The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. George L. Robertson as Director of Economic Development. Robertson will assume his position with Charles County Government on Monday, August 4.
       
Robertson has nearly 40 years of experience in the field of economic development, holding a number of top-ranking business positions.  Since 2006, he 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, 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, Robertson was President of Schenectady Economic Development Corporation in New York.  Under his leadership the Schenectady community, which had declined from the loss of 20,000 jobs from its major employer, regained all lost jobs and experienced a net increase of 6,000 jobs.  An economy once devastated by layoffs was rebuilt, creating thousands of jobs through expansions of existing business.  Redevelopment of the downtown area also resulted in $100 million of new construction and the rebirth of the Central City.

Prior to his work with the Schenectady Economic Development Corporation, Robertson was employed with the Governor’s Office in South Dakota as the Director of Economic Development.  His tenure as President of an independent research company and Vice President of an inter-city bus company, round out his vast corporate résumé.

“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.”

“With so many areas in the State of Maryland competing to attract new business and tourism, Mr. Robertson’s results-oriented approach to recruitment and retention of business, and workforce development, will undoubtedly help Charles County to leverage innovative and lucrative economic development opportunities,” said Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II.

“The people and assets of Charles County are very impressive,” 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.”      

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.