The Town of Leesburg recently hired new staff members in two key positions for the Town.
Doug Parsons has joined the Town as Business Development Manager. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for the Town’s business retention efforts, but will also assist with recruiting new businesses and the development of entrepreneurial programs. Doug comes to Leesburg from Weston, West Virginia, where he was the Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority from 2001 to 2012. Previous positions include grant writer with the Region VI (WV) Planning and Development Council, assistant director with the Jackson County (WV) Development Authority, and membership sales with the Charleston (WV) and Myrtle Beach (SC) Chambers of Commerce. Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.
“Doug is a great addition to our Economic Development team,” said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “He brings a wealth of experience in both business attraction and retention, plus he has a strong background in community development. One of the first big projects Doug will be handling is our Youth Career Expo on March 16, 2013, at the ProJet Aviation hangar. While with the Lewis County EDA, Doug organized a series of job fairs, so he has been able to hit the ground running with our career expo.”
Tracey Shiflett has been hired as the Town’s new Assistant Zoning Administrator. In his new position, he will oversee enforcement of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. Tracey has been a professional Planner and Manager for over 20 years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Before coming to Leesburg, he served as the Planning and Zoning Manager for Purcellville, Virginia. He has worked in many other Virginia communities including serving as the Town Manager for Clifton Forge, Director of Community Development for Fluvanna County, Director of Community & economic Development for Buena Vista and Town Planner in Rocky Mount. He also served 26 years in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. Tracey earned a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with a Biology Minor from James Madison University.
“We are delighted to have Tracey join us,” said Susan Berry Hill, Leesburg’s Director of Planning & Zoning. “His planning and zoning experience in other Virginia jurisdictions is extensive and will be very helpful to the Department. He also has economic development experience and given how much this position works with town businesses and our Economic Development staff, we believe Tracey will be a valuable asset to the Town.”