Neal J. Barber, President
93 Bobwhite Lane
Locust Hill, VA 23092
Cell 804.761.0186
Phone 804.758.0640
barber@va.metrocast.net


Neal J. Barber, President

 

Presentation of Professional Qualifications

Forty two years of executive responsibility in state and local government including nine years of service in the gubernatorial appointed position of Director of Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
A 1987 survey of local governments by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission rated DHCD as the top state agency with a 99 percent customer satisfaction rating. During my tenure as Director, DHCD also was recognized as a national leader in providing state housing assistance, regulation of the building industry, rural development, community development and business development. DHCD was a leader among state agencies in the implementation of Strategic Management and Total Quality Management principles. Also, I served as President of the Council of State Community Development Agencies. I was honored as one of 25 Housing Leaders in Virginia by the Virginia Housing Coalition in 2007.
In several positions I worked with Virginia’s governors and the General Assembly in the development and implementation of numerous statewide policy initiatives ranging from prevention of homelessness to initiatives directed at the recovery of rural and urban economically distressed areas. I have worked with business and government leaders to enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s distressed communities.
Community Futures
President (3/2009)

Provides a variety of consulting services to local governments, governmental organizations and non-profit organizations on housing and community development issues ranging from strategic planning to project management.

Town of West Point
Economic Development Coordinator (12/2005 to 2/2009)

Spearheads the economic and community programs for the Town, business recruitment, commercial development, tourism, existing business expansion, small business development, downtown redevelopment, waterfront development, neighborhood revitalization and industrial park development.

Virginia's First Cities Coalition
Executive Director (11/2004 to 12/2005)

The Virginia First Cities Coalition, a coalition of 15 core central cities, seeks changes in state policy enhancing the vitality of older cities. The priorities of the Coalition include educational reform, transportation enhancements and expanded redevelopment.

Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership
Manager Community Resources (2003 to 11/2004)

The Community Resources program enhanced local and regional economic development capacity focusing on the development of appropriate locations for business development. The Community Resources program prepared customized site study reports for business prospects, maintained an office in Southwest Virginia, and provided leadership on special initiatives such as brownfields redevelopment, Virtual Buildings and Right Now Sites.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Director, Community Assistance (9/99 to 2003)

The Community Assistance Program enhanced the economic competitiveness of localities and regions, particularly those with lagging economies. Strategic planning, infrastructure assessment and marketing assistance necessary to attract appropriate development was provided through three regional offices are located in Richmond, Southwest and Southside Virginia.

Virginia’s River Country
Director (6/96 to 9/99)

I organized and served as the first Director of Virginia’s River Country. Virginia’s River County, a rural economic development organization serving the ten counties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, promoted development that was in harmony with the natural and cultural resources of the region.

The Urban Partnership
Director (7/94 to 6/96)

I served as the first Director of The Urban Partnership. The Urban Partnership, an unprecedented alliance between eighteen of Virginia’s major urban areas and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, was created to seek legislative solutions to the urban conditions that negatively impact Virginia’s economic competitiveness. The Urban Partnership’s major legislative proposals were adopted by the 1996 General Assembly.

VA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Director (7/85 to 6/94)
Acting Director (1/85 to 7/85)
Deputy Director (9/82 to 1/85)
Associate Director (1/82 to 9/82)
Chief, Office of Policy Analysis and Research (5/79 to 1/82)

During my tenure as Director, DHCD had a budget of $88 million and 130 authorized staff. Annually, DHCD allocated over $500 million in state and federal resources.

The Department administered the following programs:
Housing ($53 million)
Multifamily Rehabilitation and Development
Single Family Rehabilitation and Indoor Plumbing
Low-income Housing Tax Credits
Homeowner Financing and Downpayment Assistance
Congregate and Transitional Housing
Emergency Shelters and Homeless Prevention
Emergency Home Repairs
Weatherization
Nonprofit Housing Corporation Administrative Support
Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy
Virginia Housing Training Center
Community Development ($31 million)
Community Development Block Grant
Virginia Appalachian Regional Commission
Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund
Private Activity Bond Program
Enterprise Zone Program
Rural Economic Development Planning Grants
Main Street Program
Planning District Commissions
Business Modernization Program
Building Regulation ($2.5 million)
Uniform Statewide Building Code
Building Maintenance Code
Virginia Building Code Academy
Tradesmen Certification Program
State Fire Marshal/Statewide Prevention Code
Industrialized Building Code
Manufactured Housing Regulation
Center on Rural Development ($.5 million)
Strategic Planning Partnerships
Rural Innovation Grants

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
Executive Director (5/73 to 5/79)

LENOWISCO Planning District Commission
Regional Planner (6/71 to 5/73)
Area Extension Agent/Resource Development (6/67 to 9/69)

Tennessee Valley Authority
Regional Planner (9/69 to 6/71)

1962-67
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

1969-71
University of Tennessee
Major: Urban and Regional Planning

Council of State Community Development Agencies, President (1989-1990)
Middle Peninsula Land Trust, President (2009)
Virginia Community Capital, Board of Directors (2007– present)
Virginia Housing Coalition, Board of Directors (2005– present), Legislative Chairman (2008/2009)
West Point Tri Rivers Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
West Point Rotary, Board of Directors (2006 – 2009)
One of 25 Housing Leaders in Virginia (2006)
Sailing, Soccer and Woodworking
Married for 44 years with one son and three grandchildren

Neal Barber