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Public Sector

  • David Olive, College President, Bluefield College

  • Dean Sprinkle, College President, Wytheville Community College

  • Dennis Carter, Smyth County Public Schools

  • Donna Henry, Chancellor, The University of Virginia's College at Wise

  • Duane Miller, Executive Director, LENOWISCO Planning District Commission

  • Keith Perrigan, Division Superintendent, Bristol Virginia City Schools

  • Nichole Hair, Mount Rogers Regional Partnership

  • Richard Edwards, Clerk of Court, Dickenson County Circuit Court

  • Scotty Wampler, Executive Director, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission

Private Sector

  • Andy Smith, Smithfield Farms

  • Beth Rhinehart, President & CEO, Bristol Chamber of Commerce

  • Browning Wynn II, Powell Valley National Bank

  • David Graf, American Mine Research, Inc., Custom Manufacturing Services, Inc., East River Metals, Inc., & The PEMCO Corporation

  • John Jeter, Ballad Health

  • Lois Clarke, United Company

  • Mark Eschle, Wize Solutions - Chair

  • Melanie Protti-Lawrence, Lawrence Brothers Inc. & Anytime Fitness, LLC

  • Mike Quillen, Retiree of Alpha Natural Resources

  • Moir Beamer, Virginia Produce Company

  • Pamela Collie-Price, EarthLink - Vice Chair

  • Rodney Halsey, Skyline National Bank

  • Sam Cassell, Utility Trailer

  • Steve Jones, VFP, Inc.

  • Todd Elswick, Paul's Fan Company

  • Travis Staton, United Way of Southwest Virginia


Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Small Business

Beth Rhinehart, Chair


Talent Development

Dean Sprinkle, Chair

Travis Staton, Chair

Economic Development & Infrastructure


Economic Development & Infrastructure

Duane Miller, Chair

Josh Lewis, Chair


Support Organization

A regional council must be affiliated with or supported by a new or existing organization whose purposes and competencies include collaborative planning, economic development or workforce activities within the region. Region One is supported by the University of Virginia's College at Wise, led by Shannon Blevins, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives. The purpose of the support organization is to provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services for the activities funded by monies received from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund (VGOF). The support organization operates with the advice and consent of the regional council.

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