It’s Been a Busy Year

The Roanoke Regional Partnership has been bubbling with activity, with seven project announcements in the 2017 fiscal year. The staff has also been working on a number of inquiries and projects. 

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Lisa Lyle Named Director of Business Investment at Roanoke Regional Partnership

Lisa LyleLisa Lyle has been named director of business investment for the Roanoke Regional Partnership.
In her new role, Lyle will direct the business attraction and expansion program of the Partnership.
She joins the Partnership from Martinsville-Henry County Development Corp., where she served as director of marketing and recruiting since 2011. During that time she coordinated a regional rebranding and worked with projects that led to $193 million in investments and 1,533 new jobs.
“Lisa’s accomplishments and experience working with economic developers, consultants and companies make her an ideal addition to our team,” said Beth Doughty, executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “Her background and knowledge will be crucial as we launch our Accelerate 2022 plan to create thousands of new jobs in the Roanoke Region over the next five years.”
Through 2022, the Partnership is aiming for 3,367 new primary jobs, 3,821 new secondary jobs, $300 million in investment and another 12 percent increase in per-capita income.
Prior to her Martinsville position, Lyle served in a number of leadership positions at Carlisle School and as executive director of the Chamber Partnership for Economic Growth. She has an MBA from Averett University and a bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College.
Since 1983, the Roanoke Regional Partnership has brought together the regional business community and governments in an economic development program that combines resources and strengths to attract people, jobs and investment. The Partnership represents Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke counties, the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, and the town of Vinton.

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


Ann Blair Miller Named Director of Business Investment

Ann Blair MillerROANOKE, Va., (October 12, 2016) – Ann Blair Miller has been named director of business investment for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. She is responsible for all project management as well as designing and implementing business recruitment strategies for the Roanoke Region.
Miller joined the Partnership staff in 2002 and most recently was director of project management a role in which she helped bring businesses such as Ardagh Packaging, Deschutes Brewery, Eldor Corporation, and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits to the region.

She is a past president of the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) and 2015 recipient of the Cardinal Award bestowed by VEDA for leadership in the field of economic development.
As VEDA president, she served on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Team for Commerce and Trade in 2013. She currently serves on the Virginia Energy Council.
Miller is a graduate of Radford University, the Virginia Institute for Economic Development, and the Economic Development Institute (EDI).  She has completed course work with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the University of Shopping Centers.

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