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 the 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:

  • Outreach to the 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 and 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 in carrying out their missions.​

Location/Time

All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. unless otherwise notified.

  • The meetings hosted by Virginia Beach are held at the Virginia Beach Economic Development office at 4525 Main Street, Suite 700, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
  • Joint meetings hosted by Norfolk are held at the Slover Library 6th floor conference room, 235 E Plume Street, Norfolk.
  • Joint meetings hosted by Portsmouth will be held in Rivers Casino Meeting Room 1, 3630 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth.

Contact Information​​

Charles Bauman III
Direct: (757) 385-6498 / Email: cbauman@vbgov.com ​​

Composition: 18 members residing in Virginia Beach. The term is five years and each member is eligible to serve a total of three consecutive terms.

Name
Term
Beginning Date
Expiration Date
Master Chief Lawrence Barbrey (Ret.)
5
March 1, 2023
Feb. 29, 2028
CAPT Christopher Chope, ​USN (Ret.)
Unexpired +5
Sept. 6, 2022
Sept. 29, 2029
CAPT John Cummings (Ret.)
Unexpired
March 1, 2016
Feb. 28, 2026
CAPT William Curtis USN (Ret.)
Unexpired
Jan. 1, 2024
Feb. 28, 2026
RDML Mark Gemmill, USN (Ret.)
5
March 1, 2008
Feb. 29, 2028
CAPT Loren Heckelman, (Ret.)
5
Nov. 10, 2020
Feb. 29, 2028
CAPT Steve Herbert, USN (Ret.)
5
July 7, 2014
Feb. 29, 2028
RADM Robert Katz, USN (Ret.), vice chair
5
March 1, 2023
Feb. 29, 2028
Charles R. Kubic, ​USN (Ret.)
5
March 21, 2023
Sept. 28, 2028
RADM Gregory Nosal, USN (Ret.)
5
Nov. 19, 2008
Feb. 29, 2028
RADM Phillip Olson, USN (Ret.), chair
5
March 1, 2008
Feb. 29, 2028
CDR Kathleen Owens, ​USN (Ret.)
5
Aug. 21, 2018
Feb. 29, 2028
RADM Fenton Priest, SC, USN (Ret.)​​​​​
5
Nov. 19, 2008
Feb. 29, 2028
Vacant, VBDA member


CAPT Louis Schager, USN (Ret.)
5
Dec. 5, 2017
Feb. 28, 2025
CAPT Robert Smith, USN (Ret.)
5
March 1, 2023
Feb. 29, 2028
CAPT Charles Stuppard, Ph.D., USN (Ret.)​
5
Aug. 15, 2017
Feb. 28, 2027

City Council Liaisons:

  • Chris Taylor
City Staff Liaisons
  • Charles Bauman III, Virginia Beach Economic Development (757) 385-6498
  • Kayla Blake Dotson, Virginia Beach Economic Development (757) 385-2909


​MEETING DATE​​​​​AGENDA​​MINUTES​PRESENTATIONS
Jan. 22, 2024ViewView
Feb. 26 (Joint/hosted by Norfolk)View

March 25, 2024

April 22 (Joint/hosted by Portsmouth)
May 20, 2024
June 24 (Joint/ hosted by Virginia Beach)
July - No Meeting
Aug. 26, 2024
Sept. 23 (Joint/hosted by Norfolk)
Oct. 28, 2024
Nov. 25 (Joint/hosted by Portsmouth)
December - No Meeting

2023

​MEETING DATE​​​​AGENDAMINUTES​PRESENTATIONS
Jan. 23, 2023ViewViewView
Feb. 27, 2023 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting*)ViewViewN/A
March 27, 2023ViewViewView
​April 24, 2023 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting**)ViewViewView
​May 22, 2023

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​June 26, 2023 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)ViewViewN/A
​July - No meeting


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N/AN/A
​Aug. 28, 2023

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Sept. 25, 2023 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting)ViewViewView
​Oct. 30, 2023

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Nov. 27, 2023 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)

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Dec. 19, 2023 (Special Meeting)ViewView

*Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting - held in Norfolk
**Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting - held in Virginia Beach

2022

​MEETING DATE​​​​​AGENDAS​​MINUTES​PRESENTATIONS
January 24, 2022ViewViewView
February 28, 2022 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting)View​ViewN/A
March 28, 2022ViewView​​View
​April 25, 2022 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)ViewViewN/A
​May 23, 2022ViewView​View
​June 27, 2022CanceledN/A​N/A
​July 25, 2022 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)


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​September 26, 2022 (Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)ViewView​View
​October 24, 2022ViewViewView
​November 28, 2022 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting) at The HIVE, 140 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach​View​View

2021

​MEETING DATE​​​​​AGENDAS​​MINUTES​PRESENTATIONS/HANDOUTS
January 25, 2021​ViewView
​N/A
February 22, 2021 (virtual)

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March 29, 2021 (virtual)ViewViewN/A
April 26, 2021 (virtual/joint)

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N/A
May 24, 2021ViewViewView
June 28, 2021 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting)View

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July 26, 2021CanceledN/AN/A

August 30, 2021

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September 27, 2021 (Joint Virginia Beach/Norfolk Meeting)Canceled

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October 25, 2021ViewView

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November 22, 2021 ((Joint Norfolk/Virginia Beach Meeting)ViewView
December 27, 2021No MeetingN/AN/A