The Bedford County Development Association has announced a new chairman and members for the coming year.

Mark Bollman, administrative director of the Bedford County Technical Center, was appointed the new chairman.

“I hope to build on the great accomplishments that have occurred over the past several years,” Bollman said in a news release. “Our focus will be to attract job-producing businesses into our area while continuing to assist existing businesses with various networking and financial endeavors.”

Bollman believes that marketing Bedford County, including BCDA’s real estate assets, is a top priority.

“We will also be training two new staff members, helping existing companies in the region to grow, and maximizing our entrepreneurial projects,” he explained.

Bollman also said he understands the need to continue improving workforce and training.

Joining Bollman on the association board is Sherry Cain, of Everett. Cain’s career includes 30 years as a private practice therapist.

“I hope to be able to share my area of expertise and my experience working with the individuals in the county who make up the workforce. I believe that I have insight into their issues and concerns.”

Returning to the board is Travis Collins, owner of B.C. Stone in Everett, who has more than 25 years experience in economic development initiatives.

“The sale of the large lot in Business Park II is a priority,” Collins stated.

Collins said he also thinks it is important to assist existing companies in their growth needs. “They are already part of the culture we wish to preserve”, he noted.

New member CA Detwiler will be representing the needs and points of view of the agricultural industry. For the past 20 years, Detwiler has been the owner/operator of the Golden Rule Farm. Detwiler, from Martinsburg, spent 11 years as the owner/operator of Forsheys Ag and Industrial.

“The priorities that I have for my term on the board are to help foster the continued economic growth and development in the county making sure agriculture is part of that growth,” Detwiler said.

“There are many good things about doing business in Bedford County,” he said. “But the best thing is the people. Bedford County has talented people who are willing to step up and do the work that needs to be done.”

Robbie Weaver, of Breezewood, oversees three businesses including Weaver Sanitation, Breezewood Transfer LLC., and Breezewood Truck Wash LLC.

Weaver said his focus for BCDA is continuing to attract more businesses and industries to the region. “The people of Bedford County are hardworking individuals,” Weaver said. “I believe we can do many great things here. It is a great place to live and raise a family. Creating great job opportunities will do much to enhance the quality of life we have grown to love here in Bedford County.”

Bob McGowan, president and CEO of Mission Critical Solutions, Pleasantville, brings vast business experience in fabrication and machining to the board, the association said.

“My priorities on the board are to promote the broad array of businesses and capabilities we possess in Bedford County. This includes using local businesses and keeping as much in the Bedford economy as possible,” stated McGowan.

As a manufacturer and Defense Department supplier, McGowan says, “Our best asset is our labor force. Our people are dedicated and quality driven.”

“BCDA has enjoyed excellent leadership throughout the years,” said Bette Slayton, development association president. “We are fortunate to have another strong board guiding our organization in 2019. These people are smart, experienced people who truly care.”

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