Tryon seeks state funding

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency has submitted a state grant application to, in part, reconfigure water lines at its Tryon property in Perth.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President Michael Reese said Monday he is accepting applications for potential projects looking for funding through the fourth round of the state’s ongoing Consolidated Funding Application, or CFA award process.

Reese, representing the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, is soliciting CFAs for Fulton County through a June 16 deadline.

“We’re in the middle of the CFA process, accepting applications,” Reese said.

He said some came in from Fulton County, most notably an application for grant funding through the IDA for its ongoing Tryon redevelopment project.

The IDA is working with Fulton County government to covert its Tryon property into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center. For the first phase of the project, the county was previously awarded $2 million for initial infrastructure work. Jablonski Excavating of St. Johnsville is being paid $1.12 million for first-phase work that will start soon.

Reese said the IDA submitted an application for CFA funding regarding a change in water lines from the state’s Hale Creek Correctional Facility property, which is near the Tryon site.

IDA Executive Director James Mraz reported to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee last week that the state has money available for the second phase construction work at Tryon. He indicated the regional economic development council recently announced $6 million in funding is available. He said the county can apply for a Public Infrastructure Grant up to $750,000.

Mraz said the scope of the second phase of work involves a new water booster station, new elevated tank, reconfiguration of existing water and sewer lines and installing new lines, and the installation of new wastewater pumps.

Reese said the CFA applications have come in for municipal-related projects, but he is hoping there is more business interest.

“There’s been nothing new as far as businesses,” he said. “I hope to hear more this week.”

Fulton County is a member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, along with Montgomery, Schoharie, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida counties. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011 launched a new process for awarding millions of dollars for economic development projects across New York state. The Mohawk council received $60.2 million for 59 projects in the first round, $59.7 million for 70 projects in the second round, and $82.4 million for 86 projects in the third round, which ended Dec. 13. He said more than 3,500 jobs have already been created in the region with the three rounds.

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