Growing Industry

Marijuana ready for harvest at Vireo Health in Tryon Technology Park

September 26, 2016, By MICHAEL ANICH, Reprinted from the Leader Herald0926 Mon Story greenhouse

PERTH – The pistils, or hairs of the plants, are ready. The resin and THC levels appear to be in peak condition.

It’s time to harvest marijuana plants at the Tryon Technology Park.

“We’re going to start harvesting next week,” Vireo Health of New York, LLC Chief Horticulturist Chuck Schmitt said Wednesday.

Vireo Health – the park’s only and first full-time business – is due to begin harvesting its cannabis plants this week to produce batches of legal medical marijuana products for the public. The firm employs 20 people, mostly with scientific, horticulture and plant biology backgrounds.
The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich Vireo Health Scientific Director Eric Greenbaum shows off some of the Vireo Health equipment used to procss medical marijuana at the Tryon Technology Park in the town of Perth.

The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich Vireo Health Scientific Director Eric Greenbaum shows off some of the Vireo Health equipment used to process medical marijuana at the Tryon Technology Park in the town of Perth.

Fulton County and Vireo Health officials on Wednesday took area media on a tour of Vireo Health’s new operation – a curiously sophisticated and highly-protected cannabis growth building sanctioned by New York state. The new company provides medical marijuana – mainly in the form of vapor and capsules. Such firms also produce medical cannabis oral tinctures and syringes to Empire State-sanctioned dispensaries.

The new Tryon Technology Park is owned by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency.

“Vireo came to us last year, in the spring of 2015,” says IDA Executive Director James Mraz. “This was a central location.”


“When you look at where Fulton County is located in the state, from a logistics standpoint, it’s at a convenient location to different parts of the state. There is a tremendous amount of [employment] talent in the Capital District.” –Vireo CEO Ari Hoffnung


In 2014, New York state adopted the Compassionate Care Act that authorized the growing of medical cannabis to manufacture medicines to administer to patients with debilitating diseases. Vireo Health was one of five companies issued a license, retrofitting an existing 21,000-square-foot building.

Vireo CEO Ari Hoffnung agreed Friday his company was attracted to the location.

“When you look at where Fulton County is located in the state, from a logistics standpoint. it’s at a convenient location to different parts of the state,” Hoffnung said. “There is a tremendous amount of [employment] talent in the Capital District.”

Hoffnung said Vireo Health is a “professionally-run operation” that will only gain more support as time goes on.

“Fulton County is an efficient place to build a plant,” he said.

Schmitt, who led Wednesday’s tour, showed off medical medical marijuana production from start to finish. The extraction process goes from seedlings to bricks of smaller plants to larger, more mature plants in the company’s new greenhouse. The cannabis is eventually processed into the medical marijuana used by patients.

Temperature, humidity and moisture controls are closely monitored throughout the process. Light, whether it’s blue-green or orange, are appropriately used for growing. Vireo Health recaptures and reuses its roof rainwater throughout the process. Security is also very tight at Vireo Health.

“It’s a continuous process,” Schmitt said. “This is a very unique [operation].”

The Vireo Health building has five “flowering” rooms, with Schmitt showing off the vibrant sticky strains of the plants known as the pistils. One of the rooms has 300 plants growing.

The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich Vireo Health Chief Horticulturalist Chuck Schmitt checks out some cannabis seedlings Wednesday at the Tryon Technology Park.

The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich
Vireo Health Chief Horticulturalist Chuck Schmitt checks out some cannabis seedlings Wednesday at the Tryon Technology Park.

Temperatures are generally kept warm in the growing rooms, as high as 85 degrees. In the 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, Schmitt shows the tour the 2,000 more mature plants, already from four to eight feet high and ready to harvest. Those plants have the higher concentrations of THC, the compound obtained from cannabis that is the primary intoxicant in marijuana.

The pharmacological process pulls out the useful parts of the marijuana plant to make its medicine.

Vireo Health eventually plans to build a second and third-greenhouse, Schmitt said.

