The Online Newsletter for the Virginia Economic Developers Association
February 2019
VEDA memberships dues investments are now past due
VEDA Dues Investment Renewals were due yesterday!!!
If you haven't yet renewed your dues for 2019 let us hear from you. Don't miss out on any member benefits. The VEDA Membership Management System has automatically switched all non-renewals over to Suspended Accounts as of today, March 1st. Send the VEDA office a message to bring your account current. Don't delay!
VEDA Spring Conference in Harrisonburg kicks off program year: Telling the Virginia Story
VEDA's Shenandoah Valley delegation is proud to be  hosting the 2019 Spring Conference, March 27-29. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the beautiful Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center in downtown Harrisonburg. We have a lot of catching-up to do since the weather forced us to cancel the Fall Conference. Our Planning Team is putting the finishing touches on a great agenda filled with excellent speakers and fun networking opportunities.
The Spring Conference theme is Your Place - Your Story. Kate McEnroe and Audrey Taylor, well-known and widely-respected site selection consultants, will lead a panel discussion on utilizing Familiarization (FAM) Tours to communicate your story and build relationships. Ben Muldrow will lead a session on Effectively Branding Your Community. Our Lynchburg colleagues will lead a case study discussion of how this innovative city implemented a series of creative placemaking strategies.
Author Melody Warnick will get us started on the right foot with Thursday's Keynote Address This is Where You Belong - Finding Home Wherever You Are. As part of your conference registration you will receive a copy of Melody's book!

Be sure to keep Thursday evening open - we have an exciting time planned for you downtown in the 'Burg!

Brian Shull, Economic Development Director,  City of Harrisonburg
Billy Vaughn, Economic Development Director,  City of Staunton
VEDA Spring Conference Co-Chairs
VEDA announces 2019 scholarship recipients
VEDA offers a variety of scholarships annually and is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients.

Receiving scholarships for BASIC or IEDC Training
  • Yuri Adams, City of Williamsburg Department of Economic Development
  • James Cablar, Onward New River Valley
  • Abigail Hammack, Onward New River Valley
  • Roxanne Salerno, Powhatan County Economic Development
  • Mary Zirkle, Town of Bedford
Receiving scholarships for Economic Development Institute (EDI)
  • Jenna French, Shenandoah County (Year 1)
  • Phil Geer, Orange County Economic Development (Year 2)
  • Courtney Cranor, City of Waynesboro Economic Development & Tourism (Year 3)
I want to thank VEDA for granting me this scholarship. The expenses associated with out-of-state travel are generally cost-prohibitive for a smaller community such as ours so this scholarship is paramount to my ability to complete this training. Literally, I could not have done it without the VEDA scholarship.

-Jenna French, Director of Economic Development & Tourism, Shenandoah County, Virginia

Stay tuned for future opportunities to apply for VEDA Professional Development Scholarships.
VEDA member news
VEDA member Grace Festa, Business Development Manager at the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP), earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an international recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Susan Deusebio will be joining the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) on March 1, serving as a Director on the Business Retention & Expansion team in the Business Development Division. Susan most recently served as Deputy Director for Hanover County Economic Development. She has served in many VEDA volunteer roles, including President and received VEDA's prestigious Cardinal Award in December 2018. as recently named City Manager for the City of Franklin, Virginia. 

VEDA member Courtney Owens recently joined the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), serving as an Associate Manager in the Workforce Solutions Division. Courtney most recently served as the Project Management Coordinator for Spotsylvania County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Amherst County has been awarded a Virginia Brownfields Remediation Grant of $295,000 to support the redevelopment of the former Phelps Road School in Madison Heights.  The Virginia Brownfields Restoration Assistance Fund (VBAF) was established to provide grants to local governments to promote the restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems or obstacles to reuse so that these sites can be effectively marketed to new economic development prospects. 
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.
Draper Aden Associates
From planning through construction phase services, Draper Aden Associates will help you achieve a lasting positive impact for your community. We are a full-service consulting engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm with offices located across Virginia. Ask us how we can help you overcome your challenges.
Contact: Deborah Flippo
Email: Website:
Eddy Alexander
Eddy Alexander is a full-service marketing and growth strategy consultancy that offers award-winning branding, advertising and public relations services to economic development clients across the country. Eddy Alexander's work with Virginia clients has been widely celebrated by their clients and the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America.
Eddy Alexander's unique approach and proven methodologies combine the best of management consulting with comprehensive marketing and communications growth strategy and campaign management services to deliver measurable, meaningful, and strategic business results for businesses and communities across the country.
Contact: Sydni Chernault
In This Issue


Theme for 2019:
Telling the Virginia Story

2019 Spring Conference
Your Place - Your Story
Wednesday, March 27-Friday, March 29, 2019
Harrisonburg, Virginia

2019 Summer Membership Meeting
Telling Your Story in Numbers
Tuesday, June 4-Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Portsmouth, Virginia

2019 Fall Conference
Tools for Telling Your Story
Wednesday, September 18-Friday, September 20, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

2019 Annual Meeting & Winter Membership Luncheon
Has Your Story Hit its Mark?
Tuesday, December 3-Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mark your calendar and plan on attending these economic development events in 2019!

Stephanie Landrum
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Vice President
James Noel
York County Office
of Economic Development

Amanda Glover
Augusta County Economic Development

Steven Harrison
Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development

Immediate Past President
Kenneth McFadyen
Botetourt County Economic Development


Shannon Blevins
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Voncile Gilbreath
City of Chesapeake
Economic Development

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
Arlington Economic Development

Russell Held
The Port of Virginia

Craig Herndon
Virginia's Community College System

Barry DuVal
Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Gottschalk
Williams Mullen

Jody Keenan
Virginia SBDC Network-George Mason University

Connie Long
Virginia Economic Developers Association

Stephen Moret
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Erik Johnston
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
DHCD to host free educational lectures: Cultivating Neighborhoods and the Small-Scale Development Movement
Do you want to learn more about how you can become a small real estate developer for a project in your neighborhood? Are you an advocate or local leader looking to encourage better buildings in your community?
CLICK HERE to register for free educational lectures by Bernice Radle, Founder of Buffalove Development, to learn more about Incremental Development Alliance and the upcoming workshop. 
Who Should Attend?


*Individuals in construction, design, planning or real estate looking to either enhance their current practice or make career transitions


*Volunteers or professionals in business associations, main streets associations, historic preservation groups and neighborhood improvement groups looking to champion incremental development in their communities


*Professionals in city management, economic development, planning and related agencies who are looking to make it easier for small scale development in their cities


*Nonprofit development professionals working in organizations, churches and community or housing development who need new strategies for small-lot development


*Private banking professionals specializing in mortgages, commercial real estate loans, or SBA loans and professionals at Community Development Financial Institutions and community foundations who want to become more effective investors

These educational lectures are presented by the Incremental Development Alliance, a national nonprofit working to build local wealth in neighborhoods through ground-up real estate development.
The educational lecture series is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's Virginia Main Street Program, in partnership with Virginia Housing Development Authority. 

Educational Lecture  Locations & Dates
Monday, March 18,  4-6 pm,  Harrisonburg: City Hall

Tuesday, March 19,  9-11 am,  Wytheville: Heritage Preservation Center

Tuesday, March 19,  5-7 pm,  Petersburg: Cameron Foundation