Southern Virginia New Economy Summit

Southern Virginia New Economy Summit: Beyond Borders


Start Building Your Recruitment-Ready Community Today!

Join Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones to learn how your locality can thrive in this new, diverse economy. Economic Development strategies for recruitment and retention have changed drastically over the years. Needs now reach farther than infrastructure. Learn new ideas for development, available resources, and the partnerships that can make it all happen. Learn to use tourism development as a tool for economic restructuring, and why involving youth in your strategies is important to our New Economy.


Day 1: May 6th 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM with Reception from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at MacCallum More Gardens (Transportation provided to the reception.)

Day 2:  May 7th 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM (Afternoon breakout sessions will take place at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center.)

Primary Location:

The Colonial Theatre
220 S Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, VA

Event Flier (Contains more details of the event.)

Lunch is provided, and there will be breakout sessions during both days of this event.  The various sessions are noted on the registration form at the link below.  Seating is limited so don't delay in registering to attend this event. 

Picture collage of various speakers for the event including:  Jeff James, Megan Smith, Maurice Jones, Ed Burghard, and Deb Markley.

Speakers Include:   Jeff James (CEO and Founder of Mythology) , Megan Smith (Vermont Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing), Maurice Jones (Secretary of Commerce and Trade), Deb Markley (Co-founder and Managing Director for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship), and Ed Burghard (Retired Procter and Gamble marketing expert) and a variety of others.


Summit Registration Closed As of May 5, 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this event! 

Virginia DHCD, Longwood University Community and Economic Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Cooperative Extension (Virginia Tech and Virginia State), Foundation for Agriculture, Mecklenburg County, Longwood University SBDC, Southside Virginia Community College, Virginia Grown, The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, First Citizens Bank, Forever First, South Hill, Southside Planning District Commission, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, Timmons Group, Virginia's Growth Alliance, R.T. Arnold Library, and Glerin

Thank you to our sponsors.