No.22 Bicycles Opens Production Facility in Johnstown

A Toronto precision bicycle designer has opened a new U.S. bicycle frame-building production facility in Johnstown, NY, in a former textile plant called the Johnstown Knitting Mill.

No.22 Bicycle Company designs the kind of precision-crafted road and track bikes that inspire passionate obsession in their owners. When it was ready to expand from design into production, No.22 chose Johnstown, which has an inventory of affordable manufacturing spaces ripe for repurposing, as well as easy access to multiple methods of shipping.

The Johnstown Knitting Mill Company was a large employer in Fulton County throughout the entire 20th century, manufacturing knitted goods and work glove cloth. By 2000, the Johnstown Knitting Mill Company succumbed to the financial stresses of foreign competition and closed after more than 100 years.

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The industrial-age mill at 309 West Montgomery Street was renovated five years ago to accommodate multiple tenants, making it a flexible choice for the young and growing bicycle company, which was founded in 2012.

A Ready Workforce

No. 22 Bicycle Co. Production facility in Johnstown, NY;The location was attractive, but it was the availability of talent that drew the Canadians to upstate New York. No.22 hired three of the craftsmen who had been responsible for making the now-defunct Serotta company in Saratoga Springs the bicycle industry benchmark for build and finish quality.

The 40-year-old Serotta was sucked into the December 2014 bankruptcy of Divine Cycling Group, a private equity firm formed in 2012 to acquire Serotta and other high-end bike makers. A new company, Saratoga Frameworks, was promptly formed to try to keep the craftsmen working, but financial and legal complications forced it to close six months later.

“There are only a couple of places in the world that have experience with high-end titanium bikes, ” said Mike Smith, who founded No.22 with partner Bryce Gracey. No.22 had been having its designs produced by a large Tennessee manufacturer. In an effort to move their products upmarket, they had started to shift production work to Saratoga Frameworks.

 “The talent pool is a 100 percent of the reason we’re in Johnstown,” Smith said. “When we were looking at setting up the facility, we were looking for a place that was close to the employees we wanted.”

Scott Hock, No.22’s new director of operations for the production facility, is a Johnstown native. The Canadian partners contacted real estate agent Clayton Sitterley and began to tour vacant Fulton County manufacturing buildings of all shapes and sizes, from modern industrial parks to old glove factories.

“There’s no shortage of nice space, and the rents are extremely affordable,” Smith said. “What we really loved about the Knitting Mill is the character of the space. It’s a beautiful building. There are hardwood floors and these big, beautiful windows. You can’t help it when you walk through there, you want to hatch an idea to be able to take advantage of it.”

No.22 has outfitted 4,500 square feet in the 100,000-square-foot Johnstown mill with a mix of vintage and new equipment, such as a bank of 50-year-old US-made Bridgeport vertical mills for precision mitering and a new HAAS CNC lathe to remove minuscule flecks of titanium from the frame tubes for a precise fit.

Hock, head welder Frank Cenchitz, welder Bryar Sesselman, and a newer hire named Sam Dries are producing No.22’s Great Divide titanium road bike, Broken Arrow cylocross cross-country racing bike and Little Wing track bike, as well as working under contract to produce high-end frames for other brands. Great Divide and Broken Arrow bikes start at $4,800 and $5,500 respectively.

 A new No.22 race-focused model, The Reactor, was introduced at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Kentucky in March, and it took home the blue ribbon for best cyclocross bike. The Reactor frame kit (not a complete bike) starts at $5,200.

Smith says No.22’s sales will probably triple this year over last. The Knitting Mill offers room to grow, and Smith thinks the company may need to expand soon. He likes the fact that the tenant across the hall is a high-end machine shop, making it convenient to order supplies – “May I borrow a cup of titanium, please?”

The incubator-style nature of the Mill opens a lot of different future scenarios for either expansion or building a community of businesses with compatible interests. No.22’s production team was thrilled when a craft brewery briefly made plans to open in part of the building, but that ended up not happening.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with this team as the long-term manufacturing home for our bikes,” Smith said. “We have been building our brand around the resurgence of North American craftsmanship, and the frames that Scott, Frank and their colleagues are able to build have us thrilled about this relationship. We feel privileged to be working with them to produce bikes that we can all be proud of.”

