IDA board approves annual report

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency board of directors recently approved the agency’s 2018 annual report, which alludes to various projects, including ones involving the Tryon Technology Park.

“The IDA board appreciates the strong partnership it has with the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on the Tryon Technology Park and looks forward continuing and strengthening that partnership,” the report says.

The board at its annual meeting at the Fort Johnstown Annex authorized IDA Executive Director James Mraz to post the annual report on the agency’s website. The report was also approved to be filed with the Board of Supervisors.

According to the report, the IDA met 11 times in 2018 and discussed eight key economic development projects, as well as others. Fulton County will be funding a project involving a new electric system for the Tryon Technology Park in Perth in 2019. Last year, the report said National Grid presented a revised design for the new system.

“The revised design would bring a new overhead line into Tryon from County Highway 107 along an old secondary access road,” the report said. “Once this overhead line reached County Highway 117, the line would then go underground. The new line would run along County Highway 117 and service the existing wastewater pump station, water booster station, elevated tank, Vireo Health and Building 60.”

Elsewhere in the report, the IDA alludes to other Tryon initiatives, including: marketing, regional business training and incubator center, followup to a site selector’s September 2017 visit, Vireo Health’s second greenhouse, and reconstruction of the County Highway 107/158 intersection.

The report said the IDA is expected to give final approval in early 2019 for a expansion project by Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp. in the Johnstown Industrial Park. The company wants to create up to 75 new jobs through an $11 million investment. Pioneer will be constructing a 120,125-square-foot addition to its existing 160,500-square-foot window manufacturing the facility.

Benjamin Moore has put on hold its project at the Johnstown Industrial Park to constrict a 120,000-square-foot addition to its paint manufacturing facility, the report said. The IDA had reviewed the project application and conducted a hearing in 2018.

Other projects mentioned in the report include: Century Linen project, Swany, regional business park project, and the Johnstown Renewables project that was halted at the Johnstown Industrial Park in 2017.

“The IDA is hopeful that the original [Johnstown Renewables] project is completed or a new project is brought to the site,’ the report said.

The IDA last fall also reviewed key recommendations in the new Fulton County Economic Development Strategy, which included a housing strategy as a component.

In 2018, the IDA board also took other actions, including sanctioning police training exercises at Tryon. The IDA also renewed its gold membership with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, adopted its 2019 budget, and appointed new members.

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

By Josh Bovee

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