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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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Chmura Economics & Analytics

Since founding Chmura Economics & Analytics in 1998, Chris and her team of experts have continued to innovate data solutions, such as JobsEQ, LaborEQ, Zonyx, and FedSpendTOP, that help answer critical client questions across the public and private sectors.

Chmura is recognized nationwide due to the reputation of Chris Chmura on the national stage as a subject matter expert in economic trends and forecasting, and thought leader in labor market data. We bring a research team approach to client assignments and Chmura products, delivering a broad spectrum of expertise to solve problems and answer questions. Our economists conduct primary research, investigate prior art, and create custom forecasting and economic models. Our mathematicians and statisticians analyze primary and secondary data and insure data integrity. Our data scientists develop technology solutions to deliver data and create visualizations to help tell the story of the data. And our strategic planners develop implementation plans to move from data-driven analysis to action plans.

Chmura’s unique approach to economic analysis is part science, skill, and experience, and part art, innovation, and creativity. Helping our clients convert data into actionable intelligence is the key to our success. In all of our project engagements, we aim to produce the kind of information that supports confident decisions and enables the realization of bold goals.

Contact: Christine Chmura, PhD., CEO and Chief Economist
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Hunton Andrews Kurth - Global Economic Development, Commerce &
Government Relations Team

Whether relocating the headquarters, siting a new plant, expanding an existing facility or entering new markets in the US and abroad, Hunton’s Global Economic Development, Commerce & Government Relations team, the full-service public affairs arm of the law firm, has vast experience helping businesses navigate challenges associated with their growth and development.  We have successfully negotiated for millions of dollars of economic incentives, carefully guided interactions with all levels of government, and built and executed complex development strategies for a variety of clients over a multitude of industries.

Our “hands on” leadership brings an individual focus to each project, with experience working with state, regional and local government entities in Virginia, across the United States and around the world. Our work does not stop at the border. Either through our own offices or those of our network partners in over 100 countries, we help clients take their businesses into new markets through direct investments or assisting with new trade opportunities.

Contact: Lee Downey
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Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

The attorneys of Kaufman & Canoles’ 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 provide business and strategic advice, assist in assembling the project team, and structure the corporate vehicle for the work.

The Infrastructure & Transportation Team are seasoned attorneys who not only identify and facilitate transportation and infrastructure projects, but keep a firm eye on mitigating financial, construction, political and other risks, and advise on appropriate measures to minimize liabilities associated with infrastructure-related projects.

 Contact: Ann Crenshaw
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Klett Consulting Group

Klett Consulting Group, Inc. (KCG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, provides experienced program management, innovative system engineering, consulting for cybersecurity, broadband and municipal services, plus advanced network architecture and interoperability Subject Matter Expertise (SME). KCG’s philosophy of “Creating the Future” is the foundation of our client-centered approach. Our employees help clients understand and leverage business trends and opportunities to increase their bottom line. Our experience and advocacy have paved the way for new development in Hampton Roads and around the world.  We understand that investing in our community is a responsibility for businesses, and that growth happens when we work together to “Create the Future.”

Klett Consulting Group proudly offers Municipal Consulting to all levels of state and local government. Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to tackle the logistical and operational problems broadband and cyber coordination create. Through working with local legislators and businesses, we have developed a 6-Step KCG CBM℠ (Comprehensive Broadband Methodology) that supports broadband development as a critical enabler in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Contact us to learn more about our consulting services, and KCG’s CBM℠.

Contact: Mark Klett
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City of Richmond
Profile coming soon!

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
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Virginia Business

Virginia Business is the only statewide publication dedicated exclusively to covering economic activity in every sector and every region of the state. Since its creation in 1986, the magazine has attracted loyal readers and has established a reputation as a “must read” for anybody who wants to stay abreast of economic events in the commonwealth. The publication has received over 25 national journalism awards since 2010. Our 75,000+ monthly readers include business professionals, top executives and state and local political leaders, who act on our ads and articles. In addition to our print publication, we also offer digital products as well as event sponsorship opportunities.

VEDA is again teaming up with Virginia Business to promote our Economic Development cover story coming up in our November Issue. Deadline to reserve ad space is September 30, 2019.

“Virginia Business. It Works.”

Contact: Lindsey Swain
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Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC)
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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 2,215 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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Dominion Sponsors

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City of Chesapeake Department of Economic Development
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Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Clancy & Theys Construction Company is a 70 year old large commercial 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, hotel, multi-family, cultural arts, higher education, healthcare, recreation, and mixed use developments. We are one of the ENR Top 200 largest general contractors in the nation. We provide a high level of customer service and commitment to client satisfaction, stressing leadership and teamwork in close coordination with building owners and their design team. Recent projects include the Dollar Tree Headquarters office building, Chesapeake; Residence Inn & Hyatt Place, Virginia Beach Town Center; Stoney Point VI 90,000sf medical office for Virginia Urology, Richmond; Barry Art Museum, Old Dominion University; industrial expansion of 150,000sf at Printpack, Newport News; and conversion of the former JC Penny’s retail space, Norfolk into 200,000sf of multi-tenant office space.

Contact: Tom O’Grady
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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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InterChange Group
Profile coming soon!

MEB General Contractors
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Portsmouth Economic Development
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Department of Economic Development, City of Virginia Beach

The City of Virginia Beach serves as the Mid-Atlantic gateway to the United States. The City’s global position provides a unique environment from which business and residents benefit. Virginia Beach is the largest City in Virginia and is part of the dynamic metropolitan area known as Hampton Roads which is comprised of over 1.7 million residents. The business community in Virginia Beach reflects a highly diverse cluster of industries which include nationally and internationally known corporate headquarters, technologically advanced manufacturers, billion-dollar defense contractors, logistics companies and a thriving locally owned business base. Importantly, Virginia Beach is now a Tier 1 digital port city and an emerging world class innovation hub with the world’s fastest subsea data cables. As well, a fast-growing biotech industry has attracted world-class resources and investment in life sciences.

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development maintains the clearly stated goal of expanding and diversifying the tax base and employment opportunities for the city through its various business retention and attraction efforts. The department also assists the business community by providing management & technical assistance and will act on your behalf as liaisons with other city departments as it pertains to planning, permitting and zoning processes. The department staff are highly professional, empowered, accessible and remain at your ready contact. Please contact us and allow us to guide you home to Virginia Beach.     

Contact: Charles J. Bauman III

Dogwood Sponsor

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Located in the coastal region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) is a non-profit, public-private partnership, committed to a more prosperous and diverse regional economy. Their mission is to attract, grow and retain higher wage industries, talent and jobs, for the 11 communities that they represent. The Alliance serves as the region’s single point of contact for corporate and site location consultant inquiries alike, seeking assistance with real estate site selection, data compilation and analysis, workforce availability and training, educational resources, ancillary business services and more.

Contact: Chris Lemmon
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757-664-2629  Website:

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

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