County receives Tryon proposals

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County government this week received five proposals from companies for providing a marketing plan for the new Tryon business park.

None of the proposals are from New York state.

The state in January transferred the 515-acre, former Tryon Detention Center site on County Highway 107 in Perth to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA and county are working together to develop the 515-acre site into a shovel-ready Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.

The county’s 2014 capital plan identifies a “Jump Start Fulton County” item to hire a marketing firm to prepare a plan. The IDA was awarded a $75,000 grant under National Grid’s Strategic Economic Development Outreach Program to use in conjunction with county money to hire a professional marketing firm.

The marketing firm will be hired April 14 by the Board of Supervisors. The marketing plan will be completed this fall. A marketing campaign will be completed next winter.

Requests for proposals from professional marketing firms were due to the office of county Administrative Officer Jon Stead by midday Wednesday, at which time they were opened.

County Planning Director James Mraz, also IDA executive director, said five proposals were received – two from Tennessee and one each from Wisconsin, Florida and New Jersey.

Mraz declined to name the firms and how much they proposed the county pay them for their work.

“They are proposals right now, unlike bids,” he said. “The county doesn’t have to take the lowest price.”

Mraz said he will discuss the five Tryon marketing proposals in more detail April 1 with the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

“They all seem to address what we are seeking,” he said of the proposals.

Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron, chairman of the Economic Development and Environment Committee, said he hasn’t had a chance to see the proposals.

The county also is undertaking an infrastructure project at Tryon. The county received a $2 million grant from Empire State Development to pay for the first phase. That phase includes a new road, a new water line, a new sanitary sewer line, repair of a damaged electrical system at the site’s wastewater pump station, repair of the wastewater pump station, and stormwater collection and treatment.

The county is scheduled to open bids April 23.

Mraz estimates the Board of Supervisors will award a contract May 12, with a June construction start. Construction for phase one may be completed by October.