Economic Development Representative, State of West Virginia
Tracey Rowan has served as the Economic Development Representative for the State of West Virginia since December 2015. She works collaboratively with local and regional stakeholders on economic development investments that have included job training and manufacturing diversification initiatives, incubators, multi-use buildings, and infrastructure improvements in rural West Virginia.
Since August of 2016, she has served as the Economic Recovery Support Function (RSF) Field Coordinator for West Virginia responsible for assisting the communities devastated by the June 2016 floods with a coordinated approach to economic resiliency in conjunction with numerous federal, state and local partners. She was the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, managing the City of Charleston’s federal entitlement programs for eight years. She then served as the Program Director for the West Virginia Development Office Small Cities Block Grant Program for eight years.
Most recently, she served seven years as the Area Director/Loan Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency working with the agency’s community, environmental and housing programs in southern West Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.