Dr. Christy Blake
Christy Blake knows her way around economic development. She also knows her way around the metro region, having worked in economic development capacities in Loudoun, Fairfax and Alexandria, VA, as well as Hagerstown, MD. Christy holds a Master in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech, with a graduate certificate in Economic Development. Her broad, regional experience is a perfect fit for her new role as Business Development Manager for MCEDC.
Christy joins MCEDC most recently from the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, where she was a Business Development Manager. She’s also held other management positions for economic development offices in Northern Virginia, working in community building, revitalization efforts, business development and research. Christy is taking lessons learned over the years and using that experience to influence strategy, direction and idea generation in Montgomery.
With her regional perspective, Christy is excited about the innovation that is happening in MoCo, along with the county’s welcoming and ‘business friendly’ approach. She appreciates MoCo as a unique melting pot of cultures and for its diversity in business.
When not cooking up business development, she may be found entertaining with her regionally-famous Collard Green Wrap Butternut Squash and Beef Enchiladas. Hiking, yoga, mountain biking and travel are her passions, with future getaway plans to include Colombia, South America. Best professional advice she’s received can be translated into math equations: 5+4=9 and so does 3×3 — choose your own path and allow others to do the same. Good advice no matter what county you live in.