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[FERNDALE] – What brought you to Sullivan County and why do you stay? How would you describe Sullivan County to someone thinking of moving or opening a business here? How do you learn about happenings in other parts of the county?
The public is invited to be part of a focus group to talk about “What inspires you about Sullivan County” hosted by Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Division of Planning and the newly-formed Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.
For years people have expressed thoughts on the assets and needs of Sullivan. Many are proud to say what makes our area unique and attractive. Others move through the community with varying levels of understanding of the county and who their neighbors are. All of this relates to “internal” and “external” marketing; what we know and think about our community and how we market it to others.
These are key areas that were identified by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international tourism and economic development expert who visited Sullivan County earlier this year. To address specific ideas, Dr. Tarlow urged the EDC to name four sub-committees: hotel development, marketing and tourism, education and training, and community planning. The committees are co-chaired by professionals within the topic area and are made up of diverse members from throughout Sullivan County.
The September 7th focus group is an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with the group charged with advancing economic development. The discussion will be moderated by Sullivan County Planning Commissioner Luiz Aragon and facilitated by members of the marketing committees.
This discussion is open to the public but space is limited. Refreshments will be served. To participate, contact 845-295-2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the work of the EDC, go to http://www.catskillsedc.com/.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS.