Rising Leaders learn about Economic Development in the Pocono Region


East Stroudsburg, PA – On January 19, 2011 the Leadership Pocono Class of 2011 had its fifth session at the new East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Leading members of the community were present at this session to educate the students on the Economic Growth and Development Plan in our region

The class was educated on current economic development projects in our area, tourism and the economic impact in the four counties, the impact of entrepreneurship on regional economic development, job creation and academic programs, and the role that education plays in the economic development in our region. Robert Phillips, President/CEO of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce told the class, “Small companies will be the back bone of this country’s economic recovery.”

Presenters included Robert Phillips CEO of The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce; Charles Leonard Executive Director and Michelle Bisbing Vice President of Marketing with The Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation; Carl Wilgus President and CEO of The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau; Mary Frances Postupack Vice President  of Economic Development and Research Support at East Stroudsburg University; Sharon Glasco Manager, Business Accelerator at East Stroudsburg University; Brian Pedone, Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at East Stroudsburg University; David Ng and David Kittredge Co-founders of Financial Footprint, LLC; David Shaffer of The Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government; Matt Connell of Northampton Community College;  John Casella of Careerlink and Tim Rushton of The Monroe Career and Technical Institute.

Leadership Pocono is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Pocono that was established in 1997.  Leadership Pocono provides the identification, development and empowerment of excellence in business, personal and community leadership.  A learning experience like no other, where those who shape our community tomorrow develop leadership skills from those who are doing it today.   Over 165 individuals have successfully completed this intensive program and are contributing to the communities they live and work in.  For more information, visit the Leadership Pocono website at www.LeadershipPocono.org

Photo Caption:  Chuck Leonard of the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation