I was selected last evening by the Mount Pocono Borough Council to fill the remainder of Fred Courtright’s term. It truly has been a humbling experience, and first and foremost, I thank our the people of Mount Pocono and our Council for the confidence and trust you’ve shown in me. I also thank Fred Courtright for his service and dedication to our Borough and wish him and his family the best in Florida.
By way of introduction, I moved to Mount Pocono a little under two years ago. I grew up in Perry County, Pennsylvania, a small farm community near Harrisburg and Carlisle. I studied neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and then moved to New York City to work in science book publishing. My career has required that I be an ideas person and that I advocate to make those ideas happen.
I have a host of ideas for our Borough, all with the focus of revitalizing our downtown, our Borough, and our local economy. I view my new role as mayor as an ambassador and advocate for ideas to bring in new business and revitalize local business and community.
I want to accomplish a lot. I want to turn Mount Pocono into a destination again. I want to bring about a bustling mountain ski and resort village – a walkable downtown with cafés, artsy shops, and unique local businesses. I want to attract an artist community. All of this will grow and develop the Borough with a focus on quality of life. A vibrant downtown will attract both locals and tourists (from resorts and elsewhere) and will revitalize our economy. I plan to promote the grand name and history of Mount Pocono to bring about this change.
In the one day I’ve been mayor, I have been so encouraged by the feedback and enthusiasm I’ve received. I’ll certainly need your help. In the days and weeks to come, I will make myself available for open office hours for any and all to walk in and discuss their ideas and concerns. I’ll lay out my thoughts and hope for your ideas and feedback.
You have my commitment that I’ll do my best, and I hope to make you proud as your mayor!
— Mike Penn