Botetourt County Hires Director of Economic Development
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Contact: Cody Sexton, Information Specialist (540) 928-2010
Fincastle, VA – Ken McFadyen will join Botetourt County as Director of Economic Development, effective July 18, 2016. McFadyen, 45, will promote Botetourt’s economic development initiatives and pursue the many opportunities that the County has recently identified.
McFadyen has 17 years of experience in economic development and public administration, including most recently seven years as executive director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, which serves Grayson County, the City of Galax, and Carroll County. Currently, he also serves on the executive committee of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, the Commonwealth’s professional association of economic development practitioners and consultants.
Previously, McFadyen served four years as town manager of West Jefferson, N.C. and three years as assistant to the county manager in McDowell County, N.C., with an additional three-year stint working with a grassroots economic development non-profit organization that promoted a White House initiative.
“We know that Ken’s experience and expertise will add value to the excellent work in economic development that is already happening,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe. “We have a bright future in Botetourt and Ken will certainly be assisting in developing that landscape.”
“Ken is a person who has the integrity, knowledge, and ability to get the job done. He has worked on large economic development projects as well as assisting with small entrepreneurial type projects. Ken will certainly make a large positive mark in Botetourt County,” said Larrowe.
“I am honored to have been extended this opportunity to join Botetourt County,” said McFadyen. “It is clear that a lot of great things are happening in the community, and I am excited to become part of the community and to work toward delivering greater economic progress.”
“I believe that economic development is largely about removing barriers that allow businesses to locate and grow in a community. Businesses may encounter barriers in finding suitable sites to build, in tapping vital infrastructure and utilities, or by knowing what assets and advantages that a community possesses that would support what they do,” said McFadyen. “Economic developers connect the needs of businesses with the community’s strengths and assets.”
Some of the projects that McFadyen will be leading include the Exit 150 redevelopment, further development of the Botetourt Center at Greenfield, and attracting a younger demographic resident to Botetourt to take advantage of some of the recent job announcements, plus work in entrepreneurial development.
McFadyen earned his master’s in public administration from Appalachian State University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in history. He is an Eagle Scout and former Rotary club president.
His wife Melanie graduated from the University of Virginia. The couple has a daughter Sara, 9, and son Conor, 7. His hobbies include hiking, American history, and travel.