VPTC: Business/Technology Leaders Discuss Economic Development

More than 100 local business and technology leaders gathered February 7 as the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council and the Thomas Jefferson Economic Development Partnership co-hosted “Toward a Common Vision: A Call to Action”, the third in a series of annual conversations about issues shaping our region’s economic development. This year, as for the past two years, the event was sponsored by Wachovia. The luncheon was held as part of the VPTC Speaker Series at the Omni Hotel. Former VPTC Chair Bryan Wright and partner in the law firm Williams Mullen served as moderator.

The speakers are: Dr. Catherine Renault, program manager for technology-based economic development with RTI Tech Ventures in Research Triangle Park; Jeff Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Robert De Mauri, executive director of TJPED.

Rundown of event:

00:00 – 01:23 – Opening comments from VPTC Director Gail Milligan
01:23 – 02:54 – Comments from Scheline Moore of Wachovia
02:54 – 09:53 – Comments from moderator Bryan Wright of Williams Mullen
09:53 – 12:13 – Bryan Wright introduces the speakers
12:13 – 32:53 – Catherine Renault of RTI International
32:53 – 35:38 – Introduction of Jeff Anderson by Bryan Wright
35:38 – 45:57 – Jeff Anderson of the VEDP
45:58 – 47:23 – Introduction of Robert De Mauri by Bryan Wright
47:23 – 58:40 – Robert De Mauri of TJPED
58:40 – 1:17:11 – Question and Answer session
1:17:11 – 1:18:02 – Closing comments from Gail Milligan