Fulton County CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is pleased to announce the

2017 Fall Gala

November 9, 2017 at Lanzi’s on the Lake

Hors D’Oeuvres and Networking start at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 6:30, accompanied by musical selections from Community Winds.

At 8:00 p.m. the award presentations will begin, followed by the announcement of winners of a silent auction, which will take place throughout the evening.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Payment can be made by mail to the address below or the night of the event. 

Want to attend the Fall Gala and get special recognition on the program, either as an organization or an individual? Consider attending as a Supporting Sponsor. The cost is $125.00 – it includes one free ticket to the event and a listing on the event Program. It is the perfect way for someone to attend the event while giving that extra gift of support! To become a Supporting Sponsor, simply email me your request! Thanks for considering this special sponsorship level.

Registration for this event will close on Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m., so make your plans TODAY.

Use this link to RSVP now online

Or print this pdf invitation to RSVP by mail.

                Awards will be presented to:

Established Business Award:  Frasier EnterprisesSign in front of Frasier Enterprises, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Expanded Business Award:  Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp.Sign in front of Pioneer Window, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Start-Up Business Award:  No. 22 Bicycle Company

Head welder Frank  Cenchitz joins titanium tubing on the bike frame, at No.22 Bicycle, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Hidden Gem Award:  Stump City BreweryMatt Sherman, Nick Sherman and Casey Oare, the brains and muscle behind Stump City Brewing, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

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What the site selectors said about Fulton County

During the first week of September 2017, Fulton County officials hosted three of only 43 certified site selectors in the nation, picking their brains for how best to market the county’s assets.

Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz is preparing an indepth report of the suggestions and observations of the members of the Site Selectors Guild – such as the pre-development of large industrial buildings and increasing marketing efforts.

“We brought these guys here because they’re the best of the best,” said Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz. “They have national and international status and experience in economic development and the corporate site-selection business. They were brought here to give us guidance and help us with perfecting our strategy moving forward.”site selectors on Twitter

Over a three day visit, the site selectors toured Tryon Technology Park, PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) in Johnstown, Pioneer Windows in the Johnstown Industrial Park and a workforce training program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jay garnerJay A. Garner, president of Garner Economics, LLC of Fayetteville, Ga.

“A lot of people that we talk to in other areas tend to glisten over the challenges, but these were noted and there was a plan to mitigate many of those challenges,” Garner said. “That shows true leadership, and I commend you all for that.”  — as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017



JJim Renzasim Renzas, principal at the RSH Group, Inc. of Mission Viejo, Calif.

“Our visit here opened my eyes quite a bit. I go to a lot of much bigger areas where you couldn’t get a group this size together. People just don’t care about their community. Here, you actually have a community.”  – as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

“It’s a big site and it’s a beautiful site. So there’s a lot you can do with it.” – On Tryon Technology Parkas quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017



Dennis DonovanDennis Donovan, of New Jersey-based Wadley, Donovan, Gutshaw Consulting of Bridgewater, N.J.

“The most impressive thing I’ve seen is leadership — the leadership here is really stunningly good. People are not afraid to take chances and they’re brutally honest. You’ve got what a lot of areas don’t have so that’s really important. Your infrastructure capacity is amazing and you’ve got some nice shovel-ready sites. Fulton County might be small but you’ve got good physical product here. You will succeed. There’s no doubt about it.” as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

“The training resources with BOCES PTECH and [Fulton-Montgomery Community College], they are first class — among the best I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. It helps for companies to expand their workforce and upgrade their skills because the training institutions are already in place.” – as quoted by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, September 17, 2017

“I think your training resources here are second to noneThe range of incentives you can bring to the table are good to bring in deals.” – as quoted by The Leader-Herald, September 11, 2017

“The cost of doing business in Fulton County is competitive with any location, even in the Southeast. And this is not in any way exploitative; the cost of living in the area is low.” – as quoted by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, September 17, 2017

Site Selection experts to visit Fulton County Sept. 8

You’re Invited

Logo for a guild of site selection experts visiting Fulton County on Sept. 8
in Fulton County, NY

Friday, September 8
7:30 A.M.—10:00 A.M. Holiday Inn
308 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown, NY 12095

Three nationally recognized corporate site selection experts from the prestigious Site Selectors Guild will be in Fulton County to discuss important economic development topics.

