Former Fort Meade Commander Col. Edward Rothstein has been named the next CEO of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp.
Rothstein, who recently finish a two-year stint at Fort Meade and is expected to retire from the U.S. Army, will take over the job in November. His appointment was announced Monday by County Executive Laura Newman.
“Anne Arundel County has an important distinction as home to more than 50,000 small and large businesses and government agencies, including the National Security Agency and Fort Meade,” Neuman said in a press release. “I am relying on Col. Rothstein to assist our businesses that do work with the government and the military."
Neuman touted Rothstein's "well-earned reputation as a connector" and said he would be asked to improve the link between the business community and county's planning office.
Rothstein said he hoped to take advantage of the relationships he built up during his time at Fort Meade.
"It is my intent to approach this position with as much enthusiasm as I did with the Fort Meade community, using what I have learned by being in the uniform over the past 30 [plus] years and through the relationships built in this region and, specifically, with Anne Arundel County," he said.
Rothstein takes over for Robert Hannon, who stepped down from the AAEDC earlier this year. Mary Burkholder, who has served as interim CEO, will serve as executive vice president.