By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
The Partnership for Economic Development in Sullivan County is a private non-profit economic development agency. It consists of dues-paying private members from the Sullivan County business community, representatives from the County of Sullivan, local municipalities, local school districts, workforce development, and representatives from the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency. The Partnership is comprised of a board of directors, officers, task-oriented committees and a staff of three that carry out the operations of the organization. The membership, through its duly elected board of directors, dictates policies and strategies that promote thoughtful development in Sullivan County.
“To promote and coordinate the economic development of private businesses in Sullivan County in order to benefit the general public by enhancing the quality of life and improving the standard of living for all the inhabitants of Sullivan County”
Sullivan County is approximately 1,011 square miles in area, and home to 76,000 year-round residents. Second home owners nearly double the population to 150,000, and an annual influx of seasonal residents from Memorial Day to Labor Day brings the total number to 350,000.
Sullivan County is located in southern New York State, framed by the Catskill Mountains and the Upper Delaware River. The county seat, Monticello, lies 90 miles northwest of New York City on NYS Route 17 (Future I-86). Northern Sullivan County rests within the 106 year-old, 286,000-acre Catskill Park. The 70-mile, Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River lines the county’s western border with Pennsylvania.
Located just 90 miles from New York City via NYS Route 17 (Future I-86) and within two hours of Albany, NY, Stamford, CT and Scranton, PA, Sullivan County’s idyllic setting offers year-round recreational opportunities, a wealth of cultural and historic attractions, and myriad amenities and incentives for business.
Sullivan County has a number of commercial sites in close proximity to NYS 17/I-86. These sites hold the promise of larger more sophisticated projects due to their size and location and have the potential for partnerships between the private and public sectors. Access to I-81 to the North and I-87 to the South is achieved via NYS 17/I-86.
Short Line operates eight daily express buses between New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal and Monticello, with connections that include Liberty, South Fallsburg, Roscoe, Livingston Manor, Bethel Woods and the Villa Roma.
Sullivan County International Airport (MSV)
The county-owned airport boasts a 6,300 foot runway, located approximately five miles west of Monticello in the Town of Bethel and 90 miles northwest of New York City. The facility serves Gulfstream IV aircrafts but can accommodate larger equipment on a reserved basis. For more information, visit the county’s website at
Stewart International Airport (SWF)
Located 45 minutes away in Newburgh, NY (Orange County), Stewart offers direct or connecting service by major airlines to any location in the world. In 2007, the Port Authority of NY/NJ committed $500 million in a 10-year capital plan to renovate and expand the facility. For more information and schedules visit the Port Authority website at