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 Coordinator
Contact Michelle for business location opportunities in the Oceana Naval Air Station (APZ-1) area, and for information about the advanced manufacturing and retail business sectors.
Business Development and Research Manager
Contact Steve for research-related information, demographics, business statistics, marketing and communications questions, or for information about the city's biomedical and healthcare business development initiative.
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.
Business Development Manager
Contact Letitia for information on the City’s APZ-1 program, business opportunities in the area surrounding the Oceana Naval Air Station.
Contact Jeff for information on Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business development and related assistance.
Contact Svetla for research-related information, demographics, website assistance, business statistics assistance, and for information on the Department's marketing efforts and materials.
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.
Representative Europe - Madrid, Spain
Vicente is based in Madrid, Spain and represents Virginia Beach’s interests in the Spanish, Portuguese, and French markets. He offers assistance to companies abroad that are interested in establishing or expanding in Virginia Beach.
Representative Europe - Düsseldorf, Germany
Michael is based in Dusseldorf, Germany and represents our City interests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Turkey. He offers assistance to companies abroad that are interested in establishing or expanding in Virginia Beach.
Business Development Strategy Coordinator
Contact David for strategic business development, department budget and administration, or for information about the biomedical/health care business sector.
Economic Development Technician
Contact Linda regarding administrative information for the Virginia Beach Development Authority and the Oceana Land Use Conformity committee.
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.
Contact Olivia for information regarding office operations and procedures, volunteer resources, payroll, budget and accounting.
Project Development Coordinator
Contact Mark for questions or financial information regarding the Virginia Beach Development Authority, public-private developments, or general project related items.
Senior Project Development Manager
Contact Rob for mixed-used developments, hotel, entertainment, resort-related projects, and submarine telecommunication cables and datacenter development projects.
Virginia Beach Development Authority Accountant
Handles the financial aspects for the Virginia Beach Development Authority.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Contact Jerry for workforce development assistance and referral to regional training institutions.
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Coordinator
Contact Barbara for information about Virginia Beach's GrowSmart early childhood education initiative.
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Development Specialist
Devin is the Development Specialist for the Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation which is a 501-c3 foundation. Devin works to connect business leaders and the community to enhance innovative and collaborative early childhood initiatives by leveraging public and private funding.