The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe. There are only 47 members of this exclusive Guild.

Topics to Include:
+ Best Practices in Economic Development & Marketing

Best Practices in Workforce Training and Development

+ Site Selectors’ Assessment of Fulton County

+ Question & Answer Session

If you would like to attend this important event, please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. Tuesday September 5, 2017 to:
Beth Lathers, Legislative Aide, Fulton County Board of Supervisors at elathers@fultoncountyny.gov or (518) 736-5545

Tryon Technology Park is one of the Fulton County assets drawing site selection experts to Fulton County NY on Sept. 8fc-positive

fultonmontgomeryconnectedforbusinesslogoThis event is supported by a National Grid Economic Development Grant

Fulton County studying need for hotel development

JOHNSTOWN – A Chicago firm has been hired by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to study the feasibility of additional hotel development in the Mohawk Valley county.

Holiday Inn Gloversville/Johnstown

The lobby of the Holiday Inn of Gloversville/Johnstown, one of Fulton County’s existing hotels.

Fulton County officials received five proposals for the study and on August 14 the Board of Supervisors hired Hunden Strategic Partners of Chicago at a cost of $19,500, according to County Planning Director James Mraz.

Funding for the agreement comes from a marketing project funded in the 2017 county capital budget.

Expanding business and tourist accommodation was one of the priorities voiced during Fulton County’s Vision 2026 Summit last October, in which 90 community leaders, elected officials, business leaders and members of the general public worked together to achieve a vision statement for Fulton County.

Hunden is charged with studying data and making site visits to assess the market demand and feasibility of an additional hotel or motel. The unbiased data and conclusions in the final report, expected in 2018, will become tools for local economic development officials to target and promote private development.hunden strategic partners logo

The target area for the study is an area from the Vail Mills Development Area along the southern and western edges of the Great Sacandaga Lake to the Village of Northville.


For further information, contact

James E. Mraz
Planning Director
Fulton County Planning Department
1 E. Montgomery St.
Johnstown, New York 12095
518-762-4597 (fax)



37 new senior apts. in Gloversville announced

State Homes and Community Renewal, Liberty Affordable Housing and Partners 

The unfinished, North Main Street-facing portion of the Estee Commons complex. Leader Herald Photo

The unfinished, North Main Street-facing portion of the Estee Commons complex. Leader Herald Photo

Announce Construction of 37 Apartments for Seniors in Gloversville

 ‘Estee Senior Apartments’ Complements Governor Cuomo’s Successful Mohawk Valley Revitalization Initiative to Grow Economy, Create New Opportunities

 New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) joined Liberty Affordable Housing, Inc., partners and community leaders to mark construction of Estee Senior Apartments, 37 energy-efficient units of affordable senior housing in the Fulton County City of Gloversville. The development complements initiatives of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council to grow the economy and create new opportunities.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Congratulations to Liberty Affordable Housing and all our partners who came together on behalf of the 37 households who will call Estee Senior Apartments home. This development not only will provide modern and affordable housing for people in the community they love, it enhances Governor Cuomo’s successful regional economic development strategies for the Mohawk Valley that are creating opportunities in Fulton County and beyond.”

The three-story building at 90 North Main Street, gets its name from the Estee School which was built in 1916 and operated for 80 years before it closed. Vacant for 20 years, deterioration was too great for the building to be renovated. It was razed and the new building, which will architecturally resemble the old one, will occupy the site. Small retailers, restaurants, medical offices, churches and homes surround the development which will generate revenue for the city. A U.S. Post Office and public library are located less than a quarter-mile away.

Estee Senior Apartments complements Governor Cuomo’s Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s support of downtown revitalization initiatives. “The new global economy demands walkable communities, active and adaptable public spaces, appropriate architecture, concentrated development and incorporated historic building fabric,” said Council Co-Chair Dr. Dustin Swanger, who is President of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. “The Mohawk Valley REDC continues to prioritize supporting urban centers, including the City of Gloversville with their place-focused, people-led approach to downtown revitalization.”

