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Fulton County IDA reviews potential 2021 initiatives

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency recently reviewed seven potential 2021 initiatives.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz reviewed these initiatives with the IDA board: advertising on Linkedin, purchasing data from StateBook, preparing buildings at the Tryon Technology Park for demolition, site cleanup at Tryon, marketing material for the Tryon Development Area, identifying sites for development, and food site certification.

Mraz indicated funding is in the IDA’s proposed budget for advertising on Linkedin and purchasing data from StateBook.

Regarding food site certification, he said site selector Jay Garner, who visited Fulton County, is offering the certification.

The Food and Beverage Industry Cluster is one that has reportedly a chance of success at Tryon, officials have said.

Board Vice Chairman Joe Semione stated that revenue may be generated at Tryon to reinvest.

He suggested putting $100,000 into next year’s IDA budget for cleanup work. He also suggested the 2021 IDA budget include $75,000 for site acquisition.

Board member Todd Rulison said if the IDA generates revenues from the sale of buildings and lands, the food site certification could be a viable 2021 initiative.

Board member Mike Fitzgerald said there’s already a base of food manufacturers in the region, along with three main distribution centers. Among the companies at the Johnstown Industrial Park are FAGE USA yogurt and the Euphrates cheese company.

Mraz said that based upon the input received, he would revise the 2021 budget, and present it for possible approval at the IDA’s next meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 13.

Prior to the initiatives discussion, Mraz and the board reviewed the proposed $97.660 IDA budget for 2021 — much lower than the 2020 budget of $277,810. Mraz said removal of the revenue and expenditures associated with Vireo Health’s electricity bill reduced the spending plan.

Items discussed by Mraz in the budget included: $10,000 for desktop environmental assessments; and $12,000 for the IDA’s website.

The website items include: $5,000 contract with Emery Designs to perform monthly updates; $5,000 to advertise on Linkedin; and $2,000 to purchase data from StateBook.

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

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