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  • 1. Strategic Planning Session Lockheed Martin Manassas, VA February 17, 2010
  • 2.
    • … a non profit organization that promotes the economic vitality of the Commonwealth through business, economic and workforce development initiatives.
  • 3.  
  • 4. Staff
    • Carl Mitchell, MS, CNPM, President & CEO
    • Program Manager - Linked Workforce Initiative & Return to Roots
    • Gurkan Col, Webmaster & Program Manager - VBP
    • Sheree LaCasse, Office Manager & Customer Support - VBP
    • Kimber Simmons, Statistician & Program Manager – Va CARD & SWVA Online
    • Numerous Interns - NRCC, RU & VT
  • 5. Mission & Vision
    • Our Mission
    • Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc., promotes the economic vitality and external competitiveness of the Commonwealth through business, industry and educational partnerships between Southwestern Virginia, Northern Virginia and other regions of the Commonwealth.
    • Our Vision
    • Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc,. will become the advocate of and provide leadership for:
    • A Shared Vision for Economic Development in SWVA, NOVA and Other Locations
    • A Productive Coalition among SWVA, NOVA and Other Local, State, and Federal Officers and Business Leaders
    • A Marketing Campaign which Promotes Needs and Benefits in Bridge Regions
    • An Improved Infrastructure for Technology, Transportation and Education
    • Since 1989, Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc., has been working towards strategic goals that continue to bring together Virginia’s business leaders to build a sense of “common wealth”. Our goal is to ensure that Virginia is prepared to meet the business, economic and workforce challenges of this century and beyond.
  • 6. Internal Vision
    • VEB, Inc. will continuously strive to be:
    • Nonpartisan
    • Recognized in SWVA as a valuable and reliable resource for business and economic development in SWVA.
    • A financially viable organization.
    • A valuable, reliable resource (well connected) in SWVA, Northern VA, and Richmond, VA.
    • A professional organization with solid infrastructure.
    • Driven by outcomes and deadlines.
    • A Collaborative partner.
  • 7. Values
    • Our Values
    • Treat everyone with honesty, respect and kindness to build trust.
    • Communicate in a constructive, open, candid and respectful manner.
    • Establish an atmosphere fostering creativity and innovation.
    • Recognize teamwork through active participation in decision making and follow up/follow through.
    • Deliver our quality products and services in an effective, timely and mission/vision-driven manner.
    • Acknowledge that change is opportunity.
    • Appreciate and value each other’s talents and efforts through mutual support and encouragement to go one step further.
  • 8. What do we do well…?
    • Tackle the Big Issues!
  • 9. What do we do well…?
    • Strategic Research
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
    • Project Management
    • Assessment
    • Project Planning
    • Development
    • Budgeting & Financial Management
    • Facilitation
  • 10. What do we do well…?
    • Information Technology
    • Website Evaluations, Web Design, Shopping Cart Systems, Content Management Systems, Search Engine Optimization and Hosting
    • Online Survey Development, Facilitation & Hosting
    • Database Design, Development, Management & Documentation
    • Computer Programming
  • 11. What do we do well…?
    • Marketing
    • Networking
    • Social Media Applications
    • Media Relations
    • Electronic Communication
    • Publication Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Newsletter Design
  • 12.  
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  • 14.
    • Information integration
    • Utilizes staff’s expertise in research, data collection, interpretation and presentation
    • Provides vital information to elected, administrative and economic development officials
    • Program sustained by municipal support and contractual services
  • 15. Provides “A Quick Look At…” & “A Snapshot of…” for Communities & Individuals Data that details:
    • Population
    • Education data
    • Housing stats
    • Household income
    • Employment data by sector, occupation, weekly wage
    • School data
    • Crime data
  • 16.
    • Sample contracted projects:
      • Research Projects: VRHA, One Care
      • US DOL Community Audits
      • Economic and workforce analysis
      • Cluster and sector analysis
      • Community profiles
      • Industrial and membership directories
  • 17.
