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Fulton County’s Development Strategy

Fulton County has a strategy to achieve its Vision.

The Strategy has three goals:

  • Promote Fulton County as an extraordinary place to live with an enviable quality of life.
  • Build a strong economy and tax base.
  • Create healthy communities connected to nature.

Fulton County’s Development Strategy marks an important point in a five‐year process initiated in 2013 by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to “jump start” private sector investment in Fulton County. Jump Start Fulton County’s goal was to expand revenues and the tax base.

Key components:

The Development Strategy brings together these initiatives with independent professional assessment of the County’s housing and retail markets.

The Development Strategy is guided by Fulton County’s Vision:

By 2026, Fulton County, New York is POSI+IVE it will be a premier place to invest, work, start a business, own a home, raise a family, vacation and retire.

Our quality of life, vibrant atmosphere, healthy lifestyles, friendly neighborhoods and scenic lakefronts will appeal to young people, families, empty­‐nesters, artists, entrepreneurs, local employees and downtown professionals. Fulton County will continue to be a place where one can take a 180 degree turn away from a high cost and high stress way of life toward a relaxing lifestyle with a reasonable cost of living, quality housing and well­‐paying jobs. Our 44 lakes, featuring the Great Sacandaga Lake, our memorable Adirondack vistas, Mohawk Valley history and diverse four­‐ season recreational opportunities will appeal to residents and be destinations for visitors.

The Cities of Gloversville and Johnstown will be safe, welcoming and energetic places, alive with restaurants, shops, galleries, museums and entertainment venues, parks and farmer’s markets. We will live, work and enjoy life together along bustling streets lined with preserved historic buildings with magnificent architecture that offer a variety of reasonably priced housing for residents of all ages, abilities and incomes. Outside of the cities, our towns, villages and hamlets will represent all that is good about “small town America,” boasting convenient community centers and neighborhoods that are compact and walkable.

Fulton County will remain a close­‐knit and connected community with a deep personal stake in our excellent schools, accessible health care, community services and well­‐maintained public infrastructure. Our dedicated community leaders will work cooperatively to create sustainable revenue streams that keep our County affordable, promote an enviable quality of life, encourage investment, create jobs and fuel positive change.

Named after the famed inventor Robert Fulton, the County will continue its proud history of making and growing things people need. Our diverse economy, with a globally competitive workforce and creative­‐economy talent, will speed innovation, expand technology, leverage private capital, and engage higher education. Strategic Development Areas have spurred housing and retail growth, while local farms and agri­‐businesses drive a thriving agricultural economy. Our abundant water and wastewater capacities promote Fulton County as a smart place to invest.