Economic Development

Contact InformationWilliam Riddell, Director
Economic Development
6551 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario, NY 14519
(315) 524-5908


KickStart LogoThe Wayne County Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is seeking entries for the second Annual Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition.  The competition is open to all Wayne County residents who have a new business idea or are in the concept stage.  The Winner will receive a $25,000 prize to kick-start their new business.  

"We're really excited to be doing this again this year," said Brian Pincelli, Director of Wayne County Economic Development and Planning.  "Given recent events, it is important to encourage entrepreneurship.  I know there are a wealth of creative ideas and motivated entrepreneurs in our County.  The Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition is an effort for us to help develop those creative ideas and turn them into businesses."

Starting in 2019, KickStart Wayne County is an initiative aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and providing resources for new business development.  The primary undertaking of this initiative is the Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition.

"The second annual Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition is a great way to connect entrepreneurs and business development partners," said Katie Bronson, Deputy Director of Wayne County Economic Development and Planning.  "This year, we are providing online workshops and mentoring opportunities with some business development partners."

Click here for more information.


Why Choose Ontario For Your Business?Location
  • Ontario is situated between the two major cities of Rochester and Syracuse and is just 80 miles west of Buffalo.  Monroe County is our neighbor to the west. 
  • 15 minutes to the downtown Rochester Business District
  • Proximity to Rochester allows access to companies clustered in medical research, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, telecommunications, photonic/imaging and precision manufacturing.  Rochester is home to Xerox, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, and Eastman Kodak.
  • 35 minutes to the Rochester International Airport
  • 30 minutes to thruway exit #43 (Manchester) and exit #46 (Henrietta)
  • Ontario offers easy access to State Route 104, a four lane divided highway as well as State Route 350.
Skilled Labor
  • The close proximity of Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester offers a new company potential to draw on an educated workforce.
  • Energy Savings in the Wayne Industrial Sustainability Park (WISP).
  • Approved Building Sites in the Beh and Ontario Industrial Parks.
  • Low Crime Environment for businesses and their employees which results in a reduced property insurance rate.
  • Empire Zone Benefits available in the Beh Industrial Park, Commerce Center Industrial Park, and Wayne Industrial Sustainability Park (WISP).
  • Great Quality of Life for employees provided by affordable homes, variety of nearby shopping plazas, excellent schools and medical facilities and recreational opportunities.
The Ontario Town Board has created an Economic Development Department at the town level to encourage development of industrial and commercially zoned areas by attracting new business and retaining current businesses.  Its purpose is to increase a sustainable tax base for its residents and improve their quality of life.  The Office of Economic Development offers assistance with site selection and coordinating applications with the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, as well as local building, planning, and zoning boards.

Current demographic information is available upon request.  Please contact the Office of Economic Development at 315-524-5908, or email


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Tax DataTown of Ontario 2020 Tax Rate
(Per Thousand/taxable Assessed Value)
  • School - $21.48 **
  • Town - $3.10 *
  • County - $8.26 *
  • Special District - $1.00 (est.)
(*) Payable on January 1st   (**) Payable on Sept. 1st

For more information, call 325-524-3441 ext. 400

The Town of Ontario has the lowest town tax rate (2008) in Wayne County
  • SALES TAX = 8% (NYS = 4%, Wayne County = 4%)
  • Shared among towns, county, villages and school districts.


Major Local Employers
Name Product or Service # Emp Union
Wayne Central School Dist. Education 525 Yes
Rochester Gas & Electric Power Generating 525 No
TOPS Supermarket Groceries 127 Yes
Optimax Systems Optics Industry 160 No
Harbec Plastics Plastics 100 No
Vette (formerly ERM Thermal Technologies) Heat Sinks 93 No
Rochester Industrial Control Electronic Assembly 90 No
WECO Metal Products Sheet Metal Fabricator 75 No
Town of Ontario Municipality 50+  Yes
Lakeside Roofing & Siding Materials, Inc. Roofing & Siding Materials Distributor 50 Unknown
Fred A. Nudd Corp. Tower Erections 30 No
Optipro Optics Industry 28 No