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Yavapai College names new director of Regional Economic Development Center

Richard Hernandez, pictured in November of 2017, is the director of Yavapai College’s Regional Economic Development Center. In responding to survey findings released in 2018, showing significant investment in the Prescott area, he said, “Outside investments into our county can be an indicator of the investors’ appreciation of Yavapai County’s unique potential and diverse opportunities. They can also be mission-related investments, having the potential to change and improve the existing landscape and provide additional opportunities for our communities. I believe Yavapai County has the talent to grow and evolve while still maintaining our rich history and the quality of life we all love so much.” (Courtesy)

Richard Hernandez, pictured in November of 2017, is the director of Yavapai College’s Regional Economic Development Center. In responding to survey findings released in 2018, showing significant investment in the Prescott area, he said, “Outside investments into our county can be an indicator of the investors’ appreciation of Yavapai County’s unique potential and diverse opportunities. They can also be mission-related investments, having the potential to change and improve the existing landscape and provide additional opportunities for our communities. I believe Yavapai County has the talent to grow and evolve while still maintaining our rich history and the quality of life we all love so much.” (Courtesy)

Yavapai College has appointed Richard Hernandez as the new director of the Regional Economic Development Center (REDC). Hernandez enters the position following his role working at Yavapai College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a business analyst and counselor.

“We’re excited to name Richard the director of the REDC as we continue developing strong ties within the community,” Yavapai College Vice President of Community Relations Rodney Jenkins said. “Richard will advance the REDC’s efforts to assist local businesses and help entrepreneurs throughout Yavapai County succeed.”

Prior to his position at Yavapai College, Hernandez worked at United Parcel Service for more than 30 years, where his responsibilities included public relations, operational marketing management, and corporate training and development.

“Working with the SBDC/REDC here at Yavapai College has allowed me to develop relationships with our community partners,” Hernandez said. “We have the good fortune to collaborate with some amazing, dedicated people and organizations.”

The REDC, located Yavapai College’s Prescott campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., provides various analytic and economic services to promote economic development in areas such as corporate and industry skills

training; workforce analysis; internships and apprenticeships; and business attraction, expansion, and retention.

To learn more about what the REDC can do to serve employers and job seekers, visit www.yc.edu/redc or call 928-776-2008.