N.J. firm could market Tryon

JOHNSTOWN – A New Jersey firm may be doing a marketing plan for the new Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth.

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee of the results of the requests for proposals authorized for distribution to firms interested in doing a marketing plan for the business park.

He said 21 RFPs were distributed to consulting firms in 12 states, and five proposals were received.

Mraz said a “working group” of local officials recommended the county hire DCG Corplan Consulting LLC of West Orange, N.J., for $139,480 to prepare a targeted industry analysis and marketing plan for Tryon. The committee supported hiring the firm – a move which must be finalized by the full board April 14.

The working group included Mraz, the board chairman, committee chairman and vice chairman, Perth town supervisor, county administrative officer and county planner.

Other proposals were received from Tennessee, Wisconsin and Florida.

The county’s 2014 capital plan identifies a “Jump Start Fulton County” item to hire a marketing firm to prepare a plan. The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, which owns the Tryon property, 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.

Mraz said DCG Corplan Consulting will: prepare an assessment of the Fulton County region, labor market analysis, target industry analysis and marketing plan; develop initial marketing materials and a Tryon website; and provide business recruitment services.

The county is also undertaking a phase one 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.

“We may be seeking another round of funding for phase two of this project,” Mraz said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.