What is the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative?

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (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). Funded by JPMorgan Chase and Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s International Trade division, MREI was established to educate central Virginia businesses about the benefits of exporting and drive increased levels of exporting in the Richmond MSA. MREI provides tools to help businesses navigate the robust export services environment in Central Virginia; programs designed to help businesses begin exporting or increase export sales; grants and scholarships for export-related activities; and outreach to local businesses to increase export awareness.

Meet the Exports Team

Representatives from the Metro Richmond area's economic development organizations are happy to help your firm learn more about exporting.

Lauren Bowman

Lauren Bowman

Economic Development Project Management,
Virginia's Gateway Region

Grace Festa

Grace Festa

Business Development Manager,
Greater Richmond Partnership

Supporters of the Initiative

CORE GROUP

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LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE
PRIVATE SERVICE PROVIDERS

  • Law Firms
  • CPAs
  • Financial institutions

PUBLIC SECTOR PROVIDERS

  • 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
  • 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

Next Steps...

You can be part of the solution! If you would like to support the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative, please contact us.