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CRG video project aimed at young job-seekers

August 26, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is working with a Saratoga Springs marketing firm on a video to encourage young people to stay in school and take advantage of area jobs.

CRG Chairman Dustin Swanger reported on the effort to his board of directors Thursday at the Johnstown Professional Office Complex. The CRG is the parent corporation of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp. and the Crossroads Incubator Corp.

Swanger said the CRG needs to work with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Business Education Alliance. The alliance seeks to encourage links between businesses and schools while helping keep dropout rates down.

"There are jobs in the region," Swanger said.

He said the CRG has been working with Shannon-Rose Design of Saratoga Springs, and they are waiting on completion of a video showcasing business opportunities in the area while encouraging students to stay in school.

"I think the concept is neat," Swanger said.

He also encouraged board members to stay positive, urging them to spread the word about actual employment taking place in the region.

"I think things are not as bleak as people might think," Swanger said.

In his report to the board, CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese said he attended a recent New York State Economic Development Council retreat. He said the event attracted developers from across the state. He said companies have job openings, but they are having problems filling them, especially in the manufacturing sector.

Reese said he also attended a Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council summit Tuesday in Albany. A second round of state funding is available through the state and the Mohawk Valley group, which includes Fulton County and is one of several such councils across the state. This year, $750 million in state economic development grants are available, and groups are filing online Consolidated Funding Applications.

There is competition among five regions to be awarded an additional $25 million in "bonus dollars" for projects, Reese said. CFA plans are due to the state Sept. 13, he said.

"We're voting on our priority projects this week," Reese said.

Jamie Levendusky, CRG director of accounting and administration, said the agency has been reviewing draft financial statements for the CIC and EDC.

Ronald Olinsky, chairman of the board's Audit and Finance Committee, reported his panel met Wednesday to review the "cash positions" of all three corporations.

He also noted the EDC recently did an annual review of that agency's relationship with NBT Bank to "spell out our investment policies."



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