Former Meade commander to lead Arundel economic development

Army Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who recently finished a tour as commander of Fort George G. Meade, will be the new president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., County Executive Laura Neuman announced Monday.

Rothstein, who is preparing to retire from the military, will take over the job Nov. 1.

As the head of the economic development corporation, Rothstein will be charged with promoting Anne Arundel County as a good place to do business.

In a statement, Neuman said Rothstein has a "well-earned reputation as a connector" and she expects him to be a "dynamic link" between businesses and the county's zoning and permitting officials.

The economic development corporation had been led in recent months on an interim basis by Mary Burkholder, who replaced Robert Hannon, who held the job for six years. Burkholder will stay on as executive vice president.

Rothstein spent 30 years in the military, the last two as garrison commander at Fort Meade, where he oversaw growth at the installation due to the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Much of his career has been in intelligence, and he has served in Afghanistan and Germany. Rothstein holds a bachelor's degree in education from Lock Haven State University, a master's degree in human resources from Webster University and a master's degree in national resource management from the National Defense University.

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