Economic Development Workshop Recap
Our 2nd Annual Economic Development Workshop took place on October 19 at ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. This year’s workshop served as way to update the Alliance’s investors and receive input on a strategy plan for the upcoming 2018 year. In attendance this year were economic development professionals from each of the Alliance’s 11 localities as well as more than two dozen private investors and community and business leaders.
Guest speakers included Stephen Moret, Ben Safran, and Gene DePrez. Stephen Moret, President & CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) reviewed the VEDP update they've been developing over the past year. Ben Safran, Consultant at McKinsey & Company, presented VEDP’s Economic Growth Strategy. Finally, Gene DePrez from Global Innovation Partners, discussed Hampton Roads' Competitiveness in Key Sectors. Rick Weddle and Chad Matheson also spoke briefly about the Alliance Business Plan Priorities for 2018.
Small group breakout sessions followed the group presentations and focused on Hampton Roads' Alignment with VEDP Priority Sectors and the Prioritization of Enabler Focuses Strategies.
Be sure to take a look at the video recap of this year’s workshop below.