JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and the city of Gloversville say they are trying to improve communication with each other.
CRG Board of Directors Chairman Dustin Swanger told the board Thursday lines of communication between the CRG and city are improving. He said he and CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese met with Gloversville Mayor Dayton King last week.
"I would like to thank the mayor," Swanger said. "We met Tuesday on how to work better together."
King also attended the CRG board meeting Thursday at the Johnstown Professional Office Complex.
Reese added: "The mayor's reached out to me as well."
Swanger said the CRG and city will be meeting again more in the future at Gloversville City Hall. Reese was slated to meet with King on Friday in the city.
The CRG and city have had strained relationships since last year, especially over loan funding. In an October lawsuit against two CRG companies - the Fulton County Economic Development Corp. and the Crossroads Incubator Corp. - the city is seeking to regain control of 13 other loans and a cash balance of about $940,000 from the economic development agencies.
Gloversville also has prepared a possible second lawsuit to recover a $750,000 loan from the EDC to the CIC that was used to redevelop the former Estee Middle School.
Neither Reese nor King could be reached for comment Friday on the status of city litigation.
The CRG and city have been working together lately on a significant economic development project involving a Spanish sausage factory. The new Spanish sausage plant at the Glove Cities Industrial Park will start operations in the spring and plans to employ up to 12 people. Pata Negra will operate the 23,000-square-foot plant at 20 Industrial Parkway, the former home of Perrone Leather.
Reese told his board the CRG approved a loan for the sausage factory, but the amount wasn't made public. He said it is hoped the loan will be fully executed by April 5.
"That's moving along fairly well, the renovations seem to be on track," Reese said.
King also discussed a possible economic development venture with the CRG board during its private, closed-door session.
"I think there's something popping downtown in our city, but I'll refrain from saying anything public," the mayor stated prior to the session.
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