To partner with member counties to identify and address multi-county issues in order to improve the quality of life within the region.
Southern Tier 8 Regional Board is a vibrant, multi-facet planning and development agency proudly serving eight counties in the Southern Tier region of Upstate New York. Our focus is to sustain and grow our region’s economy by assessing current challenges, developing forward-thinking ideas, adapting practical solutions, and creating opportunities for the future.
Our approach to leading the region in economic development and community well-being, is to continually adapt and evolve our process to stay current and innovative with our activity. We do this by aligning dynamic partnerships, providing technical assistance and grant writing, supporting program administration, and developing geospatial and data analysis.
Collaboration with each county’s planning departments and economic developers is paramount to the success of our activity. We believe that by working together, we can identify the needs of each county with clarity and vision. This leads to our ability to effectively prioritize federal funding requests and leverage private sector investment for thoughtful consideration of ARC & EDA investments and distribution throughout the region.
Our hands-on approach includes providing technical assistance to our 8 county governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations to promote the most impactful projects to grow the economy and community well-being in the Southern Tier 8 region.
Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board was established in 1968 as a special purpose local government unit under Articles 5G and 12B of New York State’s General Municipal Law. It operates under joint resolution of the legislative bodies of our member counties: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins. In 2016, a "doing business as" was filed as Southern Tier 8 Regional Board.
Southern Tier 8 Regional Board represents eight counties as the 6th
largest Local Development District for the Appalachian Regional
Commission (ARC), and five counties as an Economic Development District
under the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). Federal
partners, ARC and EDA offer investments to leverage private sector
dollars that increase job opportunities, raise per capita income,
promote infrastructure improvements and strengthen the capacity of our
people to compete in global economies. County participation and
investments make these programs possible, with an average annual return
of $5,500 per $1 of local investment.