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2017 Corporate Sponsor Profiles
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Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state, the majority of which are designed to help low-to-moderate income citizens. By partnering with local governments, nonprofit groups, state and federal agencies, and others, DHCD is working to improve the quality of life for Virginians.

Virginia Resources Authority
VRA provides innovative and cost-effective financial solutions to meet the infrastructure needs of communities. From water and sewer improvements to transportation and public safety projects, VRA is available to assist local governments and regional authorities with affordable financing for all their capital improvement needs. Since its inception in 1984, VRA has provided over $5 billion of financing for more than 950 infrastructure projects across Virginia.


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Draper Aden Associates
From planning through construction phase services, Draper Aden Associates will help you achieve a lasting positive impact for your region. We are a full-service consulting engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm with four offices located in Virginia and one in North Carolina. We have worked with Planning District Commissions and other regional organizations across the Commonwealth on water supply planning; stormwater management program development; solid waste management planning, design and environmental monitoring; and economic development projects.

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)
IBTS assists municipalities with efficient service delivery through public-non-profit partnerships and regional service agreements, offering the following services: Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Resiliency, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.

VC3 is a dynamic, southeast based managed IT services provider that specializes in serving local governments. VC3 supports the technology needs of over 150 local governments in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and is the Strategic Technology Partner for the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

VC3 provides clients with a broad selection of IT solutions, supported by over 90 employees. With 21 years of experience working with local governments and a highly qualified team of professionals, VC3 is prepared to meet the IT needs of your organization. Our account executive is Jeff Kerr and he can be reached at or 800.733.7333. 

Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA)
VHDA is a self-supporting, not-for-profit organization created by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972, to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. VHDA provides mortgages, primarily for first-time homebuyers and developers of quality rental housing. We use no state taxpayer dollars, but raise money in the capital markets to fund our loans. We also teach free homeownership classes, and help people with disabilities and the elderly make their homes more livable. VHDA works with lenders, developers, local governments, community service organizations and others to help put quality housing within the reach of every Virginian. Since our founding, VHDA has committed financing for more than 174,500 single family homes and 135,000 multifamily units.


Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting
Sanford Holshouser is the most experienced full-service economic development consulting firm in the Southeast, and among a handful of premier firms nationally. Our success is the product of a uniquely qualified team and a visionary philosophy.

Our partners bring a practitioner-based approach to our consulting because we have headed economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels. Our experience ranges across the economic development spectrum: recruiting, BRE, workforce development, site location consulting, local government management, law, utilities, marketing, and economic analysis. The truth is, few other consulting firms in the U.S. can match our team for real world experience.

Whether we’re helping communities attract companies, or helping companies select a site, we remain steadfast in our mission: to forge long-term relationships that produce sustainable economic prosperity for communities and companies alike.

The Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development connects Virginia Tech faculty, companies, and communities in ways that help create, retain, and enhance the quality of jobs and opportunities around the Commonwealth. Economic conditions in recent years have raised the level of attention nationally towards economic development and job creation. Increasingly universities are looked to for answers. Not only do we put people together to find those answers, fielding scores of inquiries from or on behalf of companies annually, but we add value to the process through our expertise in an array of topics critical to economic development.

The diverse team that delivers all this brings unique experience and expertise in business, state, regional and local economic development, as well as educational leadership and administration.