St. Lawrence River and the eastern-most U.S. port of call in the Seaway system. It serves a number of large cities in northern New York State, including Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany and Utica. and Albany. The main ports of upstate New York collectively handle approx. 2,000,000 tons of cargo per year.
Located on the Upper Hudson River, the Port of Albany / Rensselaer (Google map) has been an historic transportation hub since the city was founded over 300 years ago. The Hudson River feeds into the state’s extensive canal system. The area roadways connect with major interstate highways. Rail lines place cargo in close proximity to any location in North America. Albany International Airport is only a 15 minute drive away.
Centers for Advanced Technology support university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies. The CAT program was created in 1983 to facilitate the transfer of technology from New York’s top research universities into commercially viable products produced in the private sector. The CAT Development Program was created in 1999 to provide more resources to successful centers to expand their work with New York business.
The CAT Program is designed to spur technology-based applied research and economic development in New York; encourage applied research collaboration and innovation with industry; promote workforce development; better leverage State funds with investments from the Federal government, industry, foundations, and not-for-profit economic development organizations; and increase the competitiveness of New York State Companies.
The population of Upstate new York is concenrated within the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany MSA's.
Upstate New York is serviced by four mid-size international airports. These facilities are a tremendous asset in today's business world because of their accessibility and ease of use.
Airlines serving Buffalo Niagara International Airport: Air Tran Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Independence Air, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, Northwest Airlink, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways Airlines, US Airways Express
Airlines serving Greater Rochester International Airport: Air Canada, Air Tran Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Independence Air, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, Northwest Airlink, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways Airlines, US Airways Express
Airlines serving Syracuse Hancock International Airport: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express
Airlines serving Albany International Airport: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Eagle,Continental Connection, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express
New York State has among the finest telecommunications infrastructures in the world. Many businesses in New York are already benefiting from this vigorous marketplace and now have considerable choice. Intermodal forms of competition are quickly gaining acceptance and are creating substantial facilities-based competition. Traditional cable providers are offering digital services while wireless services are being used as basic telephone service by an increasing number of New Yorkers. In addition, advanced broadband is widely available in New York State and emerging applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), also provide telecommunications services to both residences and business users.
This electronic communications network consists of a "digital backbone" of eight extremely high-capacity fiber optic cables with network access points in all regions of the state. NYS government currently employs only four of these fibers for the NYeNet, with the others held in reserve for future growth. The current backbone configuration operates at a speed of OC-48, or approximately 2.5 billion bits per second 1. At that speed, one could transmit the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from Buffalo to New York City over the NYeNet in about one second. As a fixed asset of New York State, the speed and capacity of the backbone fiber is limited only by the capabilities of its equipment. New York Telephone has more than 57,600 miles of fiber optic cable in service throughout the state including Albany. Syracuse, and Buffalo.2See more...
As a network of independent, not-for-profit organizations, Regional Technology Development Centers cultivate the growth of high-tech industry and help smaller manufacturers modernize. The organizations share a common commitment to providing direct, strategic assistance to companies in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, product development, high-tech business incubator management and technology transfer services. Primarily through three programs — the Technology Development Organization (TDO) program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, and the Industrial Technology Extension Service (ITES) program — RTDCs provide entrepreneurial and business assistance, financing and venture capital information, and Federal research grant information and assistance. RTDCs receive both Federal and State financial support.
New York has more than 4,000 miles of freight and passenger railways. Our transportation systems, northeast crossroads location and shared border with Canada give New York-based businesses a competitive edge.
One of New York State's most innovative and ambitious high technology initiatives is the establishment of "Centers of Excellence" at leading universities. The Centers support high technology ventures through a collaborative approach among the State, academia, private venture capital companies, and other private and public sector parties. Established to encourage rapid commercialization of scientific breakthroughs, the Centers specialize in nanoelectronics, bioinformatics, photonics, environmental systems, wireless applications, and information technology.
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