PRESS RELEASE: Business Leaders from Across Virginia Gather in Richmond
for 2022 Virginia Economic Summit & Forum on International Trade
“Ensuring Virginia Competes to win in the National & Global Economy”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Hannah Emerson
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – This afternoon, the 2022 Virginia Economic Summit & Forum on International Trade, hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation and Virginia Economic Development Partnership concluded with participation of close to 600 attendees.
In its 13th year, this signature conference brought together business and policy leaders to discuss key components and reforms that are necessary to compete in business climate, talent development, and international trade to position Virginia to win in a global economy.
“At last year’s program, we presented Governor Youngkin with Blueprint 2030, and today, he announced his proposal of an additional $350 million investment for total of $500 million to secure Virginia’s position as having the best sites in the nation,” said Barry DuVal, Virginia Chamber President & CEO. “The commonwealth is very fortunate to have both an administration and business community dedicated to strengthening the business climate in Virginia.”
“We are fully committed to keeping Virginia at the forefront of our competitor states through a comprehensive approach to economic development and meaningful partnerships with the business community. We must train a workforce that businesses will hire, double down on business ready sites, roll back burdensome regulations, manufacture affordable and reliable energy, and build attainable, accessible housing that Virginians can afford…to satisfy the need for more workforce housing. This is how we compete to win and are the guiding principles you will see unveiled in my budget amendments and economic development plan.” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce also presented Mike Petters with the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his lifetime commitment to excellence in education, workforce development, and improving the business climate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mike served as Huntington Ingalls Industries President & CEO until March of 2022, and currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at HII, where he supports the company’s leadership transition.
Additional Highlights from Conference Included:
(Listed in order of appearance)
Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Jason El Koubi, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Fred Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer, Thompson Hospitality and Chair, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Morning Keynote Address:
Tom Barkin, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Introduced by: Greg Neel, Area Executive, Central Virginia, First Citizens Bank
Panel Discussion: “A Perspective from Virginia Business Leaders”
Woody Fowler, President & CEO, Williams Mullen
The Honorable Stephen Cummings, Virginia Secretary of Finance
Robert “Bob” Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy
Andy Green, Executive Vice President, and President, Mission Technologies, Huntington Ingalls Industries
Holly Sullivan, Vice President of World Wide Economic Development, Amazon
Lakshmi Williams, General Counsel, North America, Transurban
Special Remarks: “The Future of U.S. Trade Policy in an Increasingly Fractured World”
Jake Colvin, President, National Foreign Trade Council
Panel Discussion: “Navigating International Supply Chain Challenges – Living with Unpredictable”
Stephanie Agee, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Chief Administrative Officer, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
The Honorable Matthew Lohr, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Stephen Edwards, CEO and Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority
Scott Hamberger, President &CEO, Fortessa Tableware Solutions
Kyle Strang, Logistics Manager, Somic America Incorporated
Keller Watts, Executive Vice President, Business Management & Supply Planning, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation Honoring:
Mike Petters, Executive Chairman of the Board, Huntington Ingalls Industries
Panel Discussion: “Ensuring Virginia Competes to Win”
Introduced by: Tom Palmer, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Virginia/West Virginia, Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Eric Moeller, Chief Transformation Officer, Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin
The Honorable Jillian Balow, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Honorable Caren Merrick, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade
The Honorable Bryan Slater, Virginia Secretary of Labor
Luncheon Keynote Address:
The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia
About the Virginia Chamber Foundation:
The Virginia Chamber Foundation tracks Virginia’s economic competitiveness, conducts research and analysis, and hosts programs connected to the priorities of Blueprint Virginia. In December 2021, the Chamber released its new statewide strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2030, which engaged over 7,000 business, economic development, workforce, education, housing, and other community leaders to lay out a plan to ensure Virginia remains at the top of national business climate rankings. Learn more at www.blueprintvirginia.org.
About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce:
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 28,000 members. The Chamber is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for Virginia. Learn more at https://vachamber.com/.