“Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) isCharles photo extremely happy to announce that Harrington native Charles Rudelitch will begin as our new executive director May 2, 2014,” said Council Chair Shirley Erickson. “Charles brings energy, enthusiasm, a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Washington County’s economy, and a commitment to working with businesses, communities and nonprofits to strengthen our economy from the ground up.”

Rudelitch, who interned with SCEC during the late 1990s and served on the Council’s Board in the early 2000s, has served as a Staff Attorney at Pine Tree Legal in Hancock and Washington counties since 2009.

“I grew up in Washington County, and I love this place like I love my family,” he said.  “Still, my life and the lives of my friends and family have been impacted by the limited economic opportunities here.  My work at Pine Tree Legal has shown me that people all over the county face the same or greater challenges.  SCEC is at the forefront in working to improve the economy here.  I am honored to be part of SCEC and look forward to continuing the work to make Washington County a place where anyone who works hard can make a financially secure life for themselves and their family.”

Rudelitch earned degrees in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University; Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine; as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Brighton, Fort Kent, and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Erickson concluded by thanking the Council’s search committee for its work over the past three months.

“Mark Green, Susan Corbett, and Tina Erskine put in some long hours, narrowing the field, interviewing candidates, and ultimately recommending Charles for this position,” she said. “The Board thanks them for their commitment, and dedication to finding SCEC’s next leader.”

For more information about SCEC, visit www.www.scecme.org.

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