"As a small business owner, it is extremely encouraging to see the state, county and town all work together to develop a facility for growing companies. We are excited about the growth potential that our new facility is going to allow us to realize," said Rick Frederick, president and owner of Cutting Edge Wood Flooring in a written statement.
Over the summer, Empire State Development, Schenectady County and the Town of Rotterdam cut the ribbon on the Galesi Group's new Small Business Center at the Rotterdam Corporate Park.
"We're taking an existing building and we made it customized for small businesses, so hopefully this will be the first of many announcements like this," said Buicko.
The renovation project included dividing a 270,000-square-foot building into 24 sections, each consisting of approximately 11,000 square feet. Each section has a storefront entrance that opens into an office and/or showroom, which can be built to meet the specific needs of prospective tenants. Economic assistance for the project was made available from the Empire State Development's New York Restore Program and National Grid. The Town of Rotterdam provided administrative support.
"The county's economic development team is pleased to be working with the Galesi Group to recruit tenants to the small business center. In addition to these first two leases, we have considerable interest from other fast growing firms. We look forward to positive results for this project in 2009," said Susan E. Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature in a written statement.
Rotterdam Supervisor Steve Tommasone said he is optimistic that the small business center will make for a positive addition to the Town of Rotterdam.
"The town is confident of the success of the Small Business Center. These first two tenants will be a great addition to Rotterdam, and we look forward to many more to come as we fill up this great new facility at the Rotterdam Corporate Park," said Tommasone.
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