FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. – Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing to secure federal funds in order to transform a juvenile detention center into the county’s newest tech park.
The former Tryon Juvenile Detention Center has been vacant for over three years. The 515 -acre site has been taken over by an industrial development agency.
The 40-building site is expected to be turned into a new technology park and business hub. Fulton County plans to make the property shovel ready for businesses to move in.
On top of that, the county is looking to transform the central building on campus into a business training incubator center run by the Fulton Montgomery Community College.
“With an incubator it’s a great idea to have a business training center and a workforce training center where people can acquire skills,” said Schumer.
However, before that can happen, renovations are needed, which is why Senator Schumer is urging the Northern Border Regional Commission to provide $120,000 in federal funding to Fulton County to make it happen.
Fulton Montgomery Community College is looking to build labs and classroom spaces for a new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration or HVAC trades program.
“There are people here who are unemployed and there are jobs going begging. And the link between the two is giving those people who are unemployed the skills to get the job,” said Schumer.
The industrial development agency has applied for the federal grant and a decision will be made as early as September.