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Virginia Economic Development Directory

VA Statewide Economic Development Agencies

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Lynda Sharp Anderson
Agency Director
707 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA USA 23219
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Jeff Anderson
Executive Director
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA USA 23219

VA Utilities

Dominion Virginia Power
R. Kent Hill
Senior Manager, Economic Development
P.O. Box 26666
Richmond, VA USA 23261
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VA Regional Economic Development Agencies

Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation
David Kleppinger
Executive Director
1000 Dabney Drive, Suite 510
Clifton Forge, VA USA 24422
Commonwealth Regional Council
Danny G. Fore
President & CEO
P.O. Box P, One Mill Street, Suite 101
Farmville, VA USA 23901
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance
Gene Bailey
2300 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 270
Fredericksburg, VA USA 22404
Roanoke Regional Partnership
Beth Doughty
Executive Director
111 Franklin Plaza, Suite 333
Roanoke, VA USA 24011
540-343-1550 101
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Joan Hollen

Marketing Specialist
P.O. Box 2241
Harrisonburg, VA USA 22801
Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority
Jonathan S. Belcher
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1060
Lebanon, VA USA 24266
276-889-0381 or 800-735-9999
Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization
C. Renee Wyatt-Chapline
Executive Director
256 East Ellerslie Avenue, Suite D
Colonial Heights, VA USA 23834
Virginia’s Region 2000 Economic Development Council
R. Bryan David
Executive Director
828 Main Street, 12th Floor
Lynchburg, VA USA 24504

VA County Economic Development Agencies

Culpeper Department of Economic Development
Carl Sachs
Director, Economic Development
233 East Davis Street
Culpeper, VA USA 22701
Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation
Mark Heath
President & CEO
134 East Church Street, Suite 200 P.O. Box 631
Martinsville, VA USA 24114
Virginia’s Martinsville-Henry County’s low cost of doing business, skilled workforce, aggressive incentive packages and availability of land and buildings make them an ideal location for any business.
Appomattox County, Virginia
John K. Spencer, Jr.
Assistant County Administrator/Economic Development Director
P.O. Box 863 (153-A Morton Lane)
Appomattox, VA USA 24522
Arlington County Economic Development Office
Terry Holzheimer
1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500
Arlington, VA USA 22201

Bedford County Economic Development
Diana Cocke
Existing Business Coordinator
122 East Main Street, Suite 202
Bedford, VA USA 24523
540-587-5670 1375
Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority
Joan V. Moore
Executive Director
116 West Hicks Street
Lawrenceville, VA USA 23868
Campbell County Department of Economic Development
Mike Davidson
P.O. Box 100
Rustburg, VA USA 24588
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Catherine W. Riley
Vice President, Marketing
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450
Vienna, VA USA 22182
Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
John J. Smolak
President & CEO
601 North Mechanic Street, Suite 300
Franklin, VA USA 23851
Henrico County Economic Development Office
Gary McLaren
Executive Director
4300 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA USA 23228
Mecklenburg County
Angie Kellett
Director of Economic Development
P.O. Box 307
Boydton, VA USA 23917
Nelson County Economic Development & Tourism
Maureen Corumn
Director of Economic Development
P.O. Box 636
Lovingston, VA USA 22949
Orange County Virginia
Julie G. Jordan
Director of Economic Development
112 West Main Street, P.O. Box 111
Orange, VA USA 22960
Prince William County Dept. of Economic Development
Martin Briley
Executive Director
10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 105
Manassas, VA USA 20109-6434
703-792-5500 or 800-334-9876
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Peggy White
Executive Director
4440 Cleburne Boulevard, Suite B
Dublin, VA USA 24084
Rappahannock County
John McCarthy
County Administrator
290 Gay Street, P.O. Box 519
Washington, VA USA 22747
Roanoke County Department of Economic Development
Jill B. Loope
Assistant Director
P.O. Box 29800
Roanoke, VA USA 24018
York County Office of Economic Development
James W. Noel, Jr.
224 Ballard Street, P.O. Box 612
Yorktown, VA USA 23690

