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Radford hires native as its new economic development director

Radford’s new economic development director has come home.

Kim Repass, 43, began her new role with the city Monday after spending the past two decades working in the nation’s capital. She was employed with Northern Virginia firm GSB Communications, serving as a senior vice president and director of meetings and education where she oversaw public relations campaigns, marketing and materials development, according to a city of Radford news release.

A graduate of Radford High School, Repass said she took a job in Washington, D.C., as soon as she graduated from Radford University in 1998.

“I loved working in D.C. and I love Northern Virginia, but there’s no place like home,” she said in a phone interview late Thursday morning.

Repass said she’s in the process of catching up from where former director Blair Hoke left off. Hoke took a job with the Salem Red Sox in late March. She held her position in Radford for less than a year before leaving for Salem. Her salary was $65,000 when she left, according to city spokeswomen Jenni Wilder.

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