REDI Appoints New Executive Director

Rockville Economic Development, Inc. Appoints New Executive Director
Cynthia Stewart Assumes Role as Executive Director of Public-Private Partnership on December 3, 2018.

The Board of Directors of Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is pleased to announce it has selected Cynthia Stewart as its new Executive Director.

Ms. Stewart joins the Rockville-based, public-private partnership after serving as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Coral Springs, Florida—a city with 133,000 residents and more than 1,000 employees. In that role, she helped to manage a $198 million annual budget and had direct responsibility and oversight of the Economic Development Office, Community Development Services, Community Redevelopment Area Operations, Communications and Marketing, as well as other departments.

“After an extensive nationwide executive search, we are excited to fill REDI’s Executive Director position with someone of Ms. Stewart’s caliber,” said Paul Newman, REDI Board Chair. “Her proven experience in creating vibrant downtown spaces, encouraging economic growth, and promoting cultural initiatives will bring fresh energy to continue Rockville’s remarkable strides in these areas. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Stewart to REDI and the great City of Rockville.”

“I am thrilled to begin leadership of such an engaged, influential organization,” said Cynthia Stewart, newly appointed Executive Director of Rockville Economic Development, Inc. “I’m eager to use my experience in community and economic development, public-private partnerships, planning and zoning, commercial real estate development, and other strengths in new and inventive ways to attract, grow, and retain businesses within the City of Rockville.”

Prior to her role as Deputy City Manager for the City of Coral Springs, Ms. Stewart served as Community and Economic Developer for the City of Modesto, California. Her broad responsibilities included economic development, community development, planning and zoning, building, and engineering and road design. She excelled in bringing in new business and fostering business expansion, creating marketing and development plans for city-owned destination assets, overseeing the operation of the Convention and Visitor Bureau, and securing funding and financing for various projects.

She obtained her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, a master of fine art in painting from Towson University, and a bachelor of arts degree in dramatic art/studio art from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Stewart invests in continuous professional development through education offered by the International Economic Development Council and remains active in the profession as a member of many industry-related organizations and frequent speaker.

Cindy will officially join Rockville Economic Development, Inc. on December 3, 2018, and can be reached at (301) 315-8096.

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