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Carlisle PA – Ben J. Laudermilch, MPA, has been named executive director of the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. Laudermilch joined the Authorities in 2007 as a mental health specialist working in the Authorities’ housing programs and developing the Cumberland County five-year mental health housing plan as well as the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. In late 2010, he was named deputy executive director and at the same time continued his duties as the special needs housing director.
Overseeing a budget of $2.9-million and a staff of 58 employees, Laudermilch will continue implementation of the organization’s first long-term strategic plan—a blueprint developed during a time of particularly challenging federal budget cut-backs and while the demands for housing, community and economic development have significantly increased.
“Although funding for housing and economic development projects has been cut at the state and federal levels in recent years,” Laudermilch explained, “we continue to work diligently to improve the impact of the projects we engage in. We have a blueprint to succeed and I am cautiously optimistic about the caliber of future projects and our ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve, whether we are supporting a new business or housing persons with disabilities.”
The Hummelstown native will direct day-to-day operations and regulatory compliance of the Authorities, its facilities, projects and initiatives. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a bachelor of arts degree, and a 2011 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in public administration.
He and his wife Claudia Petruccio have two children, Olivia and Nathaniel.