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2020 Spring Conference Sponsor Profiles


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Roanoke Regional Partnership
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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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Chesterfield County Economic Development
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Clark Nexsen

Founded in 1920, Clark Nexsen is a transdisciplinary engineering and architecture firm providing innovative design solutions to U.S. and global clients. With 10 offices, we serve more than a dozen markets including the Department of Defense, science + technology, higher education and K-12, commercial, and infrastructure and transportation. Leveraging the strength of multiple disciplines, we actively collaborate across intersecting areas of expertise to gain new perspectives, inspire innovation, and deliver high-performing, sustainable projects.

Contact: Chris Aebel
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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
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 Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
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City of Chesapeake Economic Development Department

The Chesapeake Economic Development department is committed to offering businesses from all industries the necessary tools and knowledge they need to succeed in the dynamic Chesapeake economy. We support local, national and global business ventures with multiple services that incorporate the area’s vast economic opportunities. Our dedicated staff works to provide your business with resources such as site selection, marketing services and demographic data, in addition to investment guidance and expertise. 

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. Whether you are looking to start, expand or relocate your company in Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Economic Development department is always prepared to help you do business.

Contact: Steven Wright
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InterChange Group, Inc.

The InterChange Group offers Warehousing, Third Party Logistics and Industrial Real Estate Development for customers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  We own and operate more than 2.6MM square feet of warehouse space in 23 locations throughout the State of Virginia, with temperature ranges from -10-100F supporting the regions’ growing Food & Beverage Industry.  The InterChange Express Division provides local shuttles, Regional and National transportation services, and intermodal moves through the Port of Virginia for a seamless and transparent customer experience.

We are proud to announce the first Phase of our newest Cold Storage Facility is now open.  When complete, this state of the art, semi-automated facility will offer nearly 600,000sf and 80,000 pallet positions of refrigerated and frozen storage, including rail service and blast freezing.

Contact: Keith Robinson or Chris Thompson
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MEB General Contractors
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Onward New River Valley

People choose to live and work in Virginia’s New River Valley and it’s not hard to see why. The region is an eclectic mix of interconnected towns (Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd, Pearisburg, Pulaski, and Radford) and world-class universities. Virginia Tech, Radford University, and New River Community College produce an abundance of social and cultural offerings and a steady supply of talent. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with a collaborative culture. The region is known as a hub for Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Food Processing & Agribusiness, and Unmanned Systems industries. The scenic mountains of the NRV also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.” Learn more at

Contact: Charlie Jewell
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Portsmouth Economic Development
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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

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