Company Scientific Director Eric Greenbaum says a state lab eventually does a third party canniabinoid testing on Vireo Health’s product before it can be shipped out to the licensed dispensaries.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

Big plans for Tryon Technology Park

Fulton County officials have big plans for Tryon Technology Park

Fulton County marketing Tryon Technology Park

September 22, 2016

PERTH – The 515-acre Tryon Technology Park is in its infancy, but Fulton County officials have big plans for its future.

County Planning Director James Mraz on Wednesday led area media on a tour of the County Highway 107 facility, which used to be the state’s Tryon Youth Detention Facility. Now, as Mraz explained, the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency has taken ownership and is working closely with county government to create developable land and prepare the park for businesses.

“We are currently actively marketing Tryon,” Mraz said.

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz shows a building that will be reused at the Tryon Technology Park during a tour Wednesday. The Midas-sponsored shop serviced vehicles at the state’s former Tryon youth detention center. The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz shows a building that will be reused at the Tryon Technology Park during a tour Wednesday. The Midas-sponsored shop serviced vehicles at the state’s former Tryon youth detention center. The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich

Officials say they hope the Tryon Technology Park becomes a new home for high-tech companies.

The Tryon facility and its future growth is part of a larger Fulton County economic development strategy aimed at bringing more jobs into the area to reduce the local property tax burden.

Mraz, also the IDA’s executive director, said the Fulton County Demolition Team this summer took down an old building on the Tryon campus and is now razing five more for the creation of more than 100 acres of prime developable land.

“That work is ongoing,” he said.

The overall Tryon plan is to at least replace jobs lost when the youth detention facility closed in 2011.

“We’re off to that start,” Mraz said of new job creation.

The technology park currently has one tenant – medical marijuana manufacturer Vireo Health. The company has 20 employees.

Various sections of the park will be divided into pockets of what Mraz calls “shovel-ready land.” There are 51.5 acres of such land off the park’s newly created County Highway 117, another 118 acres of land will be shovel-ready in an area to the east of the park bordered by County Highways 107 and 158, and another 44 acres is planned to the northwest.

Many of the project sites among 260 acres will be around a loop in the center of the park.

A future development area of 57 acres is being studied for the northern part of the park.

The park already has water and sewer services, and a regional business training and incubator center is planned for an existing building.

Mraz said that after the IDA took ownership of Tryon in 2014, officials immediately concerned themselves with job creation.

The IDA also owns 30 acres across the road from the park entrance.

“We’re also willing to look at these other properties as commercial developments,” Mraz said. “That’s the vision.”

He said many ideas for job creation spun from a September 2013 two-day visit by international site selector Michael Mullis to Fulton and Montgomery counties. New Jersey-based DCG Corplan Consulting has also done a marketing plan and analysis for Tryon that identified clusters of potential jobs.

County officials are also working with engineering firm C.T. Male to reuse existing space at the Tryon campus. Money is available to bring the regional business training and incubator center to fruition through $185,000 in federal Northern Borders Regional Commission grant money, $50,000 from 2016 county budget funds, and $65,000 through the IDA.

The hope, Mraz says, is to eventually create jobs through big or small companies. He said Fulton County will find a way to accommodate companies now at Tryon if it has to.

Buildings at Tryon were built in the 1960s and 1970s. Some are structurally sound and some aren’t. Officials are looking at the former Midas building at Tryon for providing 16,000 square feet for start-up companies.

“This building is perfectly set up for this,” Mraz said.

The Midas-sponsored auto shop serviced vehicles at the state’s former detention facility.

Michael Anich can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

Gloversville inventor helps win GE patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 18 – General Electric, Niskayuna, New York, has been assigned a patent (9,417,048) developed by four co-inventors for “capacitive sensor device and method of manufacture.”

The co-inventors are David Richard Esler, Gloversville, NY; Wayne Charles Hasz of Pownal, VT; and Emad Andarawis and Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, both of Ballston Spa, NY.

The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2012 (13/665,192).

 

Export symposium planned in Fulton County NY

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has begun preliminary work on organizing a fall symposium in Fulton County to help local businesses take advantage of opportunities for selling their products in foreign markets.

