County’s Economic Development Authority Forms Rural Economic Development Committee
Date: January 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Keith Taylor, Secretary Economic Development Authority James City County
Contact: Leanne DuBois, Economic Development Authority Director James City County
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) has formed a committee to focus on rural economic development. The committee is chaired by Leanne DuBois, an EDA director since 2007 and a marketing manager for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The purpose of the Rural Economic Development Committee (REDC) is to identify, encourage and promote viable rural economy business opportunities that protect and enhance our working landscapes. REDC’s primary emphasis will be directed towards economic uses of rural area that are generally compatible with the existing land use pattern of these areas, are environmentally sustainable and can be demonstrated to be economically viable.
“The REDC will focus on assessing the opportunity for expansion of agriculture, forestry and ecological based enterprises in the county. Our county is rich in agricultural heritage and natural resources, assets that the committee will highlight in an effort to focus on the economic potential of protecting our rural landscape,” said DuBois.
REDC will hold open meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. Meetings are located in the James City County Office of Economic Development Conference Room at 5308 Discovery Park Blvd., Suite 203, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
Joining DuBois on REDC are various County residents and business owners who each have extensive knowledge and experience in rural economic development and agriculture. REDC members include Bill Apperson, Patrick Duffeler Jr., Tim Harris, Norman Hoffmeyer, Don Hunt, Libbey Oliver, and Debbie Schafer. REDC will also seek advice from local farmers and businesses, County staff, and Farm Bureau Board Members.
The James City County EDA is a seven-member voluntary Board whose members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and serve staggered four-year terms. The Authority's mission is to assist the County and its Office of Economic Development in expanding James City County's business tax and job bases.