Fulton County seeks to identify new business sites

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Tuesday that the Planning Department is about to emb

Fulton County is taking a high-tech approach to future economic development.

Local and state officials identified the region’s strengths and weaknesses at last fall’s economic summit and a lack of shovel-ready sites for new businesses was identified as the No. 1 weakness.

Fulton County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Tuesday that the Planning Department is about to embark on an ambitious site-analysis project to address that issue.

“We’re going to try to put together an analysis and identify the two, three, four best sites in Fulton County for industry,” Geraghty told members of the Planning Board.

That will include geographic information system mapping technology to identify potential locations for industrial parks or service businesses including topographical and wetlands analysis to fine-tune the report, Geraghty said.

Economic developers said the county’s industrial parks, which employ more than 2,000 people, are at more than 95 percent of capacity.

Geraghty said the site analysis project is in its infancy at this point.

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