Townsend Leather Design showroom in Fulton County NY

Custom leather manufacturer Townsend Leather gained the Mohawk Valley’s sole Foreign Trade Zone designation this year at its Fulton County, NY, production facility. The FCCRG is planning an export symposium in the fall to help local businesses take advantage of foreign trade opportunities.

The export symposium will focus not only on encouraging small and large local companies to expand their sales markets, but also on demonstrating international trade opportunities to companies that may be interested in settling in Fulton County.

With initial sponsorship and participation by Empire State Development’s Global NY initiative and at least one Capital Region bank, CRG President Ron Peters is planning a one day symposium in the first half of October. Global NY is an initiative launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to offer “one-stop shopping to both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and to local businesses who want to export globally.”

The event will focus on understanding and accessing available financing and loan packages, cutting through red tape and making connections. Peters said he also plans to approach Montgomery County economic development officials about participating in the event, with the goal of having representatives from at least 30 businesses involved.

Fulton County is ideally situated for the production and transportation of goods bound for international markets. Three interstate highways provide quick and direct access to New York City, Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as the deep-water Port of Albany and Albany International Airport. In fact, there are 21 international airports within a four-hour drive of Fulton County.

Fulton County is also part of Foreign-Trade Zone #121, which allows individual businesses to apply to have their facilities designated as international commerce zones. In these federally approved areas (industrial parks or individual manufacturing or distribution facilities) materials can be imported without the payment of U.S. Customs duties as long as the goods stay in the FTZ.  Once the goods leave the FTZ for U.S. consumption, reduced tariffs are available. FTZ sites remain within the jurisdiction of local and state governments, but are subject to spot checks and periodic inspections by Customs.

In March 2016, Townsend Leather became the first Fulton County company to receive Foreign Trade Zone status from the U.S. Department of Commerce since a former eyeglass manufacturer achieved FTZ status in 1996. Townsend’s FTZ designation – the only one currently active in the Mohawk Valley – allows the custom leather manufacturer to avoid paying tariffs before shipping in raw leather and chemicals from outside the U.S. to its Townsend Avenue plant, as well as take advantage of reduced levies on custom leathers it sells in the United States using materials sourced overseas.

Townsend employs more than 140 people in Fulton County to create high-quality and custom leathers for aviation, hospitality, residential, yachting and other specialty-end uses.

Corporate site selector Michael Mullis of JM Mullis, Inc. has called the Fulton Montgomery Region a prime area for businesses looking for a New York location because of the transportation infrastructure and availability of shovel-ready sites and natural resources.

Specific dates, locations and seminars for the symposium will be available as they are finalized at FCCRG.org.

 

 

Epimed buys Johnstown building for $1.24M

Epimed International manufactures medical devices and is the anchor tenant in Crossroads Business Park in Johnstown, NY JOHNSTOWN – Epimed International Inc., which develops, designs, manufactures and distributes medical devices, has purchased the building that has been its corporate headquarters at the Crossroads Business Park since 1982.

 The building was originally owned by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, which served as Epimed’s landlord for 30 years. In 2012, the IDA sold the building to STAG Industrial, a real estate investment firm based in Boston, which lists among its rent-producing industrial properties at least eight sites in Gloversville and Johnstown.

Epimed International manufactures medical devices in Fulton County, NY A deed dated June 21, 2016, filed with the Fulton County Clerk’s Office lists the purchase price at $1.24 million. Epimed, which keeps executive offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is the business park’s anchor tenant, employing more than 80 people. It specializes in interventional pain management, providing devices such as radiation safety equipment, catheters, needles, trays and kits, models and stimulation equipment to the global market.

 

Taste NY store opens at historic rest stop

Retail agriculture

By JASON SUBIK , Leader Herald     

RANDALL – In past decades, during the growth of the supermarket model of food distribution, a gap between agricultural producers and consumers slowly widened.

Richard Ball, New York state’s Agriculture Commissioner, and a farmer himself in the Scoharie Valley, said he was long frustrated with disconnect between producers and consumers.

