Board of Directors, Meetings, and Minutes

Michael Cole

192 Sunset Drive
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
PH: 276-686-5057
Email Mr. Cole

Appointed: 2018 (partial term)
Term Expires:  Dec. 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 Manager




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. Other times, feel free to write, call, or e-mail us.  Contact information is available here.

Meeting Calendar


  • June 23
  • July 28
  • August 25- Wytheville Community College, MTC Conference Room in Grayson Hall (room 103)
  • September 22- Cancelled
  • October 27
  • December 8, 2022- Mountain Empire Airport, Conference Room
  • January 26, 2023- Cancelled
  • February 23, 2023
  • March 23, 2023
  • April 27, 2023
  • May 25, 2023
  • June 22, 2023

Board Meeting Minutes