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Virginia Sponsors

Botetourt County Department of Econmic Development

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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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Eddy Alexander

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GIS Webtech

GIS WebTech provides most advanced technology available for economic development. The fastest-growing provider in the market, GIS WebTech solutions are built natively on the Esri platform, ensuring 100% real-time access to the most accurate demographic data available. GIS WebTech is also the only provider to integrate workforce data directly into its technology, and provides advanced functionality like trucking times and 3D views that are unavailable elsewhere. GIS WebTech technology provides an unsurpassed user experience, keeping businesses and site selectors engaged and focused on your community. Please stop by our table at the fall conference to take a look at the world’ s leading technology for economic development.

Contact: Ron Bertasi, CEO
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Kaufman & Canoles

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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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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Roanoke Regional Partnership

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Virginia Business Magazine

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Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.  To date, the Commission has awarded 2,036 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.

Contact: Jordan Butler
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Commonwealth Sponsors

City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development acts as a liaison to forge partnerships between business and government in Roanoke. Our staff is comprised of economic development professionals whose core functions include:

Our mission is to foster stable economic growth in the City of Roanoke and provide continuous improvements to the quality of life for its citizens. Implementing innovative workforce and business retention, expansion and recruitment practices and promoting strategic asset developments city-wide will ensure our community and economy remain diverse and vibrant.

The Department of Economic Development's professional and experienced team is well versed in Economic Development and addressing the business needs of our City of Roanoke constituents.

Contact: Lisa B. Soltis
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Roanoke County Economic Development

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S.B. Ballard Construction Company

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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Virginia Housing Development Authority

Since its creation in 1972 by the Virginia General Assembly, VHDA has helped Virginians attain quality, affordable housing through public-private partnerships with local governments, community service organizations, lenders, Realtors, developers and many others. VHDA provides mortgages for first-time homebuyers, as well as financing for apartment communities and neighborhood revitalization efforts. They offer free homebuyer classes, support housing counseling, and help people with disabilities and the elderly make their homes more livable. They also administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher and Housing Credit programs in Virginia. VHDA is self-supporting and receives no state taxpayer dollars to fund its programs. Instead, they raise money in the capital markets, and contribute a significant portion of their net revenues each year to help meet Virginia’s housing needs.

Contact: Matthew Bolster  Email:

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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Botetourt County

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Branch Civil, Inc.

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City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development

Chesapeake is a dynamic community powered by its talented workforce, strategic location and viable resources. Simply put, it’s a great place to do business. Chesapeake’s location is within 750 miles of two-thirds of the nation’s population and industrial production. The city’s regional transportation hub consists of major west, north, and south interstate highways, extensive rail service and 120 miles of commercial waterfront with 12 miles of deep draft channels. Chesapeake is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Virginia. With 353 square miles of land area, there are many real estate opportunities available to meet the needs of any business, retailer or corporation. Whether you’re an international corporation establishing a U.S. headquarters or a local startup growing your practice, Chesapeake has something for everyone. Your success awaits in Chesapeake. Let’s do business.

Contact: Voncile "Von" Gilbreath
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Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Clancy & Theys Construction Company is a 69 year old general contractor, construction manager, and design build partner primarily working across the Southeast U.S. from Virginia to Florida. We work on a wide variety of new construction and major renovation projects including office, industrial, hospitality, cultural arts, institutional, higher education, healthcare, recreation, multi-family, and mixed use developments. We are one of the 2017 ENR Top 200 largest contractors in the nation. We provide a uniquely high level of service and commitment to client satisfaction, stressing leadership and teamwork in close collaboration with building owners and their design team. Recent projects include Dollar Tree Headquarters, Chesapeake; Residence Inn & Hyatt Place, Virginia Beach Town Center; Stoney Point VI 90,000sf for Virginia Urology, Richmond; Barry Art Museum, Old Dominion University; expansion of 150,000sf at Printpack, Newport News; and conversion of JCPenny’s Norfolk into 200,000sf of office space.

Contact: Tom O’Grady
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Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is the Commonwealth of Virginia's economic development and small business financing entity.  Our aim is to enhance the growth opportunities for businesses throughout Virginia.  The VSBFA helps both established and new businesses, as well as qualifying 501 (c) 3 organizations located in Virginia, access capital through a portfolio of financing programs which include direct loans as well as credit enhancements that support bank financing.

We encourage bankers, business-owners, and economic development professionals to contact us about their business' financing need.

Contact: Mark Heede, Phone: 804-371-8254
Email: VSBFA Website: http://

Sands Anderson PC

Sands Anderson's Government Group is the largest and most experienced governmental law practice group in the Commonwealth. In 2016 and 2018, Sands Anderson was named among Southern Business & Development magazine's "Virginia's Best Economic Development Law Firms."

Sands Anderson's economic development lawyers work with public-private partnerships to facilitate economic development in Virginia and North Carolina. Our attorneys assist in creating special tax districts, special zoning areas for intensive economic development areas, and authorities to finance infrastructure and other improvements. We work with industrial development and economic development authorities, in addition to local governments, to approach state officials and legislators regarding the provision of state incentives for industries moving to their localities.

Contact: Daniel M. Siegel
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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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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 Sponsors

H+M Company

H&M Company is a national plan/design/build firm that specializes in distribution and manufacturing facilities. We are a full-service company with in-house resources, including; complete engineering services, self-performance capabilities in major trades and project financing (build-to-suit leasing). Recent projects include: American Eagle, Ross Stores, Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply Nordstrom,, and Macy’s.

Contact: Greg Kelly
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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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Onward New River Valley

Onward NRV is a regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia's New River Valley. It's a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region. We work hard to make it clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of Virginia Tech, Radford University, and New River Community College, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment.

Contact: Charlie Jewell
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