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September 20, 2014
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Tourism in the age of casinos; The challenge of retaining local charm and scenic natural assets


I would argue the long-term sustainability and economic viability of Sullivan County depends upon our communities working together to shape new development and tourism infrastructure around these resorts in an aesthetically pleasing manner, which complements rather than detracts from the natural scenic beauty of Sullivan County.

We have a unique opportunity to differentiate ourselves from nearby competition in the Poconos and Atlantic City, by shaping the built environment around our resorts that is first class.

Now is the time for smart development in Sullivan County.

Bottom line: In our new era of economic development, visitors who enter Sullivan County in the future should have a sense that they are entering a unique environment where new economic development harmonizes with the natural exquisiteness of our region.

If we provide that experience, we will not only draw visitors who come to our resorts, but also attract other companies and residents who want to locate in an area that offers such a high quality of life.