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Whether you are looking to start, locate or expand your business, host your state or regional conference, or simply plan your summer vacation we can help. The professional staff at the Waynesboro, Virginia Office of Economic Development and Tourism is available to provide information, contacts, and assistance. We work with realtors, developers, large industries, and local businesses to make your project a success through up-to-date demographic data, location assistance, and access to state and local financing options.

Staff

GREG HITCHIN, CEcD

GREG HITCHINGreg has served as the Director since April 2010.  Prior to joining the City of Waynesboro, he was the Business Development Manager for the Onondaga County (Syracuse New York) Office of Economic Development.  He also served as the Interim Director of the six person office and the CFO for the Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority.  Following graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Greg spent 18 years in consumer goods and services sales and marketing.  He currently serves on several boards and committees: International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Director; Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), Director; Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), Director and member of Executive Committee, Chairman Marketing Committee; Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA), Program Committee; Center for Coldwater Restoration, Director.  He can be reached at 540-942-6779 or HitchinGE@ci.waynesboro.va.us.

COURTNEY CRANOR

Courtney has served as the Assistant Director since September 2015.  Prior to joining the City of Waynesboro, she was the Director of Business Development for the Staunton Creative Community Fund.  With a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Travel Marketing Professional certification from Southeast Tourism Society she has a diverse background in small business development and funding, tourism, marketing, real estate, renovations, the Virginia Main Street Program, hospitality, and the arts. She is involved with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership’s Marketing Committee and serves on the following boards and committees: Fields of Gold, Steering Committee; Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Chair; Shenandoah Valley Tourism Partnership, Public Relations Committee; Greater Augusta Regional Tourism Board, Chair; Virginia Economic Development Association, Member and Planning Committee; Destination Downtown Waynesboro, Design Committee; Central Shenandoah Valley Regional Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Cohort, Member; ProjectGROWS, Board President. Courtney can be reached at 540-942-6644 or CranorCS@ci.waynesboro.va.us.

STEPHANIE DUFFY

STEPHANIE DUFFYStephanie is the Administrative Assistant for Economic Development and Tourism.  She was born and raised in Waynesboro and after going to college out of state returned to the Valley.  She has been in the Economic Development Office since 2011.  She can be reached at 540-942-6570 or DuffySS@ci.waynesboro.va.us.

LIZA PELTOLA

Liza is the Coordinator for Volunteers at the Rockfish Gap Tourist Information Center, located at the junction of the Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Interstate 64. The TIC is a state-certified visitor center that hosts thousands of visitors each year and operates through funding from the City of Waynesboro. Liza can be reached at 540-942-6512 or PeltolaEL@ci.waynesboro.va.us.

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