By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
In response to last year’s successful Sullivan United event held at the Monticello Motor Club, the Sullivan United Economic Development team, made up of The Partnership for Economic Development, The Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency, The Sullivan County Visitors Association, and Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, have decided to make the event an annual occurrence.
“Due to the overwhelming turnout on a rain soaked Tuesday night last year, the team felt there was definitively an appetite for this type of an event annually.” said Marc Baez, CEO of the Partnership. The event was created last year to put each agency in one venue, educate businesses on the various services and programs each is responsible for, and to answer any questions businesses or municipal officials may have relative to their respective areas of expertise.
“The concept of working together, while not new, is critical to the success we are now having and we look forward to continuing this strategy well into the future,” said Steve White, CEO of the Sullivan County IDA.
As part of an overall strategy to highlight new and unique projects built recently or currently under development, the team will be moving the venue each year. This year the event will be held at the Monster Golf Course located in the heart of the Adelaar development.
“This is tremendous economic development effort that not only showcases our team but also the exiting new projects underway in the Sullivan County Catskills,” said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, President of the Visitors Association. The event has also become a target for elected officials to network with constituents and to communicate the variety issues they have been working on throughout their respective legislative sessions.
The strategy to pool resources and come together more strategically was implemented during last year’s competition for a Casino license, when a coordinated front was presented at hearings in Albany and Poughkeepsie.
The team has kept the momentum going, focusing on challenges like, workforce, destination marketing, infrastructure and a host of other activities such as this one.
“This is a crucial time for Sullivan County. There are many significant and impactful developments in the works and imminent in our future. The Sullivan County Chamber is proud to be part of an active, strategic and unified economic development team,” said Chamber CEO Cathy Paty.
Look for more information and sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks.