Economic Development Authority

Meetings


  • 5:30 pm
  • Third Thursday of every month
  • Town Hall
    121 Thompson St.
    P.O. Box 1600
    Ashland, VA 23005

Members


The seven directors of the EDA are appointed by Town Council to four-year staggered terms.

Tim Shelton
Serving Since: June 2015
Term Expires: December 2022

Charlie Martin
Serving Since: April 2015
Term Expires: December 2022

Marnie Triscari
Service Since: January 2012
Term Expires: December 2024

Jack Zemp
Serving Since: April 2015
Term Expires: December 2022

Randy Lewis
Serving Since: March 2019
Term Expires: December 2022

Wayne Dishman 
Serving Since: November 2020
Term Expires: December 2024

Jonathan Farmer
Serving Since: January 2021
Term Expires: December 2024



Purpose


The EDA meets to consider requests for approval of tax exempt borrowing for economic development purposes. The EDA administers loan, grant and bond programs which support economic growth and vitality.


Economic Development Authority (EDA) Loans & Grants


The Infrastructure program is designed to assist business and property owners with costs associated with site-readiness infrastructure such as water and sewer. The loan can be forgiven if the awarded applicant satisfies all goals and objectives set forth in the approved plan.

In appropriate circumstances, funds for demolition can be granted from the EDA. As with the Infrastructure program, the loan can be forgiven if the awarded applicant satisfies all goals and objectives set forth in the approved plan.

This program is designed to support reinvestment in distressed or historic properties. Scoring priority is given to those projects considering a scope of significant restoration or for properties in a high-visibility corridor. This is a rolling grant program with no deadline for submission.

This program is designed to help offset the cost to redevelop restaurant sites in the An incentive of up to $550,000 in total over up to 6 years is available to restaurant projects which meet the program requirements.

This program is designed to help defray the cost to redevelop hotel sites in the Interstate 95 Hospitality Incentive Area. An incentive of up to $550,000 in total over up to 6 years is available to qualifying hotel projects.

For more information, contact Nicole Preisner, Business Development Coordinator at (804) 798-1073 or npreisner@ashlandva.gov.