CRG works toward EPA grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is packaging a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for the city of Gloversville.

The news was part of a “community outreach program” detailed by CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters in his monthly report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee last week at the County Office Building.

He said the CRG was in the process of “packaging” another EPA grant application for the city of Gloversville. He said it was due to be submitted soon.

Peters also reported the CRG brought a developer into Gloversville a month ago. He said the CRG will organize a tour soon for the county, city and the CRG board to tour a project.

He said the new Second Wind coffee shop in downtown Johnstown will have a grand opening soon. He said the CRG is also working on financing for a smaller restaurant in Johnstown.

Peters also discussed possible microbreweries in two other county municipalities. He said the CRG met with new micrbrewery owners in Broadalbin, and is working on a “potential” micrbrewery in Mayfield. The CRG is also working on a restaurant project in Caroga Lake.

In other community outreach, he said the CRG plans to conduct a business tour Feb. 21 of Gloversville radio station WENT.

Peters said the state awarded Fulton County another $200,000 Microenterperise Grant. He said 20 small businesses are interested in applying.

“It will be up and running in the next couple months,” he said of the grant program.

Peters reported the CRG’s efforts helped bring in over $2.3 million in December through successful Consolidated Funding Applications for local projects.

The CRG brought in a “major northeastern builder” to look at Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp.’s 120,000-square-foot expansion project. He said the builder is starting to work on construction numbers.

“I’ll be setting up two [economic development] presentations in Albany,” Peters told county officials.

He said he is stressing the Tryon Technology Park and the county’s other “primary development” areas on Hales Mills Road Extension and in Vail Mills.

The CRG received one new industry inquiry from the state, but Fulton County didn’t have a site, Peters said. He said his agency is also still working on a “distilling operation,” and has put forth possible financing options.

Peters said the CRG met with the federal Economic Development Administration to discuss what kinds of funding programs might fit Fulton County.

The CRG met with Clifton Park-based consulting group HRP Associates to discuss project sources through the Opportunity Zone funding process. Peters said the CRG plans to start identifying funds that may fit into the county’s three Opportunity Zones.

Peters said the CRG is currently administering 16 loans, including recent ones involving Deli-Master, Mohawk Harvest and the Northville 5 & Dime.

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

By Josh Bovee

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