National Expert Visits Downtown Gloversville

People celebrating at events in downtown Gloversville.

People celebrating at events in downtown Gloversville.

On October 27, 2017, CRG hosted Andrew Manshel for a presentation and discussion on downtown revitalization and placemaking efforts in Gloversville. Mr. Manshel is a nationally recognized expert in both economic development and placemaking, having served as the Executive Vice President of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Associate Director and Counsel at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation, General Counsel and Director of Public Amenities to the Grand Central and 34th Street Partnerships, among other roles. Currently, Mr. Manshel serves as the principal of Place Master Projects Advisory Services and is a Director and Treasurer of Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

During his presentation, Mr. Manshel discussed the notion that no place is unique, therefore the options to iterate successful projects from other cities is endless. The key to sustainable economic development has been shown not to occur through incentivizing projects but by creating places where people want to be, with sustainable economic development following the people.

How do you make downtown Gloversville a place where people want to be? By having constant downtown programming. Programming can come in small and large forms, from offering tables and chairs with chess sets to major downtown events such as the Twilight Market or Southern Adirondack Wine & Food Festival.

To learn more about Andrew Manshel, please visit his Place Master website here.

Mr. Manshel’s full presentation is available here: Manshel_Gloversville Oct 2017.

Would you like to learn more about how Gloversville is working toward a sustainable economic revitalization? Please contact Jennifer Jennings, Downtown Development Specialist at jenniferj@fccrg.org or call her at 518.725.7700 ext. 107.

 

2017 CRG Fall Gala!

CRG is pleased to host our 2017 Fall Gala!

You are invited to join us on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 State Hwy 30, Mayfield for our 2017 Fall Gala. We have an exciting line up of events planned, including dinner music from Community Winds, a silent auction full of regional items, and four business awards.

Keep checking back to receive updates as we count down the days until this event!

Event Details:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lanzi’s on the Lake

5:00 p.m.      Hors D’Oeuvres and Networking

6:30 p.m.      Dinner and Music by Melanie Chirgnan of  Gloversville Community Music

8:00 p.m.     Awards Presented

Ticket Prices: $50.00 per person (payments can be made by mail or in person the night of the event)

MENU OPTIONS:

Sliced Sirloin          Stuffed Haddock          Chicken Parmesan

Come celebrate with our 2017 Award Recipients:

Established Business:  Frasier Enterprises

Expanded Business:  Pioneer Window

Start-Up Business:  No. 22 Bicycle

Hidden Gem:  Stump City Brewery

RSVP by Friday, November 3, 2017

To RSVP now, click HERE - Don’t forget to include the names of the people in your party and their dinner selections!

SPECIAL THANKS to our SPONSORS:

Marquis Sponsor:

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Platinum Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

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Fulton County CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is pleased to announce the

2017 Fall Gala

November 9, 2017 at Lanzi’s on the Lake

Hors D’Oeuvres and Networking start at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 6:30, accompanied by musical selections from Community Winds.

At 8:00 p.m. the award presentations will begin, followed by the announcement of winners of a silent auction, which will take place throughout the evening.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Payment can be made by mail to the address below or the night of the event. 

Want to attend the Fall Gala and get special recognition on the program, either as an organization or an individual? Consider attending as a Supporting Sponsor. The cost is $125.00 – it includes one free ticket to the event and a listing on the event Program. It is the perfect way for someone to attend the event while giving that extra gift of support! To become a Supporting Sponsor, simply email me your request! Thanks for considering this special sponsorship level.

Registration for this event will close on Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m., so make your plans TODAY.

Use this link to RSVP now online

Or print this pdf invitation to RSVP by mail.

                Awards will be presented to:

Established Business Award:  Frasier EnterprisesSign in front of Frasier Enterprises, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Expanded Business Award:  Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp.Sign in front of Pioneer Window, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Start-Up Business Award:  No. 22 Bicycle Company

Head welder Frank  Cenchitz joins titanium tubing on the bike frame, at No.22 Bicycle, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Hidden Gem Award:  Stump City BreweryMatt Sherman, Nick Sherman and Casey Oare, the brains and muscle behind Stump City Brewing, an award recipient at the CRG 2017 Fall Gala

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors

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CRG Supports Bacon Jam

CRG Supports Bacon Jam

Saturday, October 7, 2017 was a busy day for Gloversville! The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum on Kingsboro Avenue held a harvest festival, there was a Witches Jamboree on Main Street, and there was Bacon Jam – a bacon music festival – in Bleecker Square. CRG was pleased to assist Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings, with the execution of the Bacon Jam event, which she hopes will be an annual occurrence.

