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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 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.  In addition to traditional engineering and design services, Bowman Consulting can provide comprehensive guidance and planning support to communities, regional groups, landowners, and developers. We offer a full range of services through our professional engineering staff, as well as an experienced and seasoned in-house economic development group. 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: Spencer Francis
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Chmura Economics & Analytics

Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in quantitative research and software solutions requiring the integration of advanced economic analysis. Our work includes projects in workforce and economic development, site selection, and socioeconomic impact analysis. Chmura publishes Virginia Economic Trends, now in its tenth year, and we produce custom publications and forecasts that are available via Our software products include our EQ suite featuring JobsEQ®—the premier workforce modeling software, which is currently in widespread use by economic development agencies throughout Virginia and the nation. Chmura is a women and minority owned small business (LLC) founded in 1999 with its headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

Contact: Christine Chmura, PhD., President 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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Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Kimley-Horn works throughout Virginia, and across the nation in areas of economic development, market analyses, transportation, community planning, and municipal and private development. Our experience has shown us that economic development is not isolated to market trends, demographics, and new development patterns. Planning issues such as transportation, recreation, preservation, and community vision play a significant role in a successful economic development and marketing strategy. The hallmark of Kimley-Horn’s service throughout the years has been our ability to effectively integrate engineering, planning, and environmental services to efficiently meet client objectives.

Contact: Dave France
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 Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corporation is a Virginia-based holding company that owns and controls a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, and a natural resources company, Pocahontas Land Corporation. Norfolk Southern’s corporate headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and a major regional office is also maintained in Roanoke, Virginia.  Norfolk Southern offers new customers access to a company selected one of the most "Most Admired Railroads” by Fortune Magazine and winner of the Harriman Award as the industry’s leader in safety for the last twenty- two years. Norfolk Southern also offers potential customers a variety of industrial development services including access to the listing of available properties along our lines, site planning expertise, and preliminary environmental screening.

Contact: Dan Motley
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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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Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia is the nation’s sixth largest port and is composed of three general marine cargo terminals in the Hampton Roads Harbor, the Port of Richmond and the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, VA. Virginia’s 50-foot-deep ship channels make it the only East Coast port capable of handling the biggest ships afloat. Moreover, The Port of Virginia is the only East Coast port that has all of the necessary rail, road and cargo handling infrastructure necessary to accommodate those big ships.

Contact: Russell Young
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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 Natural Gas

Virginia Natural Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), which provides retail natural gas sales and distribution services to 284,000 customers in southeast Virginia. We’re committed to investing in the communities where we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer initiatives that provide more than just financial contributions, but thousands of hours of donated time through a number of efforts that sustain and enrich our communities, making them better places to live.  Virginia Natural Gas is dedicated to personal and system safety, and through our infrastructure modernization programs we are bringing jobs, business and investments to the regions we serve.  Perhaps best of all, we’re ensuring families and business owners have ready access to America’s most abundant, environmentally friendly fuel … today and tomorrow.

Contact: George Faatz
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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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1340 N. Great Neck Road, #1272-128
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454