CRG promoting Fulton County

Ken Adamczyk, economic development specialist with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, discusses marketing efforts at a recent Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee meeting at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is currently promoting the county’s business facilities in a major marketing initiative.

The effort was discussed by CRG officials at a recent meeting of the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

CRG Economic Development Specialist Ken Adamczyk said businesses are looking for 50,000 and 100,000 square foot facilities. He said the agency has also been marketing the Tryon Technology Park in Perth through a recent article.

In addition, Adamczyk said the CRG is doing a larger and more targeted marketing program aimed at digital media through Linkedin. He said the CRG is focusing on businesses such as warehousing and logistics, food, IT and technology in “target areas” such as Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Texas; and Boston.

Adamczyk said the CRG is working with Google analytics to further identify what the area is conducive for. Through email and how many clicks the CRG receives to an inquiry is able to help the CRG gain better knowledge and business information, he said.

Also in the CRG report, agency President/CEO Ron Peters told supervisors that the CRG’s 2021 business training schedule is in “full rollout.” He said the last two sessions produced 18 trained people, which is “good.”

In the area of business marketing, Peters said his agency is working with the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District to have a Fulton County Site Assessment completed.

“We’re looking for sites in Fulton County that will be dependable sites,” he said.

Peters said the CRG had two proposals come in, and the CRG and MVEDD are in the process of evaluating the proposals. He said the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency and the Fulton County Planning Department are assisting with the site assessment.

“It’s going to be a good document,” he said.

The CRG continues to work through the details of setting up a Job Development Authority Agricultural Lending Program, Peters said. The JDA is offering a pool of funding at $500,000 for a six-county region, he said.

Peters said the CRG continues to look at some new opportunities in the village of Northville.

“We’re looking to maybe get another project going in Northville,” he said.

Peters briefly mentioned the CRG’s eight 2021 initiatives, led by identification of two target industry sectors to market Fulton County.

He noted the county has approved submission of a full 2021 Microenterprise Grant Program application to New York state. He said the CRG has over 20 individuals going through the training program to prepare for possible application.

“We’re about ready to submit that,” Peters said.

He said there also exists another state Microenterprise Grant Program through the federal CARES Act, which he said raises the maximum business applicant share from $35,000 to $85,000.

“We’re thinking of applying for that,” Peters said.

By Paul Wager