Wheatley has been advising Warrensburg officials to seek such grants. Not only from the state government, but from National Grid, which rewards entrepreneurs launching businesses that create jobs. He said Monday that $25,000 to $50,000 is available to businesses that plan to locate at a site that's been underutilized or vacant in rural towns or small cities. His agency has helped arrange 19 such grants - for building rehabilitation or new construction - in Glens Falls that have given the city quite a commercial boost.
Such grants not only help launch a business, but they stimulate other businesses to locate and invest nearby, he said.
"If you get some synergy going, commercial activity really moves forward," he said.
Warrensburg Deputy Supervisor John Alexander said the recent eruption of business plans locally offered a glimpse of a prosperous future here, as Warrensburg is located between the new Global Foundries computer chip fabrication plant in Malta that is expected to create 1,600 high-wage jobs, and the newly expanded Gore Mountain ski resort.
"This is exciting - I knew things would eventually break loose," said Alexander, who works with a local citizens' group in planning Warrensburg's future. "People are realizing that Warrensburg is a viable place to live, raise a family and conduct their businesses - I'm enthused about what we see happening."