Chemung is located in the Southern Tier of Central New York State.
Because of its strategic location at the southern end of the Finger Lakes Region, Chemung County is known as the "Gateway to the Finger Lakes". Elmira, the county seat, is known as the "Soaring Capital of America", due to the fact that nearby Harris Hill has been hosting national soaring (sailplane) competitions since 1930.
Many signs posted along roads in Chemung County refer to the area as "Mark Twain Country" because of the many years the author lived and wrote in Elmira.
Land: Chemung County is in the southwestern part of New York State, along the Pennsylvania border, in a part of New York called the Southern Tier and is also part of the Finger Lakes Region.
Education: Higher education institutions include Arnot Ogden School of Nursing, Corning Community College, Elmira College and Elmira Business Institute.
County Executive - Christopher Moss
County Legislature, Chair - David L. Manchester