Dear Business Leader



Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, a neighborhood store or a biotech start-up, Westchester County wants to be the place where you do business.

Our local economy is among the most resilient and adaptive, and Westchester County boasts one of the best resources anywhere – intellectual capital in the form of smart and interesting people who can take ideas and make them work. That creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit is what keeps us on our toes, and way ahead of the crowd.

We are not perfect, but we are committed to improving every day. From taxes to regulations, our philosophy is to create a place where people and businesses can prosper.

As you’ll see in the pages of this year’s Economic Development Guide, Westchester is open for your business. Learn about all the advantages the county can offer and read the stories of people who found their own commercial niche in Westchester. Discover news-making trends across various industries, and get the latest on the schools, housing and cultural offerings that set Westchester apart.

Need a little assistance? Westchester’s Office of Economic Development can connect you with the information, resources and incentives your business needs to stay, expand or come to Westchester County.

Find out who we are and what we can offer your company by visiting www.thinkingWestchester.com.

Robert P. Astorino
County Executive
Westchester County Government

Welcome to Westchester County, New York’s Intellectual Capital – a business environment where brilliance happens all the time, because the county’s well-educated workforce is second-to-none across the nation.

Just take a look at us by the numbers:

  • 45% of Westchester County residents (25 years or older) hold a bachelor’s degree and half of those residents also hold an advanced degree – way above the national average;
  • 20% of New York State’s biotechnology workforce – roughly 8,000 employees – is employed by Westchester-based firms;
  • More than 10% of the nation’s patents originate from companies based in Westchester County;
  • Westchester is home to around 900 technology firms, employing more than 14,000 professionals.

From scientists, engineers and mathematicians to the construction trades, healthcare, retail, higher education and the arts, Westchester County’s abundance of intellectual capital is why we attract and retain so many world-class companies in Westchester, and launch thousands more.

Whether you are a solo-entrepreneur just starting out, a rapidly expanding mid-size firm or a Fortune 500 company seeking new opportunities for growth, Westchester County is right for you.

To learn more about Westchester and how we can help your business today, visit us at www.thinkingWestchester.com, or call us at 914-995-2963.

Laurence P. Gottlieb
Director of Economic Development
Office of the County Executive