The Online Newsletter for the Virginia Economic Developers Association
November 2019
President's Column
Happy Thanksgiving to you all- here's hoping you each have a few days of quality time with family and friends ahead!
While each year, we all have much to be thankful for, this year I am especially grateful for my colleagues throughout the Commonwealth who work each day to bring jobs, investment and build strong and economically healthy communities. During my year as VEDA's president, I have learned so much more about all of your work, and I am truly inspired- and thankful for each of you.
I hope that I will get to share those thanks in person when I see most of you in Waynesboro next week at our final event of the year- the Winter Membership meeting.  The planning team has pulled together a great 1.5 days of programming that will cap off the year's Telling the Virginia Story theme.  We have much to celebrate this year- and lots to look forward to in 2020!
Thank you all for your support and participation in VEDA this year!  Happy Thanksgiving,

Stephanie Landrum
VEDA President
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Save the dates for these VEDA events in 2020
20/20 Vision: Virginia in Focus
2020 Events

2020 Legislative Reception
Monday, January 13, 2020
Richmond, Virginia

2020 VEDA Spring Conference
Wednesday, March 11-Friday, March 13, 2020
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Roanoke, Virginia

2020 VEDA Summer Membership Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, 2020-Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Winchester, Virginia
Tuesday: VEDA/VEDP ImpactED Session; VEDA Reception
Wednesday: VEDA SMM Programming

2020 VEDA Fall Conference
Wednesday, September 16-Friday, September 18, 2020
Norfolk Hilton The Main
Norfolk, Virginia

2020 VEDA Annual Meeting & 
Winter Membership Program
Tuesday, December 1-Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Tuesday: VEDA/VEDP  ImpactED Session ; VEDA Reception
Wednesday: VEDA Annual Meeting & WMM Programming
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
Staunton, Virginia

Mark your calendar and plan on attending these economic development events in 2020!
VEDA accepting nominations for 2020 Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) 
Awards to be presented in March at the VEDA Spring Conference in Roanoke

We all know that economic development is not a solo practice. We team with government, the private sector, workforce development partners a nd countless others to make our communities competitive. Several years ago VEDA instituted the SEDC awards program to recognize outstanding communities for their efforts in advancing economic viability through economic and community development programs.   The Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) program  recognizes the best practices and exceptional contributions of communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the following efforts:
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Recruitment
  • Community Development
  • Community Involvement
CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the nominating and selection criteria for Virginia's 2020 CEDA Program. All nominations must be submitted ONLINE. The winners will be announced and recognized in Roanoke at VEDA's Spring Conference on Friday,  March 13, 2020.   

Call for Nominations
So that we may continue to learn from each other, VEDA's Board of Directors and the CEDA Selection Committee urge you to identify an eligible success story in your community and nominate it for consideration TODAY! 


-Traci Blido, CEDA Committee Chairman
Bedford County Economic Development
-Jenny Carter, CEDA Committee Vice Chair
Virginia's Community College System
VEDA 2020 scholarship program open for applicants - deadline to apply: 1/24/20
Economic developers realize the importance of professional development. Educational venues, where knowledge, professional experience, and best practices are shared between economic development practitioners, provide invaluable learning opportunities. VEDA offers a variety of scholarships to help its members with their professional development efforts. 

Applications must be submitted ONLINE on the VEDA website.  All scholarship application information must be submitted in electronic (email) format for easy distribution to review committee. All elements of the application must be uploaded to the VEDA website as a single PDF document.

VEDA Scholarships Available
-Basic Economic Development Course/IEDC Economic Development Training Courses
-Economic Development Institute
-Virginia Institute for Economic Development
-Smiley H. Waller Memorial Scholarship

Dates, times, and locations of all economic development courses may be found on the VEDA website in the Calendar section.

The following rules apply:

-Applicant's job description must be clearly defined as working in economic development.

-Applicant must either be a VEDA member or in the case of VIED scholarships, be recommended by a VEDA member.  (VIED scholarships are the only ones open to non-members)

-Candidates representing public organizations will be given consideration in deference to applicants affiliated with private firms.

-Financial needs of the candidate's organization will be given consideration.

-The scholarship is not transferable to another individual.

-The scholarship can transfer with the individual as long as the individual remains a VEDA member and works full time in the economic development field in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

-All sections must be clearly answered. Applications that are incomplete or in which the answers are not clear, may not be reviewed.

-Applications that do not include all required attachments may not be reviewed. 

