In speaking at the third annual Let’s Talk Business Expo in Glenville, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was expected to offer some ideas for economic growth.
And while he had plenty to say on that topic, DiNapoli also had news for the 140 or so community leaders, business owners and local politicians gathered at River Stone Manor on Amsterdam Road for Thursday’s event.
“You can teach everybody else how to do it,” he said. “You’re already on the right track here. Just look at those maps around the room.”
The maps, which circled the banquet hall, were of 33 developable sites, 13 of which are now marked “occupied.” Three years ago, at the first expo, all 33 sites were unmarked, town Superviser Chris Koetzle said.
Koetzle told those gathered that new construction projects since the last expo in April 2013 totaled “just about $100 million in investment in this town.”
“We haven’t even talked about the jobs yet,” he added.
Before the event, DiNapoli toured the Glenville Business & Technology Park across the street with Koetzle, Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen and Steven Porter, senior vice president of Galesi Group.
The tour included the Galesi Group-owned site where the building for CTDI, a technology firm, is under construction. The site also houses Dimension Fabricators, a manufacturer that welds rebar structures for bridge and building construction projects.
“It can’t hurt to have them have some knowledge of what goes on in their neighborhood or area,” said Scott Stevens, president of Dimension Fabricators, who led the tour of the site.
During the tour, Koetzle touted the 28 short days it took for CTDI, which promises to create 150 permanent jobs, to get the approval it needed. Construction started in December and is slated to be finished by late June.
DiNapoli commended the town on being business-friendly in that regard.
“To facilitate and expedite the kind of approvals that the businesses needed to be located here really required such a dedicated effort and a responsiveness on the part of local government that frankly doesn’t happen in every part of the state,” he said.
Charles Steiner, president of the Chamber of Schenectady County, said the event was a “showcase for how a township” can share its vision.
“The story here is they have a goal, and they have a direction,” he said.