The Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP) hosted Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Brian Ball, in the region to get a first-hand look at the area’s economic growth. Recently ranked fourth for economic potential by Business Facilities magazine, the Richmond Region is seen as a “rising star that is well-positioned for sustainable growth for years to come.”
The Secretary and team along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership executive team began the day with an overview from GRP and local economic development officers. Hunton Andrews Kurth hosted a discussion on the region’s business outlook which included members of GRP’s Regional Leadership Circle.
Secretary Ball learned about Richmond’s entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem at NRV and Capital One’s 1717 Innovation Center before attending a lunch with legislators hosted by Union Bank. A trip to Hanover Foils demonstrated small business success in the region and a meeting with the Community College Workforce Alliance at Reynolds Community College gave more insight about the talent pipeline and how they are working to address the region’s workplace needs.