Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance represents a region of five counties and one city.? Branding the region as ‘Virginia’s I81-I77 Crossroads’, an area stretching from Carroll County to Smyth County?along Interstates 81 and 77, the organization membership consist of Smyth, Wythe, Grayson, Carroll and Bland counties, and the City of Galax.?

VIAA was formed as a non-profit multi-jurisdictional Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) to conduct outreach marketing, prospect development, project management and work with its six localities to support and enhance their economic development efforts. It is one of eighteen REDOs in the commonwealth of Virginia.

VIAA is financed by its member localities based on population, as well as voluntary private sector funding. The organization is served by a board of directors with representatives from local governments, private sector, and community colleges.

*Note: Cities in Virginia are independent cities, which have their own governing bodies and are administratively independent of any county. Of 42 independent cities in the United States, 39 are in Virginia.

Board & Officers

* Member, Executive Committee

Executive Director

Joshua M. Lewis

Executive Director


1000 E Main Street Grayson Hall Wytheville, VA 24382

(276) 223-4726


*Eric R. Workman, Ed.D.

County Administrator

Local Government Director

Bland County

P.O. Box 510 Bland, VA 24315

(276) 688-4622 (B)

Vice Chairman

*Keith E. Barker

City Manager

Local Government Director


111 East Grayson Street Galax, VA 24333

(276) 236-3441



*Stephen Bear

County Administrator

Local Government Director

Wythe County

340 South Sixth Street Wytheville, VA 24382-2598

(276) 223-4500

*Shawn Utt

County Administrator

Local Government Director

Smyth County

121 Bagley Circle Suite 100 Marion, VA 24354

276-783-3298 x 8301 (office)

*William Shepley

County Administrator

Local Government Director

Grayson County

P.O. Box 217 Independence, VA 24348

(276) 773-2471


*Cellell Dalton

County Administrator

Local Govenment Director

Carroll County

605-1 Pine Street Hillsville, VA 24343

(276) 728-3331

David E. Dillow

Local IDA Director

Bland County

P.O. Box 246 Bland, VA 24315

(276) 228-6021

David Kause

Local IDA Director

JIDA of Wythe County

Blue Ridge Gatorade 316 Gator Lane Wytheville, VA 24382

(276) 625-3943


John McLean

Local IDA Director

Smyth County


121 Bagley Circle Marion, VA 24354


Ricky Thomas

Local IDA Director

Carroll County

Carroll County Government Center Hillsville, VA 24343

Ricky Anderson

Local IDA Director

Grayson County


John Smolak

Director of Economic Development

Appalachian Power

40 Franklin Rd Roanoke, VA 24011

Jonathan Kruckow

Executive Vice President

Skyline National Bank

Grayson Patterson

Vice President?



Deborah Flippo

Business Development Manager

Draper Aden Associates?

Green Faircloth

Sales Representative?

Atmos Energy?



Ex Officio Director

Dr. Dean E.Sprinkle

President – WCC

Educational Representative Director

Wytheville Community College

1000 East Main Street Wytheville, VA 24382

(276) 223-4848(B)

Ex Officio Director

Dr. Adam C. Hutchison

VHCC President

Educational Representative Director

VA Highlands Community College

P.O. Box 828 Abingdon, VA 24212

(276) 739-2421

Ex Officio Director

Aaron Sizemore

Executive Director

PDC Representative

Mount Rogers Planning District Commission



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