 New York State Homes and Community Renewal funding for the $9 million project includes: more than $465,000 of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the sale of which will leverage about $4.6 million of private investor equity and a $400,000 federal grant awarded to the City of Gloversville. In addition, a $3.7 million grant was awarded by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) through funds generated by settlements between the New York State Attorney General and banks stemming from the mortgage foreclosure crisis; a $250,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s Economic Development Assistance Program and a $38,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Jessica Scialdo, President and Chairperson of the Liberty Affordable Housing, Inc., Board of Directors said, “Liberty is truly thrilled to mark the start of construction of Estee Senior Apartments in the heart of Gloversville. We are proud to be part of the City’s vision for the future and it is our hope these 37 units of quality affordable housing for seniors will spark continued revitalization of this Downtown Gloversville Historic District. Liberty will be committed to the quality of life of the City residents who will call Estee Senior Apartments their home.” 

Denise Scott, LISC Executive Vice President said, “The development is blight-fighting at its best: replacing a long-vacant school in the central business district with high-quality, affordable housing for seniors, including veterans and people with disabilities. The work dovetails well with Governor Cuomo’s revitalization efforts in the Mohawk Valley were LISC also provided a$1.6 million grant to the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank. Both grants we provided were generated by the Attorney General’s settlements with banks as a result of the mortgage foreclosure crisis.”

 About New York State Homes and Community Renewal

NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) housing and community development agencies work to create, preserve and improve affordable homes and vibrant communities, in keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision of a more inclusive, affordable, sustainable, and resilient New York. In 2016, HCR set a record for the third year in a row, financing the creation or preservation of more than 17,000 affordable homes and apartments, creating nearly 2,000 homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers, and was once again the #1 affordable housing bond issuer in the nation with $2.8 billion issued. For more information on HCR agencies, programs and initiatives, please visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/

About Liberty Affordable Housing

Liberty Affordable Housing Inc. (Liberty) is a not-for-profit developer headquartered in Rome, New York. Liberty was incorporated in 2002 and has a community-based volunteer Board of Directors with a mission to produce, protect and preserve affordable housing. Since its inception Liberty has shown the ability to complete projects it has undertaken by successfully closing on three new construction and fifteen preservation projects. In all its endeavors, Liberty seeks to positively impact communities by providing “Better Lives Through Better Housing.” 

TU: Fulton County shows off business park, medical marijuana tenant

If your business is anything like a medical marijuana facility, economic developers in Fulton County want you to know they have a perfect location for it.

You don’t have to be making medicines from plants that were until recently illegal to grow. Fulton County officials are looking for businesses that need lots of affordable space in a secure, remote location with access to a workforce that has a wide range of education and skills. That’s what Vireo Health of New York, one of five medical marijuana companies operating in the state, got when it moved into the 213-acre Tryon Technology Park two years ago.

“Fulton County has been a terrific partner for us,” Vireo Chief Executive Ari Hoffnung said Wednesday at a county event pitching the site of a former state juvenile detention center to a couple dozen real estate brokers.

“It’s a perfect fit,” Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said of Vireo’s location.

As the unique business park’s only tenant, Vireo was a natural selling point. Real estate brokers got a rare tour of the strictly regulated facility.

They got to see an outdoor greenhouse and indoor grow rooms where horticulturists carefully control the light and temperature of plants whose oils are extracted for medicines to treat 11 debilitating conditions approved by the state.  They got to peek into the laboratory where the medicines are made, in different formulations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a mind-altering ingredient, and cannabidiol (CBD), which has no psychoactive properties.

 Yet as an example of a thriving business, Vireo isn’t there yet. Hoffnung told county officials and real estate brokers that the firm has invested about $10 million in the operation, including 20 acres of land. But like the other four medical marijuana companies in New York, it has yet to break even.

That’s despite a huge boost — an increase in volume of more than 50 percent, according to Vireo Operations Director Nick Goran — since the state added chronic pain to its list of qualifying conditions less than three months ago. One impediment to growth, company officials said, is that too few doctors are registering to certify patients for medical marijuana. According to the state Health Department, 1,058 medical providers were registered as of last week.

The business park landed Vireo as a client without much work, Mraz said. The company found the park as the county was engaged in getting the facility ready to market, Mraz said.

