About the Washington County, VA
Chamber of Commerce

About the Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer association of business people working together to improve the economic and civic vitality of our community. Financed by member’s investments, the Chamber is independent of all other organizations and groups and is the voice of the business community in Washington County, VA.

Mission Statement

In 1927 the Chamber of Commerce was founded and continues to strengthen the business climate. The Chamber’s mission is to advance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of Washington County.

In accomplishing our mission, there are many direct and indirect benefits for Chamber members.

Contact the Chamber

One Government Center Place, Suite D
Abingdon, VA 24210

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Phone: (276) 628-8141
Fax: (276) 628-3984
Email: chamber@bvu.net

Chamber Board of Directors

2015 Chamber Officers

  • Jamea Blevins, President, State Farm Insurance
  • Danny Ruble, President-Elect, Spiegler Blevins
  • Jim Swartz, Treasurer, Highlands Union Bank
  • Neta Farmer, Secretary, Chamber officer

Board of Directors

  • Jason Berry, Washington County
  • Mary Begley, AEP
  • Jamea Blevins, State Farm Insurance
  • John Brickey, Farm Credit
  • Lee Coburn, Coburn Creative
  • Stacy Ely, Mountain States Health Alliance
  • April Hamby-Crabtree, Empire Ins. Agency
  • Mike Duckett, Atmos Energy
  • Allison Mays, Barter Theatre
  • Sharon Kyser, Bristol VA Utiltities Board
  • David Matlock, Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Melinda Leland, Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Cathy Lowe, VHSBI
  • Tim McVey, Utility Trailer
  • Kay Stout, DePaul Foster Services
  • Andrew Neese, Cedar Grove Properties, LLC
  • Jack Phelps, First Bank & Trust
  • Grey Preston, Bank of Damascus
  • Danny Ruble, Spiegler Blevins
  • Jim Swartz, Highlands Union Bank
  • Janet Woolwine, A Likely Yarn

2015 Chamber Committees

  • Internal Affairs Division:  April Hamby-Crabtree
    • Budget and Finance Committee: Jim Swartz
    • Membership:  Kristie Helms
    • Publicity Committee: Sharon Kyser
    • Fund Raising Committee: Chamber Staff
  • Public Affairs Division: Cathy Lowe
    • Legislative Committee: Mary Begley
    • Transportation Committee: Pete Montague
    • Information Technology Committee: Nancy Firebaugh
  • Economic Development Division: John Brickey
    • Industrial Development Events: Joe Hutton
    • Agriculture Committee: Phil Blevins
    • Tourism Committee:  Andrew Neese
  • Community Affairs Division: Jason Berry, VP**

    • Small Business Committee: Sandy Ratliff
    • Education Committee: David Matlock**
    • Health Care Committee:TBD
    • Professional Committee: Jack Phelps
  • Leadership Washington County:
    • Barry Firebaugh – LWC Coordinator

** Chamber Board Member

Town Governments

Town of Abingdon

Whether it's the sights of historic buildings, the sounds from a musical showing in town, the tastes from many restaurants, or the smells of the crisp mountain air along the Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon has something to entertain your senses. Abingdon, a gem city of legends, wars and culture, maintains its rich historical integrity with an eye on the future.

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Town of Damascus

Damascus, Virginia, is a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is the gateway to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

It is traversed by the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Trans-America National Bicycle Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, the Crooked Road Musical Heritage Trail, Virginia's Birding and Wildlife Trail, and lies within a short distance of hundreds of miles of other hiking, horse, and biking trails.

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Town of Glade Spring

Located along Interstate 81 at Exit 29, Glade Spring finds itself in two worlds -- a world of commerce, new faces and new opportunities and a world of traditions, families and friendships. During the last few decades, these two worlds have increasingly shaped one another in a very positive way. Glade Spring grows as a community that builds on its values in the context of new ideas and new faces.

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County Government

Washington County

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State Government

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State Tourism

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