    • Target Audience:
      • Not for Profits, Associations
      • Local Governments
        • Towns, Counties, Cities
        • EDOs, IDAs
      • Regional Economic Development Organizations
      • Real Estate Agencies, Private Businesses
  • 18. The Web Portal for Southwest Virginia
  • 19. www.SWVAOnline.org
    • Markets “Virginia’s Great Southwest!”
    • Virginia Tourism
    • CGI as part of its recruiting
    • Northrop Grumman for an economic summit & town hall meeting…
    • Congressman Boucher’s “ Unleashing the Celtic Tiger in SWVA”
  • 20.
    • Target Audience:
      • Not for Profits, Associations
      • Local & State Government
        • Towns, Counties, Cities
        • EDOs, IDAs, Va Tourism Corporation
      • Regional Economic Development Organizations
      • Real Estate Agencies, Private Businesses
  • 21.  
  • 22. www.VirginiaBusiness.org
  • 23.
    • Marketing Opportunities
      • Online database of over 24,000 Virginia based businesses
      • Marketing tool for goods and services.
        • Tailored company profiles as businesses register their data & upload photos of products and describe their services
        • Increased visibility
        • Exposure to diverse markets
      • Other businesses log onto the Pipeline and search for a business that provides a specific product or service they’re looking for.
      • Cost effective promotion – Direct & Indirect
    www.VirginiaBusiness.org
  • 24.
    • Business Opportunities and Development
      • Post and Review more than 1,000 Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Information (RFIs) Invitation for Bid (IFBs) annually.
      • Research tools (SWOT analysis)
      • Customized reports (SWaM, NAICs, SIC, Locality)
    www.VirginiaBusiness.org
  • 25. www.VirginiaBusiness.org
    • Target Audience:
      • Private Sector Businesses
      • Local Government Procurement
        • Towns, Counties, Cities
        • EDOs, IDAs
      • Regional Economic Development Organizations
      • Not for Profits, Associations
      • State Agencies – DMBE, VDBA
  • 26.  
  • 27. http://www.virginiabusiness.org:81/financial/
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  • 30. Initial purpose: To develop strategic business alliances between companies in Southwest Virginia and Northern Virginia. Participating regions now include other regions as well: Northern Va, Hampton Roads, Region 2000, Richmond, Southern VA and Southwest VA
  • 31.
    • Connects companies for industry-sector roundtable discussions
    • Creates strategic business relationships which can result in:
      • Direct Procurement
      • Subcontracting partnerships
      • Mentor-protégé partnerships
  • 32.
    • Keys to success:
    • Targeted businesses with federal certifications in specific industry sectors
    • One-on-one roundtable format with government and industry decision makers
    • Positioning companies to maximize opportunities in fast-growing markets
    • Identifying opportunities for partnership
  • 33.
    • Companies we are looking for…
    • Emerging industry sectors
    • Well-qualified, technically sophisticated
    • HUBZone, SBA 8(a), Minority, Service Disable Veteran, Woman, and/or Veteran owned certified
    • Personnel with security clearances
  • 34.
    • Target Audience:
      • Private Sector Businesses
      • Federal Agencies for Outreach
      • Local IDA’s & Regional Economic Development Organizations
  • 35.
    • Used for training and assessing individuals to become teleworkers
    • Used as mediator between companies looking to hire independent contractors
    • Will aggregate efforts of multiple sites and organizations to attract and retain individuals able to telework in the region
    • Site for regional resources, efforts and a functional site for posting telework jobs and teleworkers’ resumes
    Linked TeleWorkforce Connections
  • 36.
