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Confessions of a Buffalo Hunter

September 28, 2016 by James A. Bacon
Guest Blogger: Greg Wingfield

Hello, my name is Greg and I was a Buffalo Hunter for more than 35 years.
In economic development parlance a “buffalo hunter” is a marketing professional who is only after the “big game” — the hundred-million-dollars-in- capital-investment/1,000-new-jobs economic development projects that are rare and far between. (more…)

Richmond’s Future as a Global Exporter

September 28, 2016 by James A. Bacon

(This post is taken from the introduction to the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative report published earlier this month, written by John Accordino, Fabrizio Fasulo &amp Greg Wingfield under the auspices of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s VCU Center for Urban and Regional Analysis. — JAB)
To ensure Richmond’s future as an economically competitive and vibrant region with a high quality of life, we should consider the roles that the Richmond metropolitan statistical area (MSA) can play in the rapidly growing global economy. (more…)

MREI to Promote Economic Growth

~Metro Richmond Exports Initiative to Promote Economic Growth~

RICHMOND, VA — September 9, 2016
After nearly two years of work by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the Greater Richmond Partnership, Virginia’s Gateway Region, JPMorgan Chase and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and input from hundreds of businesses and local, state and regional officials, the long-awaited Metro Richmond Exports Initiative has been released. (more…)

VGR EDO Export Event

~ Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization launches export event ~

Sep. 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM
After nearly two years of work by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the Greater Richmond Partnership and Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership, Virginia’s Gateway Region EDO is pleased to announce their implementation of the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI). MREI is a pilot program — the first of its kind in Virginia. (more…)

Richmond-Area Project to Increase Exports

~Richmond-Area Project Aimed at Increasing Exports~

September 8, 2016
A new project aimed at increasing exports by local businesses in Richmond launched Thursday.

The goal of the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative is to increase international trade activity by small and medium businesses in the area by 40 percent by 2020. (more…)