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Leesburg economic development director Edwards to retire

Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s economic development director, is retiring next January. Courtesy Photo/Aliyah Dastour
Town of Leesburg Economic Development Director Marantha Edwards will retire in January 2018 after 17 years working for the town.

Edwards was hired by the town in September 2000 for the newly-created position of tourism coordinator, according to town officials. She held a variety of titles during her tenure, including tourism and marketing manager, business development manager and economic development manager. She was promoted to her current position in September 2012.

In 2006, Edwards achieved the prestigious Certified Main Street Manager (CMSM) designation through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Marantha has faithfully served and represented the Town of Leesburg with professionalism and passion since the year 2000,” Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler said in a prepared statement. “I have often said that Marantha bleeds Leesburg. I warmly congratulate her on her retirement.”

As economic development director, Edwards was instrumental in the establishment of the Mason Enterprise Center business incubator in downtown Leesburg, the retention and expansion of K2M’s global corporate headquarters, and the attraction of EIT and EPL Archives, according to town officials.

Edwards has lived in Leesburg since 1970.

“Having the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to my hometown has been a phenomenal experience,” Edwards said in a statement. “I especially enjoyed connecting people and ideas to create energy and positive change. But above all, the best part of the past 17 years has been the privilege of working with my wonderful colleagues at the town.”

According to Dentler, the town will begin the recruitment process for a new economic development director in July 2017.

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