Mraz raised an eyebrow when he told about first hearing of interest from a potential tenant that wanted to grow marijuana. But then he learned more about Vireo’s plans. “Ah, you’re a pharmaceutical company,” he said.

WRGB sees growth potential for Fulton County

They’re both headquartered in our area.

The center of Fulton County is about 45 miles from Albany, and with two successful businesses operating there, right now county leaders are hoping to attract even more companies.

Vireo Health CEO Ari Hoffnung was born and raised in New York City, but he decided to manufacture medical marijuana in the quiet countryside of Johnstown.

“Got a great deal on 20 acres and now we have enough space our business can grow into,” Hoffnung said.

Security is extremely important for a medical marijuana operation, which is why Hoffnung says this was a prime location, an old youth corrections facility.

The old inmate living quarters now house the plants used to make kosher forms of the state-regulated drug.

Hoffnung says he saw an opportunity to bring the old Tryon Juvenile Prison buildings back to life, and put Fulton County residents back to work.

“Hundreds of jobs were lost and being able to bring jobs back was extraordinarily important,” Hoffnung said.

But now Hoffnung is looking for neighbors on the prison property, which has been transformed into the Tryon Technology Park, several hundred acres of shovel-ready space.

“We would welcome biotech companies we would welcome medical device companies it’s a great place to do business,” Hoffnung said.

County Planning Director Jim Mraz says the county’s been working to prepare the land in two nearby areas, Hales Mills and Vail Mills, for anticipated residential growth.

“We’re looking at upwards of 900 housing units county-wide in demand,” Mraz said.

They’re hoping the success of Fage yogurt, headquartered just eight miles from the medical marijuana site, will also help businesses look their way.

“We’re so proud they’re here, and we’d like to see more companies like that,” Mraz said.

County leaders say one of their biggest challenges is changing perception. Because the county is mostly rural, leaders say folks tend to think it’s hours away from the Capital Region, but the drive to Johnstown about 40 minutes from Schenectady.

by Anne McCloy, WRGB 6News Albany

Wednesday, June 21st 2017

WNYT finds Fulton County Posi+tive

Presentations highlight business opportunities in Fulton County

June 21, 2017 05:56 PM

PERTH – Fulton County wants companies to know it is open for business. County officials highlighted shovel-ready areas around the county for businesses to move in at a presentation Wednesday. The county highlighted those opportunities at Tryon Technology Park, and branded their new slogan – Fulton County: Posi+ive.

It may seem like an unusual place for a rebirth, an old juvenile detention facility. But at the Tryon Technology Park, Fulton County sees a bright business future for the county. “It was really a day to talk about investment opportunities, real estate development opportunities that we have here in Fulton County, readily available,” said James Mraz, Fulton County’s Planning Director.

The county brought in members of the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers to talk about opportunities for businesses and families in Fulton County. “We know what we’re doing, we know the opportunities that are here, but it doesn’t do us any good to know them and not for everybody else to,” said Mraz.

The county is focusing on three main sites. A planned residential and retail development in Johnstown and other in Mayfield. But the main area they focused on Wednesday was the Tryon Technology Park in the Town of Perth. The county got the property after the detention facility shut down in 2011. They’ve spent the last two years, and more than five million dollars, getting it ready for business.

“It’s one thing to have the land available, but if that land isn’t supported by the infrastructure it’s really not shovel-ready,” said Mraz. One tenant is already at the Technology Park: Vireo Health. A medical marijuana grower licensed by the state, the company credits the county for their growth.

“Fulton County and its IDA have been true partners to us,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of NY, LLC. “We couldn’t do what we’re doing without their support.”

Vireo praised the county’s investments at Tryon, and say they’re ready for new tenants to come in. “Infrastructure here is top notch when it comes to power, when it comes to water, when it comes to high speed internet access,” said Hoffnung. “And it’s getting a little lonely so we would love a few more neighbors.”


Ben Amey

Copyright 2017 – WNYT-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

CRG to Show Off Downtown Gloversville Headquarters

For immediate release:

April 5, 2017

Fulton County CRG Announces an Open House

The building at 34 West Fulton that CRG has made into its downtown Gloversville headquarters and a resource for Fulton County..

The building at 34 West Fulton that CRG has made into its downtown Gloversville headquarters and a resource for Fulton County..

