New Windsor man named Rockland IDA exec
Effective March 1, the Rockland County Industrial Development Agency appointed Steven Porath its new Executive Director. Porath, born and raised in New Windsor, is replacing Ronald Hicks, who now serves as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Economic Development in Dutchess County. Since 2003, Porath was responsible for creating and retaining jobs as the Director of Economic Development for the Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), as well as developing, implementing, and overseeing new and existing programs that promote business growth in the county. His accomplishments also include establishing and administering Rockland County’s Empire Zone Program from 2006-2010.
Eric Dranoff, Esq., Chairman of the Rockland County IDA said of Porath’s new position, “This is a vital role when it comes to developing a variety of strategies, initiatives and alliances that promote business growth in Rockland County. Steve’s proven track record and successful background in economic development is a welcome and invaluable asset to the IDA.” Rockland County Executive, C. Scott Vanderhoef added, "Rockland County's IDA deserves praise for ensuring its financial incentives facilitate economic development in Rockland. With Mr. Porath as its new executive director, the IDA will continue its commitment to react quickly and effectively to ensure that businesses know that the IDA can offer tax benefits associated to a company’s decision to relocate or expand in Rockland County.”