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Jefferson County, New York

Over 121,663 work and live in the county, the home of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum. Jefferson County’s assets:
  • One of the "Top 10 Fastest Growing U.S. Small Cities" (Forbes Magazine, 9/9/2014)
  • Fastest growing County in New York State in 2006, 2010 and 2012
  • Daily direct flights from Watertown International Airport to Philadelphia
  • Interstate I81 with direct access to Canada’s 401 via the 1000 Islands Bridge.
  • A cost of living that is lower than the rest of the state and the national average.
  • A higher than average percentage of high school and two-year college graduates leading to an educated, competent workforce.
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  • Thursday, July 09, 2015
    Fort Drum in Jefferson County was spared a major impact on potential cuts in the number of soldiers stationed at the base. Reports are that only 28 soldiers will leave the base.
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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015
    Goal is 1003 employees. Currently at about 580. Wonderful tour and facility. Thank you for being in Jefferson County Convergys!!!
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  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Jefferson County 16th Annual Community Survey
    The 16th Annual Jefferson County Survey of the Community holds some very key findings:
    • JeffCo residents indicated in 2015 that they feel better or more positive about the local economy since the Great Recession of 2008.
    • 64% of residents indicated that the presence of Fort Drum in the local area has a positive effect on their families or financial situation. Significantly higher than the 51% only a year ago.
    • Jefferson county residents reported a significant decrease in avoiding medical care due to cost down from 18% in 2009 to 9% in 2015.
    • 2015 continues a steady 6-year trend of positive perceptions of the overall state of the local economy
    • Highest ranking of Cultural/Entertainment opportunities rated as Excellent or Good ever found in the survey
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  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015
    New York Air Brake's Electronic Brakes safer
    According to NYAB's President Micheal J. Hawthorne, new rules released by federal regulators for the transportation of crude oil by trains will require all tank cars to be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes which they manufacture.
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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015
    Downtown Farmers Market
    The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce opens their 38th Farmers Market May 27th from 6:30-3pm. It will run through October 7th on every Wednesday. There will be over 50 vendors selling goods on Washington Street.
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  • Friday, May 08, 2015
    Lynn Pietroski has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Jefferson County Rehabilitation Center. Current COO Lisa M. Jeschawitz has been with the JRC for nearly 40 years and plans to retire in September.
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