ROANOKE, Va. – Appalachian Power has named the top executive of a major area chamber of commerce to be the new external affairs manager for its southern Virginia and New River Valley service area—about one-third of its territory in Virginia.
“I am pleased to announce that Amanda Witt, president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, will be joining us at Appalachian Power to be responsible for our community and government interactions in counties that run from southern Virginia through the New River Valley from the North Carolina border to West Virginia,” said Larry Jackson, Appalachian’s external affairs director for Virginia and Tennessee. “We are committed to developing energy solutions that power our communities and improve lives, and we believe Amanda’s experience and reputation in this part of Virginia will help her transition easily to a new job with Appalachian.”
Witt has been chamber president since 2007. She also has served as the chamber’s executive director of the Partnership for Economic Growth during that time. Previously, she was deputy director at the chamber and was marketing and research associate for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. She is a 2004 graduate of Ferrum College.
Witt will be located at the company’s Fieldale Service Center and will cover Henry, Patrick, Carroll, Grayson, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Floyd, Pulaski, Montgomery, Giles and Craig counties.
Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.