Center for Regional Excellence
4039 Route 219, Suite 200
Salamanca, NY 14779

Phone: (716) 945-5301
Fax: (716) 945-5550

2019 Local Government
Corporate Sponsors
Gernatt Asphalt Products
Williamson Law Book Company

2019 Local Government
Corporate Supporters
Applied Business Systems, Inc.

Comp Alliance
Clark Patterson Lee
E&M Engineers & Surveyors
G&G Municipal Consulting
Larson Design Group
MRB Group
Young Explosives

CAP - Community Assistance

2019 CAP Members
2018 CAP Members


Regional Economic Development Strategic Planning
Staff Contact - Tom Barnes   

Southern Tier West annually undertakes a comprehensive economic development strategic planning process for the region, leading to the annual publication of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document, a strategic economic development plan for the region that provides direction for diversifying and strengthening our region's economy.  The CEDS analyzes our region's economy, specifies regional goals and objectives, specifies a regional plan of action for achieving these goals and objectives (i.e. strategies for doing so), and identifies priority projects and funding sources to implement these strategies.  Southern Tier West continuously accepts input and content suggestions for the next edition of the CEDS.

The CEDS document is prepared according to federal (US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration or EDA) specifications regarding planning process, document format, and document content.  To view and/or download the CEDS documents, document structure and content, planning timeline, and technical requirements, CLICK HERE.

Topical Economic Development Strategic Planning
Staff Contact - Richard Zink (716) 945-5301 ext. 2203   

Southern Tier West frequently undertakes planing processes related to specific economic development or community development or regional development topics.  In many cases, these planning processes lead to reports or study documents.  CLICK HERE to view our planning documents.

Small Business Finance
Staff Contact - Halley Kottwitz (716) 945-5301 ext. 2207   

When small businesses are ready to undertake projects, STW helps them conceptualize and develp thier projects to maximize the probability of success.  STW also helps businsses assemble financial packages of funding that meet their needs.  Southern Tier West administers a small business loan programs operated by affiliates STEDO and WRC; and through these organizations, STW helps businesses obtain funding for their projects, often in conjunction with other public and private funding sources.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Staff Contact - Halley Kottwitz (716) 945-5301 ext. 2207   

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident enterpreneurs.  Through the year-long program, students grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.  Teaching kids how to make a job, not just take a job in Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties.