Starting April 2, there will be a new face as the president and CEO of REDC—Rockland Economic Development Corporation.
Board of Directors Chairman Steven M. Yassky announced on Monday Michael J. DiTullo will replace the current president and CEO Ronald Hicks, who was recently appointed as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Economic Development in Dutchess County.
“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,” said DiTullo.
DiTullo beat out 90 candidates and will be responsible for leadingthe organization and developing a strategy to bring in businesses to Rockland County, as well as help maintain and grow current businesses.
REDC was established in 1987 and is a 501-c-3 nonprofit contract agency of Rockland governed by a 33-member Board of Directors.
“I am very pleased to bring a person with Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit and high-energy on board as President and CEO,” said Yassky. “His successful background in economic development and his commitment to business growth in Rockland County will be an invaluable addition to REDC.”
Here’s a glance at what DiTullo has achieved in the past:
CEO of the Orange County Partnership
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. Under his purview, DiTullo filled the Stewart Airport-based incubator to 100% capacity in less than 18 months.
"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,” said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef “With Michael’s expertise and experience, we can be assured that this partnership will be a productive one.”
REDC focuses on building Rockland's economy by creating and attracting new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses to stimulate job growth as a way of improving the quality of life in Rockland County. Its role is to coordinate the operations of economic development programs and services for business and industry in Rockland County.
REDC provides access to economic development financing incentives, marketing, technical assistance, government contracting programs, information and referrals. Additionally, it houses the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a Small Business Center (SBC), the Rockland County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Rockland County Economic Assistance Corporation (RCEAC), which operate independently under Steven Porath, Executive Director, and provides counseling space for the Rockland County chapter of SCORE.
Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) is a 501c3 not-for-profit contract agency of the County of Rockland. Programs and services are made possible with financial support from the County of Rockland, the U.S. Department of Defense, corporate grants and private sector contributions. REDC's mission is to promote the economy in Rockland County by fostering the creation and attraction of new business and the retention and expansion of existing business to stimulate job opportunities to improve the quality of life in Rockland County.
To learn more about REDC and its programs and services, call 845-735-7040.
Editor’s Note: This information was provided by REDC