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May 30, 2017

Economic development manager coming from N.C.

Tom Wisemiller has a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in American history from Ohio State University.
His work in local government strategic planning, downtown revitalization and with business prospects in targeted economic sectors has prepared him well for this role.
— Town Manager Brannon Godfrey
Tom Wisemiller
• Age: 46

• Home: near Greenville, N.C.

• Position: New Warrenton economic development director, starting July 5.

• Annual salary: $85,000.

• Experience: Planner and economic development project director, City of Greenville, N.C., 2005-present.

• Education: Master’s degree, regional planning, Cornell University, 2005; bachelor’s degree, American history, Ohio State University, 2003; Upper Arlington High School, Ohio, 1989.

• Family: Wife, Staci; two children, Tommy, 9, and Regan, 6.
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Warrenton has hired a new economic development manager.

Thomas G. Wisemiller will start July 5 after 12 years as a staff planner and economic development project director in Greenville, N.C.

Mr. Wisemiller, 46, will earn $85,000 annually in Warrenton. He will succeed Heather Stinson who resigned in March.

“I think it’s a good professional opportunity for me. This would be another step up into a management position,” Mr. Wisemiller said in a phone interview Tuesday. “In addition, the place knocked me off my feet. It’s in a good location in the outer edge of the D.C. metro area. It has beautiful landscape and a historic town with good character. It’s a good place to raise a family.

“Warrenton’s really well-situated,” he added. “In terms of economic development, it’s easy to sell and promote.”

Mr. Wisemiller’s goals in his new position include “really trying to learn and see where the community is headed. Advocate for economic development, capital investment, things that would create jobs and the kind of growth the community wants.

“I think the first goal is to meet a lot of people, build relationships and learn more about the community,” he said.

In Greenville, a city of 90,000 and home to East Carolina University, he focused on long-range land use planning, historic preservation, downtown revitalization and economic development.

“He competed and rose to the top against some very talented finalists,” Warrenton Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said of the selection. “I’m looking forward to having him on the town management team.

“Tom has an excellent academic base and is ready to take on the challenges as our lead economic development staff,” Mr. Godfrey added. “His work in local government strategic planning, downtown revitalization and with business prospects in targeted economic sectors has prepared him well for this role.”

Mr. Wisemiller previously worked nine years on special projects as assistant to the president at Dorward Energy Corp. in Dublin, Ohio.

He has a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in American history from Ohio State University.

Mr. Wisemiller grew up near Columbus, Ohio.

Twenty people applied for the Town of Warrenton economic development director’s position after about a month of advertising.

A panel interviewed finalists on May 16. Mr. Godfrey, county Economic Development Director Miles Friedman, Culpeper Tourism and Economic Development Director Paige Read, commercial real estate broker Ernest Hueter and Piedmont Press & Graphics owner Tony Tedeschi served on the panel.

Mr. Wisemiller’s wife, Staci is a mental health professional. They have two children Tommy, 9, and Regan, 6, and will move to the area in the coming weeks.

> Click here to watch a TV report featuring Mr. Wisemiller.

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