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Dennis Jarvis, II
Executive Director
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In his mission as Executive Director, Dennis draws on the insight gained from more than two decades of experience in community and economic development in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as higher education at Marshall University. A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, he graduated from Bluefield State College with a B.A. in history before completing his M.A. in political science from Marshall University. His first position in economic development was serving as deputy director of the Logan County Development Authority. Dennis is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University and the Community Development Institute of West Virginia University, and he is a Certified Business Retention Specialist with Business Retention and Expansion International.

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Krista Hoffman
Business Retention Program and Special Projects Manager
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Krista knows business from all angles, inside and out, having served 20 years as President and Manager of her family’s manufacturing business before entering economic development. She also knows Jefferson County inside and out as a native who currently lives in the area with her husband David and son Jacob. And as she continually enhances her credentials—she is now a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator with Business Retention and Expansion International—Krista is always alert to new possibilities and opportunities for Jefferson County business. “Helping businesses here grow and prosper gives me great personal satisfaction,” she says.

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Anna Padilla
Administrative Assistant
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A graduate of Shepherd University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history, Anna started her career in county government as the Commission Secretary/Grants Administrator with the Morgan County Commission. A native of Jefferson County, she now lives in the area with her husband Jay and their daughter Margot and says, “It’s gratifying to see Jefferson County really come into its own as a great place to do business, and to be part of the team that’s making it happen.”

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Ryan Snyder
Agriculture Development Program Coordinator
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The fourth generation to live and work his family’s Shepherdstown farm, Ryan grew up learning the business at home and as an active member of 4-H and FFA, eventually earning an American FFA degree. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management and minors in agriculture and natural resources law, economics, and environmental economics. In 2021, he competed as a member of the team which won the prestigious WV Collegiate Business Plan Contest by developing a business plan for a local meat processing facility. “New technology and innovation are nurturing agribusiness success here, and it’s great to be on the front lines helping,” he says.

Dennis Jarvis, II photo
Dennis Jarvis, II
Executive Director
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In his mission as Executive Director, Dennis draws on the insight gained from more than two decades of experience in community and economic development in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as higher education at Marshall University. A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, he graduated from Bluefield State College with a B.A. in history before completing his M.A. in political science from Marshall University. His first position in economic development was serving as deputy director of the Logan County Development Authority. Dennis is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University and the Community Development Institute of West Virginia University, and he is a Certified Business Retention Specialist with Business Retention and Expansion International.


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Krista Hoffman
Business Retention Program and Special Projects Manager
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Krista knows business from all angles, inside and out, having served 20 years as President and Manager of her family’s manufacturing business before entering economic development. She also knows Jefferson County inside and out as a native who currently lives in the area with her husband David and son Jacob. And as she continually enhances her credentials—she is now a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator with Business Retention and Expansion International—Krista is always alert to new possibilities and opportunities for Jefferson County business. “Helping businesses here grow and prosper gives me great personal satisfaction,” she says.


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Anna Padilla
Administrative Assistant
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A graduate of Shepherd University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history, Anna started her career in county government as the Commission Secretary/Grants Administrator with the Morgan County Commission. A native of Jefferson County, she now lives in the area with her husband Jay and their daughter Margot and says, “It’s gratifying to see Jefferson County really come into its own as a great place to do business, and to be part of the team that’s making it happen.”


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Ryan Snyder
Agriculture Development Program Coordinator
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The fourth generation to live and work his family’s Shepherdstown farm, Ryan grew up learning the business at home and as an active member of 4-H and FFA, eventually earning an American FFA degree. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management and minors in agriculture and natural resources law, economics, and environmental economics. In 2021, he competed as a member of the team which won the prestigious WV Collegiate Business Plan Contest by developing a business plan for a local meat processing facility. “New technology and innovation are nurturing agribusiness success here, and it’s great to be on the front lines helping,” he says.



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