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:

  • 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.​

Contact Information​​

Raymond White

Direct: (757) 385-6459 Email: ​​

RADM Fenton Priest, SC, USN (Ret.)​​​​​ ChairRADM Gregory Nosal, USN (Ret.) Vice Chair
CAPT Steve Brennan, ​USN (Ret)RADM Phillip Olson, USN (Ret.)
RADM Kevin Cook, USCG (Ret)​​​RDML Craig Quigley, USN (Ret.)
Ms. Elizabeth Dietzmann, Esq.CAPT Robert Rieve, USN (Ret.)
RADM Dick Dunleavy, USN (Ret.)CAPT Louis Schager, USN (Ret.)
RDML Mark Gemmill, USN (Ret.)

Joseph Strange​​​​, VBDA Liaison

Loren Heckelman, Navy Commanding Officer (Ret.)CAPT Charles Stuppard, Ph.D., USN (Ret.)​
CAPT Steve Herbert, USN (Ret.)CAPT Richard Trowbridge, ​USN (Ret.)
CDR Kathleen Owens, ​USN (Ret.)​Lt. ​Gen ​​Frances Wilson, USMC ​​(Ret.)​

City Council Liaisons:

  • Louis Jones, Council Member
  • John Moss, Council Member
  • James Wood, Vice Mayor
City Staff Liaisons
  • Ray White, Virginia Beach Economic Development (757) 385-6459
  • Vicki Kelley, Virginia Beach Economic Development, (757) 385-6449

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