Public Relations

The Public Relations department works with all other county offices and departments to ensure that citizens have access to reliable, accurate, and timely information. Public Relations oversees county messaging that goes out to citizens, businesses, and media outlets. Responsibilities include: 

  • Managing Pittsylvania County social media accounts on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.  
  • Working as a liaison with news media outlets by providing information, conducting interviews, and arranging interviews with other county representatives, when necessary.  
  • Developing a steady flow of information to disseminate to Pittsylvania County citizens through a wide range of channels, including social media, newsletters, the county website, a weekly podcast, and local media outlets, among others. 
  • Ensuring that all information coming from Pittsylvania County is helpful, accurate, and up-to-date. 
  • Driving efforts to promote the county to county employees and citizens.
  1. Caleb Ayers - Public Relations Manager

    Caleb Ayers

    Phone: 434-713-5974

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  1. BOS Recap Graphic

    Board of Supervisors January Recap

    The Board of Supervisors made some impactful decisions during January's Business Meeting, including instituting $500 hazard pay bonus for fire and rescue volunteers and requesting that a 1% sales tax increase go on the November ballot again. Read on...
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    Reorganizational Meeting Recap

    During the Board's reorganizational meeting on January 4, three new Supervisors were sworn into office, a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman were appointed, and the County Administrator was terminated effective immediately. Additional Info...
  3. Newly Sworn In Board Members - three new representatives

    Three New Board Members Sworn into Office

    During Tuesday's reorganizational meeting, three new members of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors were sworn into office and a Chairman and Vice-Chairman were appointed. Read on...
  4. BOS Recap

    Board of Supervisors December Recap

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors made some important decisions regarding solar development, local election districts, the reassessment process, and sheriff deputy salaries. Learn more about December's Meeting
  5. Megasite Funding Announcement

    Governor Announces $150 Million in “Site Ready” Funds; Southern Virginia Megasite to Benefit

    Virginia Governor Northam announced that $150 million will be allocated to the Virginia Business Ready Site Program, and $100 million of that will be used for mega sites, including the Southern Virginia Megasite at Berry Hill, across the Commonwealth. Learn more about these funds
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    Grant Award to Connect 12,000 Unserved in Pittsylvania County

    The Pittsylvania County–RiverStreet Networks partnership to bring fiber-to-the-home internet to every unserved home in the County got a boost with the announcement of a $39.5 million grant award. These funds will facilitate a $75 million fiber network. Learn more about internet in Pittsylvania County
  7. Bissell Pet Shelter Promotion

    Pet Center Partners with BISSELL Pet Foundation for "Empty the Shelters" Event

    The Pittsylvania Pet Center has partnered with BISSELL Pet Foundation for the "Empty the Shelters" Holiday Hope Event, where all pet adoptions will cost just $25 through December 18. Learn more about $25 Pets through December 18
  8. Redistricting Plan A Map

    Redistricting Plan Selected for Advertisement

    During a called meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the Board of Supervisors selected redistricting Plan A to advertise over the next several weeks. The Board will be able to formally adopt this plan at December's regularly scheduled meeting. Read on...
  9. Solar Development in Pittsylvania County

    Board of Supervisors Update Solar Ordinance

    During Tuesday's meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved changes to the County's Solar ordinance. Some of the changes included increasing buffering and setback requirements and reducing the allowed distance between projects. Read More About the Changes
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    County IDA Enters Option Agreement with Energy Company; $150 Million Capital Investment Expected

    The Industrial Development Authority entered into an option agreement with Pittsylvania Energy Storage, LLC for a parcel in the Ringgold West Industrial Park. The proposed energy storage project would include a capital investment of at least $150 million. Learn more about the agreement
  11. Pet Food Pantry Graphic - November 19

    Pittsylvania Pet Center to Host Food Pantry

    Through a partnership with GreaterGood ®, the Pittsylvania Pet Center will be holding a Pet Food Pantry on Friday, November 19. A donation of $10 can get 50 pounds of pet food. Read on...
  12. Groundbreaking - Tyson

    Tyson Breaks Ground on New Facility in Ringgold

    State, regional, and local officials joined Tyson Foods for a groundbreaking on its new, 325,000 square-foot facility in the Cane Creek Centre on Thursday morning. The facility is expected to be operational in 2023. Read More!
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    Board of Supervisors October Recap

    The Board of Supervisors held a busy day of meetings on Tuesday. Among other things, the Board discussed how to appropriately allocate $1 million in ARPA funds for fire and rescue agencies and utilize transient occupancy tax revenue for county tourism. Read on...
  14. Redistricting Timeline of Public Comment Period

