Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is taking a new approach to economic development.
Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is taking a new approach to economic development.
Building 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:
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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 District in Gloversville NY. Beautiful buildings and architecture with many available storefronts waiting for incredible businesses to join the community.
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.”
Title: Chamber of Commerce Building
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Title: The Metal Worker
Title: Sand Island
Title: Johnstown Sunset
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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
The Glove Theater Performing Arts Center is located at 42 North Main Street in Gloversville NY. The Theater was constructed in 1914 by Henry Cady and George Dartch. The Marquee was added to the structure in 1939 as the theater became the premier venue for entertainment in Fulton County in the 1940′s and fifties. Currently the Theater is the location of several live performances each year.
One of the great architectural gems in Gloversville, NY is the Gloversville Public Library on Fulton Street. You can find out more at www.gloversvillelibrary.org.