Charles County Names New Director of Economic Development

LA PLATA, Md. (July 23, 2008)—The Charles County Commissioners on Wednesday announced the appointment of George L. Robertson as Director of Economic Development. Robertson will assume his position with Charles County Government on Monday, August 4, 2008.

Robertson replaces John Reardon who left on October 3, 2007 in order to take a position with The Facchina Companies in La Plata. Marcia Keeth performed as the acting director after Reardon's departure.

According to a press release from the County government, since 2006 Robertson served as the first Chief Executive Officer of Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP) in an 11-parish economic development organization in Alexandria, Louisiana. In this role, Mr. Robertson developed and implemented numerous programs to address existing workforce issues in the small, urban centers, small towns, and rural areas of Central Louisiana.

From 1985-2005, Mr. Robertson was President of Schenectady Economic Development Corporation in New York.

Prior to his work with the Schenectady Economic Development Corporation, Mr. Robertson was employed with the Governor's Office in South Dakota as the Director of Economic Development. He also performed as President of an independent research company and Vice President of an inter-city bus company.

“His qualifications fit our needs perfectly,” said County Commissioner President Wayne Cooper. “We look forward to the fresh ideas and perspectives that Mr. Robertson will bring to our County's economic development department.”

“The people and assets of Charles County are very impressive,” Mr. Robertson stated. “The County has made a lot of progress and I look forward to working with the Commissioners and County Administrator in exploring and implementing creative economic development solutions to the fast changing economic environment of the twenty-first century.”

Mr. Robertson attended Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota, with a dual major in Theology and Communication Arts. He is a past member of the Northeastern Economic Development Association, past Board member of the Mid-America Economic Development Association, past Chairman of the New York State Economic Development Council, and founding President of the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation. He is also on the faculty of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and CETYS Universidad in Ensenada, Mexico.

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