2014 Flash: 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 NY mapThe 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

Tryon Site in Fulton County NY

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.

Fulton County’s New Approach to Economic Development

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is taking a new approach to economic development.

Business Leaders Push for Regional Development

The CEO Roundtable plays a vital role in holding counties and municipalities accountable

Vision artBuilding a vital future for our region takes all hands on deck. That’s why, in 2011, small but vital group of Montgomery and Fulton County business leaders formed The CEO Roundtable. Their vision? To create a business-friendly climate that would help the region retain existing businesses and attract new ones.

Today the CEO Roundtable members continue to promote the vision they created in their  2011 Regional Business Plan:

“The Fulton-Montgomery County Region is a progressive community providing a friendly climate for business growth and retention, a variety of entertainment venues for social gathering, an educated and trained workforce, and a diverse housing stock to meet the needs of the different lifestyles of its residents.”

Guided today by core members Dustin Swanger, president of Fulton Montgomery Community College,; Mike Reese, president of Fulton County Center for Regional Growth; Ken Rose, director of the Montgomery County Business Development Center; Jim Mraz, Fulton County planning director; Mark Kilmer, CEO of the Fulton-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; and Pat Michel, district superintendent of HFM BOCES; the group continues to advance the work of 6 primary goals established in that plan.

1. Educate and train the region’s students for a 21st century workforce.

Area schools have begun implementing the new common core standards to better prepare students for college and careers. BOCES is collaborating with area districts on curriculum and to ensure access to learning opportunities. Both a technology-focused high school and Apprentice Program are underway. Technology-enabled faculty-sharing is in development among school districts. BOCES and the FM Chamber sponsored a Career Fair for eighth-grade students. And several districts are regionalizing some operations (transportation, food service, etc.) to control costs.

Additionally, as reported here in October, Fulton Montgomery Community College (FMCC) has invested heavily in technology on-campus (a new clean-room and automated manufacturing lab, high-tech patient simulators, new computers, iPads and software), launched new degree programs, and modified several programs to reflect the skills needed by area business and industry.

2. Develop large and small shovel-ready sites. Fulton County has been working with New York State to transfer ownership of Tryon Park to the Fulton County IDA, which will provide a new business and industry park, complete with infrastructure, ready for development. Montgomery County has been working to expand the Florida Park Extension in preparation for new potential industries.

3. Market the region. Both counties have been developing marketing outreach efforts singly and together. A joint effort brought site selector Michael Mullis to the region in early September to highlight the number of sites available in our region and to promote the region’s business strengths:

  • Location (proximity to major throughways and easy access to markets throughout the Northeast)
  • Available workforce
  • Affordable land
  • Year-round recreational activities
  • Low cost of living

4. Improve the region’s quality of life. Another important focus is revitalizing our downtowns. To that end, the CEO Roundtable has hosted two symposia for government and business leaders from Amsterdam, Gloversville, and Johnstown to learn, brainstorm, and begin efforts to enhance our cities.

5. Extend water, sewer, utilities, and broadband service. The CEO Roundtable strongly advocates Fulton County’s exploration of a county-wide water and sewer system, which will make the county much more attractive to new and growing businesses.

6. Lower local property tax burden in the region. Our local counties and school districts have been doing all they can to control spending without crippling services. But a region can only shrink to success for so long. The only true way to control the property tax burden is to grow the base so that costs can be spread among more residents, businesses, and industries. That is why the entire Regional Business Development Plan is focused on growth.

Concludes Dustin Swanger, a founding member of The CEO Roundtable, “The CEO Roundtable, along with others in our community, has been working hard to implement the Regional Business Development Plan. We are focused on improving our region and making it a better place to live, work, and play.”

Congratulations to the Winner of Our Photo Contest

FCCRG Photo Contest Winner

CRG Photo Contest Winner Trevor Junquera.
Photo courtesy of Leader Herald.

We were pleased to see so many friends at the annual Networking event on November 22nd, where we announced the new marketing initiaives underway to expand business in Fulton County.

And it was with great pride that we announced 23-year old Northville resident Trevor Junquera as the winner of our amateur photo contest. Junquera’s winning entry was a photograph of the Chamber of Commerce building in Gloversville, entitled “Chamber of Commerce.” Another of his photos, “Johnstown Sunset,” was among the six finalists selected by CRG and our marketing agency Shannon-Rose Design.