“Years ago all of the product went to the local market terminal system and grocery stores bought there and you saw the buyers and then suddenly they were buying direct [from producers in other parts of the country and the question became] why are we bringing in product from the Southwest and the Northwest when there are very good products like that right here,” Ball said.

Taste NY employee Edward Romeyn places items on a shelf. The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Taste NY initiative is an attempt to reconnect consumers with New York state agricultural products, which collectively account for $5 billion in sales annually, by creating markets where products grown or created in New York can be sold. So far the program has set up Taste NY venues at more than 40 bars, restaurants and cafes, and built five stand-alone Taste NY stores, including the new location at the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area located on the New York state Thruway of the westbound lane at milepost 187 between exit 28, Fultonville, and exit 29, Canajoharie.

“This is the biggest Taste NY store upstate at this point,” Ball said. “This is the opportunity to connect the dots between our consumers and the agriculture community and give people an opportunity to sample a product, a value added product and eat some Taste NY food and then seek out the grower or the farmer and grow the economy.”

In 2015 Taste NY stores sold $4.5 million worth of products, approximately triple the amount from 2014, according to the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Ball said the Taste NY program still has $1.1 million in state funding left to create more stores, which his department is planning to do. He credited Cuomo’s vision for creating the program.

“We have some of the best agricultural producers in the country upstate and we also have the greatest market place in the country right here,” he said.

In a news release about the opening of the store, Cuomo highlighted the connection of the store to the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area.

“Apart from its unparalleled natural beauty, the Erie Canal corridor is a vital part of New York’s history and remains a driver in our current economy,” Cuomo stated. “The Lock E-13 rest area is a shining example of the collaboration we have fostered between the Thruway Authority and Canal Corp., and with a new Taste NY store, will share the region’s rich history with the millions of tourists who visit upstate New York each year.”

Local connections

Inside the store, consumers can purchase assorted teas, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter and jams, as well as home and personal care items such as hand and face creams, soaps and candles, all made in New York state.

Some of the local vendors at the store include maple syrups from Mud Road Sugar House in Ephratah and Fraiser’s Sugar Shack in St. Johnsville, as well as Dennies Dog Treats of Fonda. Books from local authors are also available.

The staff at Taste NY are provided by Liberty ARC, of Amsterdam, the Montgomery County chapter of NYSARC.

Taste NY store

The Taste NY store at the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area located on the New York state Thruway of the westbound lane at milepost 187 between exit 28, Fultonville, and exit 29, Canajoharie. The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

Sharon Holbrook-Ryan, public relations marketing coordinator for Liberty ARC, said her organization has been operating a store called Liberty Fresh Market, located on Route 30 in Amsterdam, for about two years. Liberty Fresh Market is a training program for the individuals Liberty ARC provides services for.

“[The New York State Department of] Agriculture and Markets had approached Liberty Fresh Market as potentially being the operators for this Taste NY store because, not only are we a market with a mission to train our individuals for employment, but also we’re very big on offering local vendors, farmers and products at our store,” she said. “We have well over 50 local vendors at Liberty Fresh Market. We were able to combine the vendors we had with the vendors at other Taste NY stores and we were able to really complement the governor’s vision. A lot of the local venders are from Fulton and Montgomery counties, so when we say local, there are a lot of local folks contributing to this.”

Holbrook-Ryan said Liberty has provided nine part-time staff for the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area in a variety of positions, including clerks, people stocking shelves, people operating checkout and facility maintenance.

Published July 17, 2016, in The Leader Herald

 

Gloversville native builds high­end wooden watercraft

By JASON SUBIK , Leader Herald

MAYFIELD – Few people can say they’ve turned their passion into a profession, Adam Retersdorf is one of them.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan Adam Retersdorf, owner of Reets Boatworks in Mayfield, works on one of the boats he’s building at the shop Thursday.

Retersdorf, a class of 2000 Gloversville High School graduate, built his first wooden boat with the help of grandfather in 1998, using a design he created in CAD class. This was the beginning of hobby that would ultimately turn into a small business.

