Regional Growth Manager
Sam Wolford is a Regional Growth Manager in the southwest Virginia area and also manages the statewide Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program through a partnership between GENEDGE, the Mid-Atlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (MATAAC), and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.
With over 23 years of experience, Sam has expertise in leading, mentoring, developing, managing, and implementing solutions in engineering, technologies, emergency operations, workforce development, and project management. Sam has a personal narrative of strategic innovation, and creative collaboration, leading to successful program management, and delivery. Primarily focusing on government based implementations, he has tackled complex challenges and provided award winning programmatic solutions.
Prior to joining GENEDGE, he supported Tazewell County by leading the operation of Public Safety, Technology, Workforce Development, and by providing special project coordination across various governmental disciplines. Tazewell County received two Governor’s Technology Awards for Innovative Use of Technology in Economic Development and in Government through Sam’s program work during his time there.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College School of Engineering Technology & Computer Science, and is a Nationally Certified Workforce Development Professional.
Outside of GENEDGE, Sam is actively involved in non-profit organizations as a member of boards of directors and advisory boards for both educational institutions and service organizations.