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2020 Spring Conference Sponsor Profiles



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, workspace, and healthcare, to manufacturing & logistics, and cultural institutions. Founded in Richmond, Virginia, in 1897, today Baskervill is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating architectural firms, celebrating 120 years in business. 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: Ray Trevillian
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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 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, Virginia Business offers a daily e-news letter, a weekly commercial real estate e-newletter as well as additional digital and event sponsorship opportunities.

VEDA is again teaming up with Virginia Business to promote our Economic Development publication upcoming in the November Issue. “Virginia Business. It Works.”

Contact: Lori Colier Waran
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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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Chesterfield County Economic Development
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 GIS Webtech
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Roanoke Regional Partnership
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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 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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Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

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Bedford County Office of Economic Development

When is the last time you visited beautiful and business-friendly Bedford County, Virginia? We are home to amazing experiences like exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting the National D-Day Memorial, walking in Thomas Jefferson’s footsteps at Poplar Forest, relaxing at Smith Mountain Lake, and enjoying more outdoor adventures than you can imagine. Come and see why residents and businesses are locating to Bedford County. The Bedford County Office of Economic Development understands the drivers that support a healthy economy and is committed to nurturing and supporting efforts to sustain a community that results in quality jobs for county residents. We are here to assist you in starting, locating or expanding your business. 

Contact: Traci Blido, Director of Economic Development
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Botetourt County 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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City of Portsmouth 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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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Located in the coastal region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, also known as Hampton Roads or “the 757,” 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: Steve Harrison 
Email:  Phone: 757-664-2623  Website:

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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City of Roanoke Department 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, quality of life isn't just a catch phrase; it's our way of life, 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 proximity 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 access to the Port of Virginia, four interstate interchanges, and CSX Railroad, give businesses a significant logistical advantage.

Contact: Melissa Davidson
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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

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