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Virginia Sponsors

Branch Civil

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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 43 states in the nation. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura is a women-owned small business founded in 1999 with offices in Richmond, Cleveland, and Spokane.

Contact: Christine Chmura, PhD., CEO and Chief Economist
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Localintel’s catalog of online economic development tools makes it easier for communities to promote their strengths and support local business growth. From Seattle to New Orleans, Calgary to Kingston communities across North America are benefiting from our next-generation catalog of online economic development tools. We’re passionate supporters of local business growth and constantly looking for new municipalities, chambers and economic development organizations to work with.

Contact: Dave Parsell, Co-founder & CEO
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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, Mobile: 804-399-8297
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UVA Research Park

Drug discovery, radar technology, and injury biomechanics are just a few of the research developments happening every day at the University of Virginia Research Park. By providing state-of-the-art facilities and working in tandem with the University of Virginia, local economic development partnerships, and the region’s top employers, the UVA Research Park serves as a catalyst for the creation and enhancement of research and business collaboration for the economic and societal benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Central Virginia region, and the nation.

Contact: Deborah van Eersel, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Marketing
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Commonwealth Sponsor

Chesterfield County Economic Development

Companies have been choosing Chesterfield County as place to do business for nearly 400 years. The first iron furnace in the United States was built in Chesterfield. The first recorded commercial coal mines in North America operated in Chesterfield.

Companies today continue to seek out Chesterfield County when looking for an ideal location to start or expand a business. The climate in Chesterfield is business friendly with a very competitive business tax environment and a government committed to economic development.

That commitment is reflected in the programs and services provided by Chesterfield Economic Development. Our organization works on a free and confidential basis with domestic and foreign companies planning to establish new facilities, relocate existing facilities, or expand current facilities. The department also assists existing businesses and industries already located in Chesterfield with any business-related issues.

Chesterfield Economic Development staff members will assist with site selection requirements, information and research needs, public relations and relocation services, small business issues, or streamlining regulatory processes. In short, we make it easy for businesses to choose Chesterfield.

Contact: Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development
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Virginia Beach Department of 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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Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) Mid-Atlantic, LLC

Why ECS? We have GRIT.

What does that mean for you? That one descriptive word defines our company culture. It sets just the right tone for what our clients can expect our team to deliver each and every day. At Engineering Consulting Services (ECS), GRIT is made up of four characteristics: Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity.

Founded in 1988, ECS is a leader in geotechnical, environmental, construction materials testing and facilities engineering. Our steady growth comes from a deep belief in developing the people, systems and expertise required to focus on client needs.

From conception to completion, our boots are made for working.

Contact: Kammie Cox, Director of Business Development
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H+M Company

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Hanover County Economic Development

The Hanover County Department of Economic Development's mission is to increase the county's tax base and enable the creation of new jobs. Staff provides services, programs and information sources to Hanover's established businesses, companies considering relocation, the corporate community and the consultants that represent them. The Department develops and implements long-term county economic development policy and fosters collaboration among county leaders, citizens and businesses while marketing the county's business advantages.  Hanover has been recognized by Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Money magazine and the American City Business Journals for its superior quality of life.

Contact: E. Linwood Thomas IV, Director, Economic Development
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Henrico County Economic Development Authority

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Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Kimley-Horn is one of the nation’s premier planning and design consulting firms. Whether your project is national or local and involves public infrastructure or private development, we look out for your best interest, reduce your risk, and deliver great value. From demanding long-range strategies and complex planning and design to development and construction challenges, our engineers, planners, and environmental scientists combine the creativity to develop insightful solutions with the rigor to deliver practical results that consistently exceed expectations. Since 1967, Kimley-Horn has delivered outcomes you can depend on—projects that can be successfully developed, permitted, and built on time and within budget. With 80+ offices nationwide, Kimley-Horn is your one-stop consultant, offering superior solutions and an exceptional level of service in a wide range of services including transportation planning, roadway and bridge design, aviation, transit, site design, permitting, landscape architecture, integrated water, environmental, energy, and intelligent transportation systems.

Contact: Meredith Powell, Marketing Manager
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MEB General Contractors

Founded in 1982, MEB General Contractors is an experienced and respected general contractor working throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  With more than 200 employees and annual revenues exceeding $150MM, MEB provides comprehensive construction services on a broad variety of project types. Our diverse portfolio includes experience with resort and hospitality, commercial office,   municipal and federal government, and industrial projects.  Our ability to self-perform significant aspects of any project, along with our scheduling and modeling capabilities, provide our clients unique advantages.  

MEB has been recognized nationally as a “Top 400” General Contractor, a “Top 200” Environmental Contractor, and a “Top 100” Design-Build Contractor.   Additional recognition has included “Contractor of the Year” by both the City of Chesapeake and the American Public Works Authority and “Best Places to Work” by Inside Business Magazine.  Our success is built on the foundation of project partnering, a commitment to safety, and on-time and on-budget delivery.

Contact: Eric Keplinger, AIA, LEED AP
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Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

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York County Office of Economic Development

Money Magazine named York County as one of the Top 100 Education Buys and one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the Country. Located in the Greater Williamsburg area of Coastal Virginia, York County is home to major attractions, including Great Wolf Lodge, Water Country USA, and the historic Yorktown Battlefields.

In York County, a superb quality of life isn't just a catch phrase; it's a reality, and one of our most important business resources. York County provides its citizens and businesses with small-town charm, coupled with first-rate municipal services, low crime rates, top-notch public schools, a strong dedicated workforce, and proximity to big-city amenities.

York’s closeness to the College of William and Mary presents many cultural, educational, and business opportunities. Safe and affordable office and industrial space is readily available and easy access to the Port of Virginia, four interstate (I-64) interchanges, and CSX Railroad, give businesses a significant logistical advantage.

Contact: James W. Noel, Jr.
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Dogwood Sponsor

Clancy & Theys Construction Company

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S.B. Ballard

S.B. Ballard Construction Company is a General Contracting/Construction Management firm based in Virginia Beach, VA. Performing services thorough out the State of Virginia & greater Mid-Atlantic.  Since our establishment in 1978, we have completed every project safely, on schedule and on budget.  We approach every project the same way we approach every relationship: with honesty, integrity and open communication.  It is our constant innovation that keeps us competitive, yet our core values that have made us successful.

While we are proud of our success within our Industry, it is our involvement in the Communities that we build that truly makes the difference.  We understand that we are not just building new facilities, we are building relationships. Our extensive list of 80%+ repeat clients is evidence that we know what it takes to deliver high quality projects with top level customer service.

Contact: Justin Ballard, Director of Business Development
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1340 N. Great Neck Road, #1272-128
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454