Photos by Aila Boyd

By Aila Boyd

Botetourt County’s Department of Economic Development is currently in the process of moving out of its old office in Fincastle and into an office suite at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.

Tomorrow will mark the first official day that the department will be based in Daleville. The four-office suite that the department moved into is on the lower level of the center. The department is comprised of four employees. Ken McFadyen serves as the director of the department.

Cody Sexton, assistant to the county administrator, noted that luckily the offices already existed. The only work that had to be done prior to the move was carpeting and paining, which occurred last week. Sexton added that the county had been renting the office space that the department had been based in and that the lease just ran out, which made for “perfect timing.”

He noted that having the economic development offices at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield will be helpful considering that a large portion of the work that its doing concerning industrial development is concentrated in that area.

“It’s exciting,” Sexton said. He noted that the move was smooth. He anticipates an equally smooth move for the other offices that will be relocating to the center.

The next office to move out of Fincastle and into the Greenfield Education and Training Center will be the county administration office, which will occur sometime in July or August. Those offices will be located directly above the economic development offices.

The relocation of roughly 50 employees from various office spaces in Fincastle to the center was announced on March 26.

Sexton explained that the move will be finished in the spring of 2020. The county is currently working with architects to explore options about converting existing space within the center to fit its needs.

Sexton added that the county is still “committed to the whole county” and that it isn’t “leaving Fincastle” behind. One of the primary motivating factors for the move, he said, was the fact that the county needed more space. The center will allow for a majority of its offices to now be under one roof, he said.

The building is owned by Botetourt County’s Economic Development Authority.