Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg, has announced she will retire January 2018 after more than 17 years with the Town.
“Marantha has faithfully served and represented the Town of Leesburg with professionalism and passion since the year 2000,” said Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler in a release. “I have often said that ‘Marantha bleeds Leesburg.’ I warmly congratulate her on her retirement.”
A Leesburg resident since 1970, Edwards was hired by the Town in September 2000 for the newly-created position of Tourism Coordinator, Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett said. As Tourism Coordinator, Edwards spearheaded the design process for the Town’s wayfinding sign system and the branding campaign for Leesburg. She was a key player in the completion and adoption of the Business Development Strategy in 2003, a policy document that continues to guide the Town’s economic development efforts, Arnett said.
As the scale of her job grew, she went on to become Tourism and Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager and Economic Development Manager. She was promoted to her current position in September 2012. In 2006, Edwards also achieved the Certified Main Street Manager (CMSM) designation through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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.
Before joining the Town of Leesburg, Edwards worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as a Media Assistant at Evergreen Mill Elementary School, was self-employed as a marketing and customer service consultant and worked in the airline industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University.
“Having the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to my hometown has been a phenomenal experience,” Edwards said in a release. “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.”
The Town will begin the recruitment process for a new Economic Development Director in July 2017, Dentler said.