​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Military Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Military Economic Development Advisory Committee (MEDAC) was established to enhance the coordination with the local military base commanders and their various installation tenants. 

Military personnel stationed at local bases are not only an exceptional resource to the military, but also constitute a valuable source of well-trained and highly motivated potential employees when they exit military service.

The MEDAC members are appointed by Virginia Beach City Council.  Committee members are retired Flag, General, or senior officers; retired senior enlisted personnel; or qualified civilians having direct experience in the military warfare areas represented by the various local commands.

MEDAC has four primary goals:

  1. Outreach to Navy and other Military Commands
    Support and strengthen City-Military relations with the various base commanders and tenant commands.
  2. Economic Development Opportunities ​
    Identify economic development opportunities within the various military commands that engage defense contractors in support of their mission.  This activity could include working with the military to help private contractors locate and conduct business locally.
  3. Workforce Development 
    As appropriate, and with the support of the military, seek to identify those service members who are separating from the military who may be candidates for employment by local businesses.
  4. Virginia Beach Military Affairs
    Through regular liaison and communications, provide information concerning military issues that may be addressed locally to assist the various commands to carry out their missions.​

Contact Information​​

Jerry W. Stewart

Direct: (757) 385-6437   Email: jwstewar@vbgov.com​ 


 MEDAC Members

RADM Phillip Olson, USN (Ret.) Chair RADM Gregory Nosal, USN (Ret.) Vice Chair
CAPT Steve Brennan, ​USN (Ret) RADM Fenton Priest, SC, USN (Ret.)​​​​​
RADM Kevin Cook, USCG (Ret)​​​ RDML Craig Quigley, USN (Ret.)
LCDR Adalberto Diaz, ​SC, USN (Ret.) CAPT Robert Rieve, USN (Ret.)
Ms. Elizabeth Dietzmann, Esq. CAPT Louis Schager, USN (Ret.)
RADM Dick Dunleavy, USN (Ret.) CAPT Charles Stuppard, Ph.D., USN (Ret.)​
RDML Mark Gemmill, USN (Ret.) CAPT Richard Trowbridge, ​USN (Ret.)
CAPT Steve Herbert, USN (Ret.)
​Lt. ​Gen ​​Frances Wilson, USMC ​​(Ret.)​
CDR Kathleen Owens, ​USN (Ret.) ​Ms. Dorothy Wood​​, VBDA Liaison

 2018 Agendas and Minutes

​Meeting date​​​​ ​agendas​ ​minutes
January 22, 2018 No minutes
February 26, 2018
​March 26, 2018
​April 23, 2018​No minutes​
​May 21, 2018
​July 23, 2018​​
​September 24, 2018

​Contact Information​​

Jerry W. Stewart

Direct: (757) 385-6437   Email: jwstewar@vbgov.com



 2017 Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Date Agendas ​​Minutes
​January 23, 2017 ​no minutes​
​February 27, 2017
​March 27, 2017
​April 24, 2017
​May 22, 2017
​July 24, 2017
​September 25, 2017
​October 23, 2017​no minutes​
​December 4, 2017

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