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Panel discusses Colonie's high-tech future

"We're gathering information from there, as well, to make Colonie more shovel ready for greater high-tech businesses," he said, adding that there was development in Albany as well as a tech park being built in Malta while Colonie developed it original Comprehensive Plan. "We've got to get ourselves up to speed. We're gathering ideas from other existing zoning laws as to what we can be including."

Hornick also said once the committee gets back to discussing economic development, planning for high-tech businesses should be top priority.

A request for someone within the town to attract these high-tech businesses was brought up by Bette. He said the town currently works through a real estate broker who is not specific to Colonie.

"I thought we would be more focused on how does the town compete against all these different municipalities to attract these businesses and not rely on a real estate broker who will show them the whole Capital District," enquired Bette.

LaCivita said he and the supervisor spoke with agencies such as Colonies Industrial Development Association and the Local Development Corporation, and requested that the boards become "more active." He said a future meeting will focus on providing incentives to high-tech businesses to attract them to the area.

"All you have is me saying, 'I can give you mortgage tax relief and sales tax relief,' and they're just saying, 'Bye,' because they can get so much else somewhere else," said LaCivita.

Bette suggested getting the Colonie Chamber of Commerce to help out.

LaCivita said they have reached out to Mark Eagan of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, but they have not yet spoken with Tom Nolte of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce. He said they contacted Eagan so they could pick his brain on some of Albany's success in bringing in high-tech businesses.

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