Promoting empty business park

Sullivan explained how small retailers can grow their businesses by developing an Internet clientele. It is something he talks about often and the subject of seminars he is leading. “Critics are also perceiving that we are losing economic activity in Pike County,” Sullivan said. The chamber has adopted a vigorous economic development plan. There will be outreach to recruit businesses to the area and to the empty business park in Blooming Grove. “We’re under substantial pressure to aggressively market the business park so it is not a strain on county finances,” Sullivan said. The park will be introduced to industrial brokers who can earn a commission from a sale. Sullivan will solicit people with high net worth and a known interest in real estate. And he will actively seek selected companies that don’t need a lot of infrastructure — such as order-fulfillment houses, similar to Amazon.com.