Fulton County officials to release 10-year economic development strategy at Oct. 25 summit

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County offIcials will release the county’s new 10-year economic development strategy at a community summit from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Holiday Inn.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Friday the public is invited to the event, at which two new videos will be released.

“This is like building a comprehensive plan for a 10-year period,” Stead said.

He said the strategy will be a way to cull together all the county’s important economic development efforts into a long-range plan. He said efforts started a few years ago with the “Jump Start Fulton County” initiative.

“This is a stage in that process,” Stead said.

Stead said the county needs a 10-year plan to guide it forward. Officials said the strategy not only does that, but also creates a county profile, and identifies projects at various municipal levels that can attract state support and leverage continuing private investment.

Some of Fulton County’s economic initiatives the past few years have included the Smart Waters infrastructure initiative, Tryon Technology Park and a proposed regional business park for Route 30A.

According to a news release issued Friday by the county, the Oct. 25 event will be a “community summit.” Officials says the economic development strategy to be released constitutes a “clear vision” for the county for the next several years.

County supervisors in March authorized a $160,000 agreement with Troy-based River Street Planning and Development, which prepared the strategy with the assistance of the county and others.

According to the release, the summit will provide various interested parties an opportunity to discuss Fulton County’s “strategic direction” the next decade.

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter, board chairman, indicated in the release: “Vision 20!6 is an opportunity to continue the Fulton County NY Posi+ive [campaign] momentum.”

“We hope that this countywide vision will bring local communities together to enhance quality of life throughout the region, promote our scenic resources and increase investment and growth,” he said. “We want to attract people who are ready to make a 180-degree turn from high-stress and a high-cost way of life.”

The keynote speaker for the summit will be John T. Evers, director of government affairs for the Business Council of New York State Inc

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and CEO Ron Peters indicated in the release that Evers has “an impressive background in economic development.” He said Evers can “speak about the challenges and opportunities facing communities like Fulton County.”

According to the release, a team of consultants are preparing the strategy, mainly from River Street Planning and Development; but also Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture of Saratoga Springs; Room One Planning and Design of Blenheim; and Asterhill Inc. of Manford.

“It brings together a number of technical reports that evaluate community assets, including housing and retail opportunities,” county Planning Director James Mraz said Friday.

Persons interested in attending can register online at: fultoncountyvision2026summit.eventbrite

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Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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