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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
Email: jjsmolak@aep.com  Website: www.AEP.com

Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd.

Bowman Consulting provides civil engineering, planning, surveying, environmental, landscape architecture, water/wastewater engineering, and transportation services to a variety of public and private markets throughout the United States.  It also offers particular expertise in zoning, economic development and in land development/building regulations at the local, state and federal levels.  The work of the firm includes commercial, industrial, educational, residential, retail, health care, recreational, utility, municipal, and federal projects.  Bowman Consulting is headquartered just west of Washington, D.C. in Chantilly, Virginia.

Bowman Consulting delivers energy, infrastructure, and real estate solutions to public and private markets throughout the country. Outstanding client relationships and a focused growth strategy have allowed Bowman to anticipate the needs of the marketplace and respond to its demands through new service offerings, locations, and solutions. Bowman is an adept and energetic firm with a results-oriented attitude.

Contact: Spencer Francis, PE
Email: sfrancis@bowmanconsulting.com  Website: http://www.bowmanconsulting.com/

Dominion Energy Virginia

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
Email: kent.hill@dom.com  Website: www.dom.com

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
Email: dflippo@daa.com Website: www.daa.com

Eddy Alexander

Eddy Alexander is a full-service marketing and growth strategy consultancy that offers award-winning branding, advertising and public relations services to economic development clients across the country. Eddy Alexander’s work with Virginia clients has been widely celebrated by their clients and the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America.

Eddy Alexander’s unique approach and proven methodologies combine the best of management consulting with comprehensive marketing and communications growth strategy and campaign management services to deliver measurable, meaningful, and strategic business results for businesses and communities across the country.

Contact: Sydni Chernault
Email: s.chernault@eddyalexander.com  Website: www.eddyalexander.com

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company 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.

Contact: Dan Motley
Email: dlmotley@nscorp.com  Website: http://nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en.html

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
Email: dhudgins@odec.com Website: www.odec.com

 The Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia is the third largest container port on the U.S. East Coast.  It operates five marine terminals, including the barge served Richmond Marine Terminal, and also operates the Virginia Inland Port, an intermodal container transfer facility located in Front Royal, VA.  With its deep channels, state-of-the-art terminal infrastructure, strategic location and world-wide reach, the Port of Virginia is an engine for economic development and prosperity across the Commonwealth.  In 2016, The Port of Virginia began infrastructure projects totaling nearly $700 million that will increase the port’s annual capacity by 1,000,000 containers by 2020, ensuring economic opportunity for your clients, localities and region for decades to come. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how The Port of Virginia can support your efforts in business retention, expansion and attraction.

Contact: Russell J. Held, Vice President Economic Development
Email: Rheld@portofvirginia.com  Website: www.PortofVirginia.com

The Riverlink Group

The RiverLink Group is a Virginia-based woman-owned economic development consulting firm, serving public, private, corporate and non-profit 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 35 years of local, regional and state experience, The RiverLink Group teams with preferred partners with unique expertise to provide comprehensive 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, corporate intelligence, and organizational management services, and rural economic development strategies.

Contact:  Elizabeth Povar, Principal
Email: liz@riverlinkgroup.com  Website: http://www.riverlinkgroup.com/

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
Email: joe.hines@timmons.com Website: http://www.timmons.com/

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, VA, Raleigh, NC, Washington DC and Sacramento, CA.

Contact: Clark H. Lewis
Email: clark.lewis@troutmansanders.com Website: http://www.troutmansandersstrategies.com/

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is a state authority created by the Virginia General Assembly to better serve existing and new companies to expand, locate, or increase trade opportunities, by providing confidential site selection, workforce solutions, and international trade services. VEDP leads the Commonwealth’s economic development efforts to advance Virginia’s story in the global marketplace and maintain our position as a leading state for business.

The team at VEDP understands the complicated demands of the site selection process and offer years of experience to help make the site selection process for new and expanding businesses run smoothly. The Partnership consists of several divisions whose combined expertise confidentially provides the resources needed to make the most informed location decision with the least amount of time and effort.

Contact: Debbie Melvin
Email:dmelvin@vedp.org  Website: https://vedp.org

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 former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Pat Gottschalk, 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
Email: pgottschalk@williamsmullen.com Website: http://www.williamsmullen.com/

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:

  • Discretionary Incentives for Targeted Industries
  • Creative Economy Business Tax Incentives
  • Tourism Zone Incentives
  • Redevelopment Incentives, including Demolition Grants
  • Bond Financing
  • eCommerce Grants
  • Site Selection
  • Advocacy and Technical Support

Contactg: Michele DeWitt
Email: mdewitt@williamsburgva.gov  Website: http://www.yeswilliamsburg.com/

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