Regional Economic Development Agency Unveils Strategic Plan

September 12, 2016 / Current News

If Virginia’s Gateway Region were receiving a performance review, its rating for the past five years would have to be “exceeds expectations.” And if that track record is any indication, Central Virginia can look forward to thousands of new jobs and close to $1 billion in investments in the next five years.

“Gateway” Group Launches Exports Event

September 9, 2016 / Current News

After nearly two years of work by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the Greater Richmond Partnership and Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership, Virginia’s Gateway Region economic development organization, has announced their implementation of the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative. MREI is a pilot program — the first of its kind in Virginia.

Achievement is Anonymous

September 9, 2016 / Current News

Within a matter of hours, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in capital investment were announced in the Gateway Region as a result of two new companies finalizing their plans to build facilities to better serve their target market.

Local Economic Development Groups Plan Steps to Help Businesses Export Products and Services

September 9, 2016 / Current News/ Uncategorized

After nearly two years of research, two Richmond-area economic development groups said Thursday they are implementing a plan this fall to help small and medium-sized businesses in the region export their products and services to international markets.

Richmond-Area Project Aimed at Increasing Exports

September 9, 2016 / Current News

A new project aimed at increasing exports by local businesses in Richmond launched Thursday. The goal of the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative is to increase international trade activity by small and medium businesses in the area by 40 percent by 2020. The program will track its progress by monitoring the number of companies exporting for the first time and the number of existing exporters entering new foreign markets .

Metro Richmond Exports Initiative to Promote Economic Growth

September 8, 2016 / Current News

After nearly two years of work by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the Greater Richmond Partnership, Virginia’s Gateway Region, JPMorgan Chase and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and input from hundreds of businesses and local, state and regional officials, the long-awaited Metro Richmond Exports Initiative has been released.

Amazon’s Career Choice Program Helps Deliver New Careers in High-Demand Fields

September 8, 2016 / Current News

Amazon recently announced significant milestones for its Career Choice program. The innovative program covers 95 percent of the cost of tuition for associates to remove the financial barrier associated with returning to school. In addition to partnering with local colleges and universities, Amazon also offers dedicated, on-site classrooms in their fulfillment centers to provide associates with convenient access to college-level coursework related to in-demand fields.

Chesterfield County Ranks High Among Nation’s Tech Communities

September 6, 2016 / Current News

For the sixth time in seven years, Chesterfield ranked among the counties with the best technology practices nationwide, according to the annual Digital Counties survey by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

Exclusive Screening of “Imperium” at Beacon Theatre

August 23, 2016 / Current News

The vivid glitz and glamor of Hollywood had embraced Hopewell’s historical Beacon Theatre. It was here that local citizens, city officials and several of the cast and crew viewed an exclusive screening of the crime drama “Imperium”, starring “Harry Potter” film series actor Daniel Radcliffe.

Niagara Bottling Investing $95M in Chesterfield Operation that will Bring 76 Jobs

August 23, 2016 / Current News

Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and ‑operated bottled beverage supplier, will invest $95 million to establish a manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County, adjacent to’s distribution center.