REDC has found its new executive director. At a meeting on Tuesday, the REDC board of directors voted unanimously to name Tyler Richardson to serve in the role.
Richardson has been with the organization since January 2016 when he was hired as assistant director. In May, Richardson was appointed to the role of interim executive director.
“As assistant director, Tyler has been with REDC since we reorganized and broadened our mission and vision, and he has been an integral part of REDC’s revitalization,” said John Russell III, president of the REDC board. “His willingness and ability to promptly assume the interim position allowed the board the time we needed to thoughtfully consider our next steps. But it quickly became clear we did not have to look far to find the right person to lead the organization.”
Richardson helped guide a redirection of the organization that sought to retain a focus on supporting our largest employers while broadening efforts to support, expand, and recruit smaller businesses and talent to the region. An emphasis on growing the population of the region to address workforce challenges became a defining, emergent theme.
“I was fortunate to join the REDC team at a time when the board of directors was putting into action a redefined approach to economic development in our region,” Richardson said. “Their work, alongside multiple community partners, has resulted in many exciting initiatives and forged new collaborations that continue to advance the community. I feel privileged to be able to continue this work in a new role.”
Since arriving in Rutland in 2015, Richardson has been an active member of the community. He currently serves on the board of directors for Community Capital of Vermont, the Rutland Area Food Co-Op, the Stafford Regional Advisory Board, and as secretary of the Rutland Airport Business Park Association. Richardson has been actively involved with the Rutland Young Professionals as a board member and committee volunteer, and has been a member of the planning committee for the annual statewide Young Professionals Summit of Vermont since its inception.
“There is so much momentum and positive energy in our region, and Tyler mirrors that energy,” Russell said. “REDC has never been stronger, we have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us, and we’re excited as we take this next step into the future.”