    Redistricting Public Comment Period Begins November 1

    The public comment period for Pittsylvania County's redistricting process will begin on November 1. Citizens will have access to virtual and hardcopy maps of three redistricting plans and will have several ways available to submit feedback. Read on...
  15. Solar Development in Pittsylvania County

    Legislative Committee Recommends Advertising Appropriate Revisions to Solar Ordinance

    During a called meeting on Tuesday, the Legislative Committee of the Board of Supervisors made a recommendation to have staff advertise appropriate revisions to Pittsylvania County's solar ordinance. Read on...
  16. Employee Satisfaction Survey Results

    Pittsylvania County Employee Morale Continues Upward Trend, Survey Shows

    Pittsylvania County conducted its third annual employee satisfaction survey, and the results show that employees enjoy working for the county, feel that their supervisors encourage their development, and would recommend the county as a great workplace. Read on...
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    Setting the Record Straight on the Blue Ridge Rock Festival

    To clarify misinformation about the County's relationship with Purpose Driven Events and what happened at the Blue Ridge Rock Fest, the County is publishing a two-part series about what happened at the BRRF and why the Country Festival was postponed. Read More or Listen to the Interview
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    Pittsylvania County Invoices Total $337,592 for Planned and Unplanned Expenses at Rock Festival

    Pittsylvania County invoiced Purpose Driven Events approximately $337,592 for services rendered during the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. Some of these expenses were planned and others resulted from the county taking over operations on Friday morning. Read on...
  19. Public Safety Reminder - 911 is for Emergencies

    Pittsylvania County Public Safety Encourages Community to Seek Appropriate Level of Care

    Amid frequent hospital diversions and staffing shortages, Pittsylvania County Public Safety, along with the volunteer EMS agencies across the county, is encouraging the community to seek the appropriate level of care for all injuries and illnesses. Read on...
  20. Solar Development in Pittsylvania County

    Board of Supervisors Legislative Committee to Discuss Limiting Solar Projects

    A called meeting of the Legislative Committee of the Board of Supervisors has been scheduled to discuss, among other things, ways to limit solar development in Pittsylvania County. Read on...
  21. Cane Creek Centre Graphic - shows success of park in last two years

    After Ikea Closure, Cane Creek Centre Seeing Flurry of Development

    Since IKEA announced the closure of its facility in the Cane Creek Centre in summer of 2019, several new projects have been announced there - totalling 1,187 new jobs and $402.9 million in capital investments in just over two years. Read on...
  22. internet is on the way - with wifi signals

    Pittsylvania County, Schools, and RiverStreet Networks Commit to Expanding Internet Coverage

    Pittsylvania County, County Schools and RiverStreet Networks starting fiber-to-the-home project for 11,985 unserved locations; County, Schools Commit $16.5 Million to Project. With MOU, parties agree to sign continue expanding coverage throughout county. Read on...
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    State of the Region Update

    Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman and Board Chairman Bob Warren joined leaders from the City of Danville for the annual "state of the region" to discuss how our area has made great strides despite the pandemic. Read On
  24. Pittsylvania County Redistricting Timeline

    Redistricting Process Underway

    Pittsylvania County is beginning the process of redrawing election districts. After developing plans and gathering public input, and once the plan is certified by the Virginia Attorney General, the newly drawn districts will go into effect in 2022. Read on...
  25. Miller and Ms. Pritchett

    Blairs Bridge Officially Renamed after the Late William Pritchett, First Black Supervisor in County

    Officials and community members gathered together Wednesday to dedicate the 29 Business North Bridge in Blairs as the William H. Pritchett Memorial Bridge. The late William Pritchett was the first Black supervisor in Pittsylvania County. Read on...

    Despite Inaction of Franklin County, Pittsylvania County Pledges Support for Cool Branch Agencies

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors recently showed its support for Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad by pledging to match all private donations made to the agencies between July 1 and September 30, 2021, up to $230,000. Read on...
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    Board of Supervisors August Recap

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a busy day of meetings Tuesday, and some of the highlights included allocating ARPA funds, approving VRA loans for solid waste improvements, and hearing an update on the internship program. Read on...
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    Pittsylvania County Successful in Economic Development in 2021

    Catch up on all the economic development success - including four new project announcements and two groundbreakings - that Pittsylvania County has experienced so far in 2021! Read on...
  29. Charles Miller Speaking at Event

    Chatham Bridge Officially Named after Clyde L. Banks, Sr.

