Struck Named President and CEO of REDC

Real Estate In-Depth | March 2016

REDC Leader to Appear at CID Event on April 14

Richard Struck, President and CEO Rockland EDC
Richard Struck, President and CEO Rockland EDC

PEARL RIVER—As expected, Richard Struck officially got the “interim” removed from his job title. The Board of Directors of Rockland Economic Development Corporation announced on March 29th that Struck was officially appointed its new President and CEO.

Struck, a resident of Pearl River, has served as Interim President since October 2015, replacing former President and CEO Michael DiTullo. Prior to his tenure at REDC, he previously served for nearly 30 years as director of economic development for Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Struck, along with economic development colleagues from Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties will make up an Economic Development Roundtable that will be featured at the April 14th meeting of the HGAR Commercial Investment Division. The session, which will begin promptly at 10 a.m., will be the first CID program to be held at HGAR’s new headquarters location at The Source at White Plains, One Maple Ave. The new offices are located on the third floor. For further information, click here to register to attend the free event, or contact Leah Warncke at HGAR at (914) 681-0833.

REDC Board Chairman Stephen A. Coyle said, “Rick Struck has provided REDC with great energy, insight and stability during his 5 months as Interim leader of the organization. We look forward to Rick continuing his collaborative, focused style of leadership. His dedication to the task and his firm roots in Rockland County should help yield positive economic development results for the county.”

During his O&R tenure, Struck was a key player in regional economic development. He helped attract or expand more than150 businesses that created 18,000 new jobs, filled 16 million square feet of industrial and office space and added more than $24 million in annual business tax ratables throughout O&R’s three- state, six-county service territory.

“I am excited to take on the challenge of improving the Rockland economy,” Struck said. “Rockland needs a united front to bring new businesses and jobs here, in a very competitive metro New York region. REDC will work closely with County Executive Ed Day, his Office of Economic Growth, the County Legislature, local officials, the Rockland IDA, RBA, O&R, Empire State Development and other key resources to attract positive attention to Rockland County. We have a great pro-business team in Rockland and together we can make a great future for the people and businesses here,” Struck said.

Struck’s business and community service includes serving over the years on the Boards of Directors of the Rockland Business Association, the Workforce Investment Board, the Rockland Industrial Development Agency, the Rockland Center for the Arts, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and several other local, regional and statewide organizations. Struck received a BA degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He and his wife Jeanne have lived in Pearl River for more than 30 years.

REDC focuses on building Rockland’s economy by creating and attracting new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses to stimulate job growth. Its role is to coordinate local resources and the delivery of economic development services. Additionally, it houses the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) that assists area businesses in obtaining government procurement contracts.