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CRG trying to boost business through agriculture

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is trying to boost business and job creation through agriculture.

In a recent CRG board meeting, agency President and CEO Ron Peters said agriculture efforts continue.

“We’re still competing for an agricultural site,” he said.

Peters told his board that the CRG is actively looking for a site for an agricultural development project.

In other unfinished business, Peters said the CRG advised the New York State Job Development Authority that the agency is ready to move forward with a agriculture loan program. Last fall, the CRG was approved by the JDA as a lender through its JDA Agriculture Program for six counties — Fulton, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Saratoga and Washington counties.

Peters said the JDA will be sending the CRG loan documents.

The board formally approved a resolution to authorize Peters as a signer for the JDA Agriculture Loan Fund to be housed in the CRG’s EDC Loan Pool.

He said last fall that the agricultural program offers loans up to $500,000. He said loans would be distributed to anything from microbreweries to manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Peters reported on ongoing issues involving the renovation at the CRG building at 34 W. Fulton St. He said the CRG is working through issues with receiving its last subcontractor lien releases. Once resolved, the CRG will submit its final draw.

The CRG’s Advanced Institute Manufacturing or AIM workforce development is moving forward, Peters said. The agency also still continues working with a possible longer-term manufacturing development in Fulton County, he said. The CRG is also looking at additional financial incentives for one of the county’s main manufacturers, he said.

Peters said his agency continues to assist the city of Gloversville on demolition of properties at 12-18 S. Main St.

He said the CRG plans to meet with a glove operation during the first couple weeks in May.

The center continues to assist the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility in seeking grant money for a new piece of equipment, a sludge dryer.

Peters said the CRG is waiting to hear on a Porous Pavement Grant application submitted to the state.

In new business, Peters said the CRG requested a grant through U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik for additional money for the EDC countywide loan pool.

Peters said the CRG is assisting a leather company seeking funds for updated processing equipment.

The CRG’s Microenterprise Grant application has been accepted by New York state and is being reviewed, Peters said.

A Site Assessment Study for Fulton County will be ready to start within the next couple weeks, he told his board.

In his report, board Chairman Tim Beckett stated, “It’s nice to be back at the CRG in person.”

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