    Community members and leaders gathered Monday for a ceremony to dedicate the Clyde L. Banks, Sr. Memorial Bridge, which is the bridge entering the town of Chatham from the South. The Board unanimously recommended naming this bridge after Mr. Banks. Read on...
  30. Morgan Olson Truck Key Handoff

    Morgan Olson Donates $175,000 Air Utility Vehicle to Pittsylvania County Public Safety

    Morgan Olson donated a new air utility vehicle worth approximately $175,000 to Pittsylvania County Public Safety on Wednesday morning. This vehicle allows for mobile refilling of air units and will be a major asset to Pittsylvania County. Read More!
  31. Training Session for Board of Supervisors Candidates

    Pittsylvania County Administration Hosts Training for Board of Supervisors Candidates

    Pittsylvania County Administration held an educational session on Tuesday afternoon for each of the candidates running for three seats that are up for election in November. The training included a high level overview of county government and operations. Read on...
  32. Board of Supervisors - 7/21

    Board of Supervisors July Meeting Recap

    During Tuesday' meetings, the Board of Supervisors approved a permit for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, enacted an increase to the meals tax and created a new transient occupancy tax, and created recruitment incentives. Read on...
  33. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Staunton River Plastics Breaks Ground on New Facility in Hurt

    Staunton River Plastics broke ground on a new 250,000-square foot facility in Hurt on Wednesday morning alongside of many state and local officials and community leaders. This will be the first project in the Southern Virginia Multimodal Park. Read On
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    Volunteer Agencies Improve Response Rate in FY 2021

    With increased funding from the Board of Supervisors, guidance from the Fire and Rescue Commission, and assistance from the Public Safety Department, most Pittsylvania County volunteer EMS agencies improved their response rates in FY 2021 from FY 2020. Read on...
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    Chairman Warren Addresses Fire and Rescue Commission about Cherrypicking Calls and Agency Funding

    Bob Warren, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, provided comments at Tuesday night's meeting of the Fire and Rescue Commission regarding misconceptions about agency funding and expressed concern about an agency admitting to cherrypicking calls. Read on...
  36. Dave Arnold - Assistant County Administrator

    Pittsylvania County Welcomes New Assistant County Administrator

    A proven leader with significant experience in geospatial technology, information and personnel management, and local government operations, Dave Arnold stepped into the new position of Assistant Pittsylvania County Administrator earlier this month. Read on...
  37. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Board of Supervisors Conditionally Approves Permits for Two Music Festivals at Called Meeting

    The Board of Supervisors approved permit applications for a Christian Music Festival and a Country Music Festival at the Blue Ridge Ampitheater in Blairs. These approvals are contingent on the organizers meeting several conditions. Read on...
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    Board of Supervisors June 15 Recap

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a busy day of meeting on June 15. Some of the highlights included approving revisions to the music festival ordinance, examining alternative tax options, and approving a new agency funding plan. Read on...
  39. Board of Supervisors Recap - May 18

    The Board of Supervisors held an afternoon work session and an evening business meeting on May 18. Below are some of the highlights. Read on...
  40. Logo-Protecting - Standing Together

    After Successful Operation, Gretna Community Vaccination Clinic to Close

    Approximately 1500 vaccines were distributed at the Gretna Community Vaccination Clinic over the past few months, but the site will be closing next week due to declining demand and an increase in vaccination opportunities. Read on...
  41. Public Safety Logo

    Fire and Rescue Commission Continuing to Make Progress

    The Pittsylvania County Fire and Rescue Commission continues to make progress in advancing the coordination and efficiency of fire and rescue operations. During its most recent meeting, the Commission made some important recommendations and progress. Read on...
  42. AeroFarms Breaks Ground on World's Largest Aeroponic Vertical Farm in Pittsylvania County

    Officials from Pittsylvania County and Danville, along with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, joined AeroFarms representatives on Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony for an indoor vertical farming facility in Ringgold, which will be the world's largest. Additional Info...
  43. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Funding approved for two fire trucks, future purchases to follow new replacement schedule

    The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion on Tuesday night allocating funding for two departments to purchase fire trucks and establishing that all future purchases must go through the Fire and Rescue Commission's replacement schedule. Read on...
  44. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Supervisors Meeting Recap - April 20

    The highlights of the Board of Supervisors' April 20 meeting include passing a resolution initiating a 1% sales tax referendum for school capital costs, creating a summer youth work program, and supporting renaming a bridge after a former supervisor. Read on...
  45. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves FY 2022 Budget

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the fiscal year 2022 budget during a called meeting Thursday night. The budget includes no tax or rate increases and a general fund of approximately $71.5 million. Read on...
  46. New COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Open in Gretna

    Pittsylvania County, in concert with the local health department and many other community partners, is opening a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Gretna. The site will have a separate registration from the State; just call 434-432-3582 and leave a message. Read on...
  47. Current Towers RiverStreet Networks

    New Partnership Bringing Broadband to Pittsylvania County

    RiverStreet Networks and Pittsylvania County announce a partnership to bring broadband internet service to Pittsylvania County. Five fixed wireless towers are already active and ready for customers. Read on...
  48. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Board of Supervisors March 16 Meeting Recap

