Gateway Connector
The online newsletter for Virginia's Gateway Region
December 2021
Update from the President & CEO
Friends of the Gateway Region, my hope is that everyone in our service area enjoyed a much-needed Christmas break, and as the New Year approaches, spend quality time together and create everlasting memories with your loved ones.

Next, I want to highlight positive news regarding a few of our region's economic development leaders. First, I want to acknowledge: Jeff Stoke, who was recently promoted to serve as Interim County Administrator for the County of Prince GeorgeStacey English, for being promoted as Prince George County's Interim Director of Economic Development & Tourism; Tabitha Taylor, who officially began her new position as Executive Director of the Crater Workforce Development Board; as well as VGR's close partner, Alec Brebner, Executive Director of the Crater Planning District Commission, who gave a presentation on the "State of the Crater District" to the VGR Board of Directors, earlier this month. 
We look forward to working with these four economic and workforce development leaders to foster regional prosperity through business growth, powerful partnerships and delivering resources to our communities.

As always, I’m interested in hearing from you. Should you have any questions, please contact me at: (804) 732-8971 or You may also contact Amy Everett, at: (804) 704-0268 or
What's New with #VGRPharma? Momentum 
VGR tours AMPAC Fine Chemicals in December 2021
~ Advanced Pharma Cluster Growth Project Chosen as Finalist in EDA’s 'BBB' Regional Challenge — the coalition will compete for up to $100M to supercharge the economy of Central Virginia ~
“Advanced manufacturing is a longstanding target industry in Petersburg; we're proud essential ingredients for medicines are again ‘Made in the U.S.A.' — creating reshoring opportunities for American workers ...” 
“ ... Hundreds more of those jobs are close-at-hand with the customized launch of the Cluster Accelerator. Now is the time for supporting companies to join this cluster in the Gateway Region" — Keith Boswell, VGR President & CEO
~ “Advanced manufacturing is a longstanding target industry in Virginia’s Gateway Region” ~ 
The Petersburg area is known for transportation, so it’s easy for us to get supplies and raw materials on-site … The Gateway Region is in close proximity to enough major cities where we can draw from the talent pool for whatever is needed," Elso DiFranco, Executive Director of AFC — Virginia's Petersburg facility.
#VGRPharma Continues Momentum into 2022 (Click to Read Blog)

Executive Director of AMPAC Fine Chemicals' facility in the City of Petersburg, Va. discusses the company's core competency, strength in #VGRPharma ...

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VGR Capital Campaign Updates  
~ Thank you to our investors who are supporting 'Transformative Growth 2025' ~
Transformative Growth 2025 — Investor Testimonials
To learn more about VGR partnerships, contact
Amy Everett, VGR Director of Customer Experience.

(P): +1(804) 704-0268
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