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County CRG compiling project list

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is putting together a list of projects for state Consolidated Funding Applications, or CFAs — a program started again in 2021 after last year’s absence because of COVID-19.

CRG President/CEO Ronald Peters recently alluded to the CFAs during his monthly report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee.

CFAs are the way New York state has allocated millions of dollars to regions in recent years for economic development projects. The awards are usually announced in December, but the process was scrapped in 2020 because of COVID. Peters told supervisors that the CRG is putting together its own list of potential projects. Businesses and corporations can also apply individually through CFAs online. Peters said the process for potential CFA projects is due by July 30. He said people should access the Empire State Development Corp. website for more information. He said $200 million in CFA money is available this year for projects.

“If you’ve got any, get them in as quickly as you can,” Peters said.

County Adminstrative Officer Jon Stead said that many times projects are more likely awarded to the Utica area of Oneida County as part of Fulton County’s Mohawk Valley Region. He said that area has many large businesses and companies that can leverage their own applications – projects that “eat up a lot of that funding.”

Elsewhere in Peters’ CRG report:

“We had a pretty great month this past month,” Peters said.

He started his report with news that the CRG recently received approval of $300,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for site assessments in the county. He said the program may get started in the fall.

— Peters noted the CRG kicked off a major development proposal for 52 Church St. in Gloversville. The proposed $20 million project is designed to provide housing, especially for artists residing locally and from out of the area.

— The CRG will be involved in a Mohawk Valley Brownfield Developer Summit set for Oct. 6-7 at the Holiday Inn.

— Peters said the CRG has a date set to meet with a West Coast company looking at the potential of setting up a 10 to 15-person operation in Fulton County. He said the business venture has the potential to create as many as 50 jobs in the next two to three years.

— The CRG is continuing its efforts in many fronts with the city of Gloversville such as the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, an “anchor” project on South Main Street and other ventures, Peters said.

In other community development marketing, Peters said the CRG is continuing efforts to strengthen the city of Johnstown’s downtown merchants group. He said his agency is also looking at some opportunities in the village of Northville.

— Peters said the CRG is in closing mode on two loan applicants. The agency currently administers 20 loans. He said the CRG is working with one business looking to submit a loan application.

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