From The Ground Up: Feat. Beth Doughty of the Roanoke Regional Partnership

Beth Doughty has been the executive director for the Roanoke Regional Partnership for over eight years. She manages a $1.2 million economic development program for a seven-locality, urban-suburban-rural region. Beth oversees a program of work designed to attract people, jobs, money and ideas to the region. Beth’s responsibilities include marketing strategy, connecting business with resources for expansion and location, organizational management and fundraising.

Prior to joining the Roanoke Regional Partnership, Beth was the president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. Beth was responsible for the operations of the 1,400 member business organization with an annual budget of $1.1 million. Beth’s operating units included the small business development center, leadership development and governmental relations. Beth was also responsible for the management of $2 million in assets of nonprofit real estate development foundations. Beth managed the business political action committee and an organization of the region’s largest employers.

Beth has lectured on economic development at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and was a visiting lecturer for the Mellon Foundation in the Czech Republic.

Beth is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a past president and a cardinal of the Virginia Economic Developers Association.