The city of Utica features a 2-square-mile Empire Zone offering businesses benefits such as: utility and telephone discounts, wage tax credits, sales tax exemptions, business tax reduction credits and real property tax refunds. In addition, Utica has established business, industrial and technology parks, as well as a host of shovel-ready development sites. The city's Department of Urban and Economic Development and its Urban Renewal and Industrial Development Agencies stand ready to assist any qualified citizen or business with a host of programs and benefits, including below-market secondary financing.
Utica's transportation system makes it easily accesible by road, rail and air. Ground transportation infrastructure includes the New York State Thruway, numerous state routes and the New York Susquehanna & Western and CSX railroads. Both the Oneida County Airport and the Syracuse Hancock International Airport are within a 45-minute drive. Also, the city has built and owns the Historic Erie Canal Marina, which provides access to the New York State Canal System.
Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. serves the gas and electric needs of both business and residential customers and offers discounts, incentives and flexible electric rates designed to support growth and expansion within the business community. And Utica has the largest fiber optic network in New York state outside of New York City.
Employment in Utica