At its regular meeting on December 8, the Board
of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance chose Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey to serve as Chairman for 2017. Bourey currently serves as Vice Chairman and will be replacing John Padgett of McGuire Woods as Chair beginning in January and will be the first public sector Chair. In responding to his selection, Bourey said, “I am deeply honored to be chosen for this position and look forward to a very prosperous year. With a new President and CEO as well as additional private sector investors, we will be able to greatly increase the effectiveness of the Alliance.”
The mission of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
(HREDA) is to market Hampton Roads as the primary region of choice for economic investment and business expansion. The HREDA serves as the area’s lead regional economic development and marketing organization to recruit and encourage new and expanded business development and a talented business employment pool to locate in Hampton Roads. Representing Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Isle of Wight County, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, HREDA highlights the unique assets of these 11 localities while emphasizing the collective strengths of the region. The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance is recognized by the International Economic Development Council as one of 46 Accredited Economic Development Organizations in the nation. Earning such accreditation informs clients and investors that the HREDA is superbly qualified to support a client’s business needs and effectively manage national and international marketing campaigns.