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High-tech growth the topic of forum

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

— “We realize this is not going to happen tomorrow or next year,” he said. “We are really trying to grow our commercial base, so there is less of a burden on the residential property owner. If that happens then what we get is a better residential housing market here in Glenville.”

Spokesman for GlobalFoundries Travis Bullard is expected to discuss the construction project, chip fabrication business and what changes to the area can be expected over time, said MacFarland. Fellow confirmed panel participants include Jeff Lawrence, executive vice president for the CEG; Ray Gillen, chairman of the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority; Penny Haynes, vice president of Academic Affairs at Schenectady County Community College; and Swartz. The forum will be moderated by David Rooney, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing for the Center for Economic Growth.

MacFarland believes the forum has a wide appeal and encouraged the public to attend and ask questions. He said some areas of interest include education, real estate and community affairs.

“This project touches everyone to some degree,” he said. “There will be someone there talking about what jobs will be available in the Capital District in the near future, so I think students are the number one target.”

Just getting the discussions brewing about developments and how to best prepare the town is important, he said. Waiting until a boom or expansion is realized would place the town at a disadvantage.

“If you don’t start it is never going to happen,” MacFarland said.

The town is also hoping to grow the Glenville Business and Technology Park along with the Schenectady County Airport to fit the needs of GlobalFoundries and General Electric.

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