Nearly 3,500 people attended Bacon Jam to enjoy bacon-centric foods, a beer garden, and live music all afternoon and into the evening. Bacon Jam t-shirts were on sale at CRG’s tent, and community tents for Lexington Center / The Paul Nigra Center / Transitions and Parkhurst Baseball Field were across from us.

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A community art project took place in the tent next to CRG, initiated with local artist, Nicolina Schonfarber. Young and young at heart participated in a fill-in-the-blank story about their reimagined Gloversville. There was a place for them to draw a picture to accompany their answers. There were also coloring pages, some of pictures of Gloversville landmarks. Once completed, these will be turned into a window dressing for one of the vacant Main Street store fronts. Here’s a preview:

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A string of bands played throughout the event. There was some dancing – both with a partner and without. There was even a dance with an octopus. The music was lively and varied. One group played a song that they wrote especially for the event, appropriately entitled: Bacon Jam.

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Several vendors were on hand to sell bacon-centric foods. The bacon-on-a-stick was so much of a hit, they sold out just before dark! We even had bacon flavored ice cream (maple bacon and vanilla bacon) toward the end of the night (not pictured due to a lack of light) Check out the rest of the pics!

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Smokin’ Hogs BBQ

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Vashti’s Kitchen, Local Fire Fighters and Nurses, Slate Valley Farm and not pictured, but adjacent to this group was Lynn & Walt’s Walk-up Wagon

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Mohawk Harvest Co-op and The Gloversville Library

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The Leader Herald and Weinerland

We had four alcohol vendors on hand in a special “over 21″ area: Saranac, Nine Pin Cider, Stump City Brewery, and Wold Hollow Brewery

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Here is the booth checking IDs for that section. No kids – or dogs were allowed – and no alcohol was allowed outside of this area.

Plenty of seating was available under the pavilion, where spectators could listen to the music and munch on their bacon foods – kids and dogs included.

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Overall, the weather was great – the food was delicious – the music kept people tappin’ their toes, and attendees had smiles on their faces. Our t-shirts all but sold out to those looking for a momento of the afternoon. It was a fun first year and we are looking forward to more downtown events from Jennifer next spring!

written by Becky Hatcher, CRG Executive Assistant

Saratoga County Chamber’s 2017 B2B Expo

CRG Attends the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce B2B Expo

There was a steady stream of attendees at the Saratoga County Chamber’s B2B Expo, which was held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Thursday, October 5, 2017. CRG’s trade show booth made an appearance, along with staff, a Board Director and three Fulton County businesses.

Ron Peters, President and CEO; Becky Hatcher, Executive Assistant; and Ronald Olinsky, Board Treasurer, were on hand to answer questions about Fulton County Center for Regional Growth to both passers by at the booth, and to the businesses that they visited throughout the evening. We brought along three Fulton County businesses: Tom Poquette of Safety First Training, Jordi Verges Bataller and Gabriel Cerda of Espuna, and Victor Getman of EMVI Chocolate. These businesses added their products and brochures to CRG’s table for the enjoyment of all those stopping by.

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There were lots of great food vendors on hand, along with a plethora of business and community groups; more than 150 in total. With our own great food and engaging conversation, we were able to make a lot of new connections and were able to talk to businesses about expanding into Fulton County when they are ready.

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For more pictures of the event, please see the Saratoga Chamber facebook site here.

 

 

Chamber at the Chamber – October 2017

CRG is pleased to again be a sponsor of the Chamber Music at the Chamber! Calliope Brass opened the new 2017-2018 Chamber Music at the Chamber  Season on Sunday, October 1st. They started off with an arrangement of “Allegro Maestoso” from George Fredrick Handel’s Water Music – which is a piece that I love.

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This all female brass quintet went on to play eight more pieces of music, including Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”, Walk the Moon’s lively “Shut Up and Dance”, and a great ragtime piece: Lew Pollack’s “That’s a Plenty”. The music sounded lovely in the Chamber’s rotunda; easily heard without being too loud and without an echo. Listening to these renditions was an enjoyable way to spend part of a Sunday afternoon. They are a talented group.

Next up in the series is Music for the Imagination on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., also at the Chamber of Commerce Rotunda in Gloversville. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber and Mohawk Harvest Co-op.

September’s Business Tour: Epimed

County Elected Officials and CRG Directors Tour Epimed

CRG Directors and Fulton County Elected Officials met at Epimed, a medical equipment manufacturer, located at 141 Sal Landrio Drive in the Crossroads Business Park on a sunny and warm September 13, 2017. Bruce Whitcavitch, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations and his assistant, Lynne Bullard met with the attendees in Epimed’s conference room.


