The centerpiece of Fulton County’s economic development efforts this year will be the new Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth, officials said.
Continuing development of the park is at the top of the list of economic development officials’ efforts.
“I see some real positives for the industrial parks,” Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Chief Executive Officer Ronald Peters said. “Tryon should have a banner year.”
The county and the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency in 2014 worked to convert the 515-acre former Tryon Detention Facility into a business park. Interior work and excavation work continues, and the county now owns the access road to the park.
County Planning Director James Mraz, also IDA executive director, said the Tryon project continues to make progress.
In 2014, the IDA demolished buildings, did infrastructure work and began to prepare sites. The county plans to do more of that work and could have sites ready for businesses this year.
“We’re going to see a couple things coming to fruition,” Mraz said of the county’s 2015 economic development pursuits.
The first is the targeted industry analysis and marketing plan for Tryon.
The Fulton County Board of Supervisors previously hired DCG Corplan Consulting of West Orange, N.J., for $139,480 to prepare the analysis and plan for Tryon. The scope of work includes preparation of an assessment of the Fulton County region, labor market and target industry analysis, a marketing plan, and development of a Tryon website.
Last fall, the IDA encouraged area businesses to complete an Internet survey to help with the preparation of a marketing plan for the Tryon site. The survey asked businesses about topics such as: describe your business, where is your “customer base,” where do your raw materials come from, how can you improve your supply chain, what transportation do you use, the hiring radius for key positions, what technical skills are needed, educational attainment levels desired for positions, what is your growth plan, business attributes, and business incentive programs.
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by Michael Anich
January 5th, 2015