VA City Economic Development Agencies

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP)
Val P. Hawkins
President & CEO
1729 King Street, Suite 410
Alexandria, VA USA 22314
Altavista Chamber of Commerce
Patty W. Eller
414 Washington Street, P.O. Box 606
Altavista, VA USA 24517
Blacksburg Department of Planning & Building
Anne McClung
Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 South Main Street, P.O. Box 90003
Blacksburg, VA USA 24062-9003
Bristol Virginia Office of Economic Development
Jerry A. Brown, CEcD
P.O. Box 16397, 15022 Lee Highway
Bristol, VA USA 24209-6397
Chase City
Rickey G. Reese
Town Manager
319 North Main Street
Chase City, VA USA 23924
Chesapeake Economic Development Department
Preston Wilhelm II
Senior Business Development Manager
676 Independence Parkway, Suite 200
Chesapeake, VA USA 23320
City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development
Aubrey Watts
605 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA USA 22902
City of Covington
John V. Doane
City Manager
333 West Locust Street
Covington, VA USA 24426
City of Fairfax Economic Development Office
Geoff Durham
City Hall Annex Room 207, 10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA USA 22030
City of Fredericksburg Economic Development & Tourism
Karen Hedelt
706 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA USA 22401
City of Harrisonburg
Brian B. Shull
Economic Development Director
345 South Main Street, Suite 201
Harrisonburg, VA USA 22801
City of Petersburg
Vandy Jones, III
Economic Development Manager
400 East Washington Street
Petersburg, VA USA 23803
City of Radford
Basil Edwards
Director of Economic Development
619 Second Street
Radford, VA USA 24141
City of Staunton Department of Eonomic Development
William Hamilton
P.O. Box 58
Staunton, VA USA 24402-0058
Colonial Heights Economic Development
George W. Schanzenbacher, AICP
Director of Planning & Community Development
201 James Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA USA 23834
Danville Office of Economic Development
Jeremy Stratton
427 Patton Street, P.O. Box 3300
Danville, VA USA 24543-3300
Downtown Hampton Development Partnership
Sherry Spring
Executive Director
756 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA USA 23669
Emporia-Greensville Industrial Development Corporation
Jack Davenport
Executive Director
425-H South Main Street
Emporia, VA USA 23847
Falls Church Office of Economic Development
Becky Witsman
Business Development Manager
300 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA USA 22046
Greater Richmond Partnership
Gregory Wingfield
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 801
Richmond, VA USA 23219-4070
Hopewell Department of Development
March Altman
Director, Community Development
300 North Main Street
Hopewell, VA USA 23860
Leesburg Economic Development Department
Marantha Edwards
P.O. Box 88
Leesburg, VA USA 20178
Lynchburg Office of Economic Development
Marjette Upshur
828 Main Street, 10th Floor
Lynchburg, VA USA 24504
Manassas Economic Development Office
Elizabeth S. Via, AICP
Director, Community Development
9027 Center Street, Room 202
Manassas, VA USA 20110
Manassas Park Economic Development Authority
Jeffrey JK McKay
One Park Center Court
Manassas Park, VA USA 20111
Newport News Economic Development Authority
Florence G. Kingston
2400 Washington Avenue, Third Floor
Newport News, VA USA 23607
Norfolk Department of Development
Roderick S. Woolard
500 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA USA 23510
Norton Industrial Development Authority
Fred L. Ramey, Jr.
Assistant City Manager
P.O. Box 618
Norton, VA USA 24273
Portsmouth Virginia Department of Economic Development
Patrick J. Small
200 High Street, Suite 200
Portsmouth, VA USA 23704
757-393-8804 or 800-848-5690
Pulaski Economic Development Department
John White
Economic Development Director
42 1st Street, NW
Pulaski, VA USA 24301
Salem Department of Planning & Development
Melinda J. Payne
114 North Broad Street, P.O. Box 869
Salem, VA USA 24153-0869
Saltville, Virginia
Mike Taylor
Town Manager
217 Palmer Avenue, P.O. Box 730
Saltville, VA USA 24370
South Hill Chamber of Commerce
Frank Malone
Executive Director
201 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, VA USA 23970
Suffolk Economic Development Department
Kevin Hughes
440 Market Street, P.O. Box 1858
Suffolk, VA USA 23439
Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development
Michael Harvey
210 Ridge-McIntire Road, Suite 100, P.O. Box 1525
Charlottesville, VA USA 22902
434-979-5610 22
Town of Amherst
Jack Hobbs
Town Manager
186 South Main Street, P.O. Box 280
Amherst, VA USA 24521
Town of Blackstone
William D. Coleburn
905 Brunswick Avenue
Blackstone, VA USA 23824
Town of Dublin
William Parker
Town Manager
P.O. Box 1066
Dublin, VA USA 24084
Town of Warrenton Department of Community Planning
Chris Mothershead
18 Court Street
Warrenton, VA USA 20186
Town of West Point
Shawn P. Hershberger
Economic Development Coordinator
P.O. Box 152
West Point, VA USA 23181
Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
Warren D. Harris
222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 1000
Virginia Beach, VA USA 23462
Waynesboro Office of Economic Development
Greg Hitchin
Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, 301 West Main Street
Waynesboro, VA USA 22980
Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
Warren D. Harris
222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 1000
Virginia Beach, VA USA 23462
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Virginia State Incentives

The GOVERNOR’S OPPORTUNITY FUND (GOF) is designed as a “deal closing” fund to be employed at the governor’s discretion when necessary to secure a company location or expansion in Virginia. The GOF serves as a final resource for Virginia in the face of serious competition from other states or countries. Awards are made with the expectation that the grant to a locality will result in a favorable decision for the commonwealth. Grants are awarded to localities on a local matching basis. Capital is provided for site acquisition and development, transportation access, training, construction or build-out of publicly owned buildings.

