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Leesburg Economic Development Director Marantha Edwards Announces Retirement
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Leesburg, VA (May 18, 2017) – Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg, has announced that she will retire in 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. “I have often said that ‘Marantha bleeds Leesburg.’ I warmly congratulate her on her retirement.”
Marantha Edwards was hired by the Town in September 2000 for the newly-created position of Tourism Coordinator. She held a variety of titles during her tenure with the Town as the scope of her duties increased, including Tourism and Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager and Economic Development Manager. She was promoted to her current position in September 2012. In 2006, Marantha achieved the prestigious Certified Main Street Manager (CMSM) designation through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
As Tourism Coordinator, Marantha 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. As Economic Development Director, Marantha 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, Marantha 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,” Marantha notes. “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.”
Marantha has been a Leesburg resident since 1970. She and her husband Leon have two grown children, Ethan Edwards and Noel McLister.
According to Town Manager Kaj Dentler, the Town will begin the recruitment process for a new Economic Development Director in July 2017.
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