An Experienced Leader - John Lowry

Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Equalization

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I was Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Equalization for 5 years. The Equalization Board does public hearings for tax assessment appeals. While I was Chair there was a succession in Assessors. There were two Revalidations of Land Use assessments. The County was successful in a suit against the County when a litigant challenged their tax assessment in which I represented the BOE. Most appeals applicants had never been to BOE hearings, and it was rewarding to support nervous county residents who arrived with concerns for due process, and were able to leave with a feeling that  the system is sound.  

Chair of the Economic Development Authority for Albemarle County

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I served as Chair of the Economic Development Authority for Albemarle County for 12 years. I first volunteered for what was then the Industrial Development Authority in the late 1990s. Over a ten year stretch from 2000 through 2010 the Economic Development Authority issued over $500 million in tax free bonds in the name of Albemarle County for such issuers as Martha Jefferson Hospital, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, UVa, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and many others. I initiated the name change of the Authority from the Industrial Development Authority to the Economic Development Authority to better reflect the Authority's mission.  I worked with the Authority to pass an ordinance change so that the Authority, for the benefit of the county, might receive a fee of 1/10th of 1% of the face amount of issues to be invested by the Economic Development Office. I was on the interview committee for the first Director for the Office of Economic Development for Albemarle County.

Chair of Joint Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport Comission

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I was the Chair of Joint Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport Commission during the period that the airport was build in the 1980s. The original airport was built in 1955 for Piedmont Airlines. By the 1980s, after airlines deregulation, increased traffic at CHO airport merited an expansion. Two government entities, Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, were represented on the Airport Authority (by Cole Hendrix and Guy Agnor respectively). The joint Airport Boards agreed the CHO airport should be a gateway to the local community. I introduced to both Boards my then current firm’s public finance group.  The public finance banker arranged a bond issue to finance the new Airport building. The airport expansion project, paid for by federal money, borrowed money in the Airport Authority name and equity capital.  During construction of the new airport a new Airport Manager was hired - Brian Elliott. Although he was only twenty nine years old at hire, Brian became a wonderful manager. Years later, when he left CHO, he became a deputy Albemarle County executive.  

Additional History of Community Service and Involvment

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  • March of Dimes – Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle Jaycees – Board Member and Officer
  • American Management Association
  • First Presbyterian Church – member, Board of Deacons – Chair
  • Boy Scouts of America – Scoutmaster
  • SOCA – co-founded SOCA Adult League
  • Junior Achievement lecturer Elementary, Middle and High Schools
  • 14th Virginia Regiment Company of Fifes and Drums
  • Stock and Bond Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle – founder and President
  • Oratorio Society of Charlottesville/Albemarle – President of Board
  • Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra – President of Symphony Society, Board, Campaign and Cabinet member
  • Piedmont Community College – adjunct faculty
  • Patterson Associate of Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Central Virginia Estate Planning – Council member
  • Albemarle County Electoral Board – Officer of Election
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle Track Club - member and frequent Ten Miler participant
  • Candidate Training School – Sorensen Institute – 2009 Graduate
  • Albemarle Pipes & Drums and privately for hire - Highlands Bagpiper 

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