City of Danville
P.O. Box 3300 | 427 Patton St.
Danville, VA 24543-3300
phone: (434) 793-1753
fax: (434) 797-9606
City of Danville
P.O. Box 3300 | 427 Patton St.
Danville, VA 24543-3300
phone: (434) 793-1753
fax: (434) 797-9606
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City of Danville Director
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.
Pittsylvania County Director
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.
Kattie Saunders joined Pittsylvania County’s Economic Development Department as Project Manager in June of 2021. In her role, she supports in developing, managing, and implementing economic development projects designed to retain and attract new industries. Her responsibilities include marketing Pittsylvania County, responding to prospect inquiries, assisting in the development of industrial properties, participating in prospect visits, and coordaining special events.
Saunders is a native to Pittsylvania County. Prior to joining Pittsylvania County’s Economic Development Department, Saunders was employed by Dewberry in Danville, Virginia as the Southeast Marketing Assistant.
Saunders graduated in 2015 from Danville Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; then transferred to Averett University where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and Management Science. In the same year, Saunders also graduated with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University.
City of Danville Project Manager
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.
City of Danville 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 from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography.
City of Danville Special Projects Manager
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.
A skilled connecter, Lisa Meriwether enjoys bringing people and projects together. Having spent more than 35 years in hospitality, sales, and tourism, she knows how to align resources to make projects and events – from the smallest conferences to the largest conventions – memorable for all involved. Lisa’s collaborative spirit enables her to bring hotel properties, attractions, and tourism partners to the table with meeting planners to craft experiences that showcase the best that the region has to offer.
Lisa’s professional background includes key sales positions with major hotel chains and luxury properties such as the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. She also previously held the position of vice president of tourism for the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and as the tourism sales manager for the Office of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia.
Recognized as a respected leader in her field, Lisa’s dedication to the travel industry includes serving as president of the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus; president of the board of directors for Meeting Professionals International, Virginia Chapter; and on select committees for the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. Lisa has also been honored for her contributions by the YWCA of Central Virginia as their Professional Woman of the Year in Business. She was also honored with the Cecil H. Bailey, CMP Mentoring Award by Meeting Professionals International – Virginia Chapter for exhibiting the highest commitment to influencing the life of another member, demonstrating commitment as a confidant and trusted advisor to individuals in the meeting industry while supporting their professional development.
Born and raised in Central Virginia, Lisa stays on the go, enjoying travel, restaurants, and live music and theatre. She has a son at LECOM Dental School and loves to share her home with rescue pets.
City of Danville Marketing Coordinator
Allison Lee joined the Danville Office of Economic Development as Marketing Coordinator in 2022. In her role, she assists the Marketing and Research manager with all marketing tasks, website and social media management, and collaborating with the Tourism Manager to maintain the Customer Relationship Management website.
Prior to joining the Danville Office of Economic Development, Lee was previously employed by Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia as a Marketing Supervisor for Campus Recreation.
Lee is a native to Danville, Virginia. She graduated from Danville Community College in 2020, with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and graduating from Longwood University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations in 2022.