Gloversville NY Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce
Gloversville, NY

The amateur photography contest was launched this summer and was open to people ages 12 to 25 who have attended or are attending a school in Fulton County. Finalists were selected based on both the content and the quality of their original photography. The goal was to celebrate Fulton County through images that showcase the good hearts of our people and the seeds of economic vitality that will ultimately enable us to restore our downtowns and grow our economy.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth president Mike Reese presented Junquera with the prize — a high definition digital EOS Rebel T3 camera with 180-55 IS lens. “I’m just happy to be a part of this,” Junquera told the Leader Herald. “I think it’s great [the CRG] is increasing the inbound marketing with Facebook and blogging because it all gets people to the area and to visit their website and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

FCCRG Photo Contest Finalists

FCCRG Photo Contest finalists Coleen Chupka, Laiken Whittredge, Alicia McCloskey, Ashley Warner, and winner Trevor Junquera.

We also congratulate and thank the other finalists Coleen Chupka, Laiken Whittredge, Alicia McCloskey, and Ashley Warner.

All of the finalists photographs can be viewed here.

Gloversville Office and Retail Buildings

Gloversville New York downtown buildings

CW Rose Building in Downtown Gloversville NY

The City of Gloversville has some amazing commercial buildings that any small city in the country would be proud to have on their Main Street. Most seem to be in excellent shape and looking for small retail and professional businesses to move back to Downtown.

Downtown Gloversville – Fulton Street

Fulton County NY

Gloversville is full of exceptional building for retail and office space.



Gloversville, New York

Downtown District in Gloversville NY. Beautiful buildings and architecture with many available storefronts waiting for incredible businesses to join the community.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Announces the Finalists for its High School Photo Contest

Johnstown, NY (November 15, 2013) The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth today announced the names of six finalists for its amateur Photo Contest.

The winner of the contest will be announced at the economic development organization’s annual networking event starting at 6:00 pm on Friday November 22, 2013 at The Eccentric Club in Gloversville. The public is invited to this event. Tickets are $45 per person; you must RSVP to FCCRG at 518-762-8700 ext 100 by Tuesday, November 19th.

The framed finalist photographs will be on display throughout the networking event, and will be presented as prizes in a silent auction. Gift bags will be given to the first 50 reservation holders to arrive at the event, which will also feature a silent auction and raffle for items such as gift certificates from Ruby & Quiri, Royal Mountain, Lapland Lake, Fox Run, Holland Meadows, several local restaurants, passes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and more.

The Photo Contest, launched this summer, was open to youths ages 12 to 25 who have attended or are attending a school in Fulton County. Finalists were selected based on both the content and the quality of their original photography. The winner will receive a high definition digital EOS Rebel T3 camera with 180-55 IS lens, to be presented at the November 22nd event.

Explained Mike Reese, President and CEO of FCCRG, “The goal of this contest was to celebrate Fulton County through images that showcase the good hearts of our people and the seeds of economic vitality that will ultimately enable us to restore our downtowns and grow our economy.”

The six finalists are:

Trevor Junquera
Category: Downtowns
Title: Chamber of Commerce Building
Location: Gloversville

Gloversville NY Chamber of Commerce











Laiken Whittredge
Category: Agriculture
Title: Wagon Ride at Roger’s Family Orchards
Location: Johnstown

Johnstown NY Rogers Orchard












Alicia McCloskey
Category: Community
Title: The Family-Friendly
Eagle Mills Cider Farm
Location: Broadalbin

Fulton County NY Eagle Mills











Ashley Warner
Category: Industrial
Title: The Metal Worker
Location: Northville

Fulton County NY metal worker












Coleen Chupka
Category: Tourism
Title: Sand Island
Location: Mayfield

Sand Island Fulton County NY













Trevor Junquera
Category: Downtowns
Title: Johnstown Sunset
Location: Johnstown

Johnstown NY Sunset

Crossroads Industrial Park, Johnstown NY – in Fulton County

Fulton County's  Crossroads Industrial Park  located in Johnstown, NY

Aerial view of Fulton County’s Crossroads Industrial Park located in Johnstown, NY

The Crossroads Industrial Park is ideal for manufacturing/distribution, warehousing & food processing. 

• Average acres per lot: 3
• Proximity to NYS Thruway: 7 miles

Utilities Available at Each Park

• Natural Gas
• Electric
• Water
• Sewer
• Heavy-duty road network
• Direct wire to police and fire protection
• Close proximity to state-of-the-art landfill
• Fiber optic telecommunication

Call for details and current availability

The Eccentric Club In Gloversville NY


The eccentric Club Entrance.

The eccentric Club Entrance.

The Eccentric Club Located on North Main Street in Gloversville NY

The Eccentric Club Located on North Main Street in Gloversville NY

The Eccentric Club building was constructed in 1908. It is located on the corner of North Main and Spring Streets. Downtown Gloversville is home to this extraordinary building along with many other architectural Gems.

Many famous people have attended club functions including, Joseph G. Cannon, Teddy Roosevelt,  Chauncey Depew. The highest membership recorded reached 300. To learn more about the Eccentric Club go to www.eccentricclub.com