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CRG using tracking system

Used to log business meets and new leads

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is using a tracking system to log in its business meetings and incoming leads, county legislators heard last week.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that the CRG “team” the first three weeks in January had 56 business meetings ranging from startups to meetings with several new banking groups.

Peters said the CRG also had nine inquiries in January ranging from an ice cream shop, to searching for additional warehouse space, to a prospect looking to potentially develop 100 acres.

“We’ll see where that goes,” Peters said.

Peters handed out the CRG’s 2019 annual report to supervisors, noting the CRG had over 124 business meetings last year. He said 36 new jobs were created and 40 jobs were retained.

In the area of business marketing, Peters said the CRG is still working on a lead for a business looking for a 5,000 to 10,000-square-foot facility. He said the CRG met with a 15-person company the agency met with in 2019. He also said the CRG is looking into possibilities for several developers in Gloversville.

Peters said the city of Gloversville is working with the CRG on “many fronts.” They include a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, anchor project on South Main Street, and others.

In the city of Johnstown, Peters said his agency is currently working on a restaurant microenterprise grant and exploring the possibilities of using some federal programs with the city.

The CRG successfully packaged the financing on a restaurant project in Caroga Lake now in closing mode.

The CRG is working on a business tour of the Northville Five & Dime store for February.

Peters said the CRG has eight Microenterprise Grant Program applications in various stages.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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