About Us


Wayne County was founded in 1787 and incorporated in 1821. We are strategically located midway between Rochester and Syracuse just north of the New York State Thruway (I-90). From any Wayne County location, you can easily drive from a picturesque country setting to the heart of these upstate cities, realizing the best in both urban and rural benefits .

Wayne County’s strategic location allows companies to draw educated, skilled workers from more than 30 educational, technical, and business institutions in the upstate New York area, all of which are within an hour’s drive. Baccalaureate and advanced degrees are offered by Hobart & Williams Smith Colleges, Keuka College, and the University of Rochester, as well as such renowned universities as Colgate, Cornell, and Syracuse. In addition, Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf provide highly-skilled graduates schooled in digital technology and other high-tech trades. These are supplemented by several nearby State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and community colleges.

Almost 50,000 workers call Wayne County home. Of those, almost half (48%) drive outside the county to jobs elsewhere. These out-commuters comprise another untapped resource of people for new companies locating here. Both state and county one-stop training programs are readily available to assist companies with training or re-training workers when needed.

Please visit Finger Lakes Workforce Development for more information about the services they provide.

Wayne County however, is not all business. There are plenty of recreational and entertainment activities accessible to ensure life is not all work and no play. Visit www.waynecountytourism.com to see all the fun activities you can enjoy within Wayne County.

With a modern infrastructure in place and improving all the time, Wayne County is ideally positioned for industrial growth and comfortable living in the years ahead. We invite you to be part of it.