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Telly Tucker currently serves the Director of Economic Development for the City of Danville, Virginia. He is responsible for leading the Economic Development efforts for the City with a staff of 4 full-time employees and one Economic Development Consultant. Tucker also serves as staff to the Danville Industrial Development Authority and staff to the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Facility Authority. He serves on the Board of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Danville-Pittsylvania County Business Development Center. In 2014, Tucker received the Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation granted by the International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C.
Prior to his current post in Danville, Tucker served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development in James City County, Virginia, Community Development Administrator the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development in Richmond, Virginia, and Economic Development Specialist for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. During his time in Lynchburg,
Prior to 2007, Tucker spent three years as an educator in Lynchburg City Schools teaching Spanish, and SOL remediation while also coaching football and basketball at Sanduksy Middle School.
Tucker is an accomplished pianist, Padewreski Medal Award recipient, and has served in music director roles in the cities of Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Hampton, Virginia.
He is a Lynchburg native and a 1997 graduate of E.C. Glass High School and obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business and Spanish from James Madison University in 2004.
Matthew “Matt” Rowe has enthusiastically served the citizens of several counties throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, he is the Director of Economic Development for Pittsylvania County where he has the responsibility of developing and implementing a successful business attraction, retention, and expansion program. Prior to his employment with Pittsylvania County, he served as the Director of Planning & Economic Development for Charles City County, Virginia, where he led all of the County’s Planning, Economic Development, and Environmental functions. He has also gained valuable land-use planning and development experience through his work experiences in Amherst County, Virginia as their Planner, Assistant Zoning Administrator, and Erosion and Sediment Control Program Administrator; and in Mathews County, Virginia, as their Planner, GIS Coordinator, and Wetlands Administrator. He began his career in Smyth County, Virginia, where he was the Assistant to the Director of Community & Economic Development.
Mr. Rowe is a native of Northumberland County, which is located on Virginia’s Northern Neck, where he grew up working on the Chesapeake Bay for his father as a commercial waterman and charter boat mate for over 11 years.
Mr. Rowe is a Certified Zoning Administrator with the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials, and is certified as a Combined Erosion and Sediment Control Administrator and Combined Stormwater Program Administrator. He is a member of the Rural Virginia Planning Caucus, the Virginia Economic Developers Association, and has obtained the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course certificate. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech.
Corrie Teague Bobe joined the Danville Office of Economic Development in November 2009. She served as the Marketing and Research Manager until becoming Project Manager in July 2012 and then Assistant Director in January 2015. In her current role, Bobe is responsible for assisting in the development of new industrial park property, such as the Mega Park, and is heavily involved in the redevelopment of River District properties. In addition to this, Bobe works with existing River District merchants and the recruitment of small businesses and industrial projects to the city of Danville.
Prior to working in Economic Development, Bobe worked as a Senior Account Executive for a marketing firm in San Francisco, California and then as an Account Operations Specialist for a major client at Infinity Global in Danville, Virginia.
In addition to her responsibilities at work, Bobe is involved in a variety of clubs and organizations. She is currently a member of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, member of the West Piedmont Planning District Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy committee, member of the Board of Directors for the Danville Science Center, member of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, secretary and co-marketing chair for the Bright Leaf Brew Fest, member of Converge Virginia (a state-wide leadership initiative through Senator Mark Warner’s office), member of the Board of Directors for the River District Association, committee member of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals program, and president of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. She was also a fellow in the Danville Regional Foundation’s Middle Border Forward initiative and member of Leadership Connections. Teague has also been a member of the the Virginia Young Professionals Summit planning committee and the River District Festival Board of Directors.
Bobe is a native of Danville, Virginia. She graduated from Danville Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Southside XVII program.
City of Danville
Kelvin Perry joined the Danville Office of Economic Development in April 2017 as Project Manager. His responsibilities include the recruitment and retention of businesses and developers to the River District, assisting with the management of grant and loan programs, assisting with industrial and technology-based recruitment, managing properties owned by the Industrial Development Authority and enterprise zone administration.
Prior to joining economic development, Perry has over 32 years of banking experience and was employed for 16 years by First State Bank as chief operating officer and then as president and chief executive officer. In addition, he assisted small businesses in southern Virginia with business and financial planning through his role as an independent consultant with the Longwood Small Business Development Center.
Perry is a 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance. He has actively served on a number of boards and civic organizations in the community is currently the President of Big Brothers Sisters of Danville Area; Danville YMCA and Hughes Memorial Foundation.
Marketing & Research Manager
Laura Ashworth joined the Danville Office of Economic Development as Marketing and Research manager in 2014. Her responsibilities include the design of marketing materials, website and social media management, responding to client inquiries, overseeing research projects and maintaining property data.
Prior to joining the city, she was employed by Infinity Global as a graphic designer and archiving specialist. Her background also includes freelance photography.
Ashworth graduated Patrick Henry Community College with an Associate’s Degree and then from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography.
Ashworth moved to the Danville area in 1995 and graduated from Tunstall High School in 2003. She is married to Steven Ashworth, and they have two children.
Special Projects Assistant
Kimberly Custer joined the Danville Office of Economic Development as Special Projects Assistant on September 1, 2011. In her role, she supports economic development projects and programs by coordinating and assisting with special events, providing assistance and planning for company site visits, and working with existing businesses. She oversees the general function of the office, acts as receptionist, provides administrative support, and arranges meetings, conferences, and travel. She serves as the liaison to community organizations, citizens, and city, state and federal agencies.
She was previously employed by Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Dean’s Office. Her background also includes a position as a computer software trainer of Microsoft products for corporate clients and adult professionals.
Kimberly is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. She is married to Mark Custer, and they have one son.
Public and Governmental Affairs Consultant
Linwood Wright has been consulting to the Office of Economic Development since the beginning of 2009 with particular emphasis on public and governmental affairs. Additionally, because of his professional background in chemical research, he serves as a resource for both the staff and clients involving projects that have technical or scientific emphasis.
He has resided in Danville since 1956 when he began his career as a research chemist at Dan River Inc., and he retired in 2004 from Dan River as Vice-president, Research, Development, and Quality. Wright has been very active in civic affairs in the city throughout his adult life. He has served on City Council for twelve years, and during that time, he was both the Vice-mayor and Mayor of the city. He holds United States patents in chemical modification of fabrics to produce novel functional properties that provide enhanced performance for the consumer. He has served as president of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, the Danville Concert Association, the Danville Association for the Arts and Humanities, and the Kiwanis Club of Danville. Wright serves on the board of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He has been chairman of that board and the board of trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
Wright is married to Peggy, and he has two sons, one of whom lives in the Danville area where he operates his own business. His other son lives in the Charlotte, NC area.
Wright is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in chemistry, and he completed The Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.