Telly Tucker currently serves the Director of Economic Development for the City of Danville, Virginia. He is responsible for leading the Economic Development efforts for the City with a staff of 4 full-time employees and one Economic Development Consultant. Tucker also serves as staff to the Danville Industrial Development Authority and staff to the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Facility Authority. He serves on the Board of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Danville-Pittsylvania County Business Development Center. In 2014, Tucker received the prestigious Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation granted by the International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C.
Prior to his current post in Danville, Tucker served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development in James City County, Virginia. During his three years in James City County he managed business attraction, the Enterprise Zone program, and assisted with their business retention, expansion, and tourism programs.
Tucker also spent two years working for the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development in Richmond, Virginia as the Community Development Administrator, administering the Virginia Enterprise Zone program which disbursed annual incentives of more than $15 million to 69 different localities across the Commonwealth.
From 2007 – 2010 he served as an Economic Development Specialist for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. During his time in Lynchburg, he codirected the City of Lynchburg’s One™ programs which have been awarded the Virginia Economic Development Association’s Community Economic Development Award, the Southern Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award, and the Virginia Municipal League 2008 Achievement Award.
Prior to 2007, Tucker spent three years as an educator in Lynchburg City Schools teaching Spanish, and SOL remediation while also coaching football and basketball at Sanduksy Middle School.
Tucker is an accomplished pianist, Padewreski Medal Award recipient, and has served in music director roles in the cities of Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Hampton, Virginia.
He is a Lynchburg native and a 1997 graduate of E.C. Glass High School and obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business and Spanish from James Madison University in 2004.