Be vocal — shop local

During the last two years, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors has placed a great deal of emphasis on economic development and the growth of existing local businesses in our area. The board launched innovative new initiatives to jumpstart investment and sponsored smaller grant programs that help small businesses expand. Our mission is to promote new good-paying jobs and to publicize the great hard-working businesses we already have.

Fulton County is a great place to live, and one of the reasons is the selection of high-quality foods and other goods we can access close to home. As the end of 2015 approaches, I wanted to share with readers one of the ways we highlighted our community’s great local assets this year.

As chairman of the county’s Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment, I rolled out the idea of showcasing local businesses and products at our monthly meetings. The committee wholeheartedly approved the concept and we were “wowed” with exceptional products. We sampled Crystal Geyser bottled water, scrumptious apples from Roger’s Orchards, robust Euphrates’ feta cheese, EMVI chocolates and ratatouille made with locally grown vegetables. Top-quality paint from Benjamin Moore was on the list, as was ice cream from Fieldbrook Foods and fresh, ground coffee courtesy of Happy Jack’s Cafe in the Mohawk Harvest Co-op Market. Soon we’ll be hearing from Pata Negra about their tasty chorizo sausage.

These businesses are flourishing with a recipe to succeed, and their products are key ingredients to our community’s goal of sustained growth. You can find this exciting menu and many more selections right here in Fulton County. Our local entrepreneurs are creating a positive message and we can expand that calling by patronizing them whenever we can. The quality cannot be beat, so fill up your shopping basket close to home and boost your neighbors’ fortunes.

We’re all part of the solution, so “Be vocal. Shop local!”

Charles Potter represents Gloversville’s 4th Ward on the Board of Supervisors and is currently vice chairman of the board.