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CRG plans gatherings

October 1, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is involved in various, behind-the-scenes activities to drum up business, including interest in buildings.

CRG matters were briefly highlighted at the group's board meeting Thursday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Directors went into more detail about the potential projects behind closed doors in a private session.

CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese said he met with someone interested in purchasing one of the Crossroads Incubator Corp.'s buildings. The CRG is parent company of the CIC, which handles many of the real estate transactions for the county's economic development program.

Reese also reported there is a new leasee for the CIC's property on Crescendoe Road in the city of Johnstown, but no further details were divulged.

Also, he told his board an existing, unnamed company in the county needs more space.

CRG Board Chairman Dustin Swanger reported he has secured Auburn Mayor Michael Quill as a main speaker for a Downtown Revitalization Symposium set for Dec. 6 at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services campus. The idea for the symposium came out of the CEO Roundtable group's Regional Business Plan from August 2011.

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Event: Auburn?Mayor Michael Quill will be the main speaker at the Downtown Revitalization Symposium. The gathering will be sponsored by the CEO Roundtable.

Date: Dec. 6

Location: HFM BOCES in Johnstown.

Swanger also reported he has met with employers who continue to have trouble filling jobs in the area. Swanger said he knows of six employers who "have open tickets" for jobs. Swanger, president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, said he would like to get an electronics maintenance program started.

He also reported on an upcoming CEO Roundtable breakfast meeting Nov. 7. That breakfast will feature Shelby Schneider, director of marketing for the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. Swanger said the program will be about how the private sector business community "led the development" of the Saratoga Springs area in recent years.

Reese said state Department of Labor recently put out statistics showing Fulton County lost 500 jobs from August 2011 to August 2012, 200 of which were government sector jobs. He said the DOL will be canvassing job openings in an event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Johnstown Public Library.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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