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.
the last 11 years Thomas has marketed King George County and the Greater
Between 2006 and 2013, Thomas worked for the Fredericksburg Regional
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.
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
“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.