CRG is creating the economic development future of Fulton County

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The mission of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is to strengthen our 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 of living for all of its residents.

Why Become a Member of CRG?

The answer is simple: Partnership = Success

It’s a new day at Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. We are working closely with Fulton County and the local Industrial Development Agency as the county’s appointed economic development and marketing arm. An example of this is the Micro- enterprise Grant Program that we administer for the county. Since 2015, 15 small local businesses have become recipients of grant funding. This has helped to jump start new businesses and gave existing small businesses the funding that they needed to purchase much needed equipment and enabled them to add employees.

Consider an business assisted by a Microenterprise Grant:

LaVilla Dog Works, Johnstown

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Gina Papa started making dog collars from her home as a hobby/side business and quickly realized that she had stumbled upon a unique need in the dog community. Her fun, colorful collars allow dog owners everywhere to express their dog’s personalities – and, of course, their own – while purchasing a necessary canine accessory. Some of these dogs were in need of larger breed collars that are difficult, if not impossible, to find. Gina’s custom made collars were the answer to many a doggie dream.

LaVilla Dog Works became an official business in 2012. As demand grew, Gina began wearing out her small, household sewing machines. The collars she was making were proving to be tougher than they were! The answer – commercial sewing machines.

Fred Henry was working in the telecommunication industry when Gina’s business started to take off. Their original plan was that Gina would make the inventory and Fred would run the business and store front. As the pair researched commercial sewing machines, Gina discovered that the speed and power of the new equipment made her nervous. Fred, on the other hand, loved the new machines. An unexpected twist in their business model occurred at that moment and Fred became the sewing guru while Gina took on the task of understanding how to run their growing enterprise.

Finding a commercial sewing machine that would help to increase production proved costly. Enter CRG and the Microenterprise Grant Program. In 2015, Fred and Gina participated in the required business classes that allowed them to apply for a $25,000.00 Microenterprise Grant through New York State. These funds allowed them to become full time employees of LaVilla Dog Works, purchase a commercial machine that finishes binding the collars and leashes together in record time, and create smiles, wags and slobbery kisses to happy pups and their owners. The classes, too, proved to be of benefit as Gina learned the art of financial management.

LaVilla Dog Works is happily located at 11 South Market Street, Johnstown. Check out their website for store hours and bring your dog by for a little re-tail therapy!

See the commercial machine at work: Sewing Video IMG_1623

A little about Ron Peters, President and CEO

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The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan FCCRG President Ron Peters

CRG has implemented a business outreach program. President and CEO Ronald Peters visits local businesses each month to offer assistance and support. He also attends a handful of national conferences each year to make sure that national corporations know about the opportunities here in Fulton County.

Building a strong business community in Fulton County

Establishing relationships with other organizations is another way CRG attains success. We support the regional initiatives with Montgomery County. We continue to bring site selectors and retail experts into our area to properly plan for larger economic development projects that will sustain Fulton County far into the future.Fage Yogurt Factory

CRG reciprocates your support!

We are here to improve economic development in Fulton County and we cannot do it without you. We encourage you to choose a membership level and submit your application TODAY.

Together, we can achieve greater levels of success!

Still have Questions?

Contact Ron Peters, at 518-725-7700 ext. 102 or email:

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