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Chesterfield Recognized for “Best of Economic Development in Virginia”

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Chesterfield County is being recognized in the first annual “Best of Economic Development in Virginia.”

Chesterfield Economic Development will be recognized in the “Virginia’s Best Large Market Economic Development Agencies” category by Southern Business and Development Magazine. The recognition is part of a review and article covering the best in economic development in 30 different Virginia categories.

Chesterfield was selected by the members of Southern Business and Development’s Southern Economic Development Roundtable at their annual meeting in January. The Roundtable members include current and former Secretaries of Commerce along with educators, economists, consultants and local economic developers. The top three vote recipients for each category are cited. In the case of a tie, a fourth winner is listed.

‘We are extremely pleased to be selected as Best in Virginia”, said Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator. “This is recognition of the long term support and effort the Board of Supervisors and the County devotes to growing businesses in Chesterfield. We have one of the best economic development teams in the world” added Stegmaier.

The recognition will be in the March/April issue of Southern Business & Development which will feature the “Best of Economic Development in Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.”

Southern Business and Development is a media property that has covered economic development in the American South, the world’s fourth-largest economy, for more than 20 years. Southern Business and Development is frequently quoted by CNN, Time, AP, ABC News, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, the BBC and dozens of other electronic media and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, USA Today and The New York Times. The magazine’s per issue circulation averages 12,814.

Southern Business and Development targets c-suite executive readers in key markets and states located outside the American South. States where readership is emphasized with each edition include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in the Northeast, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio in the Midwest and California and Washington on the Pacific coast. Approximately 900 site consultants and/or SIOR members doing business in the U.S. receive each edition.

“Chesterfield Economic Development is one of the top performing economic development agencies in the South or the U.S. for that matter. Their list of major successes continues to grow and is evidence of the quality and consistency of the program” said Michael Randle, Editor and Publisher of Southern Business and Development.

Contact:
Michael C. Randle, Editor & Publisher, Southern Business & Development
(205) 871-1220, michael@sb-d.com

Garrett Hart, Director, Chesterfield Economic Development
(804) 318-8550, ghart@chesterfieldbusiness.com

Lunch & Learn for Small Business Scheduled

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Let’s do LUNCH….and LEARN how to grow your business.

Join Chesterfield County Economic Development as we partner with First Citizens Bank to educate and support new and small businesses. Take advantage of this FREE learning opportunity.

We will be presenting the following topics to assist with your business needs.

Topics & Dates

Employee Benefits
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

International (Going Global)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. – Presentation noon to 1 p.m.

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The Fresh Market Opens New Store in Chesterfield

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The Fresh Market, Inc. opened a new store in Chesterfield County this morning, marking the company’s 14th store in the state of Virginia.

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At its newest location at 4600 Commonwealth Centre Parkway, in the Commonwealth Center shopping center, the specialty grocer’s full-service philosophy will incorporate unparalleled product selection and expert customer service in an inviting atmosphere.

The Fresh Market employs a team of friendly, well- trained professionals who pride themselves on providing the highest level of customer service to shoppers. Employees can often be found offering cooking advice or sharing their favorite tips to help customers create the perfect meal.

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“We are excited to open our new store in Chesterfield County and to expand our reach in Virginia,” said Rick Anicetti, the company’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to introducing The Fresh Market’s concept of quality, great tasting food, excellent customer service and a distinctive atmosphere to an expanded customer base, and we look forward to offering neighboring communities an inspiring new food shopping experience.”

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Doors opened at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store, and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

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The new store will house over 23,000 square feet of culinary delights, including a bakery that produces 30 freshly baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide selection of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered to the store several times per week, and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, as well as a bountiful produce department with more than 400 items and a large organic selection.

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“The Fresh Market’s atmosphere is truly unique,” says Anicetti. “Our customers enjoy shopping in an environment that appeals to all the senses, where the smell of freshly brewed coffee and bread right out of the oven, the sound of relaxing music, soft lighting, and the ability to select and taste fresh, high-quality products all work together to create a place where customers are inspired to make every meal extraordinary.”

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The Fresh Market is excited to be an active member of the Chesterfield County community. The company has made a significant investment in the market and the new store is bringing approximately 90 new jobs to the area, most of which are being filled locally.

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The Fresh Market is committed to the communities where it does business, and its employees enthusiastically support local organizations that are important to the stores’ communities and customers. The new store will proudly partner with FeedMore by providing regular donations of food. In addition, as part of the company’s focus on providing the freshest, best quality products, the store will feature a growing number of local and regional products from area growers and producers.

