Partnership’s Doughty Among Top Economic Developers in North America

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Roanoke Regional Partnership Executive Director Beth Doughty is one of the top 50 economic developers in North America.

This is the third consecutive year Doughty has made the list compiled by Consultant Connect.

Each top 50 economic developer will be featured in an ebook later this year. These industry leaders will share their expertise in the field and leadership insights they’ve learned along the way.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants released the 2017 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”

The complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers includes:

  • Abby Liu, McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Texas
  • Ben White, Round Rock Chamber
  • Benjamin Teague, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County
  • Bentley Story, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • Brad Smidt, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance
  • Buddy Rizer, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
  • Carrie Chenery , Shenandoah Valley Partnership
  • Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership
  • Chris Wimsatt, Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
  • Clark Krause, BVEP
  • Clay Walker, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership
  • Dan Culhane, Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development
  • Dan Henderson, Gilbert, Arizona
  • Deborah Price, Missouri Partnership
  • E. Ray Covey, AEP Texas
  • Gary Tonjes, Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc.
  • Gene Goddard, Greater MSP
  • Gregg Simon, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • James Otterstein, Rock County, WI
  • Jessica Breaux, TVA
  • Jim Paetsch, Milwaukee 7
  • Juawana Colbert Williams, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation
  • Julie Sullivan, Dayton Development Coalition
  • Kati Hynes, Charlotte Chamber
  • Keith Gillenwater, EDG of Wabash County
  • Kimm Coyner, REDI Cincinnati
  • Kurt Foreman, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Larry Barnett, Midlothian Economic Development
  • Lee Crume, Jobs Ohio
  • Lucienne Pears, Charlotte County EDC
  • Mark Young, Jonesboro Ark Chamber of Commerce
  • Matt McQuade, Columbus 2020
  • Megan Lucas, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
  • Mike Rosa, Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Mitchel Allen, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Pandy Brazeau, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Patrick Murphy, Alabama Power
  • Patty Horvatich, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
  • Rob Cleveland, Cornerstone Alliance
  • Robert Van Geons, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation
  • Susan Davenport, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Susie Davidson, Idaho Commerce
  • Tim Vanderhoof, Enterprise Florida
  • Tom Long, San Antonio EDF
  • Tony Kaai, Denison Dev. Alliance (Denison, TX)
  • Tricia Paesani, CT Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Vanessa Goeschl, Charlotte Regional Partnership
  • Walter Sprouse, Augusta Economic Development Authority


Broadband Initiative Earns State Technology Award

Roanoke Valley Broadband AuthorityRoanoke City and the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority were among the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Technology Awards winners, announced this week.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the winners of the annual Governor’s Technology Awards at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond. Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Nelson Moe presented 17 awards in nine categories on the Governor’s behalf at a reception on Wednesday evening. 
Roanoke City and the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority took honors in the category of Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Initatives: Connect Fiber Platform.

“I am very impressed with the breadth and depth of these winning projects, and I congratulate the staff members who developed and implemented them,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These awards confirm that our agencies and localities are using technology to solve business problems in innovative new ways. From broadband and workforce development to data analytics for business intelligence and electronic health records, these projects align with our common efforts and goals. Virginia and our citizens are the direct beneficiaries of the projects we honor today.”
For 19 years, the Governor’s Technology Awards program has recognized public sector information technology projects that have improved government service delivery and efficiency. Winners are determined by a panel of government IT experts.
Multiple awards were presented in several categories because of the extremely close scores between projects. Executive summaries of each winner’s entries are posted to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.