Richmond Region hosts country’s top site location experts

Dennis Shea, Area Development; Jennifer Wakefield, GRP; Stephen Moret, VEDP; and Jane Ferrara, City of Richmond

More than 20 of the country’s top site location consultants were in Richmond this week to attend the Area Development Consultants Forum Outfront Workshop at The Jefferson Hotel.

The Greater Richmond Partnership partnered with the localities it represents (City of Richmond and the Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico) as well as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to recruit the conference to the market. This marked the first time Area Development has hosted a conference in Virginia.

GRP Vice Chair and Chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Leslie Haley had an opportunity to welcome the consultants to RVA.

Over the course of three days, the consultants met with economic developers from throughout Virginia and beyond in small, interactive sessions to discuss best practices to promote, market and sell their unique regional assets to companies looking to expand or relocate operations.

GRP coordinated a Bits and Bites food tour of the region sponsored by Barton Malow.

In addition, GRP and its local partners coordinated a “Bits and Bites” food and beverage tour of the region graciously sponsored by GRP investor Barton Malow. Stops on the tour included Capital One’s 1717 Innovation Center (home to Startup Virginia), James Beard semi-finalist Sub Rosa Bakery, Perch RVA and The Veil Brewing Company, all coordinated through Real Richmond Food Tours and in partnership with James River Transportation.

A special thanks to Richmond International Airport for displaying a welcome message on their digital billboards as visitors arrived in town.

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