Danielle Poe has been named director of economic development for Franklin County. She has been assistant director of economic development in Roanoke County since 2022 where she has been responsible for real estate development, business retention and expansion, and key community partnerships. Before joining Roanoke County, she was business manager for the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, economic development specialist for Downtown Roanoke, Inc., and worked in real estate and property management.

“Franklin County has made key public investments that position the County for growth,” said Poe. “I’m excited to put my passion for economic development to work helping the County take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

“Dani is the experienced leader needed at a critical juncture in Franklin County’s progress,” said County Administrator Christopher Whitlow. “It was clear during the interview process that she understands the County’s value proposition and knows how to leverage the county’s advantages to create jobs and investment, develop its workforce, and continue to enhance livability.” Poe is 2024 chair of Leadership Roanoke Valley and was named to the 2024 “40 Under 40” by the Roanoker magazine. She is a graduate of Radford University and will graduate from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute program next month. She will begin her new position April 15.