"People. Place. Prosperity: The Shifting Landscape of Community Economic Opportunity in Virginia"

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 701 E Byrd St Richmond, VA, 23219 United States

June 15, 2015

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond



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As Virginia’s economy experiences significant transitions, a broad consensus has emerged among community & economic developers that creating supportive ecosystems for aspiring, emerging and established microenterprises and small businesses is critical to revitalizing, sustaining and growing local and state economies. While community entrepreneurship and place-based economic development have traditionally focused on the revitalization of historic business districts in cities and towns, Virginia's suburbs and exurbs are also emerging as places to live, work, and play. Simultaneously, some older cities and towns that once faced economic and population decline are now experiencing upward swings in residential and commercial activity, while some traditionally suburban counties are facing revitalization challenges that were once more common to urban and inner-city areas. 

As part of its mission as a statewide convener, thought-leader and public voice for creating and expanding community economic opportunities, VCEN has invited a broad array of professionals from across the Commonwealth to gather in Richmond for a day-long conversation on the implications of this shifting landscape on microenterprise, entrepreneurship, creative economies, and quality of life. This thought-provoking gathering is an opportunity for free-flowing, interactive learning and professional networking among a diverse array of practitioners, funders, government officials, researchers, and business leaders as we explore innovative and sustainable approaches to spur job creation, enhance wealth-building, and enhance community vitality. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is graciously hosting this free event, and food & beverages will be provided. We will end our day with a networking reception at Casa Del Barco along Richmond’s historic Canal Walk hosted by the Virginia Downtown Development Association. 


10:00-10:30 – Coffee Chat and Check-in

10:30-10:45 - Welcome Remarks & Overview

Conaway Haskins, Virginia Community Economic Network

10:45-11:45 – The Micropolitan Manifesto: Transforming Communities and Business

Katie McCaskey, George Bowers Grocery

Christina Cain, Staunton Creative Communities Fund

11:45-12:00 – Grab Your Lunch

12:00-1:00 – Human Capital, Entrepreneurial Communities & Quality of Life: The Federal & State View 

Jen Giovannitti, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Michelle Jones, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

1:00-2:00pm - Entrepreneurship as a Driver of Downtown Revitalization: Lessons from Danville

Eva Doss, The Launch Place

Telly Tucker, City of Danville Economic Development

Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks

2:00-3:00 – Navigating the Gig Economy: Connecting Local Workforce & Entrepreneurial Development

Toa Do, Business Development Assistance Group

Martin Short, Greater Richmond GATE

3:00-4:00 - Balancing Acts: Old Towns, New Towns and Place-based Economic Development

Jack Berry, Venture Richmond

Marantha Edwards, Town of Leesburg

Jeff Sadler, Lead.Act.Local LLC

4:00-4:15 – Wrap-up and Next Steps

4:15-4:30 - Closing Remarks

4:30-7:00 – Networking Reception at Casa Del Barco, 320 S. 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219 (sponsored by the Virginia Downtown Development Association)


Arrival & Parking 
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is located at 701 East Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia. Guests are invited to park in the Federal Reserve parking deck, located on Bragg Street, between 5th and 7th Streets. After arriving at the Bank, please proceed to the security post located on Byrd Street at the Lobby Main Entrance; a government issued picture ID will be required (driver’s license, passport). You will then be directed to the Bank Lobby where you will be greeted by Conference Center staff.