Fulton County officials will host three members of the exclusive Site Selectors Guild for a series of tours and meetings, culminating in a public forum to discuss economic development efforts in the county.
The site selectors, who are from New Jersey, Georgia and California, will provide an assessment of Fulton County’s current economic development efforts and provide strategic guidance for future endeavors. The forum will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 308 N. Comrie Ave., in Johnstown. Members of the public are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP by contacting Beth Lathers, legislative aide, Fulton County Board of Supervisors at [email protected] or 518-736-5545.
The three site selectors who will be visiting Fulton County are:
Dennis Donovan, principle at Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is a founding member of the Site Selectors Guild.
Jay A. Garner is the president of Garner Economics, LLC of Fayetteville, Georgia. Garner has a 37-year track record of successful economic development and site selection projects. He is a founding member and past vice chair of the Site Selectors Guild, and is also a past chairman.
Jim Renzas, principle of The RSH Group, Inc. of Mission Viejo, California, has worked all over North America, helping corporations with site selection, labor market studies, incentives, negotiations and compliance, global footprint analysis, supply chain network optimization and cost segregation services.
“Fulton County Government is investing in key infrastructure to make our region more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or start up,” said Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon R. Stead.
“By bringing these experts in, we will be eliciting ideas from the best and brightest in the nation, better understand national trends and identify additional goals and initiatives we may be able to pursue.”
“The Site Selectors Guild is an exclusive group of 47 of the most qualified and knowledgeable economic developers in the United States,” said Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz. “These professionals have led major projects from coast to coast and around the world and bring a wealth of insight and experiences from decades of successful economic development initiatives. I’m confident that the input and ideas they will provide to county leaders, local elected officials, economic developers and business owners will be very helpful to our economic development program, our long-term planning and the future success of Fulton County.”
This event comes on the heels of Fulton County hosting members of the Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc. organization in early summer at the Tryon Technology Park. That event featured specific plans Fulton County has for the development of Tryon Technology Park, for the Hales Mills, Vail Mills and Tryon Development Areas as well as a tour of Vireo Health of New York, a medical cannabis company that is the anchor tenant at Tryon.