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Director

Warren D. Harris

Director

Warren D. Harris, Director of Economic Development for the City of Virginia Beach is directly involved in improving and enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Hampton Roads. Warren was appointed to the Director's position by the City Manager in July 2007 after serving as Director of Economic Development for the City of Chesapeake, VA. Warren’s responsibilities include expanding and diversifying the tax base, increasing per capita income and creating and retaining employment opportunities for the city.

Business Development

Scott Hall

Business Development Coordinator

Contact Scott for national and international business attraction assistance, marketing/advertising/public relations information, or for information about the company & enterprise management/professional services business sector.

Michelle Chapleau

Business Development Coordinator (APZ-1)

Contact Michelle for business location opportunities in the Oceana Naval Air Station area, and for information about the advanced manufacturing and retail business sectors.

Steve Harrison

Business Development and Research Manager

Contact Steve for research-related information, demographics, business statistics, social media questions, or for information about the city's biomedical and healthcare business development initiative.

Lloyd Jackson

Business Development Manager

Contact Lloyd for existing business outreach and retention assistance or for information about the information services and management (IT) and maritime business sectors, or for information about the Department's Economic Gardening initiatives.

Jeffrey Smith

Business Development Manager (SWaM)

Contact Jeff for information on Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.

Svetla Tomanova

Marketing Assistant

Contact Svetla for research assistance and information on the Department's marketing efforts and materials.

Raymond White

Business Development Manager

Contact Ray for business relocation or expansion assistance, specifically with regard to the defense, composites, sensors, and alternative energy clusters, as well as for information on business incubators.

Office Management & Administrative Support

David Couch, CEcD

Business Development Strategy Coordinator

Contact David for strategic business development, department budget and administration, or for information about the biomedical/health care business sector.

Linda Assaid

Economic Development Technician

Contact Linda regarding administrative information for the Virginia Beach Development Authority and the Oceana Land Use Conformity committee.

Betty Clark

Executive Assistant to the Director

Contact Betty to schedule an appointment with Warren Harris, or with questions regarding Economic Development billings, special events/ribbon cuttings, or office management items.

Olivia O’Bry

Office Manager

Contact Olivia for information regarding office operations and procedures, volunteer resources, payroll, budget and accounting.

Project Development

Mark Wawner, P.E.

Project Development Coordinator

Contact Mark for questions or financial information regarding the Virginia Beach Development Authority, public-private developments, or general project related items.

Robert Hudome

Senior Project Development Manager

Contact Rob for mixed-used developments, hotel, entertainment and resort related projects.

Sean Murphy, CPA

Virginia Beach Development Authority Accountant

Handles the financial aspects for the Virginia Beach Development Authority.

Workforce Development

Jerry Stewart, CEcD

Workforce Development Coordinator

Contact Jerry for workforce development assistance and referral to regional training institutions.

Barbara Lito

GrowSmart Coordinator

Contact Barbara for information about Virginia Beach's GrowSmart early childhood education initiative.