Benson’s Opens in Johnstown with FCCRG Loan

benson's logoJOHNSTOWN – Saratoga County-based Benson’s Pet Center plans to open an outlet in Johnstown in April, with the help of a $75,000, five-year loan from the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

The Johnstown store,  at 213 N. Comrie Ave., will be the sixth site in the Benson’s chain, which was opened in 1992 by Frank Kramer. The other stores are in Saratoga Springs, Colonie, Clifton Park, Queensbury and Pittsfield, Mass. According to Benson’s website, in addition to being a “full-line pet supply store,” the store will also sell small animals such as birds, fish, rodents and reptiles.

“They’re looking at possibly 15 jobs,” FCCRG CEO Ron Peters said. “I’m glad they’re here.”

The website adds: “Benson’s Pet Center does not sell cats or dogs because we want to help find homes for the numerous animals that have been rescued by the many groups and shelters that we work with. We at Benson’s Pet Center encourage our customers to look into adoption when looking for a new family pet.”

Gloversville Library Gets Pulitzer Prize winner’s support

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An extensive article in the New York Times about Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo’s support of the Gloversville Free Library is boosting the historic institution’s efforts at renovation and reinvention.

Russo, who grew up in Fulton County, has used Gloversville and his impressions of it for such novels as “Empire Falls,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “Mohawk,” even when the books were ostensibly set in a different fictional location.

He grew up going to the Gloversville library, he told the New York Times; “I have such fond memories of the place, going there Saturday mornings with my grandfather or mother, who would wait forever for me to pick books. I just have this feeling that if it weren’t for the Gloversville Free Library that I probably would not be a writer.”

$2.4 Million Raised So Far

Local fundraising efforts have so far raised $2.4 million of the $7 million needed for the first-ever renovation of the 111-year-old Beaux Arts building. Town leaders have started fund drives for capital repairs to the library three times in recent decades – in the 1970s, 1995 and 2003, but the efforts did not produce enough donations for the job.

“This time we’re not giving up,” Barbara Madonna, the library’s executive director, told NYT reporter Steven Greenhouse. “We need to do this renovation for the kids. A library is so important for them. And we need to do this as a catalyst to lift the whole town.”


“I just have this feeling that if it weren’t for the Gloversville Free Library that I probably would not be a writer.” — Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Richard Russo


Since the last fundraising effort, the library became an independent entity, rather than a department of the city government. It shifted its funding stream from the city budget to a direct tax approved by voters each year along with the Gloversville Enlarged School District budget. Those changes made the library’s funding more stable, allowing it the breathing space to pursue a new capital campaign.

The library’s boiler is 100 years old, the wood shelving is decrepit, and the library has neither a wheelchair ramp nor air-conditioning. But architecturally, it is a shining jewel smack dab in the center of Gloversville’s downtown. It was built with a $50,000 donation by steel baron Andrew Carnegie in 1904. Its soaring 35-foot-tall lobby is the focal point of a vibrant community haven that already attracts about 9,000 visitors a month for library transactions, toddler story times, reading and knitting groups and “unplugged” activities for teenagers.

In addition to replacing the century-old boiler with forced air HVAC, the restoration project includes upgrades to plumbing, electrical and lighting systems, installing an elevator for access to all three floors (only one floor is currently used) and making the building handicapped accessible.  A cozy reading room, a children’s section with atrium windows, five public meeting rooms and a concert space are envisioned.

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“One reason Mr. Russo is so interested in the renovation is there’s very little place for children these days outside of school,” said Elizabeth Batchelor, a chairwoman of the fund-raising campaign, told the NYT.  “For many kids, a library can be a ladder out of poverty.”

According to a story in The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, the New York Times article sparked a renewed interest in the fundraising campaign from individuals and potentially, from a foundation.

Russo’s role as honorary chairman is largely symbolic – he lives in Maine and is working on his next novel. But his involvement has raised the project’s profile beyond the 15,000 residents of Gloversville to a national audience that may be willing to support the library’s mission and the preservation of the historic building.

Mohawk Valley Land Bank is Encouraged

Herkimer County has officially encouraged a plan to create a six-county, not-for-profit corporation that would be allowed to acquire and improve derelict properties.

The proposed land bank would have the power to acquire vacant sites, rundown and abandoned properties and tax delinquent parcels. It would also have the power to borrow money to secure the sites and find buyers interested in making the properties productive.KMVB LOGO

Under a state law enacted in 2011, any tax district with foreclosure powers is eligible to form a not-for-profit land bank with approval from the state’s urban development corporation. The idea behind a Mohawk Valley Land Bank is that a regional public authority would have more focus and greater resources to make sure the properties aren’t disposed of at far less than they are worth. The authority could also work with buyers to make sure the properties are secured and redeveloped, rather than persisting in dereliction and tax delinquency.

The Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB) committee of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District has so far held three informational meetings in Johnstown, Herkimer and Oneonta exploring the creation of a land bank to include Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.  A proposed land bank is one of four parts of KMVB’s anti-blight campaign, which also encompasses the use of the Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Index, the Great American Cleanup and Adopt a Spot.

The Herkimer County Legislature passed a resolution Feb. 18 to encourage continued investigation of forming a regional land bank. According to the MVEDD, state legislation allows for 20 land banks in New York, and 11 land banks have already been approved. There are 120 land banks in the nation.

On Tuesday, March 3, the group will hold an informational meeting at SUNY Oneonta’s Red Dragon Theater, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta. All meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

“Blight is a problem in communities everywhere, and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB) is doing something about it,” said Bob Albrecht, chair of the KMVB Board of Directors.

Steve Smith, executive director of MVEDD, said, “Municipalities are looking for help in dealing with blight, whether it is rubbish along the streets or abandoned houses. We think our six-county network together with KMVB volunteers can make a difference.”

 For more information

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful’s Facebook page

New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities – PDF

Vacant Properties: The True Costs to Communities – PDF

2011 New York State Land Bank Enabling Legislation – PDF

Land Bank Guidelines -PDF

 

Historic Johnstown Downtown Getting Facelift

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Seven storefronts in Johnstown’s historic downtown will benefit from shares of a $200,000 funding pool from the NY Main Street Grant Program, which provides financial resources and technical assistance to improve traditional main streets and neighborhoods. City leaders have been working with citizens and architects on details of what should be encouraged and allowed with facade renovations to preserve the historical charm of the city.

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Linda S. Joseph Inc., doing business as Vintage Cafe at 21 West Main Street, will receive $16,125 from the grant program toward a facade revitalization estimated to cost $26,500. Pending Planning Board review expected in March, the work would replace broken and missing bricks; remove plywood and curved details over the front door; replace the flashing at the top of the storefront’s cornice; replace a residence door and the front-entrance storm door; replace, paint and coat interior and exterior woodwork, galvanized metal masonry; and improve the lighting.

In February, the city Planning Board approved a renovation for 18 West Main Street proposed by downtown property owner and former city councilman at large Bryan Marcucci. He plans to turn the property into a  restaurant and microbrewery called Black Tie Pub N Brew. Marcucci’s project has been awarded $31,850 through the NY Main Street Grant Program.

main st johnstown 2Jeff and Nick Kollar have submitted plans for a $33,000 remodel of first-floor storefronts at 1-5 W. Main St.,  $24,375 of which would be covered by a grant, subject to Planning Board review. Nick and Jeff Kollar own the building and Nick works for C.T. Male, one of the tenants. The other tenants are Ferguson & Foss Surveyors, Osborne Computers and C.W. Hair Design.

Helmut Philipp, an attorney with Brenner Group, LLC of Delmar, Albany County, received approval in February to transform 17 W. Main St. into apartments and a retail storefront. That project will receive $34,900 through the NY Main Street Grant Program. The finished building will have an 8-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall center window, a new cedar roof and freshly stained brick. Recessed lighting may be installed over the windows and doors.

Arthur Schrum and Douglas Town, will received $15,000 toward repairing, priming, painting and repointing the front facade of 128 W. Main St. as well as replacing and repairing the cellar entrance.

Laura Casamento will receive $15,000 to help fund a new entry door/trim; window repairs, exterior paint, and installation of three gas meters at On The Way Up.

Theresa Cook was granted $12,750 toward front and rear facade renovation, the installation of a rear fire escape, and the replacement of windows and electric wiring throughout 32 W. Main St.

The grant program is administered by the Office of Community Renewal with funds from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) to units of local government, business improvement districts, and other not-for-profit organizations. The money is earmarked for revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts and village centers.

A Case for Spurring Rail Access in Fulton County, NY

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Fulton County manufacturers have ample access to easy transportation through proximity to the NY State Thruway, airports, and the Port of Albany, but shipping could be even more efficient with rail linkage from the manufacturing facilities to the vast network of rails spanning the East Coast.

In 2013, businesses invested $456.8 million in new or expanded rail-served facilities on CSX and its connecting regional and short lines. CSX owns the Mohawk Subdivision, which runs from Amsterdam to Syracuse along the former New York Central Railroad main line. Those lines continue to the Port of Albany and connect to tracks all the way down to Florida and across the western states.

