Center for Regional Excellence
   4039 Route 219, Suite 200
   Salamanca, New York  14779
   Phone: 716.945.5301 
   Fax: 716.945.5550



In 1969, the County Legislatures of Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties of New York State adopted a resolution creating Southern Tier West as a regional planning board (specialized unit of local government) under the authority of Article 12B of the New York State General Municipal Law.

 is to help coordinate and enhance planning and development activities in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties, so as to promote social, physical, and economic development in these counties.  Southern Tier West seeks to improve the quality of life for the region's people and assure that the "people of the Southern Tier West region have access to adequate occupational, educational, and recreational opportunities; environment; health care services; housing; public safety; and transportation."

ARC Invests in Appalachia; ARC Invests in New York State
The Appalachian Regional Commission’s mission is to “innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in 420 counties across the 13 Appalachian states.”

New York State has 14 counties located in the Appalachia area, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board is ARC’s Local Development District agency for the region, working in partnership with ARC and NYS Dept. of State to provide resources, planning and development support, and specialized technical assistance to our local communities and constituency. Grants from ARC’s Area Development program invest resources and other leveraged private investment into New York State’s communities to support activities that create economic opportunities, competitive workforce readiness, builds critical infrastructure, promotes natural and cultural assets, and builds the leadership and skills for the next-generation workers and leaders. Read more about the sustainable impacts that Appalachian Regional Commission provides for Appalachia and New York State by clicking the fact sheets below or visit

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