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Roanoke Regional Airport Commission Welcomes New Commission Member Amanda Marko 

ROANOKE, Va. (May 2, 2023) – The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda Marko. She is an appointee of the City of Roanoke and was confirmed by City Council to a four-year initial term effective March 10, 2023.

Marko joins the commission as a passionate economic development professional with leadership experience serving on the Mill Mountain Advisory Board (2020-present), Junior Achievement classroom volunteer (2006-present), Danville (PA) Business Alliance board of directors and economic vitality chair (2014-17), Columbia Montour (PA) Chamber of Commerce board of directors (2017), and WECO Fund, Inc. board of directors and marketing committee chair (2008-11).

Marko is the president and chief connection officer for Connected Strategy Group, engaging stakeholders during times of change by connecting the business strategy to opportunities for global companies, economic development organizations, start-ups, and financial services firms.

Marko received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) from Ohio University in 1999 before attending the Naval War College and earning her MA in national security and strategic studies in 2008.

In announcing the appointment of Marko, Roanoke Regional Airport Commission Executive Director Mike Stewart commented, “Amanda’s impressive track record and drive for achieving sustainable results through a dynamic approach to generating economic opportunity is a great addition to our team and we look forward to working with her.”

Stewart also expressed the commission's appreciation to Cynthia Lawrence for her exemplary service on the commission, saying, “Cynthia has been an extremely involved and trusted advocate of the airport for over 12 years and she will be missed.”

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About the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission 

The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission operates the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, gateway to Southwestern Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge. 

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