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Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Departing

Release Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Release Number: 
Christopher Hatch|

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week the departure of acting SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator (RA) Steve Bulger. In this role, Bulger was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s programs, financial assistance, and business development initiatives supporting entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, the D.C. Metro Area, Maryland, and Delaware. Bulger leaves to take on the role of Administrator for Saratoga County, NY, having recently been appointed by the Board of Supervisors there.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Administration and the small businesses we’ve helped survive and thrive,” said Bulger. “I am especially proud of the tremendous effort our SBA Mid-Atlantic team has put forth in guiding the businesses we serve through some of the most difficult times in recent memory. These amazing men and women have given their all to implement the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and disaster relief efforts during near-impossible conditions – putting in extra hours and often virtually holding the hands of small business owners as they navigated the process.”

Bulger, a White House appointee who took over as SBA’s acting Mid-Atlantic RA in October 2019, also led the agency’s Atlantic Region, overseeing operations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. His interim replacement in the Mid-Atlantic area is John Fleming, SBA’s Delaware district director. Fleming is a 28-year veteran of the agency and served as Bulger’s right hand during his appointment as acting RA.

“Steve will be sorely missed,” Fleming said. “He took over as acting RA at a crucial time for the Mid-Atlantic Region and was instrumental in empowering our teams to be proactive and efficient in implementing the PPP. Thanks to his thoughtful leadership, he leaves us ready and able to assist small businesses with the next round of assistance.”

Bulger’s last day with SBA was Friday, Jan 8, 2021. He begins his County Administrator position Monday, Jan 11, 2021.