Connecting CSX main lines to existing industrial sites in Fulton County would make the sites in the parks even more desirable to new and existing facilities.

Direct or shared industrial rail line spurs are usually built through collaborations between businesses and  state/local economic development and governmental agencies.

Other New York communities have received state and federal funding for rail spur projects. For example:

  • In 2010, Riverhead, NY, was awarded $4.8 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, plus additional state funds to restore a short rail line connecting a 2,000-acre industrial park that the town took over from the defense contractor Grumman Corp., which ceased operations at the site in the 1990s.
  • In 2012, the New York Department of State’s Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) granted The Business Corporation for a Greater Massena $125,000 to partially fund a spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision to service the Curran Renewable Energy wood pellet plant and AgPro’s soybean processing facility.
  • In 2013, the Port of Oswego Authority was awarded $192,000 from NBRC to construct a rail spur and additional rail car storage on the only intermodal deepwater port in New York State , Lake Ontario. The project directly benefitted the Novelis Aluminum Plant in Scriba, NY, which expanded and added 100 jobs, as well as grain producers in Central New York.

How A Sidetrack is Born

CSX’s Industrial Development Group works with companies to expand its rail network to individually serve new or existing facilities. Each year it works with 100-150 companies, bringing rail lines to existing facilities.

The process is pretty seamless: the company works alongside a Site Design Manager to coordinate the project and design the new private sidetrack, which is then reviewed internally by CSX’s Operating and Engineering Department. Each new line would have its own Private Sidetrack Agreement detailing ownership, construction and maintenance, as well as outlining the relationship between the facility and CSX.

The benefits are numerous:

 Simpler logistics: Shipments that leave by rail directly from the facility are easy to track, have less handling time and avoid any time lost due to unforeseen issues by highway shipping. CSX offers tracking of shipments, digital reporting and other ways to monitor shipments that truck shipping doesn’t allow.

Cost-Effective Shipping: A multi-modal organization like CSX keeps costs under one roof, monitored and minimized.

Better for the Environment:  If you’ve missed any of CSX’s commercials in the past few years, you might not know that rail transportation uses a tiny fraction of the fuel to cover long distances, vs. the immense amounts of fuel required by highway freight trucks.

Safer:  According to data compiled by the non partisan Congressional Research Service, from 1996 to 2007 railroads consistently spilled less crude oil per ton-mile transported than other modes of land transportation.

Access: CSX operates and maintains more than 2,800 miles of track, and invested more than $13.6 million in 2013 in its New York network.

 

Outdoor Writers Land at The Fly Shack and other Fulton County gems

Three times in the last five years, the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association has chosen Fulton County, NY as its retreat destination.

“If there was an underlying theme to this year’s Spring Safari, it is that we were in a place that has a multitude of offerings, both in and away from the waters, forests and fields,” wrote Dan Ladd, who writes the Hunting and Fishing Report for the Plattsburgh Press Republican, is the outdoors editor of the Glens Falls Chronicle and the author of “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks.”

The NYSOWA, made up of outdoor media folk, visited a number of local retailers specializing in outdoor sporting, putting a spotlight on Fulton County’s small businesses and how they contribute to the county’s identity as a unique recreational hotspot. Among these retailers was The Fly Shack, a fly fishing shop in downtown Gloversville.the fly shack

The Fly Shack carries a vast selection of flies for trout, bass, salmon, and saltwater fish; fly tying accessories and boxes; waders, boots, vests and other gear; accessories; rods, books and DVDs. With a busy online shop, it brings a diverse inventory to fishing enthusiasts in the region and beyond.

The writers fished for walleye, trout and pike on the Great Sacandaga Reservoir; bass and rainbow trout on Pecks Lake, and also visited the state campground at Caroga Lake and a private resort on Pine Lake.

They rolled out of bed one morning at 2:30 a.m. to hunt wild turkey in farm country. They also attended the unveiling of a NYSOWA display at the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills, just outside Broadalbin and toured the museum’s collection of replica record-breaking whitetail bucks.WildlifeSportsMuseum

Frank’s Gun Shop a family-run retailer in Mayfield, sprang for a pizza party for the writers, before they continued to Taylor Made in Gloversville, a factory that employs more than 200 people making accessories for boating and other industries.

 

Get it while it’s hot: $25,000 Microenterprise grant program ends June 15

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Microenterprise Grant Program Application Form

The CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program is a grant program to assist small businesses.  This grant was awarded to Fulton County and is being administered by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.  Small businesses can receive grants of up to $25,000 to assist with startup or expansion costs which create jobs. Below are general guidelines for a potential business utilizing CDBG Microenterprise Grant funding.

CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program Summary and Business Assistance Guidelines

1. Eligibility

a. Eligible Businesses- Grants will be available only to microenterprises.  A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has (5) five or fewer FTE employees, one (1) or more of which owns the enterprise at the time of application. Projects must result in the creation afar least one PTE job. In the case where no jobs are to be created, the employer and/owner or current employee base must be low or moderate-income person as established by CDBG at the time closing.

b. Eligible Activities – Eligible activities include providing assistance to businesses that are involved in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, agriculture, high technology, research and development and traditional and innovative small business endeavors. Retail projects will be considered if the business is located in a town, village or city’s main street.

c. Business Structure -  The Microenterprise may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or corporation.

d. Location – The business must be located within Fulton County.

e. Feasibility -  Microenterprise businesses must present a reasonable likelihood for long term viability based upon issues such as feasibility, marketability, management, competition, and capitalization.

f. Use of Funds - Grants can be used for capital assets (such as real estate, buildings, machinery and equipment) and working capital.

g. Applicant Qualifications – Applicants for financing under this program shall be a United States corporation, LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship, be able to repay if found in default of program objectives, and possess good character and reputation and be of legal age.

h. Passive Investing Prohibited – Grant funds will not be utilized for activities that consist primarily of investing, speculation in real estate, or to primarily assist in the sale or purchase of an existing business.

i. Limits on Construction Funding -  Construction, rehabilitation and renovation activities are not eligible using CDBG Microenterprise funding, as such activities would trigger Federal Labor Standards.  The program will look to non-Federal funds to cover the cost of construction or renovation in those instances where such activities need to take place.

2. Funding

a. Grant Calculation – The minimum grant for each business will be $5,000 and the maximum will be $25,000. The grant will be calculated as follows.  Each business will receive a $5,000 grant plus $10,000 for each full time equivalent job created. In addition, for any business at least 51% of the jobs created shall be low mod jobs.

b. Use of Grant Funds – Grant Funds will be provided Financing of capital assets (such as real estate, buildings, machinery and equipment) and working capital.

c. Owner Contribution – Grant recipient will provide a minimum of 10% equity in the project.

d. Timing of Grant Funds – Grant funds will be release on a pre-agreed upon schedule, where CDBG funds will be disbursed on a pro rata basis with the other financing

e. Compliance During the Regulatory Term – A formal agreement between the business and the County will be executed.  Where collateral is available, this agreement will be secured by a means of a mortgage on real estate or a lien in other hard assets.  This agreement will constitute the means by which the County enforces compliance with program requirements.  The program will include regular periodic monitoring of each business to ensure that it is making good faith efforts to achieve employment goals and other program objectives.

3. Entrepreneurial Training Requirement

Participation in the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG) business training program will be required of all program participants and completion CRG’s entrepreneurial training Small Business Training Program.  The cost of $100 per attendee will be an eligible expense of micro enterprise grant funds.  A training program syllabus includes a general overview of business; accounting, taxes, and finance; marketing and e-commerce; and development of a business plan.

4.  Grant Recapture

In the event the grant recipient goes out of business or goes into defaults on the grant agreement from the date of the award up until the time of grant close-out, the grant will be subject to recapture. The amount to be returned will be based upon years of successful, legitimate operation according to the following schedule:

Default within One Year – 100% Recapture

Default within Two Years – 80% Recapture

Default within Three Years – 60% Recapture

Default within Four Years – 40% Recapture

Default within Five Years – 20% Recapture

Default After Five Years – No Recapture

Why Companies Should Consider Upstate New York’s Fulton and Montgomery Counties

New York’s Fulton County and Montgomery County are truly rich in resources for business and industry. This central New York area offers unique opportunities for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations and is very attractive to companies who are reshoring operations after years of investment abroad:

  • A 21st century workforce
  • Accessibility via road to vital northeast markets
  • Port access in Albany for international transport
  • Ample water, milk, and agricultural resources
  • Affordable ex-urban quality of life
  • Affordable real estate
  • Shovel-ready sites for businesses large and small

Ample Choices for Businesses Large and Small
Fulton County, NY is home to manufacturing and/or distributing operations for companies as diverse as U.S. retailers Walmart, Greek manufacturer FAGE Yogurt, Euphrates Cheese, French bottler C.G. Roxane, Spanish charcutier Pata Negra, and the global headquarters of medical device manufacturer Epimed International.

