Board of Directors, Meetings, and Minutes


Michael Cole

192 Sunset Drive
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
PH: 276-686-5057
E-mail 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
  • Wayne Sutherland, 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


  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 26 (cancelled)
  • April 23 (Meeting via Webex:  Password:  2020)
  • May 28 (cancelled)
  • June 25 (Meeting in person, live streamed via Webex: Password: 2020)
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 22
  • December 3 (combining Nov. and Dec. meetings due to holidays)

Board Meeting Minutes


  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • March 2020 – cancelled
  • April 2020 – pending
  • May 2020 – cancelled
  • June 2020
  • July 2020
  • August 2020
  • September 2020
  • October 2020
  • November 2020
  • December 2020