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Alliance Welcomes New Director of Government Relations-Barry Butler

(Lynchburg, VA)- The Alliance is pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Butler as Director of Government Relations. Barry Butler comes to the Alliance with over 20 years of political, legislative and lobbying experience, having worked on over 15 congressional, state legislative, and national campaigns in Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere across the United States. Additionally, Barry has represented numerous nonprofit organizations within the private sector, including serving as Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach with AARP’s Virginia office and Government Relations Director for the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association.

In this role, Barry will manage the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s public policy work, monitor, and provide guidance on issues affecting the Alliance and its members and represent the organization and its members at the local, state, and federal levels on public policy issues impacting local business and the economic development of the Lynchburg region. Barry also has impressive educational experience, including a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from NC Central University awarded in 1999, an International Politics certificate from Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College earned during summer of 2012, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University awarded in 2013.

Prior to the Alliance, Barry served as President of Barry Butler Strategies, a sole proprietorship political consulting firm focused on strategic planning, government relations, advocacy & legislative strategies. Additionally, he was the State Director for South Forward Oklahoma Political Action Committee from July 2014 through November 2015. In these roles, Barry Butler sought to coordinate work with organizations and coalitions relating to legislative priorities including voting rights, tax policy, retirement security, long-term care, prevention of elder abuse, and expansion of Medicaid for lower income Virginia residents.

“I have always been interested in economic development, the role that businesses of every size play in the community. Working for the Alliance is a tremendous opportunity to do government relations work in these areas,” shared Barry Butler upon stepping into his new role at the Alliance. Also, Barry shared that he is “most excited about returning to the Lynchburg area because it brings me closer to my kids, being able to attend more of their school events than I have over the last several years. I’m also excited to be a part of helping the region develop and grow over the years to come.”

In his free time, Barry Butler is a passionate supporter of Virginia’s craft beer industry, proud supporter of Duke University sports, and a newly minted supporter of Liverpool LC. Barry is also a strong supporter of Virginia’s recent adoption of the non-partisan redistricting process. 

About the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is the region’s oldest and largest business and professional association. As a combined chamber of commerce and economic development organization, the Alliance serves as the united voice for the Lynchburg region’s business community. For nearly 750 local organizations and their employees, our mission is to lead regional economic development through: Generating Jobs & Investment; Promoting the Region’s Brand and Image Globally; Cultivating Talent, and Enhancing the Business Climate.

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Contact Information

Ryan Weaks
Director of Marketing & Communications
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
(919) 370-0876 │