The Chemung Valley is abundant with rolling hills and glorious green open spaces punctuated by the serpentine Chemung River. Enjoy summer green, autumn jewel tones and winter white and discover why Elmira was ranked on Country Home Magazine’s list of “Top 10 Best Green Small Cities” for 2007 and “Best Green Cities in America” in 2008!

Take in a Broadway show, stroll through the galleries of a world-class museum, explore a complex and colorful history, enjoy comedy clubs, local theater productions, modern and classical dance and live music concerts by orchestras, jazz ensembles and contemporary performing artists. Browse antiques, boutiques, specialty shops and national retailers, then dine at one of many restaurants serving up Finger Lakes wine, local brews and regional cuisine.

From Victorian Era homes to modern downtown lofts, Chemung County is a great place to own a home. According to The Christian Science Monitor (August, 2010), “when it comes to real estate, Elmira is shining”. Over the past few years- and despite the national housing bubble and subsequent burst- median home prices locally have seen some of the largest increases in value of any metro area in the United States.

Like all modern and successful communities, Chemung County is connected.  Transportation resources provide convenient travel planning for visitors and residents alike. The ever growing Elmira Corning Regional Airport hosts service to major East Coast destinations with global connections. Interstate 86 provides major access to and throughout the region while spurring industrial and commercial growth. A multi-county transportation center keeps people moving, and numerous truck and rail systems support the trade of goods far beyond county borders. The County’s upstate location strategically places residents within easy access to New York City, Cleveland, Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston.


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