At age 19, Retersdorf, using $4,000 he saved up mowing lawns, purchased his first Chris-Craft wood boat, which he called a grey weathered pattern boat.

To restore the boat he had to replace every wooden plank, and rebuild the motor. He said he had already worked on restoring several other vintage wood boats, but he needed a boat he owned to show off to potential restoration customers.

“I would go to all the boat shows and say ‘wow look at the money’ and it’s like, ‘how do you get these people to take you seriously?’ It was hard to get people to take you seriously, because we were restoring other people’s work and when you’re done with the restoration, you give it back and you don’t have anything to show,” he said. “After I had my own boat, that’s when people started taking me seriously. People were like, ‘yeah, you know what you’re doing.'”

In 2004, while attending Union College pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, Retersdorf incorporated his business Reets Boatworks. After graduation, he worked for Taylor Made in Gloversville and then General Electric, while doing classic wood boat restorations part-time.

“You can have a restoration go for anything from $3,000 to $10,000, but we’ve done a few that were very expensive,” he said.

Between 2004 and 2014, Reets Boatworks did about three to four wood boat restorations per year serving customers from throughout the Northeast. The boats are runabouts or pontoon boats, including classic brands like Chris-Craft, Hacker-Craft, Gar-Wood, Century, Dodge and Lyman, many of them featuring mahogany wood on the sides and deck, pinstripe lines and inboard engines.

Retersdorf said many of his restoration customers had old worn out boats they’d kept ast heirloom items in their families but had not maintained, due to amount of work revarnishing the wooden boats requires.

“The level of detail is very high, that’s why people get away from it. It’s not easy. Everybody wants a pontoon boat they can just turn the key in and go,” he said.

After restoring many wooden boats, Retersdorf began to realize he could build a better wood boat using classic designs upgraded using modern materials and building methods.

“There aren’t a whole lot of wood boats out there; and then, people who are actually looking to spend money to restore them, there aren’t a whole lot of those people either, but when people do have the boats, they want to take care of them as family heirlooms,” he said. “It’s a very niche market. It’s like collecting cars. So, until you get into cars, you don’t realize there are millions of dollars in cars in the Gloversville area. So until you get into the antique and classic boat society, you don’t really realize it. There are so many people who own five or six wood boats, because they truly love them.”

Since 2010, Reets Boatworks has built about five custom wooden boats, ranging in size from 20 to 40 feet long and ranging in cost from $75,000 to $300,000.

Retersdorf said he’s quit his day jobs and only focuses on building new custom wood boats.

“It’s nicer work to be building something brand new. Something that is your design, something that is modern that you can build perfectly. If you’re taking something that someone else put together 80 years ago. Everything was done by hand, so it wasn’t exact. You kind of have to recreate what they did and it might not be what’s right to today’s standards, but it’s what the boat was back then, so you have to put it back to its original condition,” he said. “Modern materials and modern building methods are so much better that you actually. My composite background from college, dealing with carbon fiber, kevlar and fiber glass. That helped me to realize what I can do to build boats better. Taking my knowledge of modern materials and my knowledge of how older boats were built, I was able to blend the two together and build a better boat today with 1/10 of the maintenance of old boats.”

Tom Jewell, a former Union College professor who lives in Galway, bought the first custom wood boat from Reets Boats for his wife Gretchen. He said he’s been very satisfied with Retersdorf’s design.

“My wife was interested in getting an old boat and fixing it up because her grandparents had had two Chris-Crafts when she was growing up on the St. Lawrence. She looked all over for those boats but could never find one,” he said. “Adam suggested we try a new boat, instead of trying to fix-up an old one, so that’s how we got started.”

Jewell said Retersdorf used a 1939 Chris-Craft design combined with his modern techniques to build the custom boat.

“It’s much more durable. It’s also much stronger with the carbon fiber,” he said. “It looks just like a wooden boat, but you put it in the water in the spring and you don’t have to worry about it. Our boat is really dry, not a speck of water in it unless it happens to rain.”

