By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
The Partnership has positioned the county for regional and national corporate development in our promotional activities. We have welcomed investments from Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Ideal Snacks, Crystal Run Healthcare, ASB Greenworld, We Ship Express, Nonni’s, and many others. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is considered locally investment driven, yet its investment and impact is equal to, or better than large corporate attraction projects. The Partnership looks to identify and assist ancillary businesses now and in to the future as we continue to use the strength of our investors, strategic partners, and the region to work closely with economic development partners to market our comparative advantages and continue to make the case for external investment.
The Partnership is currently focused on attracting businesses that will expand and enhance the existing base of tourism, light manufacturing, distribution, agriculture, and green development industry clusters. Tourism continues to be a leading economic driver in Sullivan County, generating more than $290 million annually. Agriculture is the second largest industry in the county with 382 farms that collectively generate total annual revenue of $78 million. Light manufacturing and distribution continues to grow, maximizing low cost labor, local and state incentives, and relative proximity to the New York metro market. Green development remains a fast growing industry sector with a significant portion of stimulus monies dedicated to green projects across the nation.
Corporate Attraction Site Programs & Services Include:
• Site selection assistance
• Incentive programs
• Demographic analysis
• Permitting assistance
• General facilitation
• Coordination with Industrial Development Agency
• One-stop economic development services