2012 VEDA Fall Conference Dominion Sponsors
Albemarle County, situated among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, boasts strong educational, commercial, and recreational resources for those who choose to live and work within its borders. Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and in the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historic and recreational amenities in a beautiful setting. Our community is energized by entrepreneurship and invention fueled by the University of Virginia, one of the country’s most renowned research institutions. Our focus on innovation, ideas and opportunity make Albemarle an ideal place to work, live and play.
Over 300 professional, scientific, and technical businesses thrive in Albemarle, and the county recognizes and celebrates the importance of local food and homegrown entrepreneurship, creating an innovative and diverse business community. Unemployment rates in the county are consistently lower than state and national averages, and with almost 50% of Albemarle County residents possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher, the qualifications and skill levels of our workforce are unparalleled. Albemarle embraces its vibrant local arts and agritourism scene, hosting the Crozet Music Festival each year, as well as showcasing its artisan breweries, wineries, and craft studios through the Monticello Artisan Trail, the Monticello Wine Trail and the Brew Ridge Trail. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway touch the western frontier of the county, and Albemarle itself possesses over 2000 acres within its parks system along with miles of trails, greenways and bike paths.
Alliance Engineering, Inc. is a full service, multi-discipline consulting engineering firm. Our services include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, controls, programming and construction management. Major projects include new plant design and construction, plant modernizations, building expansions, process enhancements and feasibility studies. Alliance offers “turn key” design and construction services to our clients with projects that require design/build services.
Alliance Engineering, Inc. was incorporated in 1989 and has continued to provide innovative solutions to more than 700 industrial and manufacturing firms. Alliance has a proven track record of quality responsive services with the flexibility to meet each client’s individual and unique needs. Alliance has maintained a repeat business ratio of 95%.
Anderson & Associates, Inc.
At Anderson & Associates(A&A), we maintain a people-directed business philosophy, focusing on our clients, employees, and communities. We are a progressive employee-owned professional design services firm specializing in civil and environmental engineering, surveying, planning, and landscape architecture. Since 1968, A&A has served as planners, designers, stewards, and advocates for institutional, municipal, state, industrial, and private sector clients. A&A emphasizes responsiveness and close attention to client needs through our employee-owners with four offices in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
In the general field of economic development, A&A has performed a variety of planning and design tasks for both large and small sites, and serves a variety of public and private clients directly and as consultants to other design professionals. A&A’s expertise covers a broad range of educational, commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, and recreational projects. More than just designers, we are facilitators, guiding the development process to secure timely approvals and permits from appropriate review agencies, and working with prospects and officials alike to move projects forward to successful completion.
Baskervill, an international, award-winning, full-service architectural, engineering, interior design and sustainable design firm, delivers world-class services to a diverse client base that ranges from hospitality, government, education, corporate, healthcare, retail, financial, advanced technologies and transportation organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Baskervill celebrates 115 years in continuous operation in 2012 and offers a rich history of ingenuity, integrity and technical expertise that has made them a premiere service provider across the country. To learn more about Baskervill or to see a project portfolio, visit www.baskervill.com.
City of Roanoke
As a place to live or to make a living, the Roanoke, Virginia region is recognized as one of the best. Roanoke’s central East Coast location provides excellent market access for business and a pleasant climate for residents. Located in a right-to-work state, it’s recognized as an excellent place to find a job, and known for a low cost of living. There’s always plenty of time for the best cycling, water sports, hiking, arts, and entertainment.
City of Salem
The City of Salem Planning and Economic Department consists of the Director, Melinda Payne, and Planners, Benjamin Tripp and Judy Hough. The Department initiates and leads economic development, land use planning and regulation, and services related to all aspects of the development process, while working with neighborhoods to boost the economic prosperity, vitality, and livability of the community for Salem residents. Whether you are a startup small business, direct a Fortune 500 company, or are responsible for the success of an enterprise that lies somewhere in between, the City of Salem is a great place to start, expand or relocate your company.
Draper Aden Associates
Planning and engineering for economic development endeavors for more than 40 years, we create a lasting positive impact on communities and regions across Virginia. Successful infrastructure planning assists in attracting investment, jobs and new business development. Whether you require fast-track, design-build, or traditional design-bid-build solutions, ask Draper Aden Associates how we can help you plan for future growth in your community.
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
The ECS family of Companies (ECS) is a geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing, and facilities engineering firm headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia. ECS is an employee-owned Subchapter S Corporation whose principal owners are engineers. The firm employs more than 1,100 personnel in 12 states and the District of Columbia and is ranked 107 by Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms (ENR, April 2012).
ECS has professional engineers, geologists, scientists, and architects registered throughout the United States and can support projects across the street and abroad. One of the largest consulting engineering firms on the Eastern Seaboard, ECS can maintain consistent staffing levels to react to fast-paced projects. The firm maintains long-standing teaming relationships with sub-consultants and subcontractors, many of them SWaM-certified businesses, to support additional professional services and project capacity. ECS partners with and supports architectural / engineering firms, general contractors, design-build teams, owners, construction managers, and developers through our team approach to projects.
H&M Company is a national plan/design/build firm that specializes in distribution and manufacturing facilities. We are a full-service company with significant in-house resources, such as: complete engineering services, self-performance capabilities in major trades and project financing (build-to-suit leasing). Recent projects include: American Eagle, Ross Stores, Wal-Mart, Cardinal Glass, Bosch, and American Woodmark.
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA) is a non-profit, public-private partnership that markets Hampton Roads worldwide as the region of choice for business investment and expansion. HREDA is the only organization in Hampton Roads exclusively tasked with recruiting new business locations to the region. All of its business attraction initiatives and activities are designed to promote the fifteen jurisdictions that support its efforts, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton and York County, Virginia.
