Lynchburg Director of Economic Development, Marjette Upshur, was recently named a NextGen Public Service Awards Finalist. Hosted by the Young Government Leaders and GovLoop, finalists for the annual NextGen Public Service Awards were recognized on August 2nd. The award recognizes deserving individuals who are intelligent, exuberant and dedicated to improving government.
Marjette serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Lynchburg where she works alongside new and existing businesses to provide a bridge between the private sector and local government. During her tenure at the City of Lynchburg, Marjette has championed a number of public/private partnerships initiatives aimed at transforming traditional economic development into citizen focused economic empowerment.
Marjette has worked alongside state elected officials to create an arts and culture district in downtown Lynchburg, partnered with the White House National Economic Council to pave the way for Lynchburg’s designation as a nationally recognized TechHire Community, and partnered with local employers to create a training pipeline for Lynchburg’s citizens, providing over 400 jobs for the City’s underserved community.
Marjette is a seasoned public servant with decades of experience in the private sector insurance, banking and telecommunications. Her high energy style and knack for interpersonal relationships underpins her commitment to serving the City of Lynchburg.