VIRGINIA INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANT AND MAJOR ELIGIBLE EMPLOYER GRANT FUND: A discretionary performance incentive designed to encourage continued capital investment by Virginia companies, resulting in added capacity, modernization, increased productivity, or the creation, development and utilization of advanced technology. The program is targeted to companies that have operated in Virginia for at least five years, and that are proposing expansion projects that meet certain criteria.

VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE GRANT: A discretionary investment performance grant program designed to assist and encourage companies to invest and create new employment opportunities by locating significant headquarters, administrative or service sector operation in Virginia. Eligible projects must meet minimum requirements for capital investment and job creation.

The VIRGINIA JOBS INVESTMENT PROGRAM: (VJIP) offers customized recruiting and training to companies that are creating new jobs or are substantially retraining existing employees. VJIP offers funding and services through three distinct incentive programs that fit a spectrum of training and retraining needs that include the New Jobs Program, the Small Business New Jobs Program and the Retraining Program.

TOBACCO REGION OPPORTUNITY FUND: discretionary cash grant made to a locality in Virginia’s tobacco-producing regions by the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (generally in the southern and southwest regions of the state) for assistance with economic development projects.

TECHNOLOGY ZONES: Virginia cities, counties and towns have the ability to establish, by ordinance, one or more technology zones to attract growth in targeted industries. Qualified businesses locating or expanding operations in a zone may receive local permit and user fee waivers, local tax incentives, special zoning treatment or exemption from ordinances. Once a local technology zone has been established, incentives may be provided for up to 10 years. Each locality designs and administers its own program.

SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION: Data centers are eligible for sales and use tax exemption if they invest at least $150 million, hire at least 50 employees (direct or indirect) that are paid at least 1.5 times the average prevailing wage in the locality where the center is located, and enter into an MOU with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The job threshold may be reduced if the facility is located in an Enterprise Zone or in a severely distressed community as defined by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (unemployment at least 150 percent of the average statewide unemployment.) This exemption applies to the 5 percent sales tax on servers, server related equipment, chillers, generators and other enabling hardware.

CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING INCENTIVE GRANT (CEMIG): A clean energy manufacturer can receive a grant for up to six years if it begins or expands its operations, makes a capital investment of more than $50 million and creates 200 or more new full-time jobs in Virginia on or after July 1, 2011. They also must enter a memorandum of understanding setting forth the requirements for capital investment and the creation of new full-time jobs. The governor may reduce the capital investment and full-time job minimums if the manufacturer is located in an area with an unemployment rate of 1.25 times the statewide average unemployment rate of the previous year. For wind manufacturers, the capital investment minimum is $10 million and the job minimum is 30.

“Clean energy manufacturer” is defined as a biofuel producer, a manufacturer of renewable energy or nuclear equipment/products, or “products used for energy conservation, storage, or grid efficiency purposes.” Renewable energy is defined to include solar, wind, hydro, biomass, waste energy, municipal solid waste, wave, tidal and geothermal. It may also include thermal or electric energy from biomass co-firing facilities. Public service corporations are not eligible for the grants.

CORPORATE INCOME TAX CREDITS: Virginia offers a variety of tax credits that are available for use against a company’s corporate tax liability:

  • Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit
  • Recycling Equipment Tax Credit
  • Day Care Facility Investment Tax Credit
  • Worker Retraining Tax Credit
  • Virginia Port Tax Credit Programs
  • Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Green Job Creation Tax Credit

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS: Virginia does not tax intangible property, manufacturers’ inventory and manufacturers’ furniture, fixtures and corporate aircraft.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACCESS PROGRAM: Administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation, it assists localities in providing adequate road access to new and expanding basic employers.

RAIL INDUSTRIAL ACCESS PROGRAM: Helps connect businesses to freight rail service by funding the construction or improvement of railroad tracks and facilities to serve industrial or commercial sites where freight rail service is currently needed or anticipated in the future. This grant program supports localities, businesses or industries seeking to provide freight rail service between the actual site of an existing or proposed commercial facility and common carrier railroad tracks.

TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FUND (TPOF): Provides grants, revolving loans or other financial tools and equity contributions to encourage the development of transportation projects and to provide monies to address the transportation aspects of economic development opportunities.

VIRGINIA SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING AUTHORITY (VSBFA): Offers programs to provide businesses with access to capital needed for growth and expansion.

ENTERPRISE ZONES: Provides state and local incentives to businesses that invest and create jobs within Virginia’s enterprise zones, which are located throughout the state.

FOREIGN TRADE ZONES: Virginia offers six foreign trade zones designed to encourage businesses to participate in international trade by effectively eliminating or reducing customs duties. Also, numerous subzones are provided and additional ones can be designated to enhance the trade capabilities of specific companies.

DEFENSE PRODUCTION ZONES: Virginia authorizes its communities to establish local defense production zones to benefit businesses engaged in the design, development or production of materials, components or equipment required to meet the needs of national defense. Companies deemed ancillary to or in support of the aforementioned categories would also apply.


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