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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 […]


VGR Celebrates 55th Anniversary, Creation of Over 10,000 Jobs

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) welcomed more than 100 business and community leaders to celebrate 55 years of working together to create jobs and support local businesses. During a regional update, VGR President & CEO Renee Chapline presented new media, reinforced the accomplishments of not only 2015, but of […]


Local Nonprofit Celebrates 55 Years of Regional Economic Development

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2016   COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) is bringing state and local leaders and stakeholders together to celebrate 55 years of partnership in regional economic development.   Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the County Club of Petersburg, VGR and a […]


New ‘Boathouse’ Restaurant Reserves its Spot at Iconic Hopewell Location

By Alex Trihias, The Progress-Index HOPEWELL — A new restaurant was announced at the Hopewell city council meeting on Tuesday that will take over the building that was once known as the Navigator’s Den. The Boathouse at City Point will be the fourth branch for owner Kevin Healy, located at 701 W. Randolph Road, with […]