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Nestled in the rolling hills of New York’s Southern Tier, the Binghamton area became known long ago as the “Valley of Opportunity.” Binghamton grew as stalwart employers like the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory and the International Business Machine Company (IBM) thrived and attracted thousands of new residents, including immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe who settled in ethnic enclaves across the region and brought their culinary traditions here that continue to this day.

That same entrepreneurial spirit lives on as Binghamton University has reinvested in the city’s downtown core and developed an incubator program that encourages students to stay after graduation and grow their businesses in the Southern Tier. Here are five regional specialties to sample in Binghamton:

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