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County appoints new Economic Development Authority Director and reappoints another


August 9, 2011






Russell Seymour, Secretary Economic Development Authority of James City County



Tim Harris has been appointed to the James City County Economic Development Authority (EDA).  The appointment was made at the June 14 Board of Supervisors meeting.


Harris is Vice President of Tienda, Inc., which was founded in 1996 in James City County and has since continually grown and now offers more than 700 products from Spain. Harris brings a wealth of business and entrepreneurial knowledge to the EDA.  A graduate of the College of William & Mary, Harris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.


Harris is involved with the Rural Economic Development Committee, a subcommittee of the EDA. He is also a part of the College of William and Mary’s Technology and Business Center’s CEO Forum, which is a forum for CEOs of local technology and knowledge-based companies. The forums provide opportunities to share challenges and opportunities in a confidential setting. Harris’ company, La Tienda, is also involved in the local community aiding the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center, Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and other educational or food-related charities. La Tienda won the 2010 Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education.


Leanne DuBois has been reappointed for a second term on the EDA.  DuBois has been a vital force in rural economic development during her first term with the EDA. She is a Marketing Manager for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and works with the Virginia Grown Program. DuBois received her B.S. in Technical Horticulture with a business minor from Eastern Kentucky University and completed her Master’s Degree at Virginia Tech. 


The James City County EDA is a seven-member volunteer 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.



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