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About The Fresh Market, Inc.

Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 178 stores in 27 states across the U.S. The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

Tranlin Breaks Ground on $2 billion Advanced Manufacturing Facility

Tranlin, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a leading Chinese pulp and paper company, officially broke ground today on its first U.S. operation, a $2 billion advanced manufacturing facility. Tranlin’s investment is located in Chesterfield, Virginia, and will generate more than 2,000 direct jobs in Virginia by 2020.

 

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“The Tranlin facility in Chesterfield will create thousands of jobs and millions in new agriculture revenues, all of which will support our shared vision for a stronger new Virginia Economy. I am thrilled to help break ground on a project that will have enormous economic development implications for our entire Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe about the project.

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Tranlin’s Chesterfield County facility will use the company’s innovative, proprietary technology to produce tree-free, natural color, straw fiber paper tissue products made exclusively from agricultural field waste such as wheat straw and corn stalks. In addition, Tranlin will produce humus-based organic fertilizer products using residues from the papermaking process.

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Environmental sustainability is deeply embedded in Tranlin’s culture and guides the company’s ongoing pursuit of innovation and technological advancement. Tranlin’s products are a positive contribution to both American consumers and the agricultural sector. The company’s manufacturing process is referred to as the “Golden Circle” because the straw paper manufacturing process creates a fully renewable and sustainable loop:

At the top of the circle, agricultural byproducts such as wheat and corn stalks are used as raw material to make paper products that include bath, kitchen, facial and travel tissue, as well as tableware. Then residues from the papermaking process are refined into highly effective, humus-based organic fertilizer. The circle is complete when this fertilizer is ultimately used to grow crops, often requiring less water, chemical fertilizer, and pesticides than traditional fertilizers.

“We are even more confident now than we were a year ago that our project is being built on a solid foundation that will allow it to be successful in Chesterfield, Virginia,” said Hongfa Li, the Chairman and President of Shandong Tranlin Paper Company Limited. “After another year of extraordinary work by
the entire Tranlin team and many supportive friends in Virginia, we know that all the key factors including environmental, legal, cultural, market, engineering and human resources are in place.”

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“We are so excited to be embarking on this next phase of our work together in Virginia, and more importantly, we are so grateful of and encouraged by the supportive community in Chesterfield and Virginia,” said Jerry Peng, the Chairman and CEO of Tranlin, Inc.. “We will continue the close collaboration with all the stakeholders here. It is our goal to build a very sustainable partnership with the local community, the farming sector and our vendors. Over the past year we have built an excellent core team who have driven the project this far. We expect to accelerate our recruiting and project development.”

“The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes next chapter of development for Shandong Tranlin,” said Xuanyu Zhang, Deputy Mayor of Liaocheng, Shandong, where Shandong Tranlin Paper Company Limited is headquartered in China, “We sincerely hope the Tranlin US project will become a showcase of cooperation between China and US that benefits us both.” Mr. Zhang is in Virginia leading a senior delegation from Liaocheng with both key municipal government officers and entrepreneurs who attended the groundbreaking, and signed a Sister City-County MOU between Liaocheng, Shandong and Chesterfield, Virginia at a luncheon in Chesterfield celebrating the Tranlin Project groundbreaking.
Mr. ZHU Hong, Minister for Commercial Affairs of Chinese Embassy in the U.S., also lead the senior delegation to the groundbreaking ceremony and made an enthusiastic speech to the audience.

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Tranlin’s purchase of stalks and straw from corn and small grain producers creates a new market for agricultural residuals that are typically left in the field as waste. Based on the agricultural supply chain opportunities associated with the project, the economic benefit to farmers in this region alone could exceed $50 million per year once the company is operating at full capacity. Tranlin has already begun working with many farmers in the region to procure needed agricultural products for manufacturing operations.

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Dorothy Jaeckle and Steve Elswick, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors

 

“We are excited to celebrate with Tranlin as they break ground on the first phase of this historic project. The 2,000 jobs that will be created by this facility will have a transformative effect on the Jefferson Davis Corridor, the County and the entire region. We will continue to work diligently with our partners at the state, regional, and local levels to support Tranlin as they endeavor to manufacture their innovative products here in Chesterfield County while staying focused on the environment and sustainability,” said Steve Elswick, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

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Tranlin’s presence in the market will also help preserve farmland by providing farmers a new opportunity to derive additional economic return from their land and equipment, creating positive economic incentives to maintain it in farming use. The harvest of straw in the spring and corn stalks in the fall for use by Tranlin will be two new cash crops for Virginia growers, in addition to other fibrous products from the surrounding area.

