Art C. Mead

Contact Information
(276) 326-6477
Location/delivery address: 

1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293-0016

Mailing Address: 

1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293-0016

Art represents the Center’s Southwest Virginia Office at the University’s College
at Wise.

He was Town Manager in Bluefield, Virginia for 17 years and started employment with the
University in 1997, serving Virginia local governments in a consultant capacity. Art is a U.S. Navy veteran. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center’s Senior Executive Institute.

Services to local government have included utility rate analysis, assistance in budget formulation, one day retreats for governing bodies, customized training for elected and
planning officials and various activities focused on finding solutions to problems or achieving goals.

Art’s work related travels have taken him from the Cumberland Gap to the Eastern Shore and the Sjunik District of Armenia.

Education: 

B.A., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
M.P.A., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Expertise: 

Local municipal government budget analysis and preparation
Human resource "issues resolution" - budgetary, legal, and operational
Water and sewer utility management
Public funds investment, debt financing, pension systems, and insurance

Major Projects: 

Town and city organizational leadership
Zoning ordinance for Town of Clintwood Planning Commission
Facilitate meetings of elected officials and others in City of Covington, Town of Pulaski, and Scott County
Negotiations facilitator between members of Pepper's Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority

Experience: 

Town Manager of Bluefield, VA - 18 years
Former board member, VA Local Government Management Association
Board member with VML self-insurance pool programs - 10 years
Planning District Commission board member