Our Staff

Jason Rigone

Director of Planning & Development, Executive Director of Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC)

Jason earned a Bachelor's degree in Geography with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his role as Planning Director and IDC Executive Director, Jason has held the positions of Planning Coordinator with the Department, and Deputy Director with WCIDC.

Jason's varied experiences in planning, economic development, and industrial development are well suited to benefit the residents of Westmoreland County. As Director, he guides the long-term strategy of the Department. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee. He can be reached by email.


Brian Lawrence, AICP


Deputy Director, HOME Program Coordinator

Brian earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Geography with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Department, Brian interned with the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County, and as a legislative aide for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Brian directs the Department's GIS mapping, graphics, data analysis, and Technical Resources & Municipal Services Program and serves as the HOME Program Coordinator. He can be reached directly at 724-830-3772 or by email.


Daniel Carpenter


Assistant Deputy Director

Daniel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a Master's degree in Geography with an emphasis in Economic, Social, and Planning Issues in the Urban Environment from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Community Development from USF. Previously, Daniel held the position of Planning Coordinator within the Department. Prior to joining the Department, Daniel interned with the City of Tampa Economic and Urban Development Department. He is a member of the American Planning Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Southwest Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter.

Daniel oversees transportation planning and programming, and assists with planning studies and data analysis. He can be reached directly at 724-830-3768 or by email.


Jacob Bowen


Planning Coordinator

Jacob earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community, Environment, and Development from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Before joining the Department, Jacob interned for a private sector land planner in St. Augustine, Florida.

Jacob assists with GIS mapping and research and data analysis. He can be reached directly at 724-830-3995 or by email.

Victoria Baur


Planning Coordinator

Victoria earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Community Service from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Prior to joining the Department, Victoria worked for the Private Industry Council, serving Westmoreland and Fayette County residents through job-readiness instruction.

Victoria handles general inquiries and assists with research and communications. She can be reached directly at 724-830-3603 or by email

Rich Fender


Planning Coordinator

Rich earned a Bachelor's degree in General Studies and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Kent State University in Ohio. Prior to joining the Department, Rich worked as a county planner in Ohio.  

Rich is the primary administrator of the County's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. He can be reached directly at 724-830-3605 or by email.