About Tranlin, Inc.

Tranlin, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese pulp and paper company that applies innovative proprietary technologies to produce straw fiber, unbleached paper products and superior organic fertilizers.
Tranlin is investing $2 billion to construct an advanced manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia that will create 2,000 jobs in the region by 2020. The facility will utilize straw purchased from the region’s farmers to produce two product lines using leading environmentally friendly engineering methods:

  • High quality facial and bath tissue, paper towels and napkins that are straw-fiber based, chlorine-free and compostable
  • Fertilizer with a high concentration of fulvic acid, suitable for commercial farmers and home gardeners seeking organic solutions for improved crop yields and quality, soil restoration and environmental benefits.

Tranlin brings sustainable manufacturing, advanced technologies and a naturally responsible focus on the environment from China to the banks of the James River.

Newest Kroger Marketplace Opens in Chesterfield

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The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional supermarket retailer, announced today the grand opening of the Richmond region’s newest Kroger Marketplace store, located at 10800 Ironbridge Road, between Greenyard and Courtland Roads, in Chesterfield County.

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“We are very happy that the newest Kroger Marketplace is opening in the Dale District near the county courthouse complex,” said Jim Holland, Dale District Supervisor, Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “The Kroger Marketplace will provide an exciting and convenient grocery and dining experience to the residents and workers in the area. We thank Kroger for the $27 million investment and the jobs this facility will create.”

 

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The 123,000-square-foot superstore currently employs 360 full- and part-time workers. In addition to offering top-quality grocery selections, the new store provides a unique experience to shoppers by filling 30,000 square feet with non-grocery items, ranging from apparel to home décor. Customers can expect a variety of new and unique features, including:

  • Non-grocery departments that include sections that offer a variety of products including apparel, home décor, pet supplies, baby and infant needs, toys, bedding, housewares and more.
  • A cheese shop from Greenwich-based Murray’s cheese, offering more than 175 varieties of cheese from all around the world.
  • A growler station with 12 rotating selections of popular local and craft brews. Tastings and flights available in store.
  • A wine department with more than 2,000 wine selections available, including a wine bar with eight wines on tap for in-store tastings and enjoyment.
  • A Little Clinic that staffs board-certified nurse practitioners authorized to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses and also provides a wide selection of additional services such as camp and sports physicals, health screenings and a number of vaccinations.
  • An expansive natural foods department offering bulk dry goods, gluten-free items and other specialty, dietary-specific items.
  • A Deli Bistro that includes sandwiches prepared to order, a gourmet brick oven pizza station, sushi and other Asian food favorites, comfortable café seating, a fireplace and flat-screen televisions. Chefs are on hand to offer cooking and menu planning advice.
  • A full-service drive-thru pharmacy.
  • A Starbucks kiosk, including a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
  • The Kroger Fuel Center, with nine fuel dispensers, where customers can redeem earned fuel points on all goods purchased.

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“The team at the Chester Kroger Marketplace is thrilled to open our doors and begin serving a new community and customer base,” said Alice Jones, store manager at the Chester Kroger Marketplace. “At Kroger, we focus on friendly service and fresh products and it’ll be my pleasure to show our shoppers the Kroger way – every day.” Jones, who’s spent the majority of her career in the grocery business, previously managed the Short Pump Kroger since its opening in 2010.

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In line with Kroger’s commitment to the community, the grocer will donate to four not-for-profit organizations, including Chesterfield County Fire & EMS Cares Emergency Fund, Chesterfield Police Foundation, Chesterfield County Food Bank, Thomas Dale High School and L.C. Bird High School. The checks will be presented at the grand opening ribbon cutting on the morning of Wednesday, October 21.

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“It’s important for us to connect with the community by understanding what’s important to them and learning how we can make their lives easier and better,” added Jones.

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On the morning of the grand opening, the first 500 customers will receive “Breakfast on Kroger,” including a dozen eggs, Sara Lee bread, Smithfield bacon, 3 lbs. of clementine oranges and a Clif bar. From opening day through Saturday, October 31, Kroger will give away different items each day to the first 500 customers in the store each day. Items included in the daily giveaway include products like Tennessee Pride Sausage Gravy, Thomas’ English Muffins, pistachios, Coca-Cola and more.

