1. Business Development

By working together, EDC’s member groups are attracting new businesses, while assisting with the retention and expansion for existing ventures. As an example, a collaboration of the Partnership, the IDA and the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) helped attract two regionally-significant developments in the past year—Boreal Water Collections, Inc. and Plastic Technologies of New York, LLC, resulting in 110 manufacturing jobs.

Available resources include shovel-ready sites, like the Emerald Corporate Center and East Broadway Redevelopment Area in Monticello. CWD is a comprehensive business “one-stop” that offers a wide range of services at no cost–from human resources to financial information and tools—to help businesses grow and succeed here. County Planning has launched a study on expanding broadband and cell phone coverage. Efforts like these, plus openness to new ideas and the desire for collaborations, mark the efforts of the EDC to expand and diversify our economic base within the County.

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2. Downtown Revitalization

Sullivan County Government and the other EDC member groups are engaged in ongoing efforts to support and enhance downtown, “Main Street” districts of hamlets and villages across the County. Revolving-loan funds from the County, the Partnership and the IDA have increased access to working capital for entrepreneurs investing and expanding their businesses in Main Street areas. The County has assisted civic groups, towns and villages in applying for state-funded grants that provide funds for property owners in targeted districts, as well as upgrades to municipal water and sewer infrastructure projects, which expand the capacity for development in these districts.

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3. Tourism Development

Tourism in the County is big business, producing over $326 million in local spending, employing more than 4,500 people (for $141 million in labor income) and generating $20 million in local taxes. Spending by second-home owners alone accounts for over $110 million per year. The Sullivan County Catskills offer value and convenience for visitors seeking an escape closer to home, with museums, antiques and boutiques, art, theater, restaurants, world class golf, hiking, biking, lakes, rivers and trout streams. We boast the site of the most legendary rock concert of all time, and, for more years than you can count we’re the place to kick back and relax in a restorative, natural setting.

The Sullivan County Visitors Association is leading efforts in tourism development and coordinating a unified message to market and promote the County. Initiatives include unifying the County’s image and branding campaigns and developing positive PR strategies; working with environmental groups, farmers and local governments to develop an Ag and Eco-Tourism Plan; publishing an Arts and Culture Trail Map; and developing a new Visitors Center at Fort Delaware on the Rte. 97 Scenic Byway. (Check out www.scva.net for more…)

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4. The River Corridor

In preparation for the 2009 Charrette, the Division of Planning proposed a “new geography” for conceiving the County by “economic regions” based on common assets and opportunities that stretched beyond town boundaries. One of these regions – the River Corridor – echoes the unique designations that mark the county’s western border with Pennsylvania: the NYS Route 97/Upper Delaware Scenic Byway and the National Park Service’s Upper Delaware National Recreational and Scenic River. The County and EDC are engaged in several initiatives to support sustainable development in this region, capitalizing on the unique asset of the river, the surrounding landscapes and the resilient communities that line its path.

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5. Agriculture

Strengthening the local farming sector has benefits to the economy as a whole, beyond the direct gains of farmers and the preservation of agricultural land. As a long-term strategy, the County adopted a Farmland Protection Plan in 1998 to ensure that development patterns allow for agriculture to survive. Yet, while the estimated economic impact of agriculture within Sullivan County reaches $246 million, farmers are struggling. In particular, the County’s dairy farmers have been hurt by falling milk prices nationwide. The EDC and its partners are working to address this challenge with initiatives that foster “value-added” production for niche markets and help to diversify the local farming sector.

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6. Land Use & Natural Resource Planning

Several recommendations from the 2009 Charrette involved Land Use & Natural Resource Planning, in order to remove barriers to development. These range from urging greater interface between local Planning Boards and coordinating “user-friendly” zoning across towns, to harnessing opportunities of the Rte. 17/I-86 conversion, to developing our workforce. Others include inventorying natural resources and planning for comprehensive flood mitigation.

By having the County’s Division of Planning and the Workforce Development Board represented on the EDC, government policies are undertaken within the context of supporting economic development, creating jobs and maximizing resources. Some of the recent initiatives within this area are described below. Others include: implementation measures outlined in the County’s Open Space Plan, such as increased development of outdoor recreation and eco-tourism; a Workforce Housing Inventory; and ongoing policy research and public information on potential natural gas development.

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About Sullivan County

Census Profile
An overview of Sullivan County, NY

Sullivan County Government
Our local government

Meeting Schedule

Current EDC Projects

Reporting Documentation

Site Map

Business Resources

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

County of Sullivan IDA

Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development

Sullivan County Visitors Association
800-882-2287 or 845-747-4449

Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development

Sullivan County Planning & Environmental Management

Sullivan SCORE

Sullivan Works One Stop Center

Sullivan County Govt. Directory

Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center

Empire State Development
845-567-4882 (Mid-Hudson Region)

Professional Business Groups

Sullivan County Bar Association

Sullivan County Board of Realtors

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Sullivan County Visitors Association
800-882-2287 or 845-747-4449