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We’re a pro-development county. What does that mean for new businesses? You will get an unexpected level of support throughout the process of starting a business, from finding the right work space to financial assistance and business coaching. You’ll not only realize the benefits of highly competitive lease and sale rates, but get your business up and running faster thanks to our local governments’ commitment to expedite permitting and loan processes.

Strategic Location

Download regional mapLocated within New York’s Technology Triangle, Fulton County is a short drive to surrounding Capital Region areas (average commute time of 23 minutes) via access to four major Interstate highways: I-90, I-87, I-88 and I-81. It also has world class year-round recreational opportunities: 44 lakes including the Great Sacandaga Lake, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

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Ready to find that unique site for your business? Need warehouse space? We have architecturally significant commercial and industrial properties now available in popular towns, such as Gloversville and Johnstown, that can be customized to fit your business like a glove. Space is available in historic, grand buildings that feature distinctive architecture, 100 year old brick, and hardwood floors, surrounded by plentiful and free parking. If you need more room, space is now available in mixed-use, multi-story structures, former manufacturing facilities and textile plants. We have many options to choose from.

Affordable Space

Here is where that unique space you’ve been looking for is not so far out of reach. It’s just waiting to be claimed. In Schenectady, Saratoga, Albany and Troy, the kind of space we’re talking about usually comes at a premium. But not here. Our office / industrial / commercial land values and rents are highly competitive when compared to other regions in New York State.

Land Values and RentsThe RegionNYS Average
Average Office Rent / per sq foot$7.15$18.70
Average Industrial Rent / per sq foot$3.17$7.25
Average Commercial / Industrial Land Price / per acre$26,800$62,000
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Incubating Great Ideas

Plans are in the works by Fulton County’s Center for Regional Growth to convert the 35,000-square-foot former Ohm Laboratory building, which was also a Sears department store at one point, into prime incubator space for burgeoning businesses. This will give businesses a place to grow, before moving on to the Tryon Technology Park.

“There’s no shortage of nice space, and the rents are extremely affordable. What we really loved about the Knitting Mill is the character of the space. It’s a beautiful building. There are hardwood floors and these big, beautiful windows. You can’t help it when you walk through there, you want to hatch an idea to be able to take advantage of it.” –Mike Smith, Co-founder, No. 22 Bicycle, Johnstown, NY

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We can meet with you one-on-one and help you with:

  • Business Coaching and Technical Assistance: business mentors are available to help with loan packaging, business planning, outreach, and grant writing
  • Finding Space that Works: we’ll help find the ideal space or site for your business
  • Financing and Incentives: we offer many resources for grants, loans and funding
  • Staffing: we’ll help you find the right people to build your business team

Discover the benefits of starting your business in Fulton County or get in touch with one of our economic development experts.

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