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Richmond Regional Ride Center Opens at Pocahontas State Park

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After three years of planning, fundraising, volunteering and hard work, the Richmond Regional Ride Center is now open.

State and regional officials gathered in Chesterfield’s Pocahontas State Park this morning to dedicate the new trail system, a Legacy Project of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The RRRC includes more than 70 miles of mountain biking trails across Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield County and the Richmond.

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Partners include Chesterfield County, Dominion Virginia Power, James River Parks, MeadWestvaco, Paralyzed Veterans of America, People for Bikes, Richmond 2015, RVA MORE, Friends of Pocahontas State Park, the International Mountain Biking Association, the UCI Road World Championships, the Virginia Association for Parks, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Chesterfield Rotary Club and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages Virginia State Parks.

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“The Ride Center is an example of an exceptional regional project that helps Chesterfield and Richmond continue to be vibrant communities,” said Hunter Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “Dominion has a long history of supporting outdoor activities because we know they help promote an active lifestyle and improve the quality of life.”

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Ride Center is a designation of the International Mountain Biking Association for a mountain biking trail system that offers opportunities for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. The RRRC also includes trials for handcyclists.

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“We improved 15 miles of trails and oversaw the construction of 20 miles of new trails in the park,” said DCR State Parks Director Craig Seaver. “We’re in the outdoor recreation business, and we’re particularly proud to play a pivotal role in this important project. We hope this will help people in the Richmond region know that they are much closer to a Virginia State Park than they might think.”

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The RRRC is expected to stimulate the local economy by attracting more bike riders to the region. Economic projections call for $4.5 million in tourism spending in Virginia, with $2.7 million in Chesterfield County.

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Richmond Region Ride Center Economic Impact

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Economic activity: $4.5 million
Labor income: $1.5 million
Tax revenue: $369,452
Jobs: 51

Chesterfield County
Economic activity: $2.7 million
Labor income: $867,679
Tax revenue: $212,360
Jobs: 31

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CCPL’s Small Business Resource Center Helping Dreams Come True

Loud-and-Clear-1If you ask the owners of Selah!, LLC, Temple Image and CleanNGoFast, LLC, they will tell you that the library’s Small Business Resource Center was instrumental in them starting and maintaining their businesses.

“At one time our computers were down and we didn’t have the money to get them fixed; so we started to use the library computer,” said Dion Roseboro. Dion and his twin brother Derek began using the library in 2008 to help launch their cleaning business. When they were hit by the bad economy, they took advantage of the Small Business Resource Center to get back on their feet.

“The library was very helpful,” said Dion. “We used the library’s computer to develop our website, develop our brochures, the marketing information, business letterheads, business cards, everything,” said Derek.

CCPL’s Small Business Resource Center has become an integral part of the library system. The goal is to be a one-stop shop for business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs. The center offers a wide variety of resources, including scanners, printers, computers, specialized books, programs and workshops. Customers can also make appointments with experts for one-on- one assistance and receive information tailored to their needs.

“You get a lot done, you meet people, and you’re exposed to classes: just by coming here you get access to many resources,” said Delores Klyvert, owner of Temple Image. Delores’ company conducts paternity tests and provides health and wellness education. Delores says as the owner of a home-based business, there are distractions, and the library provides a place for her to focus and get the job done.

CCPL continues to expand its offerings in response to customers’ needs. The library partners with experts in business creation, such as Greater Richmond GATE and RVAworks. SHiRL, owner of Selah, LLC, a company that provides support for female veterans, attended one of the library’s RVAworks workshops.

“I went through two entrepreneurial programs and out of those two programs, I fine-tuned what I wanted to do,” said SHiRL. “If I didn’t have the Small Business Resource Center, I would be totally lost.”

Learn more by reading Loud and Clear Magazine on the Chesterfield County Public Library web site.

Chesterfield Libraries Helping Small Businesses Succeed

Small business in America makes a substantial contribution to our local and national economy. Entrepreneur Magazine indicates that there are between 25 and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. today. Small businesses, classified as 500 or fewer employees, may be small in comparison to large corporations, but their impact is big. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses today:

  • account for 54% of U.S. sales
  • provide 55% of all jobs and 64% of new jobs
  • pay 44% of the total U.S. private payroll
  • occupy 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet
  • are trusted by 86% of Americans who believe they are “a great deal”

Over the past 25 years, small businesses have added 8 million new jobs, while big businesses have eliminated 4 million jobs. Small businesses bring growth and innovation; help large corporations through outsourcing; respond and adapt quickly to changes in economic climates; stay afloat during tough times and contribute revenue directly to the local community. This revenue supports libraries, schools, parks, public safety, etc., and leads to healthier, more stable communities.

