What Is The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative?

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI) is a non-profit program 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

Emily Salmon
Business Development Manager, Virginia’s Gateway Region

Grace Festa
Business Development Manager. Greater Richmond Partnership


We’re grateful for the support from these dedicated organizations:

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