SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership led a tour Monday for consultants who help companies find places for expansion or relocation.
The organization, which is the county’s designated economic development agency, has hosted visits by single site selectors, but Monday’s famtour (for “familiarization tour”) was the first for a group, according to partnership President Marty Vanags. Eight attended.
The idea was to get the county on their radar, and get them talking about the county with their colleagues elsewhere who didn’t attend, he said.
“It just helps spread the word about the community,” he added. It was mostly for future reference, as no particular project was pitched or discussed.
“We don’t invite people we know are actively seeking” sites, Vanags said. He plans to hold similar orientation tours in the future for site selectors, who typically work are independent consultants or work for commercial real estate brokerages.
Monday’s itinerary included the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, a key factor in the region’s tech industry growth, but otherwise the tour was heavily focused on Saratoga County.
The major stops were the Grande Industrial Park in Saratoga Springs; the distribution centers in the area of Exit 16 in Wilton; and the GlobalFoundries computer chip factory in Malta. There was also a visit to that other regional economic driver, the Saratoga Race Course.