Chamber News



Newly Formed Pike County Economic Alliance Announced


Posted on November 1st, 2011
The Pike County Economic Development Authority and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the formation of the Pike County Economic Alliance, bringing the two organizations together in a collaborative working enterprise structure.

The formation of the Pike County Economic Alliance was spearheaded by the Alliance Taskforce Committee whose members were appointed by each organization. The Alliance Taskforce Committee conducted an investigation of economic support organizations in comparable counties throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Drawing upon examples of other successful working alliances in these counties, the Committee developed a plan which will focus on Pike Countyís economic stimulus.

The Economic Development Authority is principally charged with bringing new business to the County and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is charged with strengthening existing County business. Each organization will continue to maintain its individual mission, objectives, Board of Directors and Committees.

ďThe Taskforce has done an outstanding job in moving this project forward. We are very excited to see their long hours of research, deliberation and planning come to completion in the formation of the Alliance. This effort will greatly enhance our ability to support the local economy,Ē commented Dave Farrington, Board Chairman of the Economic Development Authority.

As a working alliance, together the organizations will accomplish their shared objectives of utilizing a more efficient use of resources and a united management effort under a joint Executive Director. This alliance will enhance financial efficiencies within each organization, resulting in a stronger economic environment through cost saving benefits.

A search for one Executive Director to head the Alliance and manage both the Chamber and the Economic Development Authority is underway. Job description information may be found on both the Chamberís website www.pikechamber.com and the EDAís website www.edapikepa.org.

FREE Marcellus Shale Seminar


Posted on October 26, 2011
Pike County Economic Development & Chamber of Commerce offer FREE Marcellus Shale Seminar

The Pike County Economic Development Authority and the Pike County Chamber of commerce are pleased to announce a seminar titled “Learn How Your Business Can Profit From Marcellus Shale “presented by Professor of Agriculture and Economics at Penn State University’s Dr. Tim Kelsey Ph. D as he shares his findings from studies he has conducted on the Marcellus Shale Industry from a Business perspective. This is a chance to find out how you & your business can take advantage of the opportunities arising from this industry development in and around our area.

This FREE seminar is being held at the Delaware Valley High School media room on November 15th from 5pm-6:30pm. This is an educational seminar and not an endorsement of the Marcellus Shale Industry. For more information please contact Tammy Savarese 570-296-7332.

Alan Gerry Well Received at Pike Chamber's Signature Event


Posted on October 25, 2011
The over 200 guests who attended the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Signature Event were all ears while listening to the keynote speaker Mr. Alan Gerry. After a lovely meet and greet cocktail party everyone dined in the ball room with a nice dinner while being musically entertained by John Curtin's Gypsy Jazz Quintet.

During coffee and dessert Mr. Gerry gave his presentation on how he started out as a young man and developed the cable industry to what it is today and then sold it. Over the years and continuing through today Mr. Gerry continues to give back to the community by donating to many worthy causes, developing his entrepreneurial endeavors and one of his most notable successes, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Mr. Gerry's right hand man Darrell Supak then stepped up and gave a detailed overview of how Bethel Woods began and what it has grown to today. Mr. Gerry then finished off the presentation with a question and answer session.

Grateful that Mr. Gerry accepted our invitation, the Chamber commissioned local Artist Elisa Ferracane to hand make a one-of-a-kind gift of an etched glass Angel Tree and hand drawing of Mr. Gerry which was presented by Ms. Ferracane and Ed Nikles. Mr. Gerry was humbled and honored and hoped everyone enjoyed the evening.

The Pike County Chamber would like to thank the many generous sponsors who helped make our event so successful - Granite Associates, L.P., Biondo Investment Advisors, Pike County Light & Power, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Dime Bank as Gold Sponsors, Wayne Bank as Silver Sponsor and Dingman Delaware Insurance Agency, McGoey, Hauser & Edsall, Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc., Focus Media, The Harrington House and Grimm Construction as Bronze Sponsors. The following media sponsors include The Milford Journal, Our House/Excursions Magazines & Bold Gold Media. Musical entertainment sponsors were the Hotel Fauchere and Citizens Bank.

The Chamber is hard at work planning another entertaining and educational Signature Event for 2012 and we hope to see more of you there. For more information on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce please visit www.pikechamber.com.








Still Time to Attend Pike Chamberís Signature Event Featuring Alan Gerry


Posted on October 4, 2011
Everyone is welcome to attend the Signature Event for 2011 which is a wonderful dinner with keynote speaker Mr. Alan Gerry, a local businessman and one of the nationís entrepreneurial leaders. Alan Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation ("CVI"). After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation's largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. With over 1.3 million subscribers at year-end 1995, CVI became the 8th largest multiple system operator in the United States.

Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to demands for a greater number of channels and improved reception in areas where off-air television reception was unsatisfactory due to topography or remoteness from broadcast towers. A true cable pioneer, he built his first such "classic" cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, New York, where he still maintains his corporate offices. From this small base, Mr. Gerry's entrepreneurial spirit and vision sparked a period of remarkable growth that resulted in the company's expansion to rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. In the cable financial community, Mr. Gerry was recognized for creating innovative capital structures that enabled the financing of CVI's remarkable growth without accessing the public equity markets. Today, Mr. Gerry continues as one of the nation's entrepreneurial leaders.

The Pike County Chamber is pleased with the outpouring of support provided by the top event sponsors that include the following: Granite Associates, L.P., Biondo Investment Advisors, Pike County Light & Power, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Dime Bank as Gold Sponsors, Wayne Bank as Silver Sponsor and Dingman Delaware Insurance Agency, McGoey, Hauser & Edsall, Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc., Focus Media, The Harrington House and Grimm Construction as Bronze Sponsors. The following media sponsors include The Milford Journal, Our House/Excursions Magazines & Bold Gold Media. Musical entertainment will be John Curtinís Gypsy Jazz Quintet sponsored by the Hotel Fauchere and Citizens Bank.

The Evening will take place at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras on October 12, 2011. Cocktails at 6:00p.m. and a sit down dinner at 7:00p.m. Immediately following dinner, Mr. Gerry will be speaking on a few topics including how he started out as a regular business man and followed his intuition and worked hard to become one of the top entrepreneurs in the country and then came back to his humble beginnings to give back to the community in many ways including one his most notable, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Individual dinners are $65.00 per person so call today to make reservations contact the Chamber office at (570) 296 Ė 8700.

Local Jazz Quintet to Perform at Pike Chamberís Signature Event


Posted on September 16, 2011
John Curtinís Gypsy Jazz Quintet will be the musical entertainment of the evening thanks to local sponsors Hotel Fauchere and Citizens Bank. The Gypsy Jazz Quintet was formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930ís ďhotclubĒ jazz of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and Parisian violinist Stephane Grappelli. This is the high-energy swing music played in the dance halls of Paris from 1934 to 1939. Organized by local guitarist and music arranger John Curtin, the GJQ has performed at music festivals, colleges, jazz clubs and resorts throughout the area.

All are welcome to attend the Signature Event for 2011 which is a wonderful dinner with keynote speaker Mr. Alan Gerry, a local businessman and one of the nationís entrepreneurial leaders. Alan Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation ("CVI"). After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation's largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. With over 1.3 million subscribers at year-end 1995, CVI became the 8th largest multiple system operator in the United States.

Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to demands for a greater number of channels and improved reception in areas where off-air television reception was unsatisfactory due to topography or remoteness from broadcast towers. A true cable pioneer, he built his first such "classic" cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, New York, where he still maintains his corporate offices. From this small base, Mr. Gerry's entrepreneurial spirit and vision sparked a period of remarkable growth that resulted in the company's expansion to rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. In the cable financial community, Mr. Gerry was recognized for creating innovative capital structures that enabled the financing of CVI's remarkable growth without accessing the public equity markets. Today, Mr. Gerry continues as one of the nation's entrepreneurial leaders.

The Pike County Chamber is pleased with the outpouring of support provided by the top event sponsors that include the following: Granite Associates, L.P., Biondo Investment Advisors, Pike County Light & Power, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Dime Bank as Gold Sponsors, Wayne Bank as Silver Sponsor and Dingman Delaware Insurance Agency, McGoey, Hauser & Edsall and Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc. as Bronze Sponsors. The following media sponsors include The Milford Journal, Our House/Excursions Magazines & Bold Gold Media. There are still sponsorship opportunities available to you or your business so please contact us right away.

The Evening will take place at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras on October 12, 2011. Cocktails at 6:00p.m. and a sit down dinner at 7:00p.m. Immediately following dinner, Mr. Gerry will be speaking on a few topics including how he started out as a regular business man and followed his intuition and worked hard to become one of the top entrepreneurs in the country and then came back to his humble beginnings to give back to the community in many ways including one his most notable, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Individual dinners are $65.00 per person or you can take advantage of one of the available Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsorships for the event which includes dinners and advertising in the eventís brochure.

For more information, to become a sponsor or make reservations contact the Chamber office at (570) 296 Ė 8700 or online at www.pikechamber.com.

Alpak Station Marks Second Year in Business!


Posted on September 16, 2011
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate Alpak Station's second year in business with a photo and ribbon cutting. Alpak Station offers custom packing and shipping soultions using UPS, FedEx and Postal services. The retail shipping center, located at 115 Mill Street in the Upper Mill Shops, also provides copying and fax services, unique gifts and private mailbox rentals. The company is scheduled to open its second store in the Hawley Silk Mill in October 2011.

For a complete list of services, call 570-409-8762 or visit the store M-Th 9-5, Fri 9-4m Sat 9-1 or visit www.alpak4u.com.


Pictured from L-R: Arnold Green, John Marino, Roland Edwards, Jr., Brandon Galgan, Dean Stewart VII, Marjorie Marino & Giovanni Greene.

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