Press Releases & Announcements

Gro52 Breaks Ground for Startup Hemp Growing Facility

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE Sussex County Sells 45-acre tract off Va. Rt. 460  WAVERLY, Va. — A groundbreaking was held on Thursday, Nov. 16 on Cabin Point Road for Gro52, a startup company which recently purchased a valuable 22.5–acre parcel of land for a first-of-its-kind pilot project to construct a 17,000 square-foot indoor hemp growing facility.  “I am pleased with the continued encouragement to develop new markets for our farmers,” commented […]

VGR’s Mario Camardella Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — Mario Camardella, Vice President of Business Development for Virginia’s Gateway Region (VGR), earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) administered the first […]

Governor Northam Announces Mount-It! to Locate First East Coast Operation in Prince George County, Creating 85 New Jobs

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mount-It!, a leading distributor of more than 500 types of mounting solutions, will invest $7.45 million to establish its first East Coast warehouse and distribution facility in the former Quality Way building in Prince George County. The new operation will give the company strategic access to its largest customer […]

Virginia’s Gateway Region and CCWA Name Director of Workforce Development

Colonial Heights, Va. — Virginia’s Gateway Region (VGR) and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) have created a new joint position to advance workforce solutions in the region. Michelle Rogers was named Director of Workforce Development and began her new role on July 6. According to the Virginia Community College System, this is the first […]

Virginia’s Gateway Region Welcomes New President & CEO

Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Boswell as the organization’s new President & CEO.

With over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sector, Boswell comes to VGR after spending over 20 years working in economic development at the state level. Boswell’s focus on attracting new business, supporting existing business, and collaborating with various federal, state and local authorities to increase job creation and capital investment will serve Virginia’s Gateway Region well as the organization continues to grow and prosper.

Industrial Deal Brings Arizona Firm to Chesterfield

By Michael Thompson, Richmond BizSense For its first foothold on the East Coast, an Arizona-based manufacturer has landed in Chesterfield County. Fajon Turbine Parts & Repairs plans to begin operations this month at 8310 Shell Road just off Interstate 95 in Chesterfield County. The steam and gas turbine replacement parts and service company has leased […]

Steam Bell Beer Works Opens Brewery in Chesterfield

By Brandon Shulleeta, Richmond Times-Dispatch Chesterfield County residents who have been thirsty for beer from local breweries are in luck. Steam Bell Beer Works, at 1717 Oak Lake Blvd., held its grand opening Saturday featuring unique craft beers and a laid-back atmosphere in a family-operated brewery. “It’s exploding,” owner Brad Cooper, 29, said of the […]

Editorial: A Great Investment in Economic Development

The Progress-Index Virginia’s Gateway Region last month celebrated its 55th anniversary, but more importantly marked its success as the region’s economic development organization. For years, Virginia’s Gateway Region has attracted businesses to the region and also helped existing businesses expand. Virginia’s Gateway Region exists to enhance the economic development opportunities for the cities of Colonial […]

VGR Recognized as One of the Best Economic Development Agencies in Virginia

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) has been recognized in the first annual “Best of Economic Development in Virginia” by Southern Business & Development Magazine. Within the “Virginia's Best Small Market Economic Development Agencies” category, VGR was one of four county or regional economic development organizations highlighted. The recognition is […]

VGR to Celebrate Economic Development Week, Hold Public Office Hours

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) will be celebrating Economic Development Week from May 8-14, holding public office hours on May 9. Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. Economic […]