By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
Our New Year’s resolution: Change
Change. Politics and Monday morning quarterbacks aside, if there’s one thing on which we can all agree as we look toward 2017, change is it.
As we’ve seen in the five weeks since the presidential election, there are those of us who thrive on and welcome change— and others who retreat from and fear it. We cannot become what we want, by remaining what we are. We must embrace change. In Sullivan County, that is what we’re doing. Whether you run a big corporation or a small family business; work at a for-profit or a not-for-profit company; own a new start-up, or are planning a business expansion; change and optimism are in evidence from one end of the county to the other.
Slowly but surely, Sullivan County is attracting new demographics and adapting to market changes. Look at Bethel Woods (Mysteryland USA and performers like Pitbull); Foster Supply Hospitality (The Arnold in Shandelee, North Branch Inn and 9 River Road in Callicoon); and Jeff Bank’s new Anawana Lake Road branch in Monticello, just to name a few.
We’re embracing change at the Partnership for Economic Development, too by gearing up and adapting. In 2017 we intend to rebuild and rebrand our organization. We will do it thoughtfully and purposefully, and we will start small by introducing a new logo in the coming months. With a renewed focus on business attraction and expansion, we will strategize and plan a new integrated marketing campaign across all our platforms.
We won’t stop there because there’s much more to accomplish. We will seek to attract businesses to our economy that will create a diverse and, balanced landscape.
Ultimately, we see a business environment in which no single industry sector shall be more important than another. Not tourism over healthcare, not light manufacturing over the arts, not enterprise level firms over small businesses.
We currently have 63 available sites and buildings suitable for office space, light industry, and other commercial ventures. But we need to up our game. More shovel ready sites in our inventory is a fundamental component to bringing more jobs and improve our economy. We will continue to work with our town and county officials, and we’re especially excited about developing the Liberty-Thompson corridor.
As always membership education and networking opportunities will remain center stage to keep you connected to more opportunities to grow your business and ultimately improve our quality of life in Sullivan County.
In my 35 years as a resident and 20 years as a business owner in Sullivan County, I can honestly and optimistically say, change is good for business and life. Stay tuned.
Board Chair, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development