The Jefferson County Development Authority is experiencing growth and development. Our team is welcoming two new members and a promotion of an existing team member.
Joining the JCDA are Anna Padilla and Ryan Snyder.
Anna joins the JCDA as the new office manager. Anna was previously on the staff of the Morgan County Commission and brings the JCDA experience in county government, grant writing and administration, and fiscal management. Anna recently completed the IEDC Basic Economic Development Course at the University of South Florida.
A native of Jefferson County, Anna earned her BA in Political Science from Shepherd University. Anna is married to her husband, Jay, and they are the proud parents of their daughter Margot. Anna has vast interests that include traveling, antiquing, and investing in time spent with her family. Speaking of her new position at the JCDA, Padilla noted, “It feels good to be home.”
Ryan Snyder will be developing the agriculture development program of the JCDA. Ryan will focus on working with county officials and strategic partners to expand the efforts of the JCDA in several areas including: Agritourism, streamlining agribusiness development, and creating a toolkit for entrepreneurs and related agriculture startups. “I am excited to be working with our team at the JCDA to support agriculture and producers in Jefferson County. I can’t wait to help!” said Snyder.
Ryan is a fourth-generation farmer, living and working on the family farm located outside of Shepherdstown. Ryan graduated from WVU receiving a BA in Agribusiness Management. Ryan has been an active member of the Jefferson County 4-H and FFA. During his academic career at WVU Ryan was a member of team winning the prestigious WV Collegiate Business Plan Contest developing a business plan for a custom local meat processing facility. Ryan enjoys woodworking and developing his farm.
The new project manager for the JCDA is Krista Hoffman. A native of Jefferson County, Krista spent 20 years managing her family business that specialized in custom wood pallets. The experience of managing a business, working with county and state agencies, and her appreciation of Jefferson County were the driving factors for the promotion. In the past six months Krista has completed the IEDC Basic Course at the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill and completed the Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator program with Business Retention and Expansion International located at Southern Mississippi University.
Krista will be managing the JCDA business retention program and special projects. “I am excited to work with a dynamic team focused on the success and growth of Jefferson County,” said Krista Hoffman. “As a former small business owner, it is very fulfilling to work in a position that provides assistance to new and existing Jefferson County businesses.”
“The JCDA staff has become a highly functioning effective team, providing our community with professionals to assist business growth and development for Jefferson County,” said Dennis Jarvis, II Director of the JCDA. “This is the first time in my professional career that I am working with a team focused on assisting their community’s growth, they are energized and enthusiastic” Jarvis also feels the future is bright for the current team “We have an ability to focus on our target sectors and provide an individual approach to business development for the community”.