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Regional Development Victoria appoints new CEO

The Victorian Government has appointed a new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria.

The Victorian Government has appointed a new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria.

Beth Jones will be the first female CEO of the organisation, which is the state’s leading agency for rural and regional economic development.

Regional Development Victoria aims to build stronger communities by supporting business investment, local jobs and infrastructure for local people.

Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector, where she handled program deliver, regulatory reform, industry and community engagement, policy development and emergency management.

He skills and expertise have positioned her perfectly to lead the organisation, according to the Victorian Government.

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“Living and working in rural and regional Victoria, I understand the importance of strong and connected communities,” Jones said.

“Regional Development Victoria has a central role to play in supporting jobs growth, better infrastructure and new investment for the benefit of rural and regional Victorians and I look forward to working to deliver this.”

In addition, Jones has also been appointed Deputy Secretary for the Rural and Regional Victoria group within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

She will commence both roles on 13 June and will be based in Ballarat.

“Jones’ leadership experience and understanding of rural and regional communities will be vital in delivering the government’s fundamental program of building jobs, business investment and infrastructure across the state,” Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said.

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