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As businesses look where to locate next, what the surrounding community has to offer is strongly considered.  Of course infrastructure concerns need to be addressed (transportation, water and sewer, telecommunications) but so does the general community and educational opportunities offered in that area.  Massena, NY has a lot to offer in terms of a strong community, transportation, and education.


Massena is the industrial and commerce center of New York State’s North Country region (a region that covers the six northern most counties in the Empire State).  Roughly 14,000 people reside in Massena.  Massena is located on the St. Lawrence River in the county of St. Lawrence (the largest county in New York State) and strategically positioned on the Canadian border.  The community enjoys a warm relationship with Cornwall, Ontario.  In addition, Massena is a central location between New York cities of Plattsburgh to the east and Watertown to the west.

 In less then a day’s drive, you will find 45% of the US population and 70% of the Canadian population. Within 750-mile radius, you’ll find 37% of America’s manufacturing plants and 75% of Canada’s; 35% of American payroll and 83% of Canada’s.

The Massena community also offers a wide diversity of lifestyles, recreational pursuits, outstanding educational opportunities at all levels, and a state of the art Hospital and Emergency Care Center (Massena Memorial Hospital). With an annual payroll in Massena well over $150 million, residents enjoy a high quality of life enhanced by reasonable property values, a low crime rate, and extremely low-cost, reliable power from Massena Electric.


Education in the area includes one of the best central schools in the state, and some nationally recognized colleges and universities.

Massena Central School system ranks among the best in the New York and provides a safe place to get a quality education.  Massena Central also offers numerous activities for its more than 2,800 students. Graduates go on to attend some of the best universities in the nation and around the world, including some right here in St. Lawrence County.

Within one hour of Massena you will find 4 Colleges and Universities offering varying associate, bachelor, and master degree programs.  Just down the road in Potsdam, NY is nationally recognized Clarkson University as well as SUNY Potsdam, and another 10 miles from there in Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton are located.  These colleges and universities offer an abundance of highly trained and skilled individuals that can help a business grow.

In addition to these great colleges, university and schools, the SLCIDA, through the St. Lawrence County One-Stop Career Center offers a variety of valuable services.  These services include testing, screening and referral of qualified job applicants, all of which guarantee lower start-up costs for businesses that locate in the county.


Transportation is a major operation in any company and with the location and tools that Massena offers you can see how beneficial Massena could be.  Being located in such a strategic area benefits all companies located in Massena. 

Transportation infrastructure includes access to: 

  • Roads and highways

    •  New York

      • Interstate 81

      • Interstate 90

    • Canada

      • 401/ Queensway via international bridges in Massena and Ogdensburg NY

  • Railway Access

    • Through CSX and utilized by Alcoa

  • Air Service

    • Commercial in the county

      • Massena, NY

      • Ogdensburg, NY

    • Regional and international air hubs located within one to two hours in

      • Ottawa Ontario

      • Montreal Quebec

      • Syracuse, NY

      • Plattsburg, NY

Aerial photo of KMSS (Massena International Airport-Richards Field)

71 East Hatfield St. P.O. Box 209
Massena, New York 13662 - 0209
(315) 764-0253
After Hours/Emergency Number: 315-764-0676