Military Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Military Economic Development Advisory Committee (MEDAC) was established to enhance the coordination with the local military and its various installation tenant commands. 

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 senior officers, retired senior enlisted personnel or qualified civilians having experience in the military warfare areas represented by the various local commands.

MEDAC has four primary goals

Outreach to Navy and other Military Commands

Support and strengthen City-Military relations with the various base commanders and tenant commands.

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.

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.

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.

MEDAC Members

VADM Timothy W. Wright, Chair RADM Phillip Olson
Steve Brennan, CAPT, USN (Ret) Paul Pierce, MCPO, USN (Ret.)
VADM Ed Clexton RADM Fenton Priest
RADM Jack Dantone RDML Craig Quigley
Adalberto Diaz, LCDR, SC, USN (Ret.) Robert Rieve, CAPT USN (Ret.)
RADM Dick Dunleavy  RADM Fred Ruehe
VADM Bud Jewitt Richard Trowbridge, CAPT, USN (Ret.)
RADM Gary Jones Lt. General Frances Wilson, (Ret.)
RADM Mark Gemmill Dorothy Wood

To access the MEDAC minutes or agendas from previous months, click here