High-tech growth the topic of forum

Glenville to host ‘Opportunity Knocks’ event on GloFo, tech companies’ impact

— Are you prepared for the high-tech job growth in the Capital District?

The Town of Glenville in cooperation with the Center for Economic Growth is hosting a community forum on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Scotia-Glenville High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. The forum, “Opportunity Knocks,” will address the new chip fabrication plant being constructed by GlobalFoundries in Malta.

Along with a speaker from GlobalFoundries talking about the job opportunities being offered, there will be a panel of guests with a background in economic development speaking to draw connections to the state, county and local levels. Scotia-Glenville Central School District Superintendent Susan Swartz will address the education perspective too. Time for a lengthy question and answer session is also part of the program.

“We were looking for a way to give everyone a heads up on the new business developments occurring in the region and what some of the educational impacts and requirements might be and what some of the more direct impacts on Glenville might be,” said James MacFarland, director of operations for Glenville. “Economic development for Glenville is our top priority. This is another way to demonstrate it and continue to grow the opportunities.”

Town officials have been stressing increased economic development in the commercial sector in hopes of reducing the tax burden on residents. This year, the town initiated a sign grant program aimed to help small businesses purchase new signs in compliance with the town code.

This year, the town also joined the Center for Economic Growth, which is a private, not-for-profit organization working with group members and partners to spur economic development in the Capital District and Tech Valley Corridor. The town’s Small Business and Economic Development Committee meet with the CEG earlier in the year.

An economic boom won’t occur overnight, MacFarland said, but the town is looking at long-term goals for development.

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