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Economic Development /  Department Overview

The Economic Development Department is committed to promoting Amherst as a premier destination for businesses and residents. We believe in a holistic approach to economic development that encompasses:

  • Business Attraction and Retention: We work tirelessly to attract new businesses to our community while supporting the expansion and retention of existing ones. Our team provides valuable resources, incentives, and assistance to help businesses grow and succeed.
  • Workforce Development: We understand that a skilled and motivated workforce is the lifeblood of any successful economy. Our department collaborates with educational institutions and workforce development partners to ensure our residents have access to training and employment opportunities that match the needs of local businesses.
  • Infrastructure Investment: We actively invest in critical infrastructure projects that improve the overall livability of our town. These investments include road improvements, public transit enhancements, and sustainable urban planning.
  • Strategic Growth: We are dedicated to strategic and sustainable economic growth that preserves our environment and enriches our community.
  • Community Engagement: We believe in the power of partnerships. We work closely with businesses, residents, and community organizations to ensure that economic development initiatives align with the values of our town.
  • Streamlined Permitting: We understand the importance of a business-friendly environment. Our streamlined permitting process ensures that businesses can navigate regulatory requirements efficiently and get up and running without unnecessary delays.

For in-depth insights into how the Town of Amherst is actively creating a more business-friendly environment, we invite you to explore the newly launched website of the Amherst Economic Development Department and the Amherst Industrial Development Agency at This website will serve as a valuable resource for the development community, business owners, and residents. Here, you will find a wealth of information and resources to assist you in making informed decisions about locating, expanding, or growing your business right here in Amherst.

Economic Development Reports

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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    (716) 631-7000
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    Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221