9th Annual Economic Outlook Summit - Friday, May 13, 2022

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions - Pocono - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Poconos: Innovation and Opportunity

The Economic Outlook Summit will be hosted by Kenneth Long, Interim President of East Stroudsburg University. This year’s theme is The Poconos: Innovation and Opportunity and will feature a keynote address on Amtrak’s Vision for Rail Service to the Poconos by Dennis Newman, Amtrak’s Executive Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Accessibility, followed by a panel discussion and questions. Other featured presentations include the Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne County Commissioners who will share what actions they are taking to drive innovation and create opportunities in their respective counties; and Christopher Beadling, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, will provide insights on the impact of the pandemic on the real estate market and current real estate trends.

We invite you to join us as a partner of the 2022 Economic Outlook Summit by participating in one of several sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Economic Outlook Summit Annual Entrepreneurship Scholarship which will be awarded to an innovative, and creative undergraduate student who demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset.

Lianna DeSantis, ESU Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, is coordinating the sponsorships for this year’s event. She can be reached at (570) 422-3179 or by email at ldesantis1@esu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in person at this event!

Dennis Newman
Keynote speaker Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility for Amtrak

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions - Pocono - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Poconos: Innovation and Opportunity

The Economic Outlook Summit will be hosted by Kenneth Long, Interim President of East Stroudsburg University. This year’s theme is The Poconos: Innovation and Opportunity and will feature a keynote address on Amtrak’s Vision for Rail Service to the Poconos by Dennis Newman, Amtrak’s Executive Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Accessibility, followed by a panel discussion and questions. Other featured presentations include the Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne County Commissioners who will share what actions they are taking to drive innovation and create opportunities in their respective counties; and Christopher Beadling, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, will provide insights on the impact of the pandemic on the real estate market and current real estate trends.

We invite you to join us as a partner of the 2022 Economic Outlook Summit by participating in one of several sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Economic Outlook Summit Annual Entrepreneurship Scholarship which will be awarded to an innovative, and creative undergraduate student who demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset.

Lianna DeSantis, ESU Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, is coordinating the sponsorships for this year’s event. She can be reached at (570) 422-3179 or by email at ldesantis1@esu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in person at this event!

Summit Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Networking
  • 9:00 a.m. – Poconos: Year in Review Video
  • 9:05 a.m. – Opening Remarks, Kenneth Long, Interim President, ESU
  • 9:10 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility for Amtrak. Amtrak's Vision for Rail Service to the Pocono
  • 9:45 a.m. – Rail Service: Transforming Transportation through the Poconos
    • Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility, Amtrak
    • John Blake, District Director and Economic Development Specialist, Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright
    • Lawrence Malski, President, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority
    • Chris Barrett, President/CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
    • Moderator: Robert Hay, Chair, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority
  • 10:45 a.m. – Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – Pocono Innovation/Opportunity Video
  • 11:05 a.m. – Pocono Innovation and Opportunity Commissioners: Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne County

    What actions are you taking to drive innovation and create opportunities in your county
Moderator: Mary Frances Postupack, Vice President Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, ESU
  • 11:50 a.m. – Christopher Beadling, President, PA Association of Realtors

    The Pandemic’s Impact on Real Estate and Current Real Estate Trends
    • 12:10 p.m. – Pocono Economic Scorecard

      How does the Scorecard data for your county influence your economic development strategies?
    • Carbon: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation
    • Monroe: Chuck Leonard, Executive Director, Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation
    • Pike: Michael Sullivan, Executive Director, Pike County Economic Development Authority
    • Wayne: Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director, Wayne Economic Development Corporation
    • Moderator: Jeffrey Box, President and CEO Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
  • 12:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks: Kenneth Long, ESU Interim President
Dennis Newman
Keynote speaker Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility for Amtrak

Summit Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Networking
  • 9:00 a.m. – Poconos: Year in Review Video
  • 9:05 a.m. – Opening Remarks, Kenneth Long, Interim President, ESU
  • 9:10 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility for Amtrak. Amtrak's Vision for Rail Service to the Pocono
  • 9:45 a.m. – Rail Service: Transforming Transportation through the Poconos
    • Dennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Accessibility, Amtrak
    • John Blake, District Director and Economic Development Specialist, Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright
    • Lawrence Malski, President, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority
    • Chris Barrett, President/CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
    • Moderator: Robert Hay, Chair, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority
  • 10:45 a.m. – Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – Pocono Innovation/Opportunity Video
  • 11:05 a.m. – Pocono Innovation and Opportunity Commissioners: Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne County

    What actions are you taking to drive innovation and create opportunities in your county
Moderator: Mary Frances Postupack, Vice President Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, ESU
  • 11:50 a.m. – Christopher Beadling, President, PA Association of Realtors

    The Pandemic’s Impact on Real Estate and Current Real Estate Trends
    • 12:10 p.m. – Pocono Economic Scorecard

      How does the Scorecard data for your county influence your economic development strategies?
    • Carbon: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation
    • Monroe: Chuck Leonard, Executive Director, Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation
    • Pike: Michael Sullivan, Executive Director, Pike County Economic Development Authority
    • Wayne: Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director, Wayne Economic Development Corporation
    • Moderator: Jeffrey Box, President and CEO Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
  • 12:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks: Kenneth Long, ESU Interim President

Poconos: Four County Region - Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne

For assistance or special accommodations, please contact mpostupack@esu.edu or (570) 422-7920. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, services for physical, cognitive, visual or auditory assistance.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
East Stroudsburg University
(570) 422-7920
mpostupack@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
ESU Innovation Center
Phone:
(570) 422-7920
Fax:
(570) 422-7951 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
Name
Phone:
(570) 422-7920