By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Cathy Paty is more excited than ever. Not only is Sullivan County witnessing two of its largest building projects in its history – Montreign Casino and Veria Healthy Lifestyle – nearing completion, but the attitude across Sullivan County is trending positive.
“It’s an incredible feeling of pride which people are feeling,” Paty said. “Our First Friday Breakfast [in January] had 90 people attend and it has stayed consistent the last two months.
“We are very excited about that,” she said. “We want to carry that momentum forward.”
And one of the ways which the chamber is looking to the future is by working on a new Strategic Plan.
“Our board wants to make sure we are addressing the needs [of our business community],” Paty said.
And with 475 members, Paty said membership is very steady and “we have a great retention rate.” One of the services the Chamber is providing is publishing a new Chamber Relocation Guide, which is due out this month.
The guide will highlight all 15 townships, all the public and private schools as well as business listings, attractions, tourism information and a membership list.
“The next five years is going to be very critical [for Sullivan County’s future],” she said. “We need everyone working in unison to market our county as a whole. The Sullivan County Visitors Assn. (SCVA) has been excellent [in marketing Sullivan County] but that message needs to be carried through by businesses and government.”
One way the chamber is helping is by co-sponsoring a Hospitality Training course with the SCVA and BOCES.
“We need businesses to embrace hospitality and we are having a kickoff on April 25 at Bernie’s to launch our newly-branded hospitality course,” she said.
Another event on the Chamber’s calendar is Channel Your Inner Hollywood, a major fundraiser planned for Saturday, April 22 The event will be
held at the Monticello Motor Club and guests can dress up as their favorite actor or icon.
“I’m going as a singing star,” Paty said. “I’m going to be ‘the vivacious
All kidding aside, Paty is a renowned singer who might even belt out a few tunes, given the right coaxing.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun with entertainment by Party Master,” she said. “There will be photo opportunities, table games, dancing and delicious hors d’ouevres and dinner.
Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple and are still available by calling 791-4200.