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Russell Seymour tapped to lead Leesburg economic development


Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced during Tuesday night’s council meeting that Russell Seymour has been chosen to be the next director of economic development.

Seymour will start his position Nov. 6 and work alongside the current director, Marantha Edwards, until she retires on Jan. 5, 2018.

“[He’s] a very seasoned veteran,” Dentler said, adding that it will be helpful for Edwards and Seymour to work side-by-side during this transition period.

Seymour has served in Virginia government for much of his career. He currently works as the assistant director of general services for James City County and has had economic development experience with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. During his first government job, as the comprehensive planner for Stafford County, he became familiar with Northern Virginia.

Seymour’s top priority as director, he said, will be building personal relationships. He visited with tourism and business representatives during his interview process, and he looks forward to collaborating with them and with local businesses.

“I want them to know that Leesburg is open to business. I want to work with them,” he said. “That’s not something that can be done by a quick phone call.”

When speaking with _GoBack _GoBack prospective Leesburg businesses, Seymour plans to emphasize the quality of life and amenities around the town. Businesses can construct buildings anywhere, he said—their employees need a good community to call home.

“What [businesses] can’t create is that quality of life. Leesburg has that,” he said.

Seymour earned a master’s in urban planning from the University of Akron and a bachelor’s in business administration from Christopher Newport University.

He will be moving to Loudoun with his wife and son in the coming weeks.

“I’m looking forward to coming up,” he said.

Dentler also announced that plans for Edwards’ farewell reception are nearly completed. Edwards served Leesburg for 17 years, becoming director of economic development in 2012.

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