Teaching in NY
Southern Tier Region
The nine-county Southern Tier Region includes two metropolitan areas, a number of smaller cities, and extensive rural areas on New York State's south-central border with Pennsylvania.
Mean Daily Temperature:
January 22.0° F
July 69.1° F
|Total Personal Income:||$17.9 billion|
|Per Capita Income:||$24,982|
|Median Home Sales Price:||$70,730|
|City of Binghamton||46,736|
|City of Elmira||30,417|
|City of Oneonta||13,117|
|City of Corning||10,716|
|City of Ithaca||29,974|
Business and Industry
The Southern Tier's economy benefits from high-technology manufacturing, exemplified by the presence of IBM, Lockheed Martin, Raymond Corporation, Universal Instruments and others. The region also supports a strong non-manufacturing sector, particularly in trade and services. A diverse manufacturing sector in Elmira produces glass, metal and transportation products, and is home to Toshiba, Schwiezer, Aircraft and Artistic Greetings. The region is part of the State's "Ceramics Corridor." The Binghamton area has many high-tech companies specializing in the manufacture of high-performance electronics packaging. The Southern Tier has recently become a mecca for distribution warehouse operations.
Agriculture is an important regional industry, with between one-quarter and one-half of the land area in each of the region's nine counties devoted to farmland. The sloping, fertile land around the Finger Lakes supports a substantial wine industry. The sparsely settled uplands support a large dairy industry. Tourism is also a rapidly growing industry for the region.
- Highways: Easy north-south access is provided by I-81, which connects
the Southern Tier with Canada to the north and the Mid-Atlantic and southern
states to the south. Buffalo and New York City metropolitan areas are accessed
via Route 17, the Southern Tier Expressway. I-88 provides quick and easy access
to Albany and New England.
- Air Service: Three regional airports at Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca
provide passenger service through US Air and a number of commuter airlines connecting
the Southern Tier to national and international destinations. The region also
has six general aviation airports.
- Bus Service: Extensive public and private bus transportation is provided
throughout the region by Greyhound, Short Line and Capitol Trailways.
Higher Education Institutions
The Southern Tier has more than a dozen colleges and universities. Cornell University is one of the nation's four supercomputing centers and is one of the top research universities in the world. Major colleges and universities are listed below, all of which offer teacher preparation programs.
SUNY College at Oneonta
SUNY at Binghamton
Health Care-major hospitals
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton
Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira
St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira
United Health Services,Binghamton
Quality of Life
The Southern Tier offers affordable housing and one of the lowest costs of living in the country. It boasts a variety of museums and attractions, including the Kopernik Observatory, the National Soaring Museum, the home of Mark Twain, the Rockwell Museum, the Corning Glass Museum and national halls of fame for baseball and soccer. The region supports two opera companies, a symphony and a number of theater and dance troupes. Visitors are drawn to the area's fine antiquing, winery tours and tastings, festivals and fairs. Sports fans come to watch PGA and LPGA tournaments, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, three minor league baseball franchise teams and an American League hockey team.
Information obtained from numerous New York State sources (1/24/2007).