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Strong Economy

Building Fulton County’s Economy One Business at a Time.

Fulton County
has a diversified economy

featuring companies like FAGE USA, Benjamin Moore, Walmart Food Distribution Center, Crystal Geyser, Taylor Made Products, EPIMED and many others.
Office/industrial/commercial land values and rents are highly competitive when compared to other regions in New York State.
High quality, professionally managed municipal infrastructure systems exist in Fulton County. These systems have excess capacities that are available to support and promote new growth and development.
Tryon Technology Park offers shovel‐ready sites to attract new businesses into Fulton County.
Local governments utilize an expedited (1­‐2 month) process to secure local approvals.
The purchasing power of County residents is growing evidenced by the median household income rising 10% between 2010 – 2014
A 2017 Retail Strategy documented the demand for nearly 400,000 SF of new retail development
opportunities in the County by 2020.

Key Employers
in Fulton County

Lexington Center
Service provider to developmentally disabled.

Walmart Food Distribution Center
Food Distribution

Nathan Littauer Hospital
Health Care

FAGE USA
Yogurt Manufacturer

Benjamin Moore
Paint Manufacturer

DHL Logistics
Logistics

EPIMED
Medical Devices Manufacturer

Taylor Made Products
Boat Accessories Manufacturer

Townsend Leather
Upholstery Leather Manufacturer

Pioneer Windows
Aluminum Windows Manufacturer

Fulton County’s Competitive Strengths

Great Place to Live
and Raise a Family

180 degree turn from high cost – high stress way of life.
Close‐knit community.
Small town environment.
Lower cost of living compared to surrounding regions.
Low crime rate
compared to surrounding regions.

Natural Beauty and Resources

Easily accessible, year­‐round recreation opportunities and venues in Fulton County
swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, camping, hunting, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, motocross racing, horseback riding and others.
5­‐10 minute drive to any of these recreational opportunities.
44 lakes
including the Great Sacandaga Lake: 5th largest lake in New York State.
15­‐minute drive into Adirondack State Park from two cities.
including the Great Sacandaga Lake: 5th largest lake in New York State.

Available and Affordable Buildings

Available and affordable buildings for residential, office, manufacturing, high‐tech, commercial and retail development.
Buildings in downtown, just off downtown and elsewhere

Expedited Local Permit/Approval Process

County Planning Department serves as planning staff for City/Town Planning Boards.
Expedited and predictable local approval processes.
30-­60 day approvals for site plans including SEQR.

Strong Municipal Infrastructure Systems

Nationally recognized Gloversville-­‐Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant (GJJWWTP).
State of the Art Fulton County Landfill.
Excellent water systems.
Outstanding General Aviation Airport: Fulton County Airport.
OutsCountywide recycling program.

Pro-Development County

Board of Supervisors’ support and encourage growth and development.
Strong political support for growth and development.

Competitive Office and Industrial Lease and Sale Rates

Fulton County offers highly competitive lease and sale rates, compared to State averages:
Buildings in downtown, just off downtown and elsewhere

Source: Targeted Industry Analysis: Tryon Technology Park

Tourism

The County’s scenic beauty and diverse recreational assets annually attract thousands of visitors. Tourism has long served as a staple industry, generating sales tax revenue and boosting small business. Fulton County Tourism reports that 63,000 visitors travel Route 29 each year. In 2015, the tourism industry in Fulton County directly and indirectly employed approximately 750 persons and generated approximately $3.7 million in local taxes.

Key Tourism Figures

“The 2015 Economic Impact of Tourism in New York State”

  • $54 million annual traveler spending in Fulton County including over $30 million in spending by seasonal homeowners
  • Visitor spending in Fulton County grew by more than 7% in one year
  • Tourism supports 756 jobs with $19.6 million in annual earnings
  • Tourism generates $3.7 million in local taxes annually

Agriculture
and Food Processing

Approximately 220 farms on nearly 40,000 acres in Fulton County produce dairy products, fruit, vegetables, grain crops and livestock. Milk and other dairy products accounted for more than 60% of the region’s agricultural sales in the Mohawk Valley counties (Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery and Oneida) in 2010. Prime agricultural soils total approximately one-­‐third of County acreage.

Fulton County’s manufacturers, along with many farmer’s markets and new food businesses like Mohawk Harvest in Gloversville, are developing the Region as a major food­‐processing hub. New employers such as feta cheesemaker Euphrates Inc. take advantage of the wealth of dairy farms and proximity to New York City, Boston, Montreal, Buffalo and other major metropolitan markets.

FAGE USA, one of the largest yogurt brands in the United States, sited its U.S. production facility in Fulton County.

In 2013, CG Roxane began bottling and shipping Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring water from a nearly 180,000 square foot bottling plant in Johnstown.

Local specialty sausage manufacturer Espuna located their Imperial Chorizo brand headquarters in a state­‐of­‐the­‐art, USDA­‐approved 23,000­‐sq. ft. facility in Gloversville.