-Applicants will need to confirm that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge at the time of submission.

Deadline for  2020 Scholarship  Applications
January 24, 2020

CLICK HERE for a list of past scholarship recipients.
Corporate Patron Spotlight
VEDA is fortunate to have the generous support of Annual Corporate Patrons who assist us in bringing great programming, scholarships, professional development opportunities and much more to VEDA members. If you have an opportunity, please thank them for their support of economic development in Virginia.

Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd.
Bowman Consulting provides civil engineering, planning, surveying, environmental, landscape architecture, water/wastewater engineering, and transportation services to a variety of public and private markets throughout the United States.  It also offers particular expertise in zoning, economic development and in land development/building regulations at the local, state and federal levels.  The work of the firm includes commercial, industrial, educational, residential, retail, health care, recreational, utility, municipal, and federal projects.  Bowman Consulting is headquartered just west of Washington, D.C. in Chantilly, Virginia.

Bowman Consulting delivers energy, infrastructure, and real estate solutions to public and private markets throughout the country. Outstanding client relationships and a focused growth strategy have allowed Bowman to anticipate the needs of the marketplace and respond to its demands through new service offerings, locations, and solutions. Bowman is an adept and energetic firm with a results-oriented attitude.

Contact: Spencer Francis, PE

City of Williamsburg Economic Development
Today, as in Colonial America, Williamsburg is a center of commerce and culture viewed by millions the world over as synonymous with quality, education and hospitality. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, yet still a small town, Williamsburg offers discerning businesses and families the opportunity to work and live in one of the world's truly special places.  The smallest city with the biggest international address, Williamsburg's high quality environment, its special sense of place, and its millions of visitors every year make it a great place to do business.
The City of Williamsburg's Office of Economic Development offers programs to attract new business and to assist existing businesses. Programs include:
  • Discretionary Incentives for Targeted Industries
  • Creative Economy Business Tax Incentives
  • Tourism Zone Incentives
  • Redevelopment Incentives, including Demolition Grants
  • Bond Financing
  • eCommerce Grants
  • Site Selection
  • Advocacy and Technical Support
Contact: Michele DeWitt
In This Issue
VEDA preparing for the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session

Monday, January 6
VEDA Legislative Update & General Assembly Preview Webinar 
This is a VEDA Member-Only Event

CLICK HERE to register for the VEDA Legislative Update & General Assembly Preview with Chris Lloyd (McGuireWoods Consulting) and Mike Woods (Troutman Sanders Strategies).

Monday, January 13
VEDA Legislative Reception

CLICK HERE to register for VEDA's 2020 Legislative Reception on January 13, 2020 at McGuireWoods in downtown Richmond. 

*VEDA's Day at the General Assembly will take place on Tuesday, January 14 in Richmond. If you are interested in participating send an email to the VEDA office  and a committee member will contact you.

VEDA's 2020 Public Policy Agenda is Now Available
VEDA dues investment renewal period now open
VEDA member annual dues renewal is coming to your email box in December! Be on the lookout for the link to renew your dues. You won't be mailed a paper invoice, so be sure to check your email and don't miss out on keeping your VEDA membership current! The link to renew is active, so you don't have to wait on the email, you can RENEW TODAY .

As professional economic developers and allies, it's more important now than ever to be a member of VEDA. As the VOICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT in Virginia, VEDA brings all the pieces together for the future of Virginia. Please join us in keeping businesses competitive and encouraging new investment and jobs throughout the Commonwealth.



Stephanie Landrum
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Vice President
James Noel
York County Office
of Economic Development

Amanda Glover
Sapience, LLC

Steven Harrison
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Immediate Past President
Kenneth McFadyen
Botetourt County Economic Development


Shannon Blevins
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Voncile Gilbreath
Greater Williamsburg Partnership

Linda Green
Southern Virginia
Regional Alliance

Garrett Hart
Chesterfield County Economic Development

Amanda Jarratt
City of Franklin

David Manley
Joint IDA of Wythe County

Courtland Robinson
Virginia Economic
Development Partnership

Curry Roberts
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance

Christina Winn
Prince William County Department of Economic Development

Russell Held
The Port of Virginia

Barry DuVal
Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Gottschalk
Williams Mullen

Erik Johnston
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Jody Keenan
Virginia SBDC Network-George Mason University

Connie Long
Virginia Economic Developers Association

Stephen Moret
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Sharon Morrisey
Virginia Community College System