Madison County, New York

Industrial Development Agency

COVID-19 Updates:

Madison County has been working with a variety of community members from both the Private and Public Sector including the Madison County Board of Supervisors members, Office of Emergency Management staff, Department of Health, local school and college administrators, hospital leaders, and small businesses through the Madison County Recovery Task Force.  They have been working diligently to answer the impending question of what comes next by addressing specific questions applicable to individual companies in various industries.  To see the most current COVID-19 Workplace Recovery Guide and a toolkit for employers, visit the Health Department’s website at: This guide is meant as a working draft and will be updated as more information becomes available.

For guidance from New York State on Phases 1-4

Additionally, New York State has released detailed guidance for businesses eligible to restart operations in Phase I of the state’s reopening plan.

Phase I businesses include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail – Curbside Pickup
  • Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing

Phase Two: Capital Region, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western NY can enter Phase 2 of reopening

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the following businesses remain closed:

  • Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease must remain closed to the public; however, any stores without their own external entrance(s) may operate via curbside pickup in Phase 1 and 2 providing purchased items to customers at or near the general mall entrance and any stores with their own external entrance(s) separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls, anchor tenants), may open for curbside and in-store pickup in Phase 1 and all in-store retail activities in Phase 2;
  • Indoor on-premise restaurant and bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption in Phase 1 and outdoor on-premise restaurant and bar service in Phase 2;
  • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.

Phase Three: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western NY can enter Phase Three of reopening.

  • Restaurants / Food Services
  • Personal Care

Phase Four: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western NY can enter Phase Four of reopening.

  • Higher Education
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production
  • Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans
  • Malls

A more detailed list of specific businesses under these categories can be found by visiting the state’s NY Forward website at:

In order for businesses in these categories to reopen, they need to go to the following website:, where they will have access to the business reopening guidelines for their specific industry. A business safety plan template for each industry is also available as is a page for affirming their commitment to follow the detailed guidelines.  To reopen, businesses need to go through this guidance and affirm via the online form that it has implemented the measures outlined in the summary guidelines provided.

These are just summary guidelines and businesses are encouraged to put in place additional safety measures as they see fit. In addition, you should keep on file your reopening plan and your attestation to the state so it is available should it be requested.

Even if you have been operating as an essential business, you must also complete the attestation in order to continue to operate.

We will continue to monitor this guidance and provide updates as they become available.

General resources available through the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  CDC specific resources for businesses and workplaces:

Madison County Recovery Task ForceCOVID-19 Workplace Recovery Guide and Toolkit for Employers:


Kipp Hicks
Executive Director
Madison County IDA

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Madison County, New York

Madison County is located in the center of New York State, offering relocating and expanding businesses strategic logistical advantages, access to higher education, and a wide selection of shovel-ready properties.


An Exceptional Location

Located in the geographic center of New York State, Madison County is nestled between Syracuse and Utica-Rome and a regional population of one million people. Its location offers businesses exceptional transportation options, including ready access to Interstates, Class I rail, airports, and barge access to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. Madison County, New York, has a regional workforce of over 433,000, with strengths in agriculture, alternative energy, back office & call centers, logistics & distribution, and manufacturing. There are numerous industrial parks, as well as a deep inventory of available sites and buildings, many of them shovel-ready, to speed your time to market. Madison County itself is largely rural, with lots of wide open spaces and a cost of living that is 10% lower than the U.S. average. A vibrant Community Supported Agriculture program brings locally-grown food to residents nearly year-round. And the big-city amenities of Syracuse, Utica and Rome, New York, are only an hour away. Seventeen area colleges and universities provide workforce training and education, and also enhance the region’s high quality of life. Madison County’s energetic college-age population that is 45% larger, on a percentage basis, than the U.S. average. Contact us to learn more about the advantages of growing your business in Madison County, New York. Madison County

COVID-19 Bridge Loan Program Application  2020

Upstate Revitalization News:
Central New York is at the cusp of an exciting time for our community’s future.  The Governor has proposed a competition for up to $500,000,000 in economic development funding to nurture transformational initiatives for our region.  Read the Upstate plan to learn more about our future opportunities:

CNY Upstate Revitalization Proposal

County Issues Final RFP for Plastic-to-Oil Facility
Facility to be located at Madison County’s Agriculture and Renewable Energy (ARE) Park in Lincoln, New York.

Madison County, New York, has issued a Final Request For Proposals (RFP) dated Feb. 4, 2016 to request comments from companies that are interested in developing a facility in the county’s Agriculture and Renewable Energy (ARE) Park located in the Town of Lincoln at the county’s landfill site on that will use nonrecyclable plastic material from Madison County and elsewhere to produce oil products.

Final Plastics to Oil RFP

Madison County RFP article

Madison County Economic Development Information

Madison County Strategic Economic Development Executive Summary

FACT SHEET Madison County 2019

Madison County Long Term Economic Development Plan

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