Economic Development

The mission of the Canton Economic Development Office is to facilitate the community’s economic growth by working with major employers, small businesses and community initiatives to bring jobs, residents and visitors to Canton. We work directly with small and large businesses, including new ventures. Our services include:

  • Development Incentives & Financing
  • Site Selection
  • Grants for Job Creation or Retention
  • Business Assistance
  • Low Interest Business Loans
  • Customer Research….and more

There’s never been a better time to launch, locate or expand a business in Canton. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new entrepreneur, a big employer or a one-person shop – we can help you succeed in Canton. Call the Economic Development Office today to find out how we can help you.

Planning Assistance

Need help with a business plan? We’ll connect you with SUNY-Canton’s award –winning Small Business Development Center for free, personal and confidential assistance with financial projections, loan document preparation, and more.

Location Assistance

Call us to help you identify local properties to fit your needs. Ask us to set up showings, and help you find the perfect spot for your business.

Funding Assistance

The Canton Economic Development Office has personal connections with several sources of public and private financing, as well as knowledge of potential grant sources. We can help you identify the best funding sources for you business, put you in touch with them, or help you present your case.

Technical Assistance

We can walk you through the process of working with planning, zoning, code enforcement and other review and regulation requirements. We can also arrange for meetings and attend them with you if you like.

How Can We Help You?

Give the Economic Development Office a call today, and we will chat with you over the phone or set up a meeting. It’s that simple.

Contact Us

Leigh Rodriguez

Director of Economic Development, Village of Canton

3215-386-2871  ext. 5


Funding for our office is generously provided through a partnership of SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, the Town of Canton, and the Village of Canton.

Canton Economic Development Office News & Reports

Business Guide & Community Profile

A Business Guide and Community Profile has been prepared by the Economic Development Office. This document provides information about the business community, Town and Village demographics, history of Canton, business programs and incentives, and more. Contact the Economic Development office to receive a copy.

Canton Capital Corporation

The Mission of the Canton Capital Resource Corporation is to facilitate, with the help of public and private partnerships, those development projects that will sustain the key economic forces in the community of Canton, as part of a community-wide economic development strategy for the immediate future.