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2012 VEDA Fall Conference Commonwealth Sponsors 

Bowman Consulting is a comprehensive land development consulting firm providing civil engineering, land planning, land surveying, environmental, landscape architecture, geothermal, pipeline design, water/wastewater engineering, land and economic development advising, traffic, and transportation services to a variety of public and private markets throughout the United States. Bowman also offers particular expertise in zoning, and in land development/building regulations at the local, state and federal levels. The work of the firm includes commercial, office, industrial, retail, educational, residential, health care, recreational, utility, transportation, municipal, and federal projects. Bowman Consulting is a Virginia Company, headquartered in Chantilly with multiple offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Bowman Consulting’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 national experience and relationships blended with our Virginia roots result in the knowledge that our clients need to move projects forward.
Our core purpose: The relentless creation of opportunities for aspiring people to thrive and achieve ambitious goals directs our cultural values of growth, responsible freedom, results over process, relationships and entrepreneurial spirit which guide us on our mission to deliver success to our clients with a sense of urgency.
Contact: Trisann Casamiquela, Email:
Branch & Associates, Inc.
From its Roanoke, Virginia headquarters, Branch & Associates, Inc. is strategically located to serve markets throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The company offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the capability and resources comparable to a national corporation. Since 1963, we have provided professional construction services to both public and private sector clients utilizing general contractor, design-build and construction management delivery. The firm has maintained a policy of providing only the highest quality of professional consulting services to our clients throughout our proud history.
In 1985, the Branch organization was reorganized into The Branch Group, Inc. with Branch & Associates, Inc. operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Today, The Branch Group provides corporate services to five wholly-owned subsidiaries providing construction services across a multi-state region.
  • Branch & Associates, Inc., based in Roanoke, Virginia, performs work as both a Construction Manager & General Contractor.
  • Branch Highways, based in Roanoke, Virginia, performs heavy / highway / infrastructure construction.
  • G.J. Hopkins, Inc., based in Roanoke, Virginia, provides mechanical and electrical contracting, along with its specialized service and IT divisions.
  • E.V. Williams, Inc., based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, performs heavy / highway / infrastructure construction and concrete paving.
  • R.E. Daffan, based in Manassas, Virginia, serves as a General Contractor.
Branch & Associates, Inc. has operated under an Employee Stock Ownership Plan since 1982, and is a 100% employee-owned company. The resulting ownership culture where each employee has a vested interest in the successful completion of every project has been a major contributor to our steady growth and progress. Branch & Associates, Inc. celebrates nearly 50 years of pre-construction and construction experience this year; a tribute to our dedicated personnel, and the partnerships we have enjoyed with our clients, subcontractors, and design professionals. We, together with the other Branch Group companies, are currently engaged in fulfilling our Vision 2020. The vision for the future will enable us to continue to grow our company and deliver the highest quality services to our clients.
Contact: John E. Gardner III, Email:
City of Radford
Nestled in a large bend in the New River, Radford covers 9.5 square miles and is a diverse city full of commercial and recreational opportunity. Radford is the geographic center of the New River Valley with the Blue Ridge Parkway on one side and Jefferson National Forest and Appalachian Trail on the other.
Today, English is a multi-disciplined construction firm licensed in eight states in the South¬east, with its primary work being in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The company’s areas of expertise have expanded through the years to include monumental structures, power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, public safety, correctional and courthouse facilities, factories, highways and bridges, and historic renovations. Working under the leadership of 120 tenured per¬sonnel, English’s staff of 600 employees have supported as many as 40 concurrent projects. The company supports its field staff and projects with a fleet of equipment that is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Contact: Basil Edwards, ED/IT Director, Email:
English Construction Company, Inc.
English Construction Company, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business with a tradition of excellence since 1909. Over the last century, English has grown steadily, adding advanced skills, resources, and technology to embrace new opportunities along the way.
The New River not only provides the City with a variety of recreational opportunities, but also with an unlimited supply of water for residential, industrial, and recreational uses. With recreation being very important to the citizens, the City maintains and operates a 100+ acre park and recreational area along its 8 miles of riverfront featuring a 29,000 linear feet (5.5 mi) professionally designed and constructed biking, walking and hiking trail.
Nestled on 200 beautifully manicured acres within the City, Radford is also home to Radford University. With student enrollment over 9,000, Radford University continues to be one of the top public universities in the south and is the City’s largest employer with 1500+ faculty and staff.
Contact: Raymond A. Booth, Special Projects Coordinator, Email:
Montgomery County Economic Development
Montgomery County, Va. is a progressive, technology-driven community with an abundance of outdoor amenities. Nestled in the beautiful New River Valley, the County is home to Virginia Tech and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
The Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department is a local government agency dedicated to serving the residents and businesses of Montgomery County. The Department works with its many partners and allies to attract new companies to the community as well as to support those that are already here.
Contact: Brian Hamilton, Email:
Pulaski County
Vision, Pride, Excellence -These three words are the centerpiece of the Pulaski County seal and define the past, present and future of this community. Located in the New River Valley, it is home to many businesses and industries, such as Volvo Trucks North America, James Hardie Building Products, Phoenix Packaging and Dove Vinyl Windows.
The defining feature of Pulaski County, Claytor Lake, was created by Appalachian Power Company in 1939 as a result of the construction of the Claytor Hydro-Dam, which generates 75mW of green, renewable electricity. With 100 miles of shoreline, it is the County's most visited tourist attraction by far. The County also boasts many outdoor experiences, such as the New River Trail State Park (rails-to-trails project connecting to the City of Galax), several golf courses (including the Virginia Tech-owned, semi-public Pete Dye River Course), the Motor Mile Speedway and Dragstrip and Calfee Park (home to the Pulaski Mariners, minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners).
Shawn M. Utt, Community Development Director, Email:
Rick Whittington Consulting
Rick Whittington Consulting is a website design, development and marketing strategy firm located in Richmond, Virginia. From innovative design and development to strategic online marketing, we work with companies and organizations to plan and create effective, productive websites.
Much of the firm's work deals with economic development organizations, and our work has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) and several advertising industry groups.
Rick Whittington, Email:
Roanoke County Economic Development
The Roanoke County Department of Economic Development offers an extensive array of information and services that are designed to assist international and domestic businesses with establishing new facilities, relocating existing facilities, or expanding in Roanoke County. 
The department is actively involved in the following economic development initiatives:
·         Business referral services and related technical assistance
·         Development of the county owned Center for Research and Technology
·         Existing business retention and expansion programs and services
·         New business recruitment and location assistance
·         Real estate consultation services
Contact: Jill Loope Email:
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, Email:



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