CRG steps up media campaigning

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has been stepping up its media campaign in the Capital Region to get the word out about the economic benefits of doing business in the county.

CRG President/CEO Ronald Peters alluded to the effort in his recent monthly report to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Committee at the County Office Building.

Peters reported radio advertising was being done in the Capital Region to get the word out about opportunities in Fulton County. It was also being done to find businesses in the region that would like to relocate here to Fulton County.

Elsewhere in Peters’ monthly report to the committee:

∫ The CRG’s current 2019-20 Microenterprise Grant Program has created 19 jobs. Peters said there was about a 50/50 ratio between full and part-time jobs. He said the CRG is still exploring submitting one more Microenterprise Grant application.

∫ Peters reported the 34 W. Fulton St. construction project was winding down and would be “off-site in two weeks.”

∫ He said the CRG was approved by the New York State Job Development Authority as a lender through its JDA Agriculture Program for six counties – Fulton, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Saratoga and Washington counties.

“We’re shooting for January to have the program up and running,” Peters said. “It’s going to be very good for us.”

Peters said the program offers loans up to $500,000. He said loans would be distributed to anything from microbreweries to manufacturing and distribution facilities.

∫ The CRG’s AIM Workforce Program is “going good,” Peters said, and has made multiple presentations to six businesses in Fulton County. He said the CRG is in the process of developing a second round of initial presentations to businesses that couldn’t attend the previous two presentations.

∫ The recent grand opening of the Great Sacandaga Brewing Co. was “excellent” and turnout was good, Peters said.

“They put out a great product,” he said.

∫ In the area of business inquiries/leads, Peters said the CRG is working with the state on a lead for a larger development. He said the agency was working with investors and presenting several sites to them.

“We’ve had a very busy last quarter,” Peters said.

He said the CRG will also be very busy in the first two quarters on 2021.

Peters said the CRG is working a lead for a smaller company considering setting up shop in Fulton County – about an eight to 10-person operation. He said the CRG is also working a lead for a company potentially looking for a large location. The agency is also working on a second Fulton County company looking to expand in Fulton County, Peters said.

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

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