The creation of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (FCCRG) in 2012 marks the birth of a new era of support for economic development in Fulton County. Formed to integrate and build upon the successes of two existing economic development entities, the FCCRG has been tasked by the leaders of Fulton County to focus and reinvigorate efforts to attract, retain and assist quality employers in Fulton County and its neighboring communities.
The economic development triumphs of the last two decades are a gauge of greater things to come. Since the late 1980s, nearly 2,000 jobs have been created by employers drawn to state-of-the-art sites in beautiful rolling expanses at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains
Since the late 1980’s, more than 50 buildings with a combined square footage of more than 2.5 million square feet have been constructed or renovated, bringing in investments exceeding $120 million. Transportation and export access is easily available via I-90, I-87 and I-88, as well as an in-county airport, the nearby Albany International Airport and port access in Albany for international transport.
In 1995, the international retailer Walmart chose the Johnstown Industrial Park for its regional return center, and five years later added the 868,000 square foot Northeast Distribution Center #6096. The retailer’s capital investment exceeded $70 million, creating 900 jobs.
FAGE USA Dairy and feta cheesemaker Euphrates Inc. have taken advantage of Fulton County’s wealth of dairy farms, well-educated and motivated workforce, low cost of living and proximity to New York City, Boston, Montreal, Buffalo and other major metropolitan markets.
CG Roxane began bottling and shipping Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring water from a 176, 757 square foot bottling plant in Johnstown, drawing water under a lease and water purchase agreement with the Village of Canajoharie in neighboring Montgomery County. Along with the Chobani Yogurt plant in nearby Chenango County and Spanish charcutier Pata Negra, these Fulton County manufacturers are developing the region as a major food processing hub.