Thomas Appointed New Economic Development Director

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March 10, 2017

Hanover County Administrator Cecil R. Harris Jr. has announced the appointment of E. Linwood Thomas IV as Hanover County’s new Director of Economic Development. He begins April 1, 2017.

Thomas has been Director of Economic Development in King George County since October 2013. He and his team have helped facilitate at least 8 major Fortune 500 announcements in the last 32 months with capital investments estimated at $45 million that created more than 130 new jobs.  

Over the last 11 years Thomas has marketed King George County and the Greater Fredericksburg region. 

Between 2006 and 2013, Thomas worked for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. His positions within the organization included being the Director of Marketing and Global Business Development and Director of Finance. 

While with that organization, Thomas helped facilitate over 672 new jobs to the Fredericksburg region with a capital investment of over $119 million through creating a strategic marketing plan that helped the region gain national and international visibility.

“Linwood brings experience and knowledge of a regional program to attract new business and local experience of assisting current businesses grow and expand,” Harris said. “He has great enthusiasm and passion for economic development and we believe he will hit the ground running here in Hanover County.”

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Hanover County as the Director of Economic Development,” Thomas said. “Hanover County has a tremendous team already in place and is well positioned for healthy sustainable growth and development moving forward.”

“With low taxes, great healthcare, some of the best schools in the Commonwealth, and the affordable cost to do business right outside of Richmond, Hanover County will continue to be a destination for small businesses and corporations alike looking to grow and expand for years to come,” Thomas predicted.

Thomas was voted among the Top Ten under 40 Young Professionals in the Greater Fredericksburg Region in 2012 and is a 2013 graduate of the Executive Management Program’s “Leadership Fredericksburg.” He is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Developers Association.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Communications with a Minor in Business Administration from George Mason University and is currently in the International Economic Development Council Master’s Degree program.

Hanover County chose Thomas from a field of 35 applicants. 

Contact Information
Tom Harris
(804) 365-6005