The Region 2000 Business and Economic Development Alliance promotes Elizabeth Narehood to Vice President of Technology, effective November 1, 2014.
Region 2000 Alliance, focuses on regional competiveness, economic development strategy, retention & expansion of existing industry, industry recruitment and regional marketing. The recently hired CEO, Megan Lucas announced a new staffing plan at the Alliance October board meeting. The plan is designed to shore up the Alliance’s assets while positioning the organization for more aggressive and focused efforts in regional marketing and recruitment. The new staffing plan includes a Vice President of Technology, Program Coordinator and Administrative Coordinator.
Elizabeth Narehood has been with the Region 2000 Partnership for three years leading the Future Focus Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit focused on regional STEM workforce development. Narehood is a nationally published author on STEM issues, holds a Master’s Degree in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech and served previously as Unit Coordinator of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Campbell County Office.
According to Megan Lucas, “Elizabeth has the character and skill-set needed to advance the mission of the Alliance. Her education, work experience and successes, including serving in a pivotal role during the execution of the Region 2000 STEM Academy and the growth of the Future Focus Foundation, are very applicable to the new Vice President of Technology position.” The position will be responsible for the Alliance’s Tech Council, Future Focus Foundation and other initiatives identified by the Alliance board that targets high-skilled technical talent development. “The focus of the position is to grow and sustain the Region’s high-tech workforce which is critical in retaining our existing industries and recruiting new. I’m thrilled to retain and elevate her on the Alliance team. Elizabeth will do an excellent job.” said Megan Lucas.