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Doughty Named Interim Director of Economic Development for Franklin County

Rocky Mount, Virginia – Franklin County has engaged long-time economic developer Beth Doughty as interim director of economic development. Doughty, who retired in 2021 as executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, has an advisory practice in economic and community development serving localities and non-profits.  

“There are so many economic development initiatives underway in Franklin County that bringing on an experienced interim director who is familiar with the county is the best way to keep the ball rolling and not lose momentum,” said Christopher Whitlow, county administrator. “We will begin a search for a permanent director right away.”

As interim director, Doughty will serve as liaison with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Roanoke Regional Partnership, engage with existing business, facilitate business expansions and locations, coordinate development of the Summit View Business Park, and roll out new initiatives. 

Doughty was with the Roanoke Regional Partnership, of which Franklin County is a member, for twenty-two years. During her tenure, she helped recruit more than $1 billion in investment to the Roanoke region and conceived an asset-based economic development strategy focused on outdoor assets that became Roanoke Outside. She also was president & CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce for nine years. Doughty was president of the Virginia Economic Developers Association and received the association’s Cardinal Award. She was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America three years in a row by Consultant Connect. 

The Franklin County Office of Economic Development is a connector of the business and human resources of Franklin County. To learn more about the strong quality of life and business opportunities that make Franklin County shine, visit Economic Development Website or contact the Office of Economic Development at (540) 482-6699. 

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