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Mr. Whitcavitch provided an overview of Epimed’s origins, which go all the way back to the 1970’s when inventor Dr. Bill Kline and Dr. Gabor B. Racz collaborated on the manufacture of the first ideal epidural catheter. Dr. Kline had several patented inventions of his own; from a spring helix to plastic parts for the artificial heart. Dr. Racz was head of the Department of Anesthesia at Syracuse University.

Several years after Dr. Kline passed away in the early 1990’s, Mr. Whitcavitch came on board with the company in June of 1992. This company eventually teamed up with with Epimed, a Lubbock, Texas based sales organization, in the early 1990’s and took on the Epimed name. They occupied two buildings in Gloversville; one on Division Street and one on Fulton Street.

In 2001, the Fulton County, New York Epimed location consolidated into a new, custom designed building on Sal Landrio Drive as the first tenants in the Crossroads Business Park. Here they continue to research and develop a variety of medical products, mostly for pain management. These items are used to deliver medication directly to the source of the pain, like a disc or a nerve, to reduce swelling and pressure. This relieves the patient from chronic pain and gives them the ability to work long term with a physical therapist if needed. They also distribute a variety of protective gear for doctors and technicians that work in the presence of radiation regularly.

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Epimed produces products under their label and will contract with other medical companies to produce products under their label as well. The Fulton County office is the manufacturing hub for Epimed and has a staff of around 85 employees. Manufactured items are bulk shipped to the Texas where 25 additional employees package and ship orders. Epimed also has direct sales reps nationwide taking orders for the products that they produce. This team also works with luminary physicians (heads of their specialties who train other physicians) to educate them through cadaver training programs.

The tour group was shown through the building. The tour included the clean room, quality assurance testing, and research and development. 

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During the tour, we met a maintenance employee working on a piece of equipment, making sure that it was calibrated correctly.

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We watched quality control examine tiny items under microscopes with images that were projected onto monitors for easy viewing.

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We also saw the tiniest coil of wire I have ever seen being made and expanded automatically. As small as this coil was, we were told that it is not the smallest that they have made. We were shown a one inch piece of that order and it was impossibly tiny. Still, I suppose it has to be if that wire is meant for a vein somewhere in a human body. Amazing.

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Mr. Whitcavitch explained that some of the devices that they create are used in radio frequency therapies, cryoanesthesia and site specific injections. In case you are wondering, I have no idea what Mr. Talarico is holding, but Epimed makes it.   :)

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Overall, our tour of Epimed was fascinating. What a great company to have in our little county. These jobs are part of life saving procedures. They help improve the quality of life for people around the world. And they shed light on another opportunity for high quality, head of household jobs that are located right within our community. We all appreciated the opportunity that we had to see them at work.

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Written by Becky Hatcher, CRG Executive Assistant

What the site selectors said about Fulton County

During the first week of September 2017, Fulton County officials hosted three of only 43 certified site selectors in the nation, picking their brains for how best to market the county’s assets.

Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz is preparing an indepth report of the suggestions and observations of the members of the Site Selectors Guild – such as the pre-development of large industrial buildings and increasing marketing efforts.

“We brought these guys here because they’re the best of the best,” said Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz. “They have national and international status and experience in economic development and the corporate site-selection business. They were brought here to give us guidance and help us with perfecting our strategy moving forward.”site selectors on Twitter

Over a three day visit, the site selectors toured Tryon Technology Park, PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) in Johnstown, Pioneer Windows in the Johnstown Industrial Park and a workforce training program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jay garnerJay A. Garner, president of Garner Economics, LLC of Fayetteville, Ga.

“A lot of people that we talk to in other areas tend to glisten over the challenges, but these were noted and there was a plan to mitigate many of those challenges,” Garner said. “That shows true leadership, and I commend you all for that.”  — as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

 


 

JJim Renzasim Renzas, principal at the RSH Group, Inc. of Mission Viejo, Calif.

“Our visit here opened my eyes quite a bit. I go to a lot of much bigger areas where you couldn’t get a group this size together. People just don’t care about their community. Here, you actually have a community.”  – as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

“It’s a big site and it’s a beautiful site. So there’s a lot you can do with it.” – On Tryon Technology Parkas quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

 


 

Dennis DonovanDennis Donovan, of New Jersey-based Wadley, Donovan, Gutshaw Consulting of Bridgewater, N.J.

