Economic Development 

                                                                                             To Washington County Planning Pages

About Washington County

Located in New York’s Capital Region, Washington County offers unparalleled quality of life and an excellent place to do business. We are bordered by Vermont to the east, the burgeoning Saratoga region to the west, and within easy access to Albany and on to New York City to the south and Canada to the north, affording proximity to many major markets. We invite you to explore the many benefits of doing business in Washington County; a great place to live, work, and play.

Workforce and Industries

Our largely rural communities boast a stable workforce of about 32,000.  Supported by the many nearby institutions of higher learning our workforce is a significant asset to our businesses. The county is home to many manufacturers of a diverse array of products such as paper and wood products, furniture, jewelry, masonry, medical devices, batteries, industrial fabrication and much, much more. Service industries are also significant; businesses serving the healthcare and agricultural industries in particular are a  powerful force. The county also boasts several strong and growing industry clusters, such as paper, machining, and stone quarrying.

 Economic Development in Washington County

Entrepreneurial Focus

We are one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the State of New York. Close to 10% of our workforce is self-employed, a rate which is more than 3.5% higher than the state average.  Businesses that start here, stay here.

.Compared Entreprenurial Rates
Final Broadband and Cell Existing Conditions Report (PDF)
Final Broadband Survey Report
In order for our communities to thrive, tools are needed to support and expand our business climate, maintain safe communities, support the flourishing arts and cultural resources, increase access to excellent schools, and provide ease of access to farm fresh foods and shopping experiences in our historic villages.  In today’s complex world, the tools available to make us thrive are driven by connectivity and broadband.
View Final Broadband and Cell Existing Conditions Report (PDF)
  1. Washington County, NY Invites Visitors to 'See. Taste. Explore'

    “See. Taste. Explore.” That’s the heart of a new brand designed to position Washington County as one of eastern New York’s most original and exciting destinations. Read on...
View All

RSS feeds available

  1. Certified Crop Adviser of the Year nominations

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Program are seeking nominations for the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual for their superior service in assisting farmers in...

    Morning Ag Clips
  2. Maple workshop & certification class

    WARSAW, N.Y. — Join us and learn about maple tubing, installation and practical use on October 13, 2018 from 9:00am to noon at 4085 Quakertown Road, Warsaw, NY. Pre-lash mainline designed for use with Spin-Weld fittings will be discussed. Learn...

    Morning Ag Clips
  3. Watch out for slow-moving farm equipment

    INDIANAPOLIS — Harvest season is officially underway, which means more slow-moving farm equipment will be on Indiana’s rural roads. To keep Hoosiers safe this year, state agencies are asking motorists to be alert, patient and responsible, as...

    Morning Ag Clips
View All
  1. Niagara Falls Welcome Plaza Project Update

    Additional Slag Discovered and Contained onsite while Cleanup Advances

    No Threat to Public Health and Safety

    During the continued construction of the Niagara Falls State Park Prospect...

    Parks and Trails NY
  2. Governor Cuomo Announces $6.5 Million Grant to Expand Empire State Trail Initiative in Western New York

    Parks and Trails NY
  3. Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Vital Brooklyn's First Student-Designed Playground

    Parks and Trails NY
View All