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Christiansburg native to head NRVEDA

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@www.southwesttimes.com

Following a several-months-long nationwide search, a Christiansburg native has been named executive director of New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.

“It’s a bit ironic that the search committee found the strongest candidate for the position among the local economic developers,” Alliance Chairman David L. Bennett said of new director Charlie Jewel. “Charlie is a results-driven individual with a passion for economic development and the New River Valley. His appointment underscores the strength and depth of those working within the region to help build our economy.”

Jewel steps into the new position Aug. 1.

Jewel has served as project manager for Montgomery County Economic Development Department since 2011, and was Montgomery’s marketing and research specialist before that. He spent most of his time focused on marketing, attracting businesses, entrepreneurial development and commercial real estate.

During his seven years with Montgomery County, Jewel “actively supported” business expansions and recruitment projects that brought 758 jobs and nearly $60 million in investment to the area, according to the Alliance.

Jewell received a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in economic development from Virginia Tech. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Radford University.

“Charlie’s educational background and professional experience provides him with a keen understanding of economic development principles, “ said Dr. John White, chair of the Alliance’s prospect team, member of the search committee and Pulaski economic development director. “He also is skilled in the best practices of public/nonprofit administration with skills in budgeting, strategic planning and public policy analysis.”

“I am extremely honored and grateful to the board for selecting me as the next executive director of the Alliance,” Jewell said. “The New River Valley has experienced significant growth over the past several years and is consistently recognized as a great place to live and grow a business. Our region has unbelievable potential, and I look forward to working with allies from the public and private sectors to build upon and shape the economic future of the New River Valley.”

Jewel replaces Aric Bopp, who moved to Arizona at the end of 2014.

The Alliance is a public-private marketing organization representing Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the city of Radford. Visit nrvalliance.org.

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