FULTON COUNTY WITHIN NYSThe county currently has three shovel-ready business parks with readily available natural gas, electric, water, sewer, heavy-duty road network, direct wire to police and fire protection, close proximity to state-of-the-art landfill, and fiber optic telecommunications:

  • Crossroads Business Park offers a campus-like setting featuring modern infrastructure and natural beauty. Average acres per lot are 3.2; with custom facility construction available in sizes ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet.
  • Crossroads Industrial Park features 3-acre lot average sizes and is a perfect location for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and food processing.
  • Johnstown Industrial Park lots average 6 acres and are also ideal for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and food processing.

Also coming on line in 2014 is the new 515-acre Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center on County Highway 107. Formerly home to a juvenile detention facility, New York State agreed in February 2012 to turn the site over to local officials for economic development.

Positive Reviews by Site Consultant J. M. Mullis
According to J.M. Mullis CEO Michael Mullis, who has worked with Fulton and Montgomery Counties in the past and toured the region in early September 2013, this region has a lot to offer businesses looking for a great New York location. Mullis noted, “There’s not a state in the union with a more diverse workforce and more knowledge than New York. But few people realize the riches available in the Fulton and Montgomery County area.”

“When companies think about the northeast they think Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York State,” Mullin continued at a briefing following his tour. “Within New York, they usually are aware of New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Binghamton, and nothing in between.”

According to Mullis, the region offers outstanding:

  • Transportation infrastructure. Nearby major roadways offer ready access to Montreal, New York, Boston, and points west. Also nearby are deep-water port access and a highly functional international airport.  Rail-spur options are under review.
  • Energy. Fresh water and wastewater treatment options are plentiful.
  • Permitting. The state process is very good, and local officials work collaboratively to make permitting as easy as possible.
  • Incentives. State and local economic development entities understand the importance of incentives to offset local tax burdens to businesses.
  • Quality of life. The location offers affordable housing, rural beauty, and nearby access to cultural centers like Saratoga, the Berkshires, and the Capital Region, as well as to the vast outdoor recreational resources of the Adirondack Mountains and Mohawk Valley.
  • Proximity to research technology centers like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, CUNY, SUNY, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
  • Workforce. There is ample workforce to call on in the region, and 21st century workforce readiness efforts by The CEO Roundtable and Fulton Montgomery Community College have brought advanced manufacturing and other critical training resources to the region.
  • Shovel-ready sites including three in Fulton County and one in Montgomery County.

Mullis also noted that the new Tryon site will be unique in the state. “This is one of the region’s greatest marketing assets,” he explained. “It’s the best property I’ve seen in New York State. It has the topography access, buildings, and acreage that will appeal to major companies. It’s all there, including a backup power generator, $5 million worth of barbed wire security fencing, and a road network that is amply sufficient for most companies.”

The Best Time is Now
This is a great time to invest in your company’s future in upstate New York. Contact FCCRG for information on how we can help you with:

  • Building stock and land
  • Identifying and navigating financing options
  • Providing consulting services
  • Real estate management and development
  • Marketing services

Contact Fulton County Center for Regional Growth at 518-725-7700.

National Grid Funding Sought for Marketing Tryon Park Site

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Fulton County will transform the 515-acre Tryon site on County Highway 107 into Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center once the state awards the deed.

The Leader Herald recently reported that the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency is awaiting approval from National Grid for a grant application submitted in October. The grant would be used to develop a marketing plan to transform the 515-acre Tryon site on County Highway 107 into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center. New York state agreed in February 2012 to turn the site over to local officials. But the IDA is still waiting on the state to deed the title for the property to the agency.

The grant, if awarded, will be matched with money the Fulton County Board of Supervisors has authorized for 2014 and will cover:

  • Identifying the region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Regional labor analysis
  • Evaluation of the cost of living
  • Evaluating the existing transportation system
  • Evaluating utilities
  • Evaluating water and sewer
  • Identifying target industry clusters
  • Identifying contacts for top 10 industry clusters
  • Creating a Regional Business Training Center at an existing Tryon building
  • Completing an engineering report on existing backup generator
  • Development of a Tryon marketing plan

For information about this site, please contact Mike Reese at (518) 762-8700.