About Joint IDA

The Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia that was founded in 1989 and is funded primarily by Wythe County, the Town of Wytheville, and the Town of Rural Retreat in Virginia.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Wytheville, and Rural Retreat is to initiate, develop, and coordinate industrial and economic development efforts in order to achieve and sustain the optimum quality of life for all citizens of its member jurisdictions.

Strategic Plan

The Joint IDA Board of Directors worked with the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, Wytheville Town Council, and Rural Retreat Town Council to develop a strategic plan during the spring of 2014. It was revised by the Joint IDA staff and board in June of 2016. The Joint IDA is currently undergoing a full review and redevelopment of its strategic plan with the assistance of a consulting firm and input from working partners, area businesses, and member localities.

Download Our Strategic Plan

This organization is the economic development office that serves lead roles in business attraction, business retention and expansion, and small business assistance. We also are a support organization for workforce development, tourism, and downtown development. 


David Manley
Executive Director

John Matthews
Deputy Directory

Jessica DeHart
Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

The JIDA is governed by a Board of Directors that is appointed by the three local governments. The Board of Directors makes major policy decisions and the Executive Director appointed by the board manages day-to-day activities.

David Kause

395 W. Union Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Mr. Kause

Appointed: 2013 (partial term)
Term Expires: Dec. 2023
Representing: Town of Wytheville
Occupation: Transportation Manager, Blue Ridge Gatorade

David Carpenter

255 E. Marshall Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Mr. Carpenter

Appointed: 2015
Term Expires: Dec. 2023
Representing: Wythe County
Occupation: President, Southwest Specialty Heat Treat

Matthew Clarke

585 Stafford Umberger Dr.
Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Mr. Clarke

Appointed: 2017
Term Expires: Dec. 2024
Representing: Wythe County
Occupation: Owner, Clarke Precision Machine

Wesley Mabe
Vice Chairman

350 Whispering Pines Road
Max Meadows, VA 24360
Email Mr. Mabe

Appointed: 2015
Term Expires: Dec. 2022
Representing: Wythe County
Occupation: Logistics Lead, Volvo Trucks

Joseph “Dicky” Morgan

164 Cypress Lane
Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Mr. Morgan

Appointed: 2015
Term Expires: Dec. 2022
Representing: Wythe County
Occupation: Orders Construction

Jeffrey Lucas

885 N. 10th Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Email Mr. Lucas

Appointed: 2021
Term Expires: Dec. 2024
Representing: Town of Wytheville
Occupation: Wythe-Bland Agency Manager, Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance

Michael Cole

192 Sunset Drive
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
Email Mr. Cole

Appointed: 2018 (partial term)
Term Expires: 2022
Representing: Town of Rural Retreat
Occupation: Manager, Rural Retreat Depot

Ex-Officio Members

The Chief Administrative Official of each local government in Wythe County serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Joint IDA Board.

  • Stephen Bear, Wythe County Administrator
  • Brian Freeman, Wytheville Town Manager
  • Jason Childers, Rural Retreat Town Manage


As an independent political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the JIDA is subject to the same rules that govern any public body.  Accordingly, open meetings are held regularly. The public is invited and attendees are given the opportunity to speak during citizens’ time.

The JIDA Board of Directors generally meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 3:00pm in the Town of Wytheville Council Chambers at 150 E. Monroe Street in downtown Wytheville. If you need special accommodations, please contact the office at 276-223-3370.

Authority staff reports to each local governing body, typically at their joint meeting and at others times, as well.

If you have questions about the JIDA or how it operates, please let us know. We also welcome your comments at any time, especially during our monthly meetings.

Upcoming Calendar


  • August 24, 2023
  • September 28, 2023
  • October 26, 2023
  • December 7, 2023


  • January 25, 2024
  • February 22, 2024
  • March 28, 2024
  • April 25, 2024
  • May 23, 2024
  • June 27, 2024

Past Board Meeting Minutes

The meetings are held in the Wytheville Town Council Chambers at 150 E. Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382.

  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 30
  • October 23
  • December 11

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We send an occasional newsletter with information about the growing economy and opportunities for continued growth in Wythe County, Wytheville, and Rural Retreat, Virginia.