About the Fund

Board of Directors

Ninth District Development Financing, Inc.’s Board of Director’s purpose is to seek, receive, review and approve or reject applications for low-interest loans for tourism-related projects in the Ninth Congressional District.  When these loan funds are repaid, the funds are then re-loaned.

The Board consists of 28 members who serve as volunteers, each appointed by the respective county Board of Supervisors or City Council.  The Board hires an Executive Director by contract.  People Inc. President and CEO, Robert G. Goldsmith, is acting as the Board’s Executive Director and Loan Administrator.

Board Members

  • City of Bristol  Taylor Griffin
  • Allegheny County  Jonathan A. Lanford | County Administrator, Allegheny County
  • Bland County  Eric R. Workman, Sr. – Vice Chair
  • Buchanan County  < Vacant >
  • Carroll County Whitney Greiner
  • Carroll County Rex Hill (Alternate)
  • City of Bristol Taylor Griffin
  • City of Covington  Stephanie Clark
  • Craig County  Dan Collins
  • Dickenson County  Carl Mullins (Alternate)
  • Dickenson County  Rita Surratt – Treasurer | Dickenson County Tourism Director & Chamber of Commerce
  • Floyd County  Leon Moore – Chair
  • City of Galax  Keith Barker
  • Giles County  Cora Gnegy | Tourism Marketing Director
  • Grayson County  William Crawford
  • Henry County  Barry Jarrett
  • Lee County  < Vacant >
  • Montgomery County  < Vacant >
  • City of Norton  Carol Caruso
  • Patrick County  Sandra Belcher
  • Pulaski County  Peggy White
  • City of Radford  < Vacant >
  • Roanoke County  Wendi Schultz – Secretary | Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Russell County  < Vacant >
  • Scott County  Pam Cox | Tourism Director
  • Smyth County  Shawn Utt
  • Tazewell County  < Vacant >
  • Washington County  Whitney Czelusniack | Director of Economic Development
  • Wise County  Robby Robbins
  • Wythe County  Jennifer Atwell | Chamber of Commerce


Next Meeting:  To Be Announced

For additional information, contact: People Incorporated, Community Economic Development (276) 619-2297 or email businessdev@peopleinc.net.