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Appalachian Power

Appalachian Power serves about 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. Its headquarters is in Charleston, W. Va., with regulatory and external affairs offices in Charleston, W. Va., Richmond, Va. and in Roanoke, Va. Appalachian Power has been helping people, businesses and industries across our service territory grow and prosper for nearly 90 years. We work strategically with many organizations, communities and allies to provide smart and effective business opportunities to both prospective and existing businesses, industries and government entities. At Appalachian Power, we tailor our economic development location advisory services to suit your needs in locating or expanding your facilities. Appalachian Power is part of the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP's headquarters is in Columbus, Ohio.

Contact: John J. Smolak, Director, Economic Business and Development
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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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Chmura Economics & Analytics

Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in quantitative research and technology solutions delivering advanced economic analysis. Our specialties include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the skill and experience to turn data into information to support strategy and business solutions.  Our premier labor technology platform—JobsEQ®-- is currently in widespread use throughout Virginia and in over 30 states in the nation. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura is a women-owned small business founded in 1999 and with offices in Richmond and Cleveland, Ohio.

Contact: Christine Chmura, PhD., CEO and Chief Economist
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Dominion Virginia Power

Dominion Virginia Power has had an active role in economic development in the Commonwealth of Virginia for many years. Our mission is to help retain and create new jobs and investments for the communities in our service area. We take pride in the creation, development and delivery of high quality economic development services in partnership with local, regional and state economic development professionals. Dominion Virginia Power provides extensive energy-related support to prospective companies in the areas of energy marketing, electric service options, and power quality analysis. We also offer a wide range of other economic development services including site selection assistance, business attraction marketing support, and marketing of available industrial buildings and sites. You can count on Dominion Virginia Power to provide prompt, professional support on a confidential basis for projects considering locations within our service area.

Contact: R. Kent Hill, CEcD
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Draper Aden Associates

From planning through construction phase services, Draper Aden Associates will help you achieve a lasting positive impact for your community. We are a full-service consulting engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm with offices located across Virginia. Ask us how we can help you overcome your challenges.

Contact: Deborah Flippo
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Mid-Atlantic Broadband

MBC is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization who promotes economic development in southern Virginia through operation of an advanced 1600+ mile open access fiber optic network. MBC provides wholesale telecommunications transport services, dark fiber, colocation and tower leasing to help attract business and industry to the region. Since its inception in 2004, MBC has helped attracted major investments from data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. MBC is committed to providing economic development leadership to our rural communities.

Contact: Jeremy Satterfield
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Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Headquartered in Richmond, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is a generation-and transmission cooperative providing power to 12 electric distribution cooperatives, 10 in Virginia and one each in Maryland and Delaware. Old Dominion’s member systems are demographically diverse and range from the sparkling blue Atlantic to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and from the bustling suburbs of Washington, D.C. to the rolling, fertile farmland of Southside Virginia. One in ten Virginians receives energy from electric cooperatives, and co-ops serve about a third of the landmass in the three states, including much of the land with the best development potential in the area.

Contact: David Hudgins
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Timmons Group

Timmons Group understands Economic Development is about creating jobs and investment.  Our team has been a major player in some of the Commonwealth’s largest project announcements helping local, regional, and state agencies succeed for over 25 years. Our design and business professionals are experts in transforming sites, corridors and buildings into highly marketable, revenue-producing assets and specialize in site analysis, certification and acquisition, as well as master planning, design, funding and development of parks ranging in size from 50 acres to 3,500 acres.

Timmons Group has helped numerous clients become "Prospect Ready”, focusing on the issues that really matter.  From developing  a strong web presence with Site LoGIStics, to solving your infrastructure and site needs, to helping you close the deal, let our team of seasoned professionals help you prepare for, and land that next prospect.

Contact: Joseph C. Hines, PE, MBA
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Troutman Sanders Strategies

Troutman Sanders Strategies is a full-service government relations and issue management firm. We advocate our clients' public policy issues through a broad array of contacts at the federal, state and local levels in order to build better partnerships among governments and business. Our core goal is to solve problems and produce tangible results for clients. TSS has offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Richmond, Virginia, Raleigh, NC and Washington D.C.

Contact: Clark H. Lewis
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Virginia Economic Development Partnership

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Williams Mullen Economic Development Team

To assist companies with the considerable number of legal and non-legal steps associated with relocating or expanding, Williams Mullen’s Economic Development Team provides the guidance and know-how to make each transaction as smooth, efficient and cost-effective as possible. Led by a former Virginia secretary of commerce and trade, our multi-disciplinary team of attorneys and professionals brings significant skills and experience in the distinct services typically sought by relocating or expanding companies, including, federal, state and local government liaison, real estate, land use, energy, environmental permitting, corporate law, international transactions, immigration, labor and employment and intellectual property.

The Team’s project focus is on advanced manufacturing, warehouse, distribution and logistics, research and development, technology (including information and communications technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, modeling and simulation and the like), headquarters, energy power generation (with an emphasis on renewable power – hydro, wind, solar, biomass, ethanol, etc.) and data centers.

Contact: Patrick O. Gottschalk
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City of Williamsburg Economic Development

Today, as in Colonial America, Williamsburg is a center of commerce and culture viewed by millions the world over as synonymous with quality, education and hospitality. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, yet still a small town, Williamsburg offers discerning businesses and families the opportunity to work and live in one of the world's truly special places.  The smallest city with the biggest international address, Williamsburg's high quality environment, its special sense of place, and its millions of visitors every year make it a great place to do business.

The City of Williamsburg's Office of Economic Development offers programs to attract new business and to assist existing businesses. Programs include:

  • Creative Economy Business Tax Incentives
  • Redevelopment Incentives
  • Bond Financing
  • eCommerce Grants
  • Site Selection
  • New Market Tax Credits Qualification
  • HUBZone Empowerment Contracting
  • Advocacy and Technical Support

 Contact: Michele Mixner DeWitt, Economic Development Director


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