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Rural Advancement

The Goal

The Regional Board promotes programs that focus on our smaller communities and supports innovative solutions accross our rural neighborhoods. 

The Opportunity

Some of the Southern Tier's key industries include yogurt production & value-added products, craft beverages, hemp production and processing.  Tourism is strong for baseball fans in Cooperstown and wine enthusiasts in Ithaca. The Upper Delaware & Susquehanna Rivers offer some of the best fly-fishing opportunities in the USA.

Not only do our rural communties offer an escape into nature & opportunities in Agriculture, they are are also home to several large manufacturing plants & smaller machine shops that serve the supply-chain close to larger eastcoast markets.

The Southern Tier 8 team has created the Industry Summit platform to increase networking opportunities across the region & looks forward to partnering with other stakeholders to host additional events to champion rural innovation and collaboration.