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a productive day of meetings on Tuesday. Some of the highlights included a proposed FY 2022 budget and presentations about the 2022 reassessment and the small business assistance grants. Read on...
  49. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Developer awarded additional state funds for affordable housing in Pittsylvania County

    Landmark Asset Services, Inc. was awarded $615,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to help in the conversion of the old Southside High School and Blairs Middle School into affordable rental housing for local families. Read on...
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    Pittsylvania County Spring Baseball to Proceed with Safety Precautions

    After being forced to cancel the past few sporting seasons due to COVID-19, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation will move forward with spring baseball in 2021. The season will run from the middle of May through July 17. Read on...
  51. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Pittsylvania County continues to negotiate Cool Branch funding and coverage with Franklin County

    Pittsylvania County continues to negotiate with Franklin County regarding funding and coverage areas for the Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. County leaders are determined to find a fair resolution soon. Read on...
  52. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Tipping Fee Waived at Pittsylvania County Landfill through May 14 after Severe Winter Weather

    After the severe winter weather that slammed our region on February 13, downing trees and power lines and leaving many without power, Pittsylvania County leaders decided to waive tipping fees for storm debris at the landfill through May 14. Read on...
  53. Pittsylvania County apologizes for confusing reassessment letter, seeks to clarify misinformation

    Pittsylvania County apologizes for the confusing letter about the 2022 reassessment that was sent out this week and seeks to clarify misinformation and misunderstandings about this. Read on...
  54. Public Safety Logo

    Pittsylvania County Offices Closed on February 18

    All Pittsylvania County offices will be closed on February 18 due to the severe winter weather that is coming to our region. This storm is projected to be even more severe than the previous week's. Read on...
  55. Pittsylvania County Logo2017_2

    Pittsylvania County Declares Local State of Emergency for Upcoming Winter Weather

    The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency in preparation for projected severe winter weather during their Tuesday night meeting. Read on...
  56. Main Lobby of Elections Center

    Registrar's Office Moving to New Elections and Training Center

    Effective February 22, the Pittsylvania County Department of Elections and Voter Registrar is moving into the new Pittsylvania County Elections and Training Center, located at 18 Depot Street, Chatham, VA 24531. Read on...
  57. Black History Month 2021

    In honor of Black History month, learn about some of the most impactful African-Americans in Pittsylvania County. These individuals fought for and spearheaded significant social change and progress.
  58. Board of Supervisors give laptops to county resident DCC students

    Utilizing $150,000 in CARES Act funds, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors provided laptops to hundreds of County residents that attend Danville Community College on Friday. Read on...
  59. Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director Recognized in Virginia Business’ “2020 Power List”

    Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director Matt Rowe was recognized in Virginia Business' 2020 Power List, a recognition of Rowe’s innovative work in recruiting and retaining businesses in Pittsylvania County. Read on...
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    Reassessment contractor using technology to increase accuracy, reduce costs

    Pittsylvania County reassessment contractor Brightminds LLC is utilizing drone technology to capture aerial photos of county properties. This improves the accuracy of the results and reduces the costs for the county. Read on...
  61. Emily Ragsdale

    Six Months in, Director Pushing for Comprehensive Modernization of Community Development

    Pittsylvania County Community Development Director Emily Ragsdale is looking to make sweeping changes of the Pittsylvania County Comprhensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance--two steps that will improve the experience of county citizens and businesses. Read on...
  62. Pittsylvania County, regulatory agencies hold productive informational session

    To address a number of concerns brought forth about the First Piedmont Landfill in Ringgold during recent public hearings, Pittsylvania County hosted a productive informational session through zoom for area residents. Read on...
  63. Board of Supervisors reappoint Chairman, Vice-Chairman

    During its annual reorganizational meeting on Monday afternoon, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors reappointed Bob Warren as the Chairman and Ron Scearce as the Vice-Chairman for the 2021 calendar year. Read on...
  64. Nick Morris, Pittsylvania County Project Manager

    Pittsylvania County Project Manager Making Crucial Improvements with CARES Act Money

    Hired in mid-August to utilize CARES Act funds for major infrastructure and service improvements, Pittsylvania County Project Manager Nick Morris is coordinating projects that will benefit county employees and citizens for years to come. Read on...
  65. Pittsylvania County 2020 recap graphic

    2020 Year in Review

    Pittsylvania County government had a busy year and effectively met the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Check out some of the highlights! Additional Info...
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    Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Hold Productive Day of Meetings

    In its first time meeting in the newly renovated ECC auditorium, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a productive day of meetings on Tuesday. Learn More
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