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EDA Regional Director Visits West Virginia

June 24, 2016
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Following the tour, Ms. Cruz-Carnall addressed a larger group of area economic development and higher education officials.

The West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP) hosted a special visitor on May 24:  Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Philadelphia Regional Office.

Ms. Cruz-Carnall toured several buildings and facilities at the park, including MATRIC, BridgeValley Community & Technical College, West Virginia State University laboratories, TechConnect West Virginia, and more.  Tracey Rowan, West Virginia’s representative at the EDA, accompanied her on the tour.

L-R: Dr. Anne Cavalier, Business Consultant; Ms. Cruz-Carnall, EDA Regional Director; Dr. Rusty Kruzelock, Director of the WVRTP; Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia; and Tracey Rowan, Economic Development Representative for the EDA in West Virginia.

L-R: Dr. Anne Cavalier, Business Consultant; Ms. Cruz-Carnall, EDA Regional Director; Dr. Rusty Kruzelock, Director of the WVRTP; Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia; and Tracey Rowan, Economic Development Representative for the EDA in West Virginia.

In her position as EDA Regional Director, Ms. Cruz-Carnall oversees economic development projects in 13 states, including West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  A 28-year veteran of the EDA, Ms. Cruz-Carnall brings a wealth of experience and passion to the task of fostering economic development in the region.  Her visit to the WVRTP to see firsthand the progress being made because of the EDA demonstrates her commitment to public service.

“Visiting EDA project sites and interacting with skilled professionals in the field to hear their stories and needs firsthand, exchanging ideas to develop new strategic responses, tracking progress of implemented projects, these are the creative force and lifeblood of economic development work,” Cruz-Carnall has said.