Business Attraction & Regional Marketing
The Partnership’s business attraction efforts extend around the globe. Direct marketing activities include trade shows, professional conferences, marketing missions, seminars, special events, and individual sales calls to qualified prospects.
Business location assistance is focused on domestic and international companies planning to relocate or expand facilities. Business services are provided to small and large companies that require office, research, manufacturing and distribution buildings and/or sites. The Partnership serves as a single point of contact to the network of private sector and state and local government professionals serving Central Virginia.
When a company selects a Richmond-area location, public relations services, relocation services for company employees, and startup services such as employee recruitment are provided. As a new corporate citizen, the company then transitions into the Partnership’s existing business program, Business First Greater Richmond.
Business Retention & Expansion
BusinessFirst Greater Richmond is a collaborative effort between the Partnership and our four local government partners that focuses resources, services and support on companies that already call the Richmond Region home. Local professional development staff and trained volunteers from the business community interview CEOs and other top company officials to fully understand the company and the factors critical to its long-term success.
Companies touched by the program receive a high level of customer service and access to a wide variety of resources, dictated by the company’s unique needs.
This customer-focused approach delivers value by quickly connecting companies to the resources they need and removes barriers to business growth. Information gained through the program is used to make RVA an even better place to do business.
Metro Richmond Exports Initiative
The Greater Richmond Partnership is one of several entities that support the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI), a consortium of non-profits that seek to increase the Richmond Region’s gross domestic product (GDP). The Partnership, along with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA@VCU), established the MREI to educate central Virginia businesses about the benefits of exporting and drive increased levels of exporting in the Richmond MSA. MREI provides tools to help businesses navigate the robust export services environment in Central Virginia; programs designed to help businesses begin exporting or increase export sales; grants and scholarships for export-related activities; and outreach to local businesses to increase export awareness.
Additional Support Services
Research, information, publications and other media support these two main work activities. In addition to real estate information, the Partnership maintains data on critical business factors including labor, education and training, transportation, utilities, taxes, incentives, area industries and business climate. Presentations tailored to a company’s specific needs and comparisons with other metropolitan areas and states can be provided. Orientation briefings in the Richmond Region or at out-of-state locations are offered in cooperation with relocation rooms.
The Partnership produces information in a variety of formats, including print publications, electronic media, maps and videos. Print publications include custom proposals, industry cluster brochures, country-specific brochures, a relocation booklet and two cost-comparison start-up models specifically for domestic and international businesses. Most publications are available for download on this website. Additional electronic information can be found via LoveWhatYouFind.com, the “Greater Richmond: Come & Stay” video series, and periodic email newsletters.
RVA Agents is a digital ambassadorship program that promotes the Richmond Region as the ideal place for business success, as well as the perfect place to live, work and play. RVA Agents’ mission is to help attract attention to the region — all by using their social network for social good.
Agents tell positive stories of the region, share valuable data with your friends and colleagues, and encourage others to explore the Richmond Region as the setting for their own success story.
The bigger buzz we can create about RVA, the easier it is to recruit new companies. Which translates to more job opportunities and community engagement.
Ready to become a RVA Agent? Visit RVAagents.com to register and find out more about this program!