By Aila Boyd
The Botetourt County Department of County Administration officially moved into the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville last Wednesday.
The move impacted four county employees. The county’s Department of Economic Development was the first department to move into Greenfield. Impacting four county employees, Economic Development’s move occurred in June of this year.
Unlike some of the other office space in the building, the two suites that County Administration and Economic Development now occupy were move-in ready.
In total, there are seven suites in the facility— three on the upper level and four on the lower level.
Cody Sexton, assistant to the county administrator and one of the four employees who just moved into the Greenfield facility, said that he’s looking forward to having the majority of county employees under one roof once the multistage relocation process is complete. He noted that by having everyone in the same facility, interdepartmental collaboration will increase.
David Moorman, the deputy county administrator and one of the four employees who just moved into the Greenfield facility, is serving as the lead for the relocation effort.
The county’s decision to relocate some of its offices to the Greenfield Education and Training Center was announced in March of this year. It cited the notion that many of the county’s current offices, which are disbursed throughout the Town of Fincastle, have “reached their functional lifespan” and are in need of “extensive remodeling and reconstruction.”
The move was made possible by the approaching May 2020 expiration of the 20-year lease that the Virginia Community College System has for the facility. Considering that the facility had largely been vacated by Virginia Western Community College, except for some workforce training programs held primarily in the building’s heavy equipment lab space, the county decided to go ahead and initiate the move into the suites that were move-in ready two months ago while also working with an architect to design the other spaces to meet departmental needs.
The county estimates that roughly 50 employees will be based at Greenfield, while an additional 180 will remain in Fincastle, which will continue to serve as the county seat.
The following departments are also slated to move into Greenfield: Treasurer’s Office, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Community Development.
The facility is owned by the Botetourt County Economic Development Authority.