Dorothy L. Wood has been appointed to the Virginia Beach Development Authority. She will fill the unexpired term of Prescott Sherrod, which ends Aug. 31, 2014. Sherrod recently left the authority to join the City Council.
Wood’s commitment to the City of Virginia Beach includes her service on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board 2010, chair of the Virginia Beach Planning Commission, chair of the Virginia Beach Performing Arts Theater Task Force, vice chair of the Virginia Beach Performing Arts Center Foundation, past president of Virginia Beach Rotary Club, board member on the Commonwealth of Virginia Strategic Planning for Economic Development, board member on the Commonwealth of Virginia Small Business Advisory Board, board member on the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Business Assistance Women’s Business Task Force, and board member to the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. She was named a First Citizen of Virginia Beach in 2000. She currently serves on the Goodwill of Central Virginia Board.
She graduated from Madison University, now James Madison University, and is President and CEO of J.D. & W Inc., a Virginia Beach contracting firm.
The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international business and industry that results in the creation of new capital investment and jobs that increase the per capita income in the community. The City of Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of 434,000 and is the 42nd largest city in the United States. Virginia Beach has been recognized as having one of the 10 best economic development groups in the nation by Site Selection magazine. In 2006, Virginia Beach was named one of the 10 best big cities in America by Money magazine. In 2008, the Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council, one of only 25 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. In 2010, the Department won an Award of Excellence for its marketing efforts from the International Economic Development Council. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.