In August of 2011, the CEO Roundtable developed the Regional Business Plan for Fulton and Montgomery Counties. At that time, those who participated in the development of the Plan recognized that large ambitious plans, such as this one, often take decades to realize. For that reason, there was no time-table established for the implementation of the Plan. However, annual monitoring of the implementation has produced progress reports and an active dialogue between business, education and government regarding the Region’s progress.
Fulton and Montgomery Counties have strong historical and geographic linkages. Both Counties were originally part of a larger Tryon County. Eventually, both Counties were formed and now share a common boundary. Over the years, the two (2) Counties have worked together on various initiatives most notably being Fulton – Montgomery Community College (FM) and the Hamilton Fulton Montgomery County BOCES (HFM-BOCES). Both Counties are similarly sized, have similar economic bases, and are currently facing similar economic challenges like high unemployment, job losses and high property taxes.
The Fulton and Montgomery Region (Region) has experienced high unemployment rates and the loss of manufacturing jobs. They have also experienced success in revitalizing segments of their local economies. These successes have been achieved through planning, investment in economic development and having a strong inventory of shovel-ready sites.