Hear from thought leaders from inside and outside Virginia as we dive into content related to economic development, education, workforce, and other topics of interest to the business community.

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Building the Capacity for Greatness at The Port of Virginia: A Conversation with John Reinhart

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Reinhart about a transformative period in the history of the Port and what the future looks like at The Port of Virginia in the maritime industry.

Jay Timmons

The State of Modern Manufacturing: A Conversation with Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and chairman of the board of the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute. VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Timmons about the issues that are important to manufacturers in the U.S.

Remaking Economic Development: A conversation with Amy Liu

Remaking Economic Development: A Conversation with Amy Liu

Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings speaks on the future of economic development, how it is changing and how it should change, as well as the Amazon HQ2 project that recently was announced in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Tim Sands’ Bold Vision for Virginia Tech

Tim Sands’ Bold Vision for Virginia Tech

Timothy D. Sands, the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, discusses exciting new developments at Virginia Tech, the university’s role in bringing Amazon’s HQ2 project to Virginia, the plan for a new innovation campus in Alexandria, and how Virginia Tech partners with business and industry.

Greg LeRoy Puts Good Jobs First

Greg LeRoy Puts Good Jobs First

Greg LeRoy, the founder and executive director of Good Jobs First, discusses the inspiration for the creation of Good Jobs First, thoughts about the Amazon HQ2 project, and the future of economic development incentives in the U.S.