Michael J. DiTullo has resigned his position as president & CEO of Rockland Economic Development C to accept the role of Economic Development Director in Brunswick County, North Carolina and the REDC Board has named Richard M. Struck as interim president & CEO, the REDC announced recently.
REDC is the economic development contract agency for Rockland County, charged with attracting, retaining and expanding businesses within the County. Under Mr. DiTullo’s leadership, the REDC has helped secure over 2,500 new jobs since he became its leader in April 2012. His work included attracting 15 major new businesses, occupying over 2 million square feet of industrial and office space.
Mr. DiTullo said, “It has been my honor to lead Rockland Economic Development Corporation for nearly four years. REDC’s mission to promote Rockland’s economy and foster the attraction of private-sector investment and jobs is imperative to the economic resurgence of the County. The Board of Directors, business community and county government are all supportive of the mission as we all work together to create wealth and enhance quality of life.” He went on to say, “the team at REDC is dedicated and works hard every day to realize its mission and goals. The board acted swiftly to retain an interim president. Rick Struck, the former director of Economic Development at O&R has vast experience and expertise in economic development and is highly regarded in the Rockland community. REDC is in good hands and is poised to continue its successful economic developments for years to come.”
Mr. Struck served for many years as director of Economic Development for Orange & Rockland Utilities, a close working partner with the REDC. Struck recently completed a term on the Rockland Industrial Development Agency (IDA). He is a past member of the Rockland Business Association (RBA) and Pattern for Progress, and a past chairman of the Rockland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC).
REDC Chair Sandra Grannum said, “The board wishes Mike the best in his new endeavor and is confident that REDC and its mission is in experienced and able hands with Rick as the board undertakes its search for a permanent president & CEO.”