May 19, 2015

The Honorable Maurice Jones, Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade, will speak at a lunch meeting on Monday, June 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).  The event, which is sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is open to the community.

In his role as Secretary, Jones oversees the economic, community, and workforce development of the Commonwealth.  Each of the 13 commerce and trade agencies actively contributes to Virginia's economic health and high quality of life.

Jones' remarks will kick off Business Appreciation Week in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The cost of the lunch is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members.  Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

Jones was appointed Secretary of Commerce and Trade by Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014.  Previously, he served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from April 2012 through January 2014.  As the second most senior official at HUD, Jones managed the Department's day-to-day operations, the annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,900 employees.

Prior to HUD, Jones was President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia.   Jones joined Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of Pilot Media, in 2005, serving as Vice President of the Landmark Publishing Group, consisting of multiple newspapers, including the News & Record in Greensboro, NC; The Roanoke Times; The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD; and Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., based in Shelbyville, KY.  In 2006, Jones became the Vice President and General Manager of Pilot Media, and in 2008 he became President and Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, the locally owned and managed newspaper founded in 1865.

A Kenbridge, Virginia native, Jones also served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner.  At the U.S. Treasury Department, Jones was Special Assistant to the General Counsel and he also served as Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and as Director of the Fund during the Clinton Administration.  Jones also worked for the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia and he was a Partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners, a firm that invests millions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to assist low-income children.

Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations.  He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Business Appreciation Week is being celebrated in Danville and Pittsylvania County from May 31 – June 6, 2016.  With a tagline of “Thank you for choosing to grow here,” the region is planning events to show appreciation to businesses that have chosen to locate, invest, and grow in the region.  During Business Appreciation Week we acknowledge the companies that diversify and enhance the industry of Danville and Pittsylvania County.  Business Appreciation Week is being sponsored by the City of Danville Economic Development, Pittsylvania County, and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.