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Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council names O’Brien executive director

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council has named a new executive director.

Melissa O’Brien will begin Aug. 15. She succeeds Carol Jackson, who retired in July.

“I’m looking forward to joining the excellent team of the MOVRC and working with community leaders to plan the region’s future and strengthen the quality of life that is in the Mid-Ohio Valley region,” O’Brien said.

The Regional Council, established in 1982, provides regional planning and project management services to Wood, Jackson, Roane, Wirt, Tyler, Calhoun, Ritchie and Pleasants counties. It provides communities with infrastructure grant support from a variety of federal and state funding agencies including USDA, EDA, ARC, HUD, West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and several others, and staff support and financial management services to regional senior services and transportation planning programs along with geographic information systems (GIS) and small business loan programs that receive statewide recognition.

O’Brien is a project manager with Thompson and Litton Engineering working on several broadband related projects for communities in West Virginia.

Prior to that she was a director for Roane County Schools.

“My experience in infrastructure project management and knowledge of opportunities and challenges facing the Mid-Ohio Valley will provide the basis for short, and long, term development that will enhance the lives of our citizens and our communities,” she said.

Officers of the Regional Council praised O’Brien’s hiring.

“We are pleased to have a proven leader with Melissa’s experience and expertise join our regional organization,” said Chair Lindsey Piersol. “She brings strong leadership along with community knowledge and organizational experience that will serve us well.”

Vice Chair Mark Whitley said she has worked in both rural and urban and “will bring unique vision in working with our region and the MOVRC organization.”

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