The Town of Cortlandville was established in 1829. The Village of McGraw is located wholly within the Town and the Village of Homer is located partially within the Town, both of whom have their independent form of government. A portion of the area's four independent school districts are located within the Town. The school districts utilize the Town's assessment roll as the basis for taxation for the apportioned levy in the Town.
The Town is located in the souther sector of central New York, approximately 30 miles south of the City of Syracuse. The City of Binghamton is located 45 miles to the south. The Town surrounds the City of Cortland, the County Seat, and is located in the west section of the County. Major highways through the Town include Interstate #81, and State Routes #11, #13, #41, #222 and #281.
The Town has a land area of 50.1 square miles and has a current estimated population of 8,919 including the Village of McGraw. The Town is suburban in nature and enjoys a significant industrial base. The Town serves at the commercial hub for residents in and around the COunty, as well as the surrounding farm and dairy region. The sale of locally produced milk, beef, maple syrup and cash crops within the County generates revenues in excess of $60 million annually. New businesses wihtin the Town includes Byrne Dairy, Best Western, Essex Steel, County Inn and Suites, Price Chopper, Super Wal-Mart, Pyrotek and Lowes. An area in the Town has been designated as "Finger Lakes East Business Park" which is designated as an industrial park. The area has been approved and been granted some funding by the governor's office. The Cortland County Industrial Development Agency ("IDA") awarded Byrne Dairy the purchase of all 125-acre bysiness park. The first phase of the development is the $30 million construction of facilities for yoghurt production, artisan chees produciton, a visitor's center, and agriculture-related toursim facilities bagan in late summer of 2013. Byrne Dairy is projecting future phases to include yoghurt plant expansion as well as warehousing and contract manufacturing facilities.
Greek Peak, Labrador and Song Mountain are three popular ski resorts located in the County. Transporation needs are met by various motor freight lines, Greyhound Bus Lines and various major airlines operating out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca and Broome County Airport in Binghamton.
Major non-manufacturing employers within the County provide employment and include the State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY) which provides graduate and undergraduate education to 7,000 students and employs approximately 1,000 persons; Cortland Memorial Hospital which consists of a 177-bed facility and employs 750 persons; and County and City governments employing approximately 650 and 200 persons respectively.
There follows a summary of the major manufacturing employers in the Cortland metropolitan area.
|Pall Trinity Micro Corporation||Industrial Filters & Filtration Systems||750|
|Marietta Packaging Corporation||Packaging amenities for hotel/motel chains||600|
|J.M. Murray Center||Produces/assembles a variety of products||250|
|Intertek Testing Services||Independent Testing, Labeling & Certification Services||250|
|Cortland Asphalt/Suit Kote||Processes Asphalt, Builds Roads||250|
|Gutchess Lumber||Processes Hardwood Lumber||200|
|Name||Products / Description||Employees|
|SUNY Cortland||Educational Facility||1,000|
|Cortland Regional Medical Center||Hospital||750|
|Cortland County Government||Municipality||650|
|Cortland School District||Educational Facility||600|
|Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation||Medical Facility||250|
|Tops Friendly Markets||Grocery Store||250|
|City of Cortland Government||Municipality||250|
|Greek Peak Ski Resort||Ski Center||200|
|Cortland County Community Action Program||Municipality||150|
|Albany International Monofilament||Monofilament for paper makers||150|
|Auxiliary Services Corporation||Educational Services||100|
|Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES||Educational Facility||100|
|Family Health Network||Medical Facility||100|
Employment in the manufacturing sector over the last few years has demonstrated stability and moderate growth. In addition, the overall employment picture in the area has historically been buoyed by the availability of non-manufacturing job opportunities.
The County Industrial Development Agency along with the Cortland Business Development Council has received a commitment from the County, which calls for 2% of the portion of sales tax, which is distributed by the County to be set aside to fund the region-wide economic development program. Those funds will be used to cover the administrative expenses of the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency and the Cortland Business Development Council. With such a documented contractual commitment to the economic development efforts within the area, the prospects are favorable for future development and job creation in the region.