PEARL RIVER, NY-The Rockland Economic Development Corp. has pegged Ronald Hicks to take over the reigns of the locally based REDC as its president and CEO in early June. Hicks is currently the director of economic development for the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Hicks, a Hudson Valley regional director for New York State’s Empire State Development Corp., replaces Holly Freedman, who announced in January she was stepping down from the post after serving as president and CEO of the REDC for 13 years.

William Helmer, chairman of the REDC Board of Directors, says Hicks bested a pool of more than 35 candidates for the post. Hicks, as economic development director for the City of Fort Lauderdale, established an economic development and real estate office, a Business Improvement District and collaborated with the city’s planning director and private developers on more than $1 billion in new projects.

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