Barber has devoted his entire professional
career to improving the conditions of Virginia’s
communities with a particular emphasis on
distressed areas. Prior to forming his own
company, Community Futures he served was under
contract with the Town of West Point’s
Economic Development Authority. Prior to that
Neal was the Director of Virginia’s
First Cities Coalition and he also served
as the Director of the Urban Partnership.
These organizations are devoted to improving
the conditions in older core central cities.
As Director of the Virginia Department of
Housing and Community Development, Neal tackled
the difficult problems of revitalizing distressed
rural and urban areas with the objective of
building economically balanced communities.
Neal has worked to enact and implement many
of the State’s redevelopment programs,
Enterprise Zones, Regional Competitiveness
Act, Main Street Program, Housing Partnership
Fund, etc. Neal’s professional responsibilities
have ranged from project management to strategic
planning to legislative lobbying to regulatory
compliance. Neal’s greatest accomplishments
have been in helping communities and organizations
achieve their vision.