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is excited to announce an Open House Event at its downtown Gloversville headquarters at 34 West Fulton Street on Thursday, April 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested for planning purposes.

CRG acquired this building on March 16, 2016, and made it its home on April 1st of last year. Since then, the economic development organization has been slowly remodeling the building to get it ready for future tenants. In addition to CRG, the building now houses the Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings, in suite 101, Safety First Training in suite 105, Fulton County Board of Realtors in suite 110, and the Gloversville Public Library in a large, former warehouse space on the first floor.

Tours of the building will be conducted and refreshments will be served. Building tenants will be on hand to show off their space and answer any questions that visitors may have.



Becky Hatcher

Executive Assistant

518-725-7700 ext 102


About Fulton County Center for Regional Growth:

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s (CRG) mission is to strengthen Fulton County’s economic base, facilitate sustainable growth, enhance the competitive position of our region, its counties, towns and cities and facilitate investments that build capacity, create jobs, improve quality of life and increase the standard living for all of its residents.

CRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. To become a member, visit our website at www.fccrg.org/crg-membership. To stay in touch with CRG, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fccrg/ or on Instagram at @downtowngloversville.

Downtown Event A Delicious Success

There are wonderful things happening in downtown Gloversville and 2017 is going to put a spotlight on them like never before!

This past Saturday, March 25, 2017, kicked off the 2017 Downtown Events calendar in the City of Gloversville. The Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off & Brew featured nine area organizations and two breweries. Despite snowy weather, over 125 people came out to City National Commons to support Downtown Gloversville BID’s efforts to install the first micro-park in the Capital District this summer. The micro-park will be a creative, inviting addition to Downtown and will fit into a parking space on North Main Street, providing seating to anyone who wishes.Downtown events in Gloversville include chili cookoff

 “The atmosphere at the event was truly wonderful,” Melissa Hohenforst, president of Downtown Gloversville BID remarked. “Everyone that came through our doors were amazed and delighted to see the comradery in the community.” The event’s success was made possible by the generosity of the chili contestants: Gloversville Fire Department had the winning chili, second place went to Fulton County Coroner Margarette Luck, third place was shared by the Gloversville Police Department and Mayoral Candidate Bill Rowback. Other participating organizations included Mayor Dayton King, Downtown Gloversville BID, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, Gloversville Public Library and Mohawk Harvest Cooperative.

 “Saturday’s event was a great way to kick-off the 2017 event season,” stated Jennifer Jennings, Downtown Development Specialist. Gloversville organizations like BID, CRG and others have wonderful things planned for this year. The excitement the Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off & Brew has generated will definitely make Downtown the place to be in 2017.”

 Upcoming events include the Spring Festival to be held on May 6th at the Farmers Market Pavilion. The event will mark the start of the Gloversville Farmers Market and focus on gardening. Free seedlings will be handed out by Fulton County Soil and Water, there will be an “ask the expert” for all of your gardening needs, music and more. The event is free and open to the community.

 June 10th will see the Third Annual Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. This event will have over 25 vendors and feature area wineries, breweries and distilleries along with great food and amazing music. Ticket pricing and event details are available at https://www.southernadirondackwineandfoodfestival.com/.


Jennifer Jennings, Downtown Development Specialist
Fulton County Center for Regional Growth
518.725.7700 ext. 107
Instagram: @downtowngloversville

Melissa Hohenforst, President
Downtown Gloversville BID

About Fulton County Center for Regional Growth:
Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s (CRG) mission is to strengthen Fulton County’s economic base, facilitate sustainable growth, enhance the competitive position of our region, its counties, towns and cities and facilitate investments that build capacity, create jobs, improve quality of life and increase the standard living for all of its residents.

CRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. To become a member, visit our website at www.fccrg.org/crg-membership. To stay in touch with CRG, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fccrg/ or on Instagram at @downtowngloversville.

About Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement District:
Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement District (BID) works with property owners, businesses, arts and cultural institutions, and others to revitalize downtown Gloversville. The BID is committed to providing a variety of services including research, technical assistance, event planning and advocacy. Businesses located in downtown range in size and scope, ensuring a consistently diverse and vibrant business climate.

 BID is an independent not-for-profit. To learn more, visit our website at www.gloversvillebid.com.