VGR Releases Video Series Highlighting Region as Premiere Place to Do Business

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – As one of many global business attraction tactics, Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) has published a series of five video testimonials from business leaders around the region.

The series kicked off at VGR’s 54th Annual Meeting in April where the staff debuted the video “VGR: Changing Lives & Influencing Impact,” featuring both VGR President & CEO Renee Chapline and Board of Directors Chairman and Bank of America Richmond & Hampton Roads Market President Victor Branch. The video also spotlighted business leaders and current employees at Sabra Dipping Company in Chesterfield County, Vireol Bio Energy in the City of Hopewell and Service Center Metals in Prince George County.

“It is these wonderful people, and others like them who live in our communities and support their families that are truly the beneficiary of these regional efforts,” Branch said in the video. “The hard work of our region’s strong network of corporate partners and community leaders has facilitated change in thousands of lives, making a difference for the people who need it most.”

Following the meeting, four additional videos have been released online of Boar’s Head Provisions, Saucy’s Walk-Up BBQ, Sabra and Vireol leaders discussing the local business climate and quality of life, showcasing the region as not only a vibrant place to live, but as an outstanding place to do business.

“The potential is amazing here. There seems to be a developing restaurant scene, a little artsy-type community and a lot of likeminded people working together making a really exciting place to work and live,” said Saucy’s Co-Owner Erich Wolfgang of the downtown Petersburg area.

The videos were filmed and edited by VGR partner Dominion Resources Services. To view all of the videos, please visit and subscribe to VGR’s YouTube channel.


VGR 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. VGR 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. For more information, please visit