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To help small businesses in Chesterfield County, Meadowdale Library features a Small Business Resource Center, operated by CCPL in conjunction with the county department of Economic Development. This service has allowed us to help hundreds of local residents develop and manage a wide variety of small business interests. The Small Business Resource Center offers professional researchers, a wide variety of research resources and meeting rooms with office tools. The success of the Meadowdale business center has inspired us to plan for small business centers to be added at other libraries in the coming year.

CCPL can help you in any quest to transform information into usable knowledge. Whether you are starting a business, growing your business, or increasing your skills and knowledge, we are here for you. We look forward to seeing you in one of our libraries and helping you take learning to the next level.

You can learn more by visiting the library website.

– Article contributed by Mike Mabe, Director of Chesterfield County Public Libraries

Chesterfield County Joins DuPont in Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Kevlar®

Innovative, high-strength Kevlar® fiber has been instrumental in protecting our public safety personnel

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Members of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recently presented DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman a resolution to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invention of Kevlar®. The ceremony was held at DuPont’s Spruance Plant, which has been part of the Chesterfield County community for more than 80 years.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Elswick presents DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman a county resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of Kevlar®. Joining Elswick and Kullman are Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, Marc Doyle, DuPont senior vice president, Safety and Protection, and Bill Dupler, deputy county administrator for community development. Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Affairs.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Elswick presents DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman a county resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of Kevlar®. Joining Elswick and Kullman are Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, Marc Doyle, DuPont senior vice president, Safety and Protection, and Bill Dupler, deputy county administrator for community development.
Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County Public Affairs.

 

“We have worked together a lot over the years, and we greatly appreciate the support,” Kullman said. “Our partnership with the county and the community is critical.”

“DuPont is a great company to have in our community,” Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle said. “They emphasize safety and are a great employer. DuPont partners with the county on many projects, and they get their employees engaged in the community.”

Kevlar®, a high-strength fiber, was first developed in 1965 by DuPont scientist Stephanie Kwolek and has since become synonymous with lifesaving products. Since its inception, Kevlar® is credited with protecting law enforcement and fire officials, and military personnel worldwide.

“Little did I know the impact that Kevlar® would have on my life personally,” Board of Supervisor Chairman Steve Elswick said. “As a retired firefighter and someone who has many members of my family in public safety and the military, the invention of DuPont’s Kevlar® really hits home to me.”

For 50 years DuPont scientists have been exploring new possibilities for Kevlar®. Kevlar® protects people in space, law enforcement and military, and construction industries, and now this science is available in Reebok Crossfit apparel and footwear, so athletes can perform at their peak and know they have the strength of Kevlar® in their gear so they can push the limits of their sport. DuPontTM Kevlar® continues to evolve, and new innovations are being developed.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™ and Kevlar® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

Contact: Teresa Bonifas | 804-318-8314 | BonifasT@chesterfield.gov

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Sports Tourism Program Wins 2015 NACo Award

Chesterfield County’s “Sports Tourism Support to Business” program was named the “Best in Category” at the 2015 NACo Achievement Awards.

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Dale District Supervisor, Jim Holland, and Assistant County Administrator, Lou Lassiter, were present at the ceremony to accept the award.

Sports tourism activity in Chesterfield County has grown exponentially in recent years, spawned as a result of new public and private facilities which host major regional and national tournaments.

Hotels across the region are “sold out” and outside dollars are spread across the community. Yet in the early years of the expanded activity, local businesses were not prepared to take advance of the opportunities presented by the increase in out-of-town visitation.

A major outreach effort – which has expanded over the past three years — was developed to assist businesses to handle the influx of visitors, increase sales, and provide a favorable visitor experience for guests.

More than 400 area businesses across the Richmond region were personally visited by community “foot patrols.”

Owners and managers were encouraged to “Welcome, Staff Up, and Entice” the sports visitors, as well as offer online discounts and promotions at no cost to the business.

Social media campaigns, website tournament landing pages and on-site visitor services provided additional support to visitors and tournament organizers.

The Sports Tourism Support to Business program has greatly enhanced communications with the business and sports tourism community.