The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) counties:

    

The counties above can be viewed individually at COUNTIES 

Suggestions for the Southern Tier REDC:
[1] See what ST8 is doing to leverage their leadership work and then move the bar even higher
[2] Contact Tom Kowalik at Kowalik & Associates for access to IBB data for the eight counties you cover, especially for Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben which are not covered by ST8.