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County of bath

In a rural county west of the Shenandoah Valley along the border with West Virginia is the County of Bath.  There are no interstate highways, or mega-malls or even a single stoplight, yet this small county with roughly 5,000 residents in 17th in visitor spending out of 138 counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Blessed with exceptional tourism assets such as the Omni Homestead Resort, the Garth Newel Music Center, abundant outdoor recreation, and natural mineral springs the County of Bath is seeking the savvy entrepreneur who is thinking outside  "big box" developments to consider boutique, creative and unique business opportunities.  The County of Bath supports a close knit business community enhanced by a high quality of life.

Contact: Maggie Anderson, Director
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City of Staunton

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convergent nonprofit solutions

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions is the merger of five respected national nonprofit consulting firms, comprising nearly 40 of the most experienced nonprofit experts in the country.  Our team has worked with hundreds of economic development and nonprofit organizations in all 50 states and internationally. Through our unique collaboration, we are able to provide outcome-driven solutions that help our clients overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.  We don’t beg for charity or take up donations. 


Why Choose Convergent?

  • Our fundraising process is scalable to fit the needs of almost any nonprofit, no matter the size, scope or mission.
  • Our techniques fit today's philanthropic environment and marketplace demands.
  • We don't rely on emotional appeals; we show the ROI and value that an organization brings to its constituency.
  • We are experts in face-to-face asks — the most effective way to raise large amounts of sustainable funding.

Contact: Andy Coe, Principal

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 kaufman & Canoles, ATTORNEYS AT LAW

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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Norfolk Southern Corporation is a Virginia-based holding company that owns and controls a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company with corporate headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and a regional office in Roanoke, Virginia.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

Norfolk Southern offers new customers access to a company selected one of the most “Most Admired Railroads” by Fortune Magazine. 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 logistics planning through the Modalgistics group.

Contacts: Dan Motley, 540-981-4586, or
Amanda Nesmith, 757-629-2847,

the Port of virginia - virginia port authority

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Virginia Tobacco Commission

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Commonwealth Sponsor

rockbridge county

There is a certain magic happening in the Rockbridge region. You see, it seems many people living and working here today are accidental residents. They didn’t set out to live in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County. But after spending some time here, they fell in love with the region. They realized this is where they belong.

That’s because this is a unique place, defined in part by the natural beauty and surroundings, but mostly by the welcoming spirit and community mindset of its people. This is our invitation for you to join us. Consider living, working, starting a business, or returning here. Get to know us – again, if you went to college nearby. You’ll see why so many people love it here, live life to the fullest here, and successfully work all kinds of business opportunities here. Find out if the Rockbridge region is where you belong at

Contacts: Brandy Flint
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shenandoah valley partnership

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) is the leading, regional economic development and marketing organization in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia representing twelve localities and over 180 private sector members.  Through regional cooperation the SVP brings together business, government and education leaders to attract new business to the area, help existing businesses expand, and guide strategic workforce development to grow and sustain a healthy economic future for the region.  Communities represented in the SVP region include the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro. 

The Shenandoah Valley is strategically located on major transportation corridor on the East Coast in a beautiful setting with low operating costs, a strong and diverse workforce, and a budding entrepreneurial ecosystem on a foundation of manufacturing and agriculture. Thriving businesses cite lower labor costs, a trained and dedicated workforce and a well-connected transportation system among the many reasons to do business in the iconic Shenandoah Valley.  Award-winning regional efforts like Valley Career Hub ( have contributed to the Valley’s ability to attract over $260 million in new, recent capital investments.  Learn more about why this is such an exciting time in the Valley for your business, our workforce, and this experience:

Contact: Carrie Chenery, Executive Director
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Dominion Sponsors

albemarle county economic development

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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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chesapeake economic development

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county of louisa department of economic development

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CSX Transportation

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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance 

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interchange group

Warehousing / Logistics / Development

InterChange Group, based in Harrisonburg Virginia is your Third Party Logistics provider. InterChange Group  is a full service logistics company serving the East Coast with a wide array of warehousing ,logistics, and development services. With 15 facilities across the Commonwealth our food grade warehouses offer a variety of temperatures, including  Frozen, Refrigerated ,Temperature Controlled and Ambient . Fulfillment Services , Contract packaging , and Container Drayage are additional value added services that complement the growth needs of our Domestic and International clients.

Our most recent expansions includes a 200,000 Square Foot warehouse in the City of Portsmouth which will be available in March of 2017. InterChange will offer customized  lease space as well as Third Party Logistics Services .  To complement our current facility adjacent to  The Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, Virginia we have broken ground on a 126,000 square foot freezer/ refrigerated  facility . Operations to begin in the  fourth quarter of 2017.  For additional  information contact: 

Contact: Terry Cunningham
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roanoke regional partnership

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Rockingham county

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Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consultingands anderson

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Sands Anderson PC

Sands Anderson's Government Group is one of the largest and most experienced governmental law practice groups in the Commonwealth. In 2016, Sands Anderson was named among Southern Business & Development magazine's "Virginia's Best Economic Development Law Firms." Sands Anderson's lawyers have extensive experience in zoning and land use, infrastructure financing, public-private partnerships, tax and assessment issues and significant economic development projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our attorneys are adept at assisting in the creation of special tax districts, community development authorities, regional industrial facility authorities, mega industrial site development and specialized incentives to help make projects move from proposals to completion.  

Contact: Daniel M. Siegel
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Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consultingands anderson

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Virginia Beach 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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Whittington Consulting

Whittington Consulting is a Richmond-based digital marketing firm specializing in websites for economic development and tourism organizations. They have built over 170 websites since 2007, including 38 websites for economic development and tourism organizations.

Contact: Rick Whittington
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W.m. jordan

The W. M. Jordan is committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence. This commitment is the foundation of a corporate culture based on trust, integrity, and responsibility, with an emphasis on quality, fiscal responsibility and mutual respect. W. M. Jordan empowers our people to become leaders, take advantage of change and opportunity and use ingenuity to provide solutions to the challenges inherent in any project. Our corporate structure allows the most experienced leaders to spend time making key decisions that only they can while mentoring newer, less experienced associates on their way up the ladder of responsibility. Training and development opportunities are abundant at our own “WMJ University,” and we continually review and refine our systems to maximize efficiency through the latest technology.

Contact: Bud Denton
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Dogwood Sponsors

city of suffolk

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