[caption id="attachment_24303" align="alignright" width="195"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/?attachment_id=24303" rel="attachment wp-att-24303"><img class="wp-image-24303" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/01\/J.-Andrew-Hagy-150x150.jpg" width="195" height="195" \/><\/a> J. Andrew Hagy[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Starting this month, a new executive director will take over the reins of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC).<\/h1>\r\n<ol>\r\n \t<li>Andrew Hagy was presented to the board of directors at the November meeting by president of the board, Charlie Sheets. Hagy was hired after a lengthy search for a successor to previous executive director Stephen Weir, who resigned in February to accept a position in Charleston.<\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\nAt the presentation, Hagy praised the GVEDC\u2019s regional outlook, stating he believes the member counties - Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas - are in a position to make the most of their \u201cstrength in numbers.\u201d Hagy told the GVEDC board, \u201cThe opportunities are just unbelievable,\u201d referring to the region\u2019s infrastructure, tourism and agriculture industries and abundant natural resources, according to The Register-Herald.\r\n\r\nHagy has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career, coursing over 25 years of experience in local and state economic development. As the head of The Hagy Group, a successful economic development consulting firm in the Richmond, VA, area, Hagy promoted economic development, commercial real estate and government relations. He previously served as national project manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and was economic development director for Spotsylvania County, Fredericksburg, VA.\r\n\r\nHagy presented his first director\u2019s report at the January board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, at GVEDC offices at the Rahall Building in Maxwelton. Now that he has assumed leadership of the GVEDC, he said he plans to spend a lot of time in Charleston, saying, \u201cYou\u2019ve got to be in their face constantly.\u201d\r\n\r\nA constant presence is required, he said, to keep state officials mindful of the needs of the Greenbrier Valley. Hagy is conversant with the ins and outs of state and federal government, having served as district representative for U.S. Sen. John Warner.\r\n<h2>\u201cI\u2019ve got a good bag of goods... and I can apply it to this region,\u201d he pledged.<\/h2>\r\nHagy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations and mass communication from Virginia Commonwealth University; an Associate of Science in business from Southwest Virginia Community College; and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute from the University of Oklahoma.\r\n\r\nHe currently resides in Glen Allen, VA.\r\n\r\nAs the designated economic development organization for Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties, GVEDC provides new and existing businesses with a variety of services, including business financing, general and technical assistance, site selection, access to training and a highly skilled workforce. The GVEDC targets numerous industries, including alternative energy and fuels, food and agriculture related, logistics, warehousing and distribution, manufacturing, retail and technology, research and development.