April 2022
Update from the President & CEO
Friends of the Gateway Region, Spring is here, and March was another significant month during which VGR took advantage of another opportunity to share our region’s story, regarding the emerging Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing cluster in Petersburg. Over the last several years, this cluster, reinforced with transformative technologies, is rooted in the manufacturing, not discovery, of essential life-saving medicines. Its' foundation is also fixed on small-molecule medicines, as opposed to, say, biologics — which are manufactured using live biologic cells in fermentation and other processes.  

In Virginia’s Gateway Region, our strategic partners Civica Rx, Phlow Corporation and AMPAC Fine Chemicals and the VCU College of Engineering's Medicines for All Institute are taking a new approach to this, and it’s called: “Continuous Manufacturing.” The vision of the growing cluster is not only to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients using this new manufacturing technology, but to literally reinvent the pharmaceutical supply chain in the United States. Petersburg’s emergence is giving the Old Dominion a chance to attract more companies in the pharmaceutical industry from around the globe to the Gateway Region. We extend thanks to our strategic partners who attended the Virginia Economic Developers Association’s Spring 2022 Conference:

Robby Demeria, Chief of Staff at Phlow Corporation and the Commonwealth’s former Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade; Elso DiFranco, Executive Director of AMPAC Fine Chemicals; and Elizabeth Creamer, Vice President at the Community College Workforce Alliance — a partner of John Tyler Community College — soon becoming “Brightpoint” — and also a partner of our regional economic development organization.

Lastly, I want to thank U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner for visiting the VGR Pharma cluster in recent weeks. Their visit reinforces how unique and important this opportunity is — not only for the Gateway Region, but the entire nation.  

As always, I’m interested in hearing from you. Should you have any questions, please contact me at: +1 (804) 732-8971 or kboswell@gatewayregion.com.

Or you may also contact Amy Everett, VGR Director of Customer Experience, at: +1 (804) 704-0268 or aeverett@gatewayregion.com.
VGR at VEDA Spring 2022 Conference
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VGR attended the Virginia Economic Developers Association’s Spring 2022 VEDA Conference along with our Regional and Strategic Partners that are helping bring this emerging pharmaceutical manufacturing campus to life.

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Dinwiddie County Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Landscaping Supply Company: Mulch ‘N More   
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in March for “Dinwiddie Mulch ‘N More” located on U.S. Route 1 in Dinwiddie County. It is a locally owned, landscape-supply store selling mulch, rock and additional products, coming soon.  

Austin Johnson, Owner, stated: “I want to be a community supporter with my business. The goal of the open house is to hear feedback from the community on what products they would like to see stocked on a regular basis ... ” Johnson continued, explaining how he “ ... saw a need for these products to be carried in Dinwiddie when I would have to leave the County to purchase [the] supplies I needed to run my landscaping business. I hope that by stocking these products, I can provide a service to the community.” — Austin Johnson is a 2016 graduate of Dinwiddie County High School. He also serves as a volunteer at Dinwiddie Company 1 Fire Station as Captain & President. 

Harrison Moody, Chairman of the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors, stated: “It is always exciting when a new business opens in the County, and it is very special when it is a Dinwiddie graduate. We welcome Dinwiddie Mulch ‘N More and look forward to them supplying the citizens of Dinwiddie County with landscape supplies for many years to come.” 
Dinwiddie Mulch ‘N More is located on Rte. 1, at:
Advanced Pharma Story Continues — Take a Look Behind the Scenes
U.S. Senators Mark Warner and
Tim Kaine Visit Gateway Region for Tour of Petersburg's Advanced Pharma Cluster
VGR President & CEO Keith Boswell joined U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine during their visit to Virginia's Gateway Region over the last several weeks, where they met with our strategic partners for the Advanced Pharma initiative that is gaining momentum in the municipality.

Both senators toured the cluster, which ultimately will become a full-fledged, Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Campus.
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