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Ron Peters, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth president and chief executive officer, speaks Thursday during an open house held at its new building at 34 W. Fulton St.
By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express
GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has a vision for its new building at 34 W. Fulton St.
Part of the center’s vision was revealed to area residents Thursday when it held an open house at the 35,000-square-foot former Ohm Laboratory — and later Sears — building.
According to Ron Peters, FCCRG president and chief executive officer, after working on the space for more than a year, it was finally time to open its doors to the public.
“We wanted to show people what we have available here,” Peters said. “On the second floor we are looking to create a state of the art incubator space for up and coming businesses — it will be as fine an incubator as anywhere in New York state. If you want to create a startup, whether it be high tech, light manufacturing, experimental you can come here. We’re a one stop shop for any business that’s looking to expand, start up or create in Fulton County.”
The event began with a in the future incubator space, where dozens of residents sampled products from local businesses such as: Danascara Cheese, EMVI Chocolate, Fage, and Meco’s Perfect Scoop.
Terry Swierzowski, vice president of communications for the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, said she loves the space
“I see a clean palate to create whatever they want in here,” Swierzowski said. “I could see any business wanting to do business up here.”
Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young said it’s great to see the building being put back to use.
“This is a huge space downtown,”Young said. “I hope it brings more people here and encourages entrepreneurship among city residents. I think that’s one of CRG’s real strengths — helping people who have a passion to start a business.”
After Peters spoke about future plans for the building, he invited participants to take a tour of the facility. Ron Olinsky, FCCRG board of directors treasurer, took groups on tours of the basement portion of the building, which has clean rooms and secure chemical storage.
Previously at 110 Decker Drive at the Crossroads Business Park, the center has much more space than it did before — so much so that it has enough to share. The center invited the Gloversville Public Library to occupy approximately 7,000 square feet of the building while renovations expected to last up to two years are performed at its historic 58 E. Fulton St. location.
According to Christine Pesses, library board of trustees president, although the former library was about 19,000 square feet, only about 7,000 was usable.
“This is a wonderful space and CRG has been an excellent landlord — very accommodating and helpful,” Pesses said. “The fact that it’s central and downtown is very important to us and many of our patrons.”
In addition to its own offices on the first floor, the CRG also has an office in its building for the new Downtown Development Specialist, Jennifer Jennings. Two tenants are also renting space, including the Fulton County Board of Realtors and First Security, a startup that assess businesses for OSHA requirements.