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Department Of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is responsible for building the Richmond economy.

Our goals are encouraging the long-term growth and development of the City of Richmond and maximizing the city's assets and advantages without compromising the health of its neighborhoods and residents.

DED offers a set of services to businesses interested in relocating or expanding in the City of Richmond and sparking growth in strategic commercial corridors and historic neighborhoods. 

FY 2022 Annual Report

The City of Richmond saw many economic development successes in FY 2022, including $552 million in capital investment and 2,237 new jobs associated with announced projects. Learn more in the Department of Economic Development FY 2022 Annual Report.

Department