Interchange Group, Inc.
InterChange is a third party logistics and development company based in Harrisonburg. The company specializes in offering premier industrial facilities for lease or build-to-suit opportunities on land holdings in the central and northern Shenandoah Valley. InterChange works closely with localities on public/private ventures and is active in the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. InterChange also provides logistical services to handle domestic and international goods including handling of ocean and air cargo via it TSA Certified Screening Facility in Front Royal, VA. InterChange operates its own trucking fleet and handles both dry and cold storage services.
James Madison University
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive university that is part of the statewide system of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is the only university in America named for James Madison. The university offers programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, with its primary emphasis on the undergraduate student. JMU provides a total education to students – one that has a broad range of the liberal arts as its foundation and encompasses an extensive variety of professional and pre-professional programs. U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 Edition, highlighted the unique learning opportunities at JMU, as the university was one of 28 schools recognized for stellar examples of undergraduate research/creative projects.
The Office of Research and Public Service (RPS) at James Madison University supports an innovation ecosystem, reaching beyond the borders of JMU to assist local governments, students, and faculty connect with industry, in order to grow the economy of the Commonwealth. Led by the Office of Research and Public Service, JMU supports a team-based approach to regional university-based economic development through the Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Office of Research Development, the Office of Technology Transfer, the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. The University seeks to connect the research and development capabilities of the faculty, staff and students of JMU with entrepreneurial opportunities. This unified presence in the Central Shenandoah Valley places particular emphasis on workforce development and K-12 outreach to promote lifelong learning and a vibrant economic future.
MB Contractors, Inc.
Founded in 1912 and built upon a legacy of success, MB Contractors has grown into one of Virginia's largest and most respected general contractors with offices in Roanoke and Richmond. MB harnesses expertise and professionalism to provide a broad array of services, creating functional, safe, and cost-effective buildings for healthcare and senior-living communities, schools and colleges, governments, manufacturers, the hospitality industry, religious organizations, community and recreation centers, and many others. From concept to keys, MB never loses sight of its core values. MB’s projects are a direct result of how they work--by conducting business openly and honestly and, most of all, to deliver what is promised.
Newport News Economic/Industrial Development Authority
The Newport News Economic/Industrial Development Authority (NNEDA) is the development arm for the City of Newport News, with powers granted by the Virginia General Assembly. The core mission of the NNEDA is to grow and diversify the tax and employment base of the City.
The Authority is a full-service agency which can act quickly and aggressively to attract new industry, and to allow a company to occupy its facility in the shortest time possible. It manages more than 2,100 acres in six industrial and business parks and more than 1.6 million square feet of office and industrial space, plus seven parking garages. It can issue tax-exempt and taxable Industrial Revenue bonds. To assist companies locating or expanding in Newport News, the NNEDA has built and renovated facilities for sale, capital leases and long-term operating leases.
Prince William County Department
of Economic Development
The mission of the Prince William County Department of Economic Development is to improve the County’s economic base by encouraging new businesses to locate in Prince William County, retaining existing businesses and facilitating the expansion of existing businesses. The County’s primary economic development activities are: (1) assisting existing businesses in expanding their operations; (2) identifying potential business prospects; (3) marketing the County aggressively to targeted industries and prospective client-companies; and (4) developing relationships with customers, packaging proposals; and (5) closing deals that lead to job creation and economic development investment.
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley features many high profile companies, including MillerCoors, Merck, Hershey Foods and White Wave. All have had significant expansions in the region over the past few years, attributed primarily to the exceptional productivity level of Valley facilities.
More recently, SRI International has occupied its new Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE) in Rockingham County, and the combination of direct employment and spin off activities will manifest itself in the near future. SRI has already added diversity to the Valley economy via its policy and education group, which assisted in developing a modern plan for workforce enhancement.
Agriculture remains high on the priority list in the Shenandoah Valley, where four of the top five agriculture producing counties in Virginia are located. Among the many initiatives underway are several timely ventures related to waste to energy.
Interstates 81 and 64 cross paths in the center of the region, providing direct access north and south on the East Coast and a gateway to the Midwest. Eleven colleges and universities are located within the region. The Shenandoah Valley offers an unparalleled quality of life featuring a rural heritage with expanding cultural amenities.
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership is a public/private organization promoting economic development in the Central Shenandoah Valley. The SVP region encompasses the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge Rockingham and Shenandoah; and cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.
The SVP welcomes inquiries and strongly encourages personal visits to the region.
SunTrust Bank, Inc.
SunTrust Bank, Inc., with total assets of $172.6 billion on September 30, 2011, is one of the nation's leading financial services holding companies. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range of retail, business and institutional clients. Other subsidiaries provide mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and capital markets services. Atlanta-based SunTrust enjoys leading positions in some of the most attractive markets in the United States and also serves clients in selected markets nationally.
The company’s mission is to help people and institutions prosper by providing financial services that meet the needs, exceed the expectations, and enhance the lives of our clients, communities, employees and ultimately our shareholders. SunTrust’s 1,658 retail branches and 2,889 ATMs are located primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, SunTrust provides clients with a full selection of technology-based banking channels including online, state-of-the-art customer services centers, and the latest mobile devices.
W. M. Jordan is committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence. This commitment is the foundation of a corporate culture based on trust, integrity, and responsibility, with an emphasis on quality, fiscal responsibility and mutual respect. W. M. Jordan empowers our people to become leaders, take advantage of change and opportunity and use ingenuity to provide solutions to the challenges inherent in any project. Our corporate structure allows the most experienced leaders to spend time making key decisions that only they can while mentoring newer, less experienced associates on their way up the ladder of responsibility. Training and development opportunities are abundant at our own “WMJ University,” and we continually review and refine our systems to maximize efficiency through the latest technology.