What Is The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative?

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI) is a non-profit group that’s here to help central Virginia businesses export their goods and services. We do this through special educational and networking programs, through grants and scholarships for export-related activities, and by connecting businesses with the resources they need to go global. We also work to make local businesses and organizations more aware of the benefits of exporting.

MREI is a partnership between the Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), Virginia’s Gateway Region (VGR), and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA@VCU). The initiative is funded by JPMorgan Chase and Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s International Trade division.


Meet Your Exports Team

Ian Ginger
Special Projects Manager and Research Associate, Virginia’s Gateway Region

Grace Festa
Business Development Manager. Greater Richmond Partnership


We’re grateful for the support of these dedicated companies and organizations:

Core supporters:

Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Brookings Institution

Public Sector

  • Local government economic development offices
  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
  • Crater Planning District Commission
  • U.S. Commercial Services
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • SBA Center – State office
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Virginia Port Authority
  • Virginia Biotechnology Research Park
  • VCU School of Business
  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Current Exporters and VEDP Valet Program Graduates

Business Associations

  • Metropolitan Business League
  • RichTech
  • Virginia Council of CEOs
  • GenEdge Alliance
  • Retail Merchants Association
  • Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • Virginia Biotechnology Association
  • International Business Council
  • Virginia Maritime Association

Chambers of Commerce

  • ChamberRVA
  • Chesterfield County Chamber
  • Colonial Heights Chamber
  • Dinwiddie County Chamber
  • Henrico County Leadership
  • Hopewell Prince George Chamber
  • Petersburg Chamber
  • Surry Chamber of Commerce
  • Sussex Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Asian Chamber
  • Virginia Hispanic Chamber