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Stafford names new economic development director

by | Mar 13, 2024 | ALLFFP, Government, News, Stafford

Stafford County Administrator Randal Vosburg has announced the selection of Liz Barber as the county’s new Economic Development Director.

Barber served as Interim Director and has previously been the Business Development Manager for Stafford’s Department of Economic Development since 2023.

“Liz distinguished herself as Interim Economic Development Director and I am delighted she is stepping into the role permanently,” Vosburg said. “Not only does she have fresh perspectives and energy, she is also a small business owner and understands the challenges businesses face at every step.”

Barber came to Stafford from Sebring, Florida, where she worked as Legislative Affairs and Grants Coordinator for the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners. She also served as president and CEO of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce and led the area’s economic development and small business expansion efforts. 

“Stafford County’s unique location, between DC and Richmond and on the edge of Marine Corps Base Quantico, gives it incredible potential” stated Barber. “My goal is to build off of the department’s momentum by cultivating relationships with business owners of all sizes, encouraging balanced partnerships with developers, and continuing to collaborate with regional, state, and federal associations and agencies that share common goals with our organization.”

Barber serves on the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, which guides and oversees federally funded employment and training programs for economically disadvantaged individuals. She also serves on the Total Military Community Alliance (TMCA) Board, which works to improve employment avenues for transitioning service members, their spouses, and veterans.

She is a recent graduate of the Virginia Institute for Economic Development at Virginia Tech and holds a Master of Professional Studies degree with a focus on Executive Leadership from Hodges University. She lives in Stafford County with her husband, Daniel, and their rambunctious cockapoo, Buffy. She and Daniel also own a small business in Florida.

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