The Town of Plattsburgh is located in the northeastern part of New York State, approximately 65 miles south of Montreal, Canada and on the western shore of Lake Champlain. Plattsburgh has traditionally been a transportation center. Situated along the main transportation route between New York City and Montreal, it is the closest large American municipality to the second largest Canadian City. Generally, Plattsburgh has an excellent overall transportation network. The CP railroad line provides a unique transportation opportunity and the Town of Plattsburgh offers a unique combination of natural and man-made advantages that include:
- Access to Canadian markets
- Multi-modal transportation network
- Motivated, creative and competitive labor force
- Good labor-management relationships
- Low cost of living
- Pro-business public agencies and less red tape
- In-place economic development resources and foreign trade zone
- Not dependent on aging, heavy-industrial infrastructure
- Superior access to recreational, cultural and historic resources
- Well-regarded schools and colleges
- Regional health care center
- Vibrant business districts
- Exceptional facilities
- Large hard-stand areas for storage of bulk goods.
The Town of Plattsburgh experiences moderate summer temperatures and cold winter temperatures. High temperatures range from the mid-70s to mid-80s, with low temperatures in the mid-teens. The average precipitation for the year is 41.4 inches; the average snowfall is 63 inches per season. Mean relative humidity is high, generally ranging from a low of 53 percent to a high of 80 percent. The prevailing winds are south-southeast with an annual speed of 6 miles per hour. Thunderstorms are commonly experienced in the summer months; historically, six to seven monthly thunderstorms occur in June, July, and August. Snowstorms develop in the winter due to storm systems moving through the area.