Amanda Glover, Director of Economic Development & Tourism
Amanda Glover’s expertise is in developing creative rural economies, providing economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, and enhancing a diverse business climate.
Since becoming the Director of Economic Development for Augusta County, Ms. Glover has helped to bring 20 new or expanded companies to Augusta, resulting in more than $268 million in investment and the creation of nearly 1,100 jobs. She develops and implements economic development initiatives that are focused on attracting, growing, and retaining advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, and creative professionals. She coordinates economic incentives with businesses using return on investment models and spearheads the business retention and economic development marketing efforts for Augusta County.
Ms. Glover is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Southern Economic Development Council, the Virginia Economic Developer’s Association, the Virginia Agribusiness Council, and the Virginia Agri-Women. She currently chairs the Virginia Economic Developer’s Association’s Membership Committee and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission. She was also selected to serve on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s strategic plan steering committee. Prior to joining Augusta County, Ms. Glover served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Staunton for seven and a half years and before that, served as the first-ever Business Development Coordinator for the City of Buena Vista.
Ms. Glover earned a B.S. in Applied Economics, Environmental Economics, and Management & Policy from Virginia Tech in 2002. She holds a Masters Certificate in Local Government Management, also from Virginia Tech, and studied at The Center for European Studies and Architecture, in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Ms. Glover received the 2016-2017 Distinguished Alumna award from the Virginia Tech Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics for outstanding achievements in her field.
Ms. Glover resides in Augusta County, Virginia with her husband, John, and border collie, Hank.
Rebekah Castle, Marketing Coordinator
Rebekah Castle is responsible for assisting in attracting new business and investments to the County as well as strong retention of existing businesses within the County. She specializes in marketing initiatives in economic development as well as tourism. She serves as the Secretary to the Economic Development Authority.
Rebekah is a member of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, Shenandoah Valley Partnership Marketing Committee, and the Fields of Gold Marketing Committee.
Prior to joining Augusta County, Rebekah served as the Events Coordinator for the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. Rebekah earned a B.S. in Communication Studies from Bridgewater College in 2004. She is a Shenandoah Valley native and resides with her husband in Augusta County.