“The most impressive thing I’ve seen is leadership — the leadership here is really stunningly good. People are not afraid to take chances and they’re brutally honest. You’ve got what a lot of areas don’t have so that’s really important. Your infrastructure capacity is amazing and you’ve got some nice shovel-ready sites. Fulton County might be small but you’ve got good physical product here. You will succeed. There’s no doubt about it.” as quoted by The Recorder of Amsterdam, September 11, 2017

“The training resources with BOCES PTECH and [Fulton-Montgomery Community College], they are first class — among the best I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. It helps for companies to expand their workforce and upgrade their skills because the training institutions are already in place.” – as quoted by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, September 17, 2017

“I think your training resources here are second to noneThe range of incentives you can bring to the table are good to bring in deals.” – as quoted by The Leader-Herald, September 11, 2017

“The cost of doing business in Fulton County is competitive with any location, even in the Southeast. And this is not in any way exploitative; the cost of living in the area is low.” – as quoted by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, September 17, 2017

September Twilight Market – Fresh Start

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The last Twilight Market of 2017 started off with a sun shower as the vendors were setting up….

We were all relieved that the rain didn’t amount to anything more serious. It had been raining on and off throughout the day – of course when there had been NO forecast for rain. Oh well. Everyone setting up simply laughed it off and the shower left as quickly as it had arrived. School had started for local children that week and it certainly felt like fall in the air. I wore a heavier fall jacket during the event and with the breeze, I was glad that I had it.

The weather certainly did not diminish the friendly atmosphere during the event. I greeted several return guests from the August Twilight Market, who eagerly stopped in to see what kind of raffle items the CRG tent was offering. I was pleased to hand out tickets for three separate drawings. Our friends at the Johnstown WalMart Distribution Center were generous in donating funds for the purchase of back-to-school items, which reflected the Fresh Start theme of the market.

I had such a good time purchasing these items. Let’s be honest, it’s fun spending other people’s money. Additionally, I have always loved back-to-school shopping and have not had an excuse to do it in a few years now. So I was happily skipping through the aisles at WalMart, marveling at the wide variety of pencil boxes and pouches, pens and markers, binders and backpacks… Cheerfully choosing all of the things that I thought a kid might want but a parent may not be able to buy. Crayons and gel pens and staplers, oh my! It was awesome.

I wound up with three raffle items: a fully stocked back pack for an elementary student, one for a middle-high school student, and, my favorite, a collapsible bin filled with everything that an adult would need to set up a home office.

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When I showed off all of my purchases to Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings, she laughed at my enthusiasm. “You love this stuff, don’t you?”, she remarked. And I do! I can’t deny it. I love making people happy by giving them these fantastic gifts. We have been so fortunate to have had such great partners all summer during these events. So many businesses have allowed us the privilege of raffling off their donated items. I was often speechless by their generosity. If you have not done so, I encourage you to scroll down our news feed to read about the August Market.

In the end, our three raffle winners were drawn. Jean won the elementary school back pack, Joyce won the middle-high school back pack, and Samantha won the home office starter kit.

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I hope Samantha is ok with this, as I’m going to share with you her story as her family proudly did with me. This lovely young woman has recently achieved her GED and wants to go on to get a degree in photography. So the home office starter kit has found the perfect home. Congratulations, Samantha! We are all behind you and wish you the best as you reach out for your dream.

The Fresh Start Market played host to returning and new businesses, including two prepared food vendors, which were a HUGE hit! Here is a sampling of snap shots from the event:

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The Before I Die Wall made an encore appearance. Market Music was able to move from Castiglione Park and into the Main Street corridor this month, which was so nice for those of us working the event. When the second band started their set, they played You Are My Sunshine. A toddler in a stroller who had no smile for me what-so-ever, did smile for her favorite song as she looked around to see where the music was coming from. The band played into the darkness – right up until closing time.

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It was a great way to end our final Twilight Market for 2017. Jennifer is already planning great things for 2018 so do plan on joining us again next year.

Written by: Becky Hatcher, CRG Executive Assistant

Site Selection experts to visit Fulton County Sept. 8

You’re Invited

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Friday, September 8
7:30 A.M.—10:00 A.M. Holiday Inn
308 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown, NY 12095

Three nationally recognized corporate site selection experts from the prestigious Site Selectors Guild will be in Fulton County to discuss important economic development topics.

The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe. There are only 47 members of this exclusive Guild.

Topics to Include:
+ Best Practices in Economic Development & Marketing

Best Practices in Workforce Training and Development

+ Site Selectors’ Assessment of Fulton County

+ Question & Answer Session

If you would like to attend this important event, please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. Tuesday September 5, 2017 to:
Beth Lathers, Legislative Aide, Fulton County Board of Supervisors at elathers@fultoncountyny.gov or (518) 736-5545

Tryon Technology Park is one of the Fulton County assets drawing site selection experts to Fulton County NY on Sept. 8fc-positive

fultonmontgomeryconnectedforbusinesslogoThis event is supported by a National Grid Economic Development Grant