Press Release

MARTINSBURG, W.V. – Berkeley County Development Authority (“BCDA”) Board of Directors President, Abe Ashton, announced today that Sandra (Sandy) Hamilton will retire her position as the Authority’s Executive Director, effective September 1, 2022.

Ms. Hamilton joined the BCDA in October 2013, and has served as its Executive Director since 2016.  Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Hamilton served as the BCDA’s Interim Executive Director and as its Business Programs Manager.   In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Hamilton has been instrumental in attracting and assisting businesses to thrive in Berkeley County.

“One of Sandy’s strengths is the ability to help companies see why Berkeley County should be home,” Ashton stated.   “As a lifelong Berkeley County resident, her love for Berkeley County and

passion to see it grow and thrive shine through on everything she does, and I think the businesses that have had the pleasure of working with her are impressed by that.”

“I am grateful for the time I have been with the Development Authority, the many partnerships and friends I have made, and the goals we have been in a position to accomplish to enhance our community,” Sandy stated. “I have no current plans to be anywhere but the best place on earth, Berkeley County, West Virginia, as I transition to a new path and continued community service.”

During her extensive career, Ms. Hamilton has been responsible for developing and implementing a number of strategic projects and programs.   A lifelong resident of Berkeley County and a graduate of Shepherd University, she is heavily involved in community organizations, business entities, and educational programs.  She also serves on both the West Virginia School Building Authority and the State Workforce Development Board.

A search for her replacement will begin immediately.

                                                    Berkeley County Development Authority

                                                        300 Foxcroft Avenue, Suite #201

                                                       Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401

                                                                Phone: 304-267-4144

                                                       www.developmentauthority.com

                                                                                EOE

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