GETTING TO KNOW TYLER:
What are some of your goals as you lead the Finance and Strategic Initiatives and Economic Development Functions?
"We've already met some initial goals in that we've created a real-time budget tracker which allows for deeper insight in the County budget's analytics, reporting to departments, and most importantly, a clearer, easy-to-read budget format for residents to view. We've also worked closely with County Administration and the School System to secure the best possible financing rates and funding options for the Rustburg Middle School project, which has been quite rewarding as a public servant. We were also pleased to assist in finalizing funds for the Public Safety radio project. It's refreshing to see first-hand how these projects help the community, which was often out of view when working in the corporate world.
On the Economic Development side, we're excited to roll out a new database and online engagement tool to help us more directly engage with local businesses to hear and respond to their needs. We're also leading the COVID-19 Business Grant process to provide locally distributed federal funds toward eligible business expenses created by the pandemic. We want local businesses to know that we are here to help and support them and that we are relationship and service-focused. It's a joy to personally get to know our local business owners face-to-face and be accessible to them. We take pride in finding savings for them, pointing them to available resources, and coming along beside them as our partners and fellow members of the community when they encounter challenges."
What challengers have you experienced in these new roles?
"COVID-19 has certainly proven to be a challenge for not only families, but also for local businesses. We are striving to minimize a lot of the confusion surrounding what businesses can and can't do, as directed by the state and federal governments. Stringent guidelines can keep us from moving as quickly as we'd like, but we're committed to informing businesses of the grants, programs, and information available to help them not only get through this trying time, but hopefully help them thrive while dealing with changes brought on by the pandemic."
What have you learned as you lead these finance and business functions?
"I've learned that Campbell County is truly a team environment, inside the organization as well as with our business clients. We have a fantastic team of professionals working to support the budget process as well as externally supporting our business partners in the community. This attitude of help and support is one of the wonderfully unique attributes of this area and its refreshing to see it in our organization and in our community.
One of the most significant things I've learned and try to share with others is that a locality experiences its greatest growth by nurturing the businesses already established here. The more we help them grow, the more our community flourishes. 80% of our growth and development is projected to come from our local business establishment, so our focus will be to continue with that approach while devoting the needed time to attract new prospects toward what we have to offer. Our message remains - supporting your local businesses is key to our collective success.
It's also important to set aside time to get to know your clients and personally hear their stories, their aims, and their concerns. I am genuinely curious about how they were drawn to their business venture, what they've learned, and what their future plans are. The interpersonal connections made during our '52 in 52' business visitations gave us insights into their successes, dreams and struggles. For me, personal interaction is the best way to establish a solid and trusting rapport that can be built on over the years - it helps us tailor our support specifically to their needs."
What would you like businesses to know about you and your team?
"We're here and we want to interact with them. We're dedicated to implementing new technology that makes information and feedback easier and more convenient for them as well as providing more opportunities for them to gain more local and national online exposure. We're also capable and available to wear multiple hats in serving them and helping them over roadblocks to their success. "
My role and that of our team is to constantly scan the County's financial and business horizon to ensure we're positioned to take advantage of the best opportunities for our locality and businesses as well as be prepared for any economic storms that may be coming our way. With that knowledge, planning and commitment to service, we can partner with them to successfully move Campbell County ahead in the business and finance sectors."
What are some things about you that your staff, business clients and others may not know?
"I'm an outdoors guy. I love to hunt and camp, which makes Campbell County and the surrounding area ideal for me and my family. I'm also an avid fan of the Florida Gators and football. I enjoy riding motorcycles, traveling and meeting new people. My wife Karen and I have a daughter Sophia, and we enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the Campbell County community.
And...I love to eat, My favorite restaurants are the Colonial Restaurant and the Drug Store Grill, not only for the great food, but also for the decor' which reminds me of my small-town, western roots."
We welcome Tyler in his new, expanded role and invite you to reach out his office at 434-332-9667 or email him directly at email@example.com to get acquainted.