2006-01-06 / Community

Archer Leaves RDRC For Harlem Development Corp.

After seven and a half years of running the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), Executive Director Curtis Archer will be leaving for a new post as President of the prestigious Harlem Community Development Corporation.

Archer, who will leave the Rockaway position on January 20, issued a prepared statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that I am leaving RDRC to take on the position of President of the Harlem Community Development Corporation. While I am immensely excited at this new opportunity and look forward to embracing the challenges my new position will bring, I will miss RDRC enormously.  I will particularly miss my hardworking and committed staff.

“I will miss the Rockaways, which has been a wonderful place to live and work. I have forged some tremendous friendships that I know will endure a lifetime. 

I have enjoyed walking the streets in the community and meeting the diverse people of this wonderful and unique gem of New York City.”

Archer told The Wave that the RDRC would begin its search for a new executive director after a selection committee of the Board of Directors is seated at a January 26 meeting.

He expects that the search process will take some time, although he has already submitted some names to the board.

“I have no regrets about my time in Rockaway,” Archer said. “This has all been about getting the organization on course after a long time of problems. I believe that I have done that as well as ending some of the east-west tension that existed on the peninsula for a long time, especially in the business community.”

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