Chemung County government has been innovative, responsive and results oriented - all without raising your taxes. Some highlights of recent county efforts

  • The unemployment rate in Chemung County in 2012 was almost 9%. That has since been cut in half

  • County development efforts have succeeded in attracting many new employers, including Wayfair, Air-Flo Manufacturing, BEST, CemeCon, Northeast Furniture, 21st Century Wind, Honcho Recycling, and others. Hundreds of new jobs have been added

  • According to the Elmira-Corning Board of Realtors, your home values have increased over 80%

  • Chemung County has provided critical support to keep the City of Elmira financially solvent

  • Shared service intitiatives (Chemung County is a NY State leader) have saved the City, towns and villages hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating expenses by reducing duplicate services and increasing efficiencies

  • LECOM medical school will soon break ground on a campus - not in New York City, Boston or Philadelphia - but right year in Elmira after years of county efforts to pave the way

  • Sought and received approval for the Chemung County Land Bank, which will deal with the blighted properties in the City and elsewhere in county

  • Sought and succeeded in receiving $150 million in public and private investment for Chemung County, including $10 million for Elmira downtown development

  • The $10 million grant has been leveraged to attract an additional $30 million in private investment

  • Sought and received a $1 million grant to help develop a poverty reduction plan

  • This and more with no increase in County taxes in 13 years


Chemung County has won a third of all the competitive grants available to our 8 county region. Some projects made possible:

75,000 sq ft project on the former Harolds/Rosenbaums site. This will be business space at street level with apartments above. An engineering firm has committed to opening a new office in the space with 30 new jobs

One Clemens Square project with brew pub

Rehabilitation of downtown parking garage

Pedestrian walkway over former Lake Street bridge

Elevated boardwalk in Riverfront Park

Restoration of former Jones Court

"Chemung Crossings" project on S. Main Street (45 apartments and 3200 sq.ft.of commercial space)

Row house on W. Water Street, 16 apartments and Finger Lakes House

E.Water Street near Elmira Savings Bank, expansion of 2 businesses and apartments above

Lake Street development of buildings at 118-126 Lake Street (near Lake and Water)

Baldwin Street development (former Shreibmans Jeweler)

N. Main Street development on west side of block from Arena south to W Water

Other projects include a creative re-envsioning of the Arnot Mall, Hanover Square, a safe and well maintained bicycle path from the City of Elmira to Horseheads and development along what is called the I86 Innovation Corridor. Our airport will make a very good impression to visitors with its $58 million  renovation which includes updated and expanded terminals, a restaurant, new baggage claim and jet bridges for larger aircraft. 




                      Progress to be Proud of!