Officials market low costs, infrastructure to attract companies, people

In their quest to reverse economic downturn, Fulton County officials are focusing on three words: Live, work and play. By 2026, they hope their county will attract residents who want to do all three. Once the epicenter of the upstate leather industry centered in Gloversville, Fulton County has steadily watched economic opportunities dwindle as niche manufacturing jobs go overseas. Since 1970, the number of people directly and indirectly employed in the leather trades has dropped from 10,000 to 400, the U.S. Department of Labor said. “These businesses employed towns,” Johnny Evers, director of government affairs at the Business Council of New York State, said at a seminar on Fulton County economic development Tuesday.

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