A strong leader who is self-motivated and goal-oriented, Kimley Blanks is well-organized and excels in analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities. Her career has resulted in her being well-versed in many areas including contract and grant administration, financial management and procurement programs, marketing, event planning and promotion.
Kimley is currently the Agricultural Marketing Director and Management Assistant for Halifax County; maintaining responsibility for the overall administration and marketing of County programs supporting the agricultural community. She is responsible for the planning, organizing and administering of agricultural, community and economic development opportunities in rural Halifax County. She is passionate about building a sustainable rural economy based on commercial agriculture, agribusinesses and agritourism.
In her role, Kimley has partnered with numerous agencies and organizations, most recently including Virginia Agriculture Development Officers, Halifax County Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
Kimley is a native Virginian and her family agrarian roots can be traced back several generations in Halifax County. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Science degree from Christopher Newport University.
She is a graduate of Leadership Halifax County and some of her notable volunteer work has been with the Historic Noland Country Fair Day Committee and the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival Committee. She is a member of the South Boston Rotary Club and the Halifax Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs group. Additionally, she is currently a Fellow in the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) Program. In her free time, Kimley enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and volunteering.
Kimley Blanks, South Boston
Agriculture Marketing Director, County of Halifax