Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced at a recent council meeting that Russell Seymour has been selected as the Town’s new Director of Economic Development. Mr. Seymour will begin with the Town on November 6,
Mr. Seymour is replacing Marantha Edwards, who will retire on January 5, 2018, allowing two months of transition time. Ms. Edwards has worked for the Town for more than 17 years and has been the Economic Development Director since September 2012.
“I am pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Seymour as the Town’s next Economic Development Director,” Town Manager Dentler said. “His impressive background of education and experience which includes three other Virginia locations were key factors in the selection process that included many of the Town’s tourism and economic development partners. I am especially pleased that he will have sufficient time to work closely with Marantha as part of the transition period.”
Mr. Seymour is currently the Assistant Director of General Services for James City County. He was the Economic Development Director for James City County for six years before accepting his current position. Previous economic development positions include Economic Development Director for Spotsylvania County and Vice President of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. Mr. Seymour began his public service career as a Comprehensive Planner for Stafford County.
Mr. Seymour holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University. In addition, he has completed the LEAD (Leading, Educating and Developing) program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
“There are many factors that make Leesburg an exceptional location for business, travel, and family,” said Russell Seymour. “I look forward to this opportunity and to being a part of the Leesburg team.”