BCDA Hires New Director

Tabitha Barbarito, Director
Tabitha Barbarito, Director, BCDA.

The Bedford County Development Association is pleased to announce that Tabitha Barbarito recently joined its staff.  She follows Terri Brumbaugh who retired in mid-March from BCDA after an 11- year tenure.

Prior to joining BCDA, Barbarito worked for the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation in Cumberland, Maryland.  Most recently, she was employed with Downtown Bedford, Inc. (DBI)

Barbarito joined the BCDA team in February.  “Tabitha’s experience and skill set fit very well with BCDA.  She is an accomplished grant writer, project manager and is well-acquainted with our business community.  We are pleased to welcome her to our team,” said Mark Bollman, BCDA Chair.

“It was my pleasure to spend the last year and a half getting to know Bedford through DBI.  I look forward to expanding upon that knowledge and serving Bedford County through my work with BCDA,” noted Barbarito.

BCDA’s newest hire grew up in a rural county in West Virginia and has lived in multiple metro areas.  “In 2015 my husband and I decided to move away from the hustle and bustle of the DC Metro Area.  We looked for an area with amazing natural resources, friendly and authentic downtowns and strong communities, all while still being just two hours from major metro areas,” Barbarito explained.  “Bedford County is fortunate to offer these amenities.”

“Tabitha’s responsibilities will support business retention and recruitment.  She a quick study and is acclimating well,” said Bette Slayton, BCDA President.

Barbarito joins another new member on the BCDA team.  Andrew Trexler, Startup Business Coach, joined the economic development agency four months ago.

“BCDA has a broad range of goals to accomplish in 2019.  We are optimistic that we have the board and staff in place to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of us,” noted Bollman.