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City selects Hughes

Suffolk finally made it official on Friday by removing the word “acting” from the title of acting Director of Economic Development Kevin Hughes.

Hughes has been at the helm of the department since May 2009, when former director Cynthia Cave turned in a forced resignation. Hughes has worked for the city since 2005 as a senior business development manager.

“Our Economic Development team has made tremendous strides with Kevin at the helm,” said City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn in a press release issued Friday. “He has vision, great energy and a real desire to assist businesses and industries looking to locate and those that already call Suffolk home.”

Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from James Madison University. Prior to working in Suffolk, Hughes was employed by Nexus Direct and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.

During his employment with the city, Hughes has managed more than 35 locations and expansion projects, totaling more than $56 million in capital investment. The projects have led to the creation of more than 400 new jobs and the expansion or occupation of more than four million square feet of commercial space.

“I am honored that the city manager has selected me for the position of economic development director,” Hughes said in the press release. “I am excited to expand my role with the city, and look forward to being an integral part in the continued economic growth and prosperity of the city of Suffolk.”

Hughes’ new position becomes effective Tuesday. He is engaged to Cathy Denton, and will soon move from Virginia Beach to Suffolk.