Published June 26, 2016 in The Leader-Herald

 

$50 million available from RESTORE NY

Governor Cuomo has announced that municipalities will be able to apply for $50 million from the RESTORE NY Communities Initiative. The funds are available to revitalize and stabilize downtowns and neighborhoods. Funding of the RESTORE NY program has been a priority of NYSEDC’s Community-Based Economic Development Committee for the past two years.

ESD, which administers the program, has held informational meetings for municipalities that want to submit applications.

Photo from The Leader-Herald, by Arthur Cleveland

Photo from The Leader-Herald, by Arthur Cleveland

Since the program’s inception, more than $200 million has been invested in the removal and restoration of blighted properties – particularly in urban centers and distressed cities throughout New York State. Now in Round 4, $50 million in funding is available to continue these efforts.

Cities, towns and villages are eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties. In addition, funds can be used for site development needs including, but not limited to water, sewer and parking. The program places a strong emphasis on projects in economically distressed communities.

Information and an application are available online. The intent to apply deadline is Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. and the deadline for completed applications is Monday, October 3, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Leader Herald: Lead on new company for Tryon

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has lead on potential company for new Tryon Technology Park

Lead on potential company: CRG official

June 28, 2016

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has a good lead on a potential company for the new Tryon Technology Park, an official said.

CRG President and CEO Ron Peters provided scant details at his agency’s board meeting Friday at the CRG office.

When the CRG is pursuing business prospects, few details are made public until the deal is final.

During a report on a “combined county marketing effort,” Peters said the CRG participated in a conference call involving a “qualified lead” for a potential company.

“It went well,” Peters said.

He said the new Tryon Technology Park in Perth may be the proper site if the company wants to move to Fulton County.

Peters also mentioned during the “business marketing inquiries” portion of the meeting that the CRG received a “solid” inquiry through the state. But it was unclear whether he was talking about the same company.

“It could be a regionally significant project,” Peters said.

He said a California company is looking to start up in either Fulton or Montgomery counties.

Peters said the CRG last year participated in about half of 110 economic development conference calls conducted by the state. He said it is a “good system” and the CRG was recently given three proposals by the state identifying “possible leads” for companies.

“There’s work to be done,” Peters said.

He said companies are seeking 250,000 square feet of space with expansion potential. He said companies want buildings with high bays.

“They’re usually looking for existing [facilities], and to retrofit that,” Peters said.

Peters said the CRG has a good handle on its inventory of potential buildings. He said the biggest existing buildings the county has are about 150,000 square feet. He said a lot of companies are looking to move into the New York City market.

Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz said the Tryon park in the towns of Perth and Johnstown will create an opportunity for a business “willing to build.”

“We will now have that place to put them,” Mraz said.

Peters said the current cost for a pre-engineered building is about $80 to $100 per square-foot. He said economic development agencies are receiving “mixed calls” from potential businesses, from Florida up the east coast. He said there are still some “hardcore manufacturers” looking for sites.

Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor John Blackmon, county liaison to the CRG, said some buildings of the future may be occupied by only 3D printers.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com

Signs of progress at Tryon Park

New sign at Tryon Technology park main entrance. Tryon Technology Park turned a fresh face to the community with a solar-powered sign for the main entrance based on the county’s new marketing theme, Fulton County…Positive.

Demolition work also began this week at the 515-acre park. The Fulton County Demolition Team is removing six cottages and administrative buildings left over from when the land hosted a youth detention facility. Funding for the work is coming through Fulton County, and the demolition debris is being hauled to the county landfill.Night view of solar-powered entrance sign for Tryon Technology Park.

Demolition at Tryon Technology Park

The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich
The Fulton County Demolition Team on Tuesday works on taking down the first of six former youth detention buildings at the Tryon Technology Park in Perth to make way for new shovel-ready business sites.

When the work is complete, the Empire State Development Corp. will provide the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency with a certificate declaring the area to be shovel ready, and the sites will go into a state database that promotes available properties to site selectors.

New York State transferred the former Tryon Detention Facility property to the IDA for redevelopment as a business park. The county has secured its first tenant, medical marijuana manufacturer Vireo Health of New York.