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Build Your Business in Utica

Welcome to Utica, New York, a city with a population of 62,000 and growing. We pride ourselves on being a warm, hardworking and close knit community. Geographically, Utica is located in the center of New York State and serves as the southern foothills to the majestic Adirondack Park.

Our City is easily accessible by many modes of transportation, whether by road (NYS Thruway running east-west and NYS Routes 8/12 running north-south), by rail (CSX and Amtrak), or by water (Erie Canal).  

The City of Utica has attracted people from all over the world and is one of the few urban centers in upstate New York to have its population grow over the last fifteen years. This growth has contributed greatly to the diversity of cultures and ethnicities in our City.

There are a number of locations within the City that are ideal for all types of businesses, including national brands, small business start-ups, expansions and entrepreneurs. We have various locations that offer high traffic counts, high visibility and an avid base of consumers from throughout the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which boasts a population of roughly 300,000.

Numerous businesses; from newly established entrepreneurs to regionally and nationally developed industries, have made Utica their home over the last several years. From our emerging Harbor Point recreational and retail district to Riverside Center to the heart of our Downtown, Utica possesses wonderful assets making it a winning City for any developer, investor or businessperson.

New and Expanding Business in Utica (past 5 years):


Bass Pro Shop

Moe's Southwest Grill

Hoopla Frozen Yogurt

Planet Fitness

Popeye's Louisiana Chicken

Bassett Healthcare

American Hockey League Utica Comets

Summit Realty

Galaxy Communications Radio Broadcast Company

Holiday Inn Express

Fairfield Inn and Suites

F.X. Matt Brewing Saranac Expansion Project

The Tailor and the Cook Restaurant

Adirondack Distilling Company

Stewart's Shops

NBT Bank

Game Stop


Farmer's Insurance

Express Employment Professionals

Dollar General

Lukin's Brick Oven Pizza

Paradigm Consulting

A&P Master Images

United Auto Supply

Gerber's 1933 Tavern

Utica Roasting Coffee Company

Zoom Tan

Nicky Doodles Family-Owned Restaurant

Master Pizza

Utica College Cyber Security Program

Sammy & Annie Foods and Cafe

Hop & Goblet Beverage Store

Family Dollar

Slice Pizzeria

Utica College Sports Dome

Fabbio's at the Modernistic Italian Restaurant

Parkway Pizza Expansion

Bella Regina Restaurant

 Tony's AUDelicious

Nimey's Automotive

 Verizon Wireless

Pizza Classic

The Utica Custom T-Shirt Company

Colortyme Rent-to-Own

Quest Diagnostic

Davis Media

 MVCC thINCubator (Business Incubator)

Ancora Italian Restaurant

Swifty's Restaurant & Pub

 Spraque's Collision Center

 Choice Car Rental





With a $1.5 billion public-private investment for the development of a state-of-the-art nanotechnology center, a $65 million NYS Department of Transportation project that will completely revamp the City’s largest highway, and a $5.5 million State investment for the development of the Utica Harbor, the City of Utica offers an exciting environment to invest and grow.

We encourage you to visit our City and the incredible people that call Utica home.

Should you wish to discuss development in the City of Utica, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Utica’s Department of Urban & Economic Development.

Urban and Economic Development                                      
Brian Thomas, Commissioner
Phone: (315) 792-0181
Fax: (315) 797-6607

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