I-86 Innovation Corridor Initiative
The I86 corridor extends between Elmira and Hornell, and has the highest concentration of advanced manufacturing and transportation equipment manufacturing companies in the Southern Tier Region. A strategic action plan was adopted in 2015.
The corridor has a combined population of 100,000, and is home to major corporations such as Corning Incorporated, DeMet’s Candies, Dresser-Rand, Hilliard Corporation, Anchor Glass, Emhart Glass, Hardinge, World Kitchen, and Synthes. The I-86 Corridor also is home to three of the leading rail design and manufacturing companies in the world, including Alstom Transportation Inc. in Hornell (France), CAF USA in Elmira (Spain) and Bombardier (Canada) in Kanona. Alstom is undertaking a $130 million expansion in Hornell to design and produce the high-speed train from Boston to Washington, D.C. The Bombardier facility in Kanona is a center of expertise for rail vehicle overhaul and refurbishment for all types of passenger rail cars.
The I86 Innovation Corridor Initiative strategic plan calls for investments in:
- Workforce development and talent attraction: rapidly aging workforce, need for talent to support advanced technology and commercialization of R&D, and rapid globalization.
- Business Development including transportation industry supply chain development, commercialization of technology generated by R&D at major corporations and entrepreneurial ventures, and investment in manufacturing infrastructure.
- R&D ventures with regional universities.
- Enhanced quality of life to attract talent: Revitalization of the aged manufacturing communities such as Elmira, housing, recreational activities to leverage natural assets.
- Physical infrastructure to support business development such as upgrades to the Elmira-Corning Airport and shovel ready sites.