Welcome to the Southern Tier’s most prolific, industry-based, event series.


  • - SERIES No. 13

    2nd Annual Upstate Rural Broadband Conference

    Wednesday November 15, 2023 [ARCHIVED]
    Connecting Communities. Bridging the Equity Gap.
  • - SERIES No. 12

    Business Leader & Manager Resilience Training

    Wednesday March 29, 2023 [ARCHIVED]
    This webinar will provide you with insights, motivation, and practical tools to find talented individuals and retain dedicated employees.
  • - SERIES No. 11

    Workplace Well-Being Training for Managers & Leaders

    Monday July 18, 2022 [ARCHIVED]
    Learn how we can all collaborate together to make the Southern Tier a more productive, healthy, and thriving community.
    6 SESSIONS FREE [Light Lunch Provided]
  • - SERIES No. 10

    Upstate Rural Broadband Conference

    Tuesday June 28, 2022 [ARCHIVED]
    Southern Tier’s first-event broadband summit focused on critical infrastructure for the future of our region.
    6 SESSIONS @ $75 [Breakfast, Lunch, + Happy Hour included]
  • - SERIES No. 9


    Thursday February 10, 2022 [ARCHIVED]
    The Winter 2021 Virtual Housing Industry Summit Series will convene a diverse group of community stakeholders on a bi-weekly basis to learn about the Southern Tier’s most pressing housing issues.
  • - SERIES No. 5

    Recruiting and Retaining Workers in Recovery

    Wednesday June 24, 2020 [ARCHIVED]
    This Industry Summit Series will be held in 3 Zoom meetings. Registration is free and includes all three sessions. Sponsored by Southern Tier 8 and ARC.
    3 SESSIONS FREE [Each Wednesday]
  • - SERIES No. 4

    Drone Usage in Stormwater Management

    Wednesday March 11, 2020 [ARCHIVED]
    Learn how drones help document stormwater infrastructure. This event will showcase new technologies on mapping water flow, arial othro-photography, and other tools.
    7 SESSIONS FREE [Lunch will be provided]
  • - SERIES No. 3

    Agriculture & Food

    Thursday May 23, 2019 [ARCHIVED]
    An economic conference focused on connecting and maximizing opportunities within the agriculture and food service industries throughout the Southern Tier of New York.
    17 SESSIONS @ $69 [Refreshments and Lunch Provided]
  • - SERIES No. 2

    Active Recovery Workforce

    Wednesday April 10, 2019 [ARCHIVED]
    Recruiting, training and retaining workers in recovery.
    8 SESSIONS @ $20 [Breakfast Provided]
  • - SERIES No. 1


    Wednesday November 28, 2018 [ARCHIVED]
    Join others in your industry to increase your bottom line and help reshape the economy of the Southern Tier.
    10 SESSIONS @ $49 [Refreshments and Lunch Provided]


The Southern Tier Industry Summit Series was created in the Fall of 2018 to serve as a platform to represent the region through one unified voice promoting the growth and opportunity of our industry sectors. By presenting the Southern Tier Region as a whole and with one united voice, rather than as individual counties, we become a fierce competitor in the national arena for expansion, economic development, and business relocation, while expanding and strengthening our industry sectors. Understand our goal arrow-down

The goal is to bring like-minded, industry-focused individuals from the both private and public sectors to learn about the potential growth and details of our industries, share best practices, and spearhead collaboration on upcoming projects throughout the Southern Tier Region. In a nutshell, this is what each summit is designed to accomplish. Learn about the impact arrow-down

This program was originally designed to cover 8 counties in the Southern Tier region (Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Chenango, Otsego, Delaware, Cortland, and Schoharie). Within its first year, it has extended and collaborated with Southern Tier Central, with our Active Recovery Event, which covers Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. It is evident that the impact and growth of this program is making a mark throughout the Upstate New York region and it is only bound for more growth and collaboration. Discover the creators arrow-down

The summits were developed out of Southern Tier 8’s 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meetings, where hundreds of Southern Tier stakeholders from the private and public sectors contributed ideas to strengthen and promote the Southern Tier. Discover the talent arrow-down

Since the first event launched in November 2018, the Industry Summit Series has included renowned speakers including: Richard Ball [Commissioner for the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets], Donna Lupardo [New York State Assembly], Betsey Hale [President for Three Rivers Corporation & Southern Tier REDC Council Member], Mark Broadhurst [Senior Director of Public Affairs @ Chobani], Joseph Paris [Chair of XONITEK], Ty Muse [CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union] See the results arrow-down

In less than one year of its launch, The Industry Summit Series has won the 2019 Innovation NADO (National Association Development Organizations) Award nationally recognizing the impressive efforts of regional development organizations. This award honors significant advances in community and economic development, including but not limited to small business finance, energy and infrastructure projects, housing and human services, sustainable development, workforce development, and more. Learn the industry clusters arrow-down

Top Ten Industry Clusters

Industry Clusters Graphic

Emerging Industry Clusters

Emerging Industries in the Southern Tier

Feedback from Attendees:

  • “Well-rounded event & agenda. Great planning. I’ve enjoyed the day very much.”
  • “Loved the format; quick talks covering many topics. Learned info to share with businesses.”
  • “Good speakers, nice venue.”
  • “Very informative. Woke up a sleeping giant.”
  • “Thank you - enjoyed making connections with exhibitors and learning more about hemp in the Southern Tier.”
  • “The format was very good-fast paced and fast moving - kept interest. Excellent conference.”
  • “Well organized! Thanks for your efforts”
  • “This has been an excellent program — kudos — very well done!”



    One voice = one strong region.

    Presenting the Southern Tier Region as a whole, with one united voice, rather than as individual counties, we become a stronger competitor in the national arena for economic development while strengthening our industry sectors.

    This platform IS FOR YOU TO USE to promote your industry sector, together with your partners, within the region.

    Our event collateral is available for you to use with customizable items to promote your individual event series. This encompasses all major marketing materials including: website, video, radio spot, event program, event leave behind, invite, and more.


    Contact Jen Gregory at the Southern Tier 8 - jgregory@southerntier8.org or by phone at (607) 724-1327 - digital sign up form coming soon

    EXPLAIN the date, concept, and region that will be your focus.

    SUBMIT logos for your organization, your partners, and all sponsors.

    CUSTOMIZE: Our creative partner Hue will customize the collateral for your event.

    COST: Print collateral and design services cost sheet coming soon.


    The latest media coverage on the Industry Summit series.

    • Industry Summit Explores Drone Use For Water Management

    • Industry Summit Wins Innovation Award for Regional Economic Development

    • Southern Tier Looking to Become Leader in Agriculture Industry

    • Southern Tier 8's summit to focus on agriculture and food

    • Upcoming Industry Summit To Focus On Growth Of Agriculture In The Area


      The Industry Summit Series is an initiative developed and managed by Southern Tier 8 Regional Board. If you are interested in hosting an event as part of this series, contact us at contact@southerntier8.org or by phone at 607-724-1327.