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2017 VEDA Fall Conference Sponsor Profiles
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City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development

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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

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Kaufman & Canoles

Tracing its origins to 1919, Kaufman & Canoles has developed its business law practice over the years to become the largest law firm headquartered in southeastern Virginia. With offices in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Hampton, Williamsburg, Richmond and Tysons Corner, the firm serves international, national and regional clients needing assistance in a broad range of legal specialties including Infrastructure & Transportation. Members of the Infrastructure & Transportation Team are experienced in the development, financing and management of projects relating to transportation, infrastructure and related areas.  Team members structure, negotiate and document the full array of project and financing agreements to meet our client’s specific needs.  Our participation often includes more than traditional legal counsel based on our experience; we can provide strategic advice, assist in assembling the project team, and structure the corporate vehicle for the work.

Contact: Ann Crenshaw
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Localintel’s award winning catalogue of online economic development tools makes is easier for municipalities and chambers to promote their community’s advantages, share market intelligence and power local business growth. Here’s the best bit: we build, host and update the tools for you; they are affordable; and they’re beautiful. So, if you want your community to offer world class online economic development tools and you don't have much time or budget then take a closer look.

Contact: Davew Parsell, Co-founder & CEO
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City of Norfolk, Department of Economic Development

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Old Dominion University

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Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development

Old Dominion University, located in the coastal city of Norfolk, is Virginia's entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,500 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy. ODU’s nationally recognized faculty use their real-world expertise to collaborate with colleagues, students, business and community partners to enhance a learning community rich with nationalities, cultures and life experiences.

ODU research teams generate more than $50 million in annual research funding each year and have established key research partnerships with NASA Langley, NASA Wallops, Newport News Shipbuilding, Jefferson Lab, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the College of William & Mary, City of Norfolk. The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Industry Association, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Port of Virginia, the Virginia Maritime Association, VRIF, Go Virginia Coalition and more.

Contact: Tara Saunders

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.  To date, the Commission has awarded 2,036 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.

Contact: Jordan Butler
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Commonwealth Sponsor

University of Virginia Research Park

The UVA Research Park represents an evolution in development planning, uniting the harmony and community of Jefferson’s Academical Village with a fully functioning office and research environment. The Park provides state-of-the-art facilities that serve as a catalyst for the creation and enhancement of research and business collaboration between the University of Virginia and the public and private sectors, for the economic and societal benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Central Virginia region, and the nation.

Contact: Deborah van Eersel
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Virginia Port Authority

The Port of Virginia is the third largest container port on the U.S. East Coast.  It operates five marine terminals, including the barge served Richmond Marine Terminal, and also operates the Virginia Inland Port, an intermodal container transfer facility located in Front Royal, VA.  With its deep channels, state-of-the-art terminal infrastructure, strategic location and world-wide reach, the Port of Virginia is an engine for economic development and prosperity across the Commonwealth.  In 2016, The Port of Virginia began infrastructure projects totaling nearly $700 million that will increase the port’s annual capacity by 1,000,000 containers by 2020, ensuring economic opportunity for your clients, localities and region for decades to come. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how The Port of Virginia can support your efforts in business retention, expansion and attraction.

Contact: Russell J. Held, Vice President Economic Development
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Dominion Sponsors


Rooted in the belief that great design is the result of asking the right questions and truly listening to the answers, Baskervill offers creative architectural, interior design, and MEP engineering solutions to a varied client base, from hospitality to corporate, healthcare, advanced technologies and cultural institutions. Founded in Richmond, Virginia, in 1897, today Baskervill is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating architectural firms. While a sense of history grounds us, it’s the idea that design can solve problems of the future that keeps us inspired. To learn more about who we are, how we work, and what we’ve designed, visit

Contact: RayTrevillian
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Bowman Consulting

Bowman Consulting is a Virginia based firm that delivers land development, real estate, energy, infrastructure, and environmental solutions to public and private markets throughout the country.  As a results-oriented company, Bowman is focused on exceeding expectations and providing clients with peace of mind through exceptional service.  Bowman’s clients benefit from a balance of deep resources, often associated with large firms, and the flexibility and quick response associated with smaller boutique firms.  Our goal is to provide clients with high-quality, innovative, cost-effective, and efficient solutions to site and design challenges.

With a staff of over 600, Bowman Consulting provides a focused array of diversified services including:  Civil Engineering; Planning; Landscape Architecture; Surveying; 3D Scanning (LiDAR); Building Information Modeling (BIM); Environmental; Transportation; Construction Management; Development Advisement; Water/Wastewater Engineering; Structural Engineering; Right-of-Way Acquisition; Relocation Consulting; and Appraisals.  From personnel to technology, we continue to offer the best resources in the industry.  By creating a culture that positively aligns our activities and behaviors, we have built a solid foundation for future long-term plans.

