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Chris joined the Regional Commission in December 2022. She has over 15 years of combined private and public sector experience in grant and project management including six years with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  Through her experience, she has been involved in a wide variety of community development and economic development projects, including water and sewer infrastructure, housing, brownfield redevelopment, community service facilities, downtown revitalization and broadband implementation. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography with a minor in environmental studies from Emory & Henry College. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Community and Organizational Leadership from Emory & Henry College, as well. Chris has a passion for assisting communities with planning, development and implementation of projects that not only improve the overall community, but also enhance the quality of life for the citizens of these communities. 
Chris can be reached at cowens@nrvrc.org