PEARL RIVER, N.Y. -- Richard Struck will be the president and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), after serving as interim president since October 2015.
Struck, who has guided the corporation with a steady hand and an emphasis on collaborative partnerships, says he's honored to take the helm.
"Collaboration is my goal," said Struck. "It's important to make sure Rockland is marketed as best we can."
In recent months, Struck has been an integral player in the sale of 2 million square feet of light industrial space from Pfizer to Industrial Realty Group, an Ohio firm that will be leasing the space on the Pearl River campus.
"This is a real win for Rockland," said Struck. "This group has tremendous experience in re-positioning former industrial properties."
REDC works closely with County Executive Ed Day's Office of Economic Growth, the County Legislature, local officials, Rockland IDA, RBA, O&R, Empire State Development and other key resources.
For 18 months before Struck joined REDC, he tried retirement, but, he says with an easy laugh, he "flunked at it." Struck says he missed the work.
A native of New Jersey, Struck served for nearly 30 years as Director of Economic Development for Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. He and and his Jeanne live in Pearl River.
During his O&R tenure, Struck was a key player in regional economic development. He helped attract or expand over 150 businesses which created 18,000 new jobs, filled 16 million square feet of industrial and office space, and added over $24 million in annual business tax ratables throughout O&R’s three-state, six-county service territory.
REDC Board Chairman Stephen A. Coyle said, "Rick Struck has provided REDC with great energy, insight and stability during his five 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."
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