After an extensive search process, the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County has named John Matthews its Associate Director.
JIDA Board Chairman David Kause commented, “John was the unanimous choice of the hiring committee. His experience in dealing with the public and with facets of state government uniquely qualify him for this type of position.”
A Virginia Tech graduate, Matthews previously was legislative aide to local Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark and also was on the staff of Loudoun County Delegate Dave LaRock after Crockett-Stark’s retirement.
David Manley, Executive Director, said, “John Matthews and his set of skills are a natural fit at the JIDA. His instincts are good and his experience will be valuable.”
Matthews’s role at the JIDA will be broad, according to Manley. “Two primary areas of focus for the Associate Director are Enterprise Zone administration and managing the existing business and industry program. John will also be very involved in our communities at the grass roots level, being a resource in helping them reach their various goals for development, particularly related to downtown revitalization.”
Matthews has lived in Wythe County for ten years. Although born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his local roots run deep on his mother’s side. When time allows, he enjoys working on the family farm. He’s also a member of the Wythe-Bland Young Professionals and its steering committee and serves on the board of directors of the Wythe Arts Council.
Matthews commented, “The work of the JIDA is important to the long term viability of our area and I’m glad to contribute to such a driven team.”