Contact:  Spencer M. Francis, PE, Regional Manager
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City of Hampton Department of Economic Development

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City of Newport News Department of Development

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CSX Transportation

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Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.

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H+M Company

H&M Company is a national plan/design/build firm that specializes in distribution and manufacturing facilities. We are a full-service company with in-house resources, including; 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, Tractor Supply Nordstrom,, and Macy’s.

Contact: Greg Kelly
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Louisa County Economic Development, Inc.

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The RiverLink Group

The RiverLink Group exists to build networks of economic development success by connecting inquisitive communities with intelligent resources, linking exposed ideas with experienced capabilities, and advancing intellectual concepts into inspirational outcomes. The RiverLink Group is a woman-owned Virginia-based economic development consulting firm, serving clients at the local, regional and state level. Our focus - at the intersection of community development, workforce, higher education and business development – delivers innovative and high quality professional and technical services to solve short or long-term needs. Led by an economic development professional with over 30 years of local and state experience, The RiverLink Group teams with preferred partners to provide customized and practical solutions. Our capabilities focus on business retention and growth, entrepreneurial system development, higher education partnerships, talent system development, economic and data analytics, group facilitation, strategic action planning, and corporate intelligence.

Contact: Elizabeth Povar
Email:  Mobile: 804-399-8297 Website: In Development

Sands Anderson PC

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Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting

Sanford Holshouser is the most experienced full-service economic development consulting firm in the Southeast, and among a handful of premier firms nationally. Our success is the product of a uniquely qualified team and a visionary philosophy.

Our partners bring a practitioner-based approach to our consulting because we have headed economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels. Our experience ranges across the economic development spectrum: recruiting, BRE, workforce development, site location consulting, local government management, law, utilities, marketing, and economic analysis. The truth is, few other consulting firms in the U.S. can match our team for real world experience.

Whether we’re helping communities attract companies, or helping companies select a site, we remain steadfast in our mission: to forge long-term relationships that produce sustainable economic prosperity for communities and companies alike.

Contact: David Denny
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Suffolk Department of Economic Development

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Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development connects Virginia Tech faculty, companies, and communities in ways that help create, retain, and enhance the quality of jobs and opportunities around the Commonwealth. Economic conditions in recent years have raised the level of attention nationally towards economic development and job creation. Increasingly universities are looked to for answers. Not only do we put people together to find those answers, fielding scores of inquiries from or on behalf of companies annually, but we add value to the process through our expertise in an array of topics critical to economic development.

OED develops and implements numerous projects each year, for example recently securing $10 million in federal economic and workforce development grants for western Virginia. These funds support consortiums of public and private stakeholders undertaking regional initiatives to achieve economic development and job creation goals. These initiatives include $4.8 million for workforce training in health information technology, and $1.8 million for engineering technical support for transportation equipment manufacturing firms, both new this year, as well as almost $4 million for workforce training in energy efficiency and green building construction, which is continuing from last year.

However, OED is more than just a grant-writing and project management office. The office works to integrate these activities across the discovery, learning, and engagement missions of the university. Recent activities include research conducted on adult education in Virginia for the National Governor's Association-sponsored forum Aligning Business, Education, and Workforce Development, regarding post-secondary credential attainment, teaching an applied economic development studio course in Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning program and conducted jointly at the Blacksburg and National Capital Region campuses, and; engaging community and industry leaders through staffing two key regional economic development initiatives, the Innovation Blueprint for Roanoke-Blacksburg and VT-Science and Engineering Regional Growth Enterprise (SERGE) a university-private sector collaboration based in Northern Virginia.

The diverse team that delivers all this brings unique experience and expertise in business, state, regional and local economic development, as well as educational leadership and administration.

Contact: John Provo
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Dogwood Sponsor

Virginia's Gateway Region

Established in 1960, Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization was the first regional economic development organization in the Commonwealth. Virginia's Gateway Region serves the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, representing over 2,400 miles of the southern half of the Richmond MSA. The region has an employment stronghold in advanced manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing and logistics sectors.

From global marketing and international lead generation to local site selection assistance, employee recruitment, job training programming and more, Virginia's Gateway Region serves as a reliable resource for new and expanding companies every step of the way. Alongside their work to assist business of all sizes, Virginia's Gateway Region's quality of life initiatives seek to make the region an optimal home for families and young professionals.

Contact: Renee Chapline
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York County Offiice of Economic Development

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