Fulton, Montgomery county development officials to consider collaboration

Montgomery and Fulton County economic development officials will be meeting next week to discuss the

Montgomery and Fulton County economic development officials will be meeting next week to discuss the concept of collaborating on a new industrial park off Route 30A.

Ken Rose, Montgomery County’s director of economic development and planning, said the parcel officials from the two counties will discuss March 4 has been code named “Ocean’s 11,” but wouldn’t say why.

He said the parcel may straddle the two counties’ border.

“For the past few years we’ve been looking cooperatively to do some projects together and this is one of these instances. All it is is a discussion,” Rose said.

Fulton County Economic Development Corp. CEO Michael Reese and President Laurence Kelly did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Wally Hart, a member of the Fulton County EDC’s board of directors, said the issue was discussed at the EDC’s meeting Tuesday. He said discussions with Montgomery County are at a very preliminary stage.

“There has been an invitation to have this discussion about something that could have some potential in the future, but nothing is firm yet. Nothing has been done,” Hart said.

One potential issue of developing the Ocean’s 11 parcel could be whether one county might need to annex land from the other.

Rose said no detailed discussions about land annexation have taken place yet.

Hart said the area might benefit from another industrial park, if one could be built. He said there isn’t much land left for development within the Crossroads Industrial Park on Route 29 or the Johnstown Industrial Park.

“There’s only a few places within the current industrial parks that are what you call ‘shovel-ready’ and if you’ve had a couple of projects that came in and the space that’s available isn’t exactly the size they need or meets their terrain requirements, depending on what they’re building, then we might miss out because there are other places that do have shovel-ready sites that are ready to go with water and sewer, maybe not hooked up but ready to go,” Hart said.

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