Michael J. DiTullo will officially join the Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) as its new president and CEO, effective April 2, the REDC board announced this week. DiTullo replaces Ronald Hicks, who was recently appointed as deputy commissioner for strategic planning and economic development in Dutchess County.
Chosen from a pool of more than 90 candidates, DiTullo will be responsible for providing leadership for the organization by developing a focused strategy consistent with REDC’s mission to enhance Rockland County’s economic vitality. This strategy encourages and facilitates regional, national and international businesses to locate, remain and grow in the county. Established in 1987, REDC is a 501-c-3 nonprofit contract agency of the County of Rockland and is governed by a 33-member board of directors.
A former president and CEO of Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress and the Orange County Partnership, respectively, DiTullo has a substantial background in economic development including his most recent position, managing director of the Orange County Business Accelerator where he established a high-tech incubator and attracted more than 22 early stage innovators focused in such industries as the life sciences, bio-medical and web-based software development, to name a few. Under his purview, DiTullo filled the Stewart Airport-based incubator to 100 percent capacity in less than 18 months.
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said, “To be effective, we need to constantly seek new and creative avenues in which to aggressively promote our county as we work to bring in new businesses and, at the same time, keep our current business community intact. With Michael’s expertise and experience, we can be assured that this partnership will be a productive one.”
Chairman of the REDC Board of Directors Yassky added, “I am very pleased to bring a person with Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit and high-energy on board as president and CEO. His successful background in economic development and his commitment to business growth in Rockland County will be an invaluable addition to REDC.”
DiTullo said he looks forward to being a proponent for and champion REDC’s efforts to attract business to Rockland County, as well as support the well-being of the current business community. “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work with REDC’s staff, board of directors, and the county executive, to develop, implement and oversee new strategies and existing initiatives that promote business growth in Rockland County,” DiTullo said.