Having a town-designated engineer has reduced the amount of time it takes to complete a project in Colonie. When it typically took a couple of years to complete a project, it now takes from eight weeks to as long as nine months.
"We knew in order to retain businesses that we needed to move at the speed of business and not at the speed of the government that we typically enjoyed here and most other municipalities in the area enjoy around the state of New York," he said. "We knew we had to move fast in order to retain and attract businesses to the town."
He cited the success of Fresh Market as being one of the town's greatest business developments. The grocery store was completed in nine months.
Global Foundries in Malta was cited as a benchmark for other areas in the Capital District looking to bring in high-tech businesses, and LaCivita said the town is looking to redevelop the Starlite Music Theater with a new high-tech office complex with a local developer.
"It goes on behind the scenes until we can make that big splash of an announcement like we did with the Fresh Market," he said. "The Fresh Market would have never come to the Town of Colonie had we not been proactive and changed some of the development processes here in the town."
Along with mentioning viewing the past practices of the town's Industrial Development Agency and looking to see what types of incentives will attract new businesses, LaCivita said the department is looking at revamping the town's website to tout its successes in the past few years.
"We're looking at a new marketing strategy with doing a progressive web site telling us all of the successes and putting those successes on the web site," he said. "Working with you, the developers, the real estate people and other businesses along the way to help us retool the town and to help us get that marketing campaign out to say the town is open for business."