    • Target Audience:
      • Individuals
      • Private Sector Businesses
      • Federal Agencies for Outreach
      • Local IDA’s & Regional Economic Development Organizations
  • 37. Return to Roots www.ReturntoRoots.org & www.RTRSoVA.org The information portals and networks for Career Seekers, Employers and Communities in Southwest & Southern Virginia
  • 38. Funded by a Special Projects grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission. Return to Roots website launched September 16, 2006 by Governor Kaine and the RTR Southern VA website launched June 12, 2009! Reaches out to former SwVa and SoVA residents & others to inform them of jobs and business opportunities available in the regions. The website links potential employees to companies with jobs and employers to employees with skills and desire! www.ReturntoRoots.org & www.RTRSoVA.org
  • 39. A Web Portal for Communities! Post your Resume, Find a Job! Post your Job, Find an employee Access Business Resources Seek Higher Education Opportunities View Community Attractions Read News & Find Information Find High School Reunions www.ReturntoRoots.org & www.RTRSoVA.org
  • 40. Return to Roots www.ReturntoRoots.org & www.RTRSoVA.org First success story: Keith and Julia Brown returned from Cincinnati in January 2007 to work at CGI
  • 41. www.ReturntoRoots.org
  • 42. www.ReturntoRoots.org
  • 43.
    • By the Numbers
      • Total RTR-SWVA Contacts: 38,301 - Alumni, Registrants, & Community Supporters
      • Registered Job Seekers: 3,195 from 47 states, Washington D.C., Australia, Canada, Belgium and the UK
      • Registered Employers: 644
      • Posted Jobs: 7
      • Job Seekers who have applied through the RTR Site: 357
      • 9 positions filled since Jan 2009 with an estimated $446K in salaries
      • Page Loads: 355,194
      • First-Time Visitors: 76,400
      • Current program covers 21 counties and cities in SWVA!
      • Return to Roots was named one of the Top 50 Semi-Finalists in Harvard University’s Kennedy School’s 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards competition!
    • Outreach
      • Strategic Partners: 37 SWVA Partners
      • Focus Groups: ETSU & UVA-Wise
      • Direct Mail
        • Approximately 5,000 Employers in October 2009
      • Phone Surveys
        • Weekly to Employers & Monthly to Job Seekers
      • Electronic Outreach
        • Website, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter & MySpace
        • Intelligent Communities Forum Blog – http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=blog&srctype=detail&refno=110&category=Knowledge%20Workforce
        • Monthly Job Seeker and Employer E-Newsletters
      • College and Community Career & Job Fairs, Business Sales Growth Seminars & Entrepreneurship Express Workshops
      • Special Events
        • Fourth Annual RTR Gala – September 17, 2010
        • 2nd Annual RTR-SWVA Business Showcase and Job Fair – Summer 2010
    January 27, 2010 RETURN to ROOTS-SWVA 60-Second Update
  • 44.
    • Target Audience:
      • Private Sector
      • Local, State & Federal Government
      • Local EDO’s, IDA’s & Regional Economic Development Organizations
      • Chambers of Commerce, Not for Profits and Associations
  • 45. A Snapshot of Support…
    • Financial Audit and Current Financials
  • 46. A Snapshot of Opportunities…
    • Individual and Company Requests for Services
    • Regional and National Foundations
    • Community Specific Programming
    • Community based Bordering State Programs
    • Grants and Grant Partnerships
    • USDA BFRDP -Logical grant applicant on behalf the partners
    • DHCD Micro enterprise lending for Southern VA
    • Not for profit Services
    • Local and State Procurement - eVA
  • 47. A Model for Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities
    • Virginia Economic Bridge’s
    • Consortium on Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • 48. Strategic Partners
    • One Care of SWVA
    • Other Key Partners
    • Private
    • Public
  • 49. Moving Forward - Planning for VEB’s Future
    • Action Items for the Future
    • Modify and expand the current mission
    • Reinvigorate the Board
    • Expand funding base
    • Maintain staff support and realign projects
  • 50.
    • THANK YOU! for listening…
    • Please feel free to contact me…
    • Carl E. Mitchell, MS
    • Phone 540.731.6800
    • Email: [email_address]