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Economic Development Manager Hired in Botetourt


Fincastle, VA – Botetourt County has hired Jay Brenchick as its first Economic Development Manager. Currently a resident of New Hampshire, Mr. Brenchick brings nineteen years of experience in economic and business development in the public and private sectors in Florida and New Hampshire.

Brenchick fills the County’s first full-time position dedicated to economic development. Until now, economic development has been a joint responsibility of county staff and led by the county administrator. Brenchick will report to county administrator Kathleen Guzi. His job will be to work with the Roanoke Regional Partnership, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and other agencies and county staff to promote the growth of existing County businesses and the recruitment of new companies.

”I am very pleased to have Jay join our team,” said Guzi.  “He brings the breadth of knowledge and a maturity of experience that will serve the businesses and citizens of Botetourt well.  He has a proven track record and will hit the ground running.” 

Asked what interests him about working in the county, Brenchick said, ”Botetourt County is a beautiful place with a record of thoughtful, quality development and strong business support.  I wanted to relocate to Virginia and considered several options.  This opportunity and Botetourt County is the best fit for me.  I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to doing my best to help the county continue to prosper.”

Brenchick worked most recently as vice president of marketing and partnership development for a provider of business payment systems. Previously, he worked as the Director of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development Film and Television Office, and as Senior Business Development Manager for the Economic Development Council, Manatee Chamber of Commerce in Bradenton, Florida.  While in Florida, Mr. Brenchick planned and implemented business expansion, retention and recruitment strategies and workforce initiatives. The Economic Development Council, Manatee Chamber of Commerce is now the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.

Brenchick will start work September 9th.

For more information, contact

Kathleen D. Guzi, County Administrator
(540) 473-8223