About VGR

Mission

Virginia’s Gateway Region exists to enhance the economic development opportunities for the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. Virginia’s Gateway Region is a private, nonprofit organization that is publicly and privately funded to facilitate new business opportunities, work with existing businesses, advance resources that will enhance the economic viability of the region and foster regional cooperation among the public and private entities that are involved in economic development activities.

Services

VGR's one-stop convenience provides the following site location services for companies looking for a new location and for existing companies with expansion potential:

  • Site-selection assistance
  • Property information
  • Labor market analysis
  • Commercial market analysis
  • Financial contacts
  • Job-training assistance
  • Customized research
  • Build-to-suit/design-build coordination
  • Access to regulatory authorities
  • Employee recruitment assistance
  • Coordination of state and local assistance
  • Custom region and site tours
  • Meetings and introductions with business contacts
  • Facilitate discussion with government entities

Areas Served

Organization Structure

  • The Board of Directors provides leadership and strategic direction for the organization, consisting of representatives from each community and at-large business leaders.
  • The Business-Military Council is comprised of corporate and military leaders, offering an environment for regional businesses to network and coordinate business partnerships.
  • Regional Management, our public arm, consists of city and county administrators, who meet to discuss economic activities in their respective communities and regional partnership opportunities.
  • Our team implements the organization's goals and operates as business development consultants, providing assistance to companies in the region and global prospects alike.

History

Virginia’s Gateway Region began as The Appomattox Basin Industrial Development Corporation (ABIDCO), formed on April 2, 1960 by a small group of area businessmen who had a vision of “attracting business and industry to the Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell area.” For the next 25 years, it operated with a part-time staff tasked with “hosting the activities of industrial prospects.” In 1985, under new leadership that recognized the region’s emerging potential, ABIDCO embarked on its new direction of becoming a more active participant in shaping the future economic climate of the area. Since then, VGR has grown into the economic development partnership between public entities and private industry that it is today. The region’s economy is still evolving and VGR is leading the course for the next 50 years, aiming to ensure the region is a place where global markets become local opportunities and where access is everything.