Longtime Economic Development Director Announces Retirement

Economic Development Director Jill Loope to retire next year after a successful and rewarding 22-year career with Roanoke County. Prior to his retirement, Loope will help county leaders launch a national search for his successor. She plans to retire on July 1, 2023.

Economic development recognized and awarded at the national level professional, Loope joined Roanoke County in 2000 as a public information officer agent before becoming deputy director of economic development, and was promoted to director in 2011. The Roanoke County Economic Development Department is a respected and accredited agency. Loope helped the department achieve his status through his leadership. She is a skilled facilitator and collaborator who has generated thousands of jobs and over $1 billion in capital investments over his 31-year career.

Loope is a graduate of Radford University and got her start in economic development more over 30 years ago with Economic Development Manager positions in the City of Radford and Carolina County, Virginia.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Roanoke County,” said Loope. “I enjoyed working with our business partners, and seeing the positive growth and development that has occurred in our community and region over the past two decades.

“Jill is a valued member of Roanoke County,” said Roanoke County Administrator Richard L. Caywood. She has had a positive impact on our local businesses as an advocate for workforce development, small business, redevelopment growth and strong regional partnerships. I would like to thank her for her 22 years of community service.

During his time in Roanoke County, Loope served on numerous boards and organizations including: Western Virginia Workforce Board, Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, Virginia’s first regional industrial facilities authority and Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission, among others.

Roanoke County will launch a nationwide search for its next director of economic development in early July. Loope will assist in the transition to a new director while serving in a new role to enhance the tourism division within the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Branch.