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2012 VEDA Fall Conference Dogwood Sponsors 

 Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation

The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation (AHEDC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public-private partnership created to seek, entice, promote and maintain sufficient and suitable employment producing activities within the Alleghany Highlands communities of Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Covington and Alleghany County. A majority of the Board of Directors are leaders from the business community thereby ensuring that the conduct and activities of the AHEDC maximize the potential for business success and community prosperity.

Recent activities of the AHEDC include establishing an entrepreneurial support services program which is now a satellite office of the SBDC, assisting Lumos Networks obtain the funding necessary to construct a fiber-to-the-premises network throughout the Alleghany Highlands, negotiating an incentive package inducing MeadWestvaco to undergo a $285M expansion at their world class mill in Covington, and most recently, attracting Balchem Corporation, a company Forbes has repeatedly included on its annual list of the 100 Best Small Companies in America, to locate a manufacturing facility in the Alleghany Regional Commerce Center.

Contact: David Kleppinger, Email:



Chesterfield County Economic Development

Chesterfield County Economic Development works on a free and confidential basis with domestic and foreign companies planning to establish new facilities, relocate existing facilities, or expand current facilities. The department also assists existing businesses and industries already located in Chesterfield with any business related issues.

Contact: Will Davis, Email:



City of Harrisonburg

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham MSA has received tremendous investments from both new and existing employers. SRI International, one of the founders of Silicon Valley, has established its Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE) here. Rosetta Stone, the world’s premier language learning software producer, employs over 450 associates in downtown Harrisonburg. Serco operates a classification center within the Harrisonburg Technology Park as a contractor for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, employing 115 classifiers trained in science and engineering.

The city is proud to be the home of James Madison University (JMU), which now has a student population of almost 19,000. JMU is clearly an economic engine for the city and entire Shenandoah Valley. Recent capital projects, including the Forbes Performing Arts Center, expansion of Bridgeforth Stadium, and the Port Republic Road athletic fields, total approximately $200 million of new investment. JMU perennially ranks as one of the top regional universities in the South, and also as one of the best values in higher education. As a result, James Madison University is one of the top Virginia schools of choice for high school graduates.

Employers are quickly discovering the tremendous assets available in the Harrisonburg area. Come explore what Harrisonburg has to offer you and your business.

Contact: Brian B. Shull, Email:



Cottonwood Commercial

Cottonwood Commercial, a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, is one of western Virginia's most comprehensive commercial real estate resources. From its founding in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1970, Cottonwood Commercial has been guided by the belief that it is not successful unless its clients are successful. Our goal is to build value for our customers by approaching our work with integrity, knowledge, and lots of good ideas. Over the years, our focus has broadened from being the predominant commercial real estate brokerage in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area to the broader Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Cottonwood Commercial's agents bring a perse set of backgrounds and skills to their work. We are able to provide services across the board in commercial real estate.

Our areas of assistance include: Shopping center leasing; Property Management; Site finding and brokering, Leasing of and brokering of office properties; Site selection for national retailers; Landlord and tenant representation; Investment real estate, including Triple net leases and 1031 exchanges; Multi-family brokering; Sale and purchases of farm acreage; Sale and purchase of convenience stores and gas stations; Leasing and sale of warehouse and industrial facilities.

We at Cottonwood Commercial welcome your interest and your inquiries as you consider buying, selling, or leasing commercial property along Virginia's growing I-81 corridor, and into Central Virginia.

Contact: Keith May, Email:



Froehling and Robertson, Inc.

Established in 1881, Froehling & Robertson, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm that provides clients with the full range of services, including – but not limited to – our core competencies of construction materials testing and geotechnical and environmental engineering. In support of this mission, F&R maintains a fleet of drilling equipment as well as accredited geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratories that are utilized by each of our thirteen offices. These offices, which are strategically located throughout the Mid-Atlantic, possess the local resources needed to deliver the quick, efficient, and cost-effective service our clients rightfully demand.

F&R’s full-service approach allows us to effectively manage all phases of a project from the initial site acquisition, through the geotechnical engineering and environmental evaluation phases, and on to construction. To accomplish this, F&R develops a personalized project management plan for each client that addresses all elements of the project, including performance, schedule, manpower utilization, and cost. This plan then forms the blueprint by which F&R can manage each project in-house and from start to finish.

Contact: Scott C. Sutton, Email: 

Colleen Smith, Email:



 Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership was launched in 1994 as a pioneering regional public-private initiative to serve as the regional economic development group for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. The mission is to help grow the Greater Richmond economy through the attraction of high quality jobs and new capital investment, the retention of existing businesses, and the continued improvement of the region's business climate.

Contact: Greg H. Wingfield, Email:


Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) is one of the largest business associations along the I-81 corridor. The HRCC works in partnership with the economic development professionals for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to ensure a positive business climate for existing and potential businesses and industries. Our community embraces traditional values and work ethic while possessing an adaptive and innovative entrepreneurial spirit that supports business formation and growth. Visit or call Frank Tamberrino for information.

Contact: Frank Tamberrino, Email:



Springsted Incorporated

Springsted’s Housing and Economic Development group helps develop and maintain an economically viable community. Our expertise assists communities to enhance their quality of life through employment opportunities, a full range of housing options and a bolstered economic base. Our comprehensive menu covers policy development; project management – from concept through construction and performance; and selected inpidualized services to meet a client’s specific needs. As an independent financial advisor with nearly 60 years’ experience working solely for the public sector, we do not (nor have we ever) work on behalf of private developers. 

We are unique among advisors in the range and quality of our vast service offerings. With a foundation in public finance, Springsted has expanded services to include all related financial and management areas. Our five practice groups cover operational finance/fiscal planning, housing and economic development, investments, organizational management/human resources and public finance.

Contact: John A. Anzivino, Email: 



Waynesboro Economic Development Authority

The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority directs strategic planning initiatives, oversees economic development incentives, leads outreach efforts to the business community, manages a low interest revolving loan program, and is charged with promoting the economic well being of the community. The EDA, a seven member board appointed by the City Council, and staff support provided by the Office of Economic Development are dedicated to promoting smart economic growth by providing services to create and retain good jobs which also contributes to a higher quality of life.

Gregory E. Hitchin, Email:



Winchester-Frederick County Economic

Development Commission

The Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission is a catalyst for economic development in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, promoting quality balanced business development. The EDC provides a wide array of information and services designed to help businesses locate or expand operations in Winchester-Frederick County. Businesses choosing to locate here can expect to benefit from a heralded strategy and proven track record of commitment to existing business. Kraft Foods, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and FEMA are just a few of the companies who have located to, and expanded in Winchester. The area boasts an internationally-recognized business retention program and is one of AARP’s Affordable Cities for Retirement, a Mid-Atlantic Most Friendliest Town, and an Inman News Top 10 City for Real Estate Investment.

Contact: Patrick Barker, Email:



1340 N. Great Neck Road, #1272-128
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454