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Press Release

Publish Date: 3/12/2015

County Assembles Impressive Team to Amplify Economic Development Efforts

Strategic Partners Will Help Harness The Resources Needed To Drive Business Growth, Create Jobs

FONDA - County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort announced Thursday that the Montgomery County Business Development Center has assiduously recruited and carefully cultivated a team of strategic partners that will accelerate and amplify economic development efforts in the county.

The group consists of The United Group of Companies (UGOC), LeChase Construction Services, CBRE and McDonald Engineering. The team has already generated rudimentary designs for multiple building in the business parks in the Town of Glen and the Town of Florida. As many as five smaller businesses facilities and a single large distribution style complex are being considered for the Florida Business Park Extension, while up to four sites are under active evaluation for the Glen Canal View Business Park.

"The team will work closely with the Montgomery County Business Development Center and will establish reasonable, achievable and measurable goals, with the intended results of new private sector jobs and capital investment for the county," said Ossenfort.

The MCBDC has already been successful in landing important projects, such as Target Distribution Center, Hill & Markes, Beech Nut Nutrition and Daim Logistics. Nonetheless, the ability of the MCBDC to aggressively drive business growth and effectively create jobs is constrained by limited resources.

"By engaging a development team, the MCBDC can bring in the necessary financial capital, development experience, real estate networking capacity and engineering and construction ability to bear upon the challenges facing Montgomery County," said Legislative Chairman Martin Kelly, District 1.

"Bringing in this kind of experience will only bolster the economic development efforts of the MCBDC," said Legislator Terry A. Bieniek, District 5. "This public/private partnership will formulate a sound and reasonable approach to attract investment and then make that investment happen."

The UGOC will be responsible for the overall implementation of development projects. LeChase, based in Rochester, brings 70 years of in-depth industry knowledge and local experience to the team. CBRE, of Albany, has had a long and successful relationship with UGOC, working together to strategically target logical uses for individual projects and engaging marketing efforts. McDonald Engineering has more than 25 years of civil engineering experience, in all phases of project development for many municipal and corporate clients in upstate New York.

MCBDC Letter of Intent (PDF)