Mr. Rick Weddle has assumed his leadership role as
the new CEO and President of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA). HREDA is the regional public-private organization charged with marketing the region and promoting economic development. Mr. Weddle comes to this area from Orlando, Florida where he served in a similar capacity for that region. He has led economic development organizations in other large metropolitan areas in the US, including leading the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina as well as heading up the regional effort in Phoenix.
"This position is one of the most critical in our region," says John Padgett, the Chair of the HREDA Board. "We needed someone who understands the national and global economy, is both personable and aggressive and also a quick study. Rick Weddle is that person."
Newport News City Manager, Jim Bourey, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the HREDA Board added, "Having seen Rick's work directly when we both served as CEO's of regional organizations in the Phoenix area, I know first-hand what a great skill set he brings to our region and how he will really be a game changer."
HREDA is a membership organization with most Cities and Counties in the region participating and a significant number of private companies that are investors in the organization. Mr. Weddle was appointed after an aggressive national search. While he was not seeking to leave his position in Orlando, he was attracted to the potential in Hampton Roads. He and his wife, Ginger, are anxious to make Hampton Roads their home.