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Grant would fund marketing, analysis

December 9, 2013
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency is hoping to hear soon from National Grid on a grant application to develop a marketing plan for the Tryon site redevelopment.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz last week briefed his board on the application. He said today there was nothing new to report on its status.

Mraz noted Thursday at the Fort Johnstown Annex the board on Oct. 22 authorized him to submit the application to National Grid's Strategic Economic Development Program requesting the grant. The grant would pay 50 percent of the cost for performing a target industry analysis and develop a comprehensive marketing plan for the Tryon project, as was recommended this fall by international site selector Michael Mullis.

The IDA wants to turn the 515-acre Tryon site on County Highway 107 into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center. The state agreed in February 2012 to turn the site over to local officials. But the IDA is still waiting on the state to deed the title for the property to the agency.

Mraz said the IDA's grant application was filed Oct. 30.

"If this grant comes in, it will be matched with money the Fulton County Board of Supervisors has authorized for next year," he said.

That work includes these 11 elements: identifying the region's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; regional labor analysis, evaluation of the cost of living, evaluate the existing transportation system, evaluate utilities, evaluate water and sewer, identify target industry clusters, identify contacts for top 10 industry clusters, create a Regional Business Training Center at an existing Tryon building, engineering report on existing backup generator, and development of a Tryon marketing plan.

The marketing plan is slated to include many of the previously listed elements of the scope of work.

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



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