A new dawn for Pike County Chamber of Commerce

Straight-talking Sullivan, new executive director, outlines changes to boost region’s economy
By Beth Brelje Pocono Record Published: 2:00 AM – 03/24/12
Pike County’s newest executive, straight-talking Michael Sullivan, might be the voice of reality that county businesses have needed. Sullivan, 65, was hired last month to lead the Pike County Economic Development Authority and the Pike Chamber of Commerce. The two groups have formed the Pike County Economic Alliance, made up of representatives from both. Sullivan is executive director of the alliance. He’s had an earful in his first few weeks on the job. “I’ve met with critics and supporters of this chamber. Some say ‘You’re not doing enough,'” he said. He promises the operation will change substantially. “The economy has wreaked havoc on most businesses in Pike County,” Sullivan said. “The root of the criticism is money is tight, and they had expectations that the chamber was going to help them.” Can the chamber really help local business thrive? “You betcha, the chamber can help!” Sullivan said. “We are going to be what people expect of us.” Sullivan draws on a diverse background in economic development. He’s the former head of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. He was most recently tasked with selling the Middletown and Goshen campuses of Orange Regional Medical Center following the construction of its new hospital.