JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Mayor is looking to take advantage of a new economic sector following New York’s legalization of recreational marijuana.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is teaming up with the city’s Board of Public Utilities to encourage entrepreneurs in the growing sector to consider establishing their new business in the city.
Specifically, Sundquist is highlighting local initiatives for marijuana growers offered within city limits, like affordable real estate and utilities.
“[We are] Encouraging cultivators, growers, processors, co-op licences, anyone that has an interest in growing and production operations to take a look at the city of Jamestown,” says Sundquist.
Marijuana grow operations will likely need, the mayor explains, not only a large venue but low-cost electricity and most importantly, water.
“We talk a lot about hydroponics, we talk about being able to convert old warehouse manufacturing space into growing operations,” said Sundquist. “Which brings in jobs, helps revitalize parts of the economy, and helps us take over older buildings and fix up some of the housing stock.”
He says cultivating the new agriculture opportunity in Jamestown would not only be good for the local economy, but the region as well with businesses likely selling their crops statewide using thoroughfares like Interstate 86.
“Growing and cultivation is going to happen regardless, we want to be on the cutting edge of that,” furthered Sundquist. “We want to let all those operators know that we have a very open administration and work as a team.”
That openness, Sundquist says, will likely transfer to dispensaries too.
“The reality of it is that dispensaries are new markets, opportunities for new taxation and revenue, and they have great potential especially in a City like Jamestown where there is a lot of tourism.”
Those interested in learning more about getting into the Marijuana business are encouraged to reach out to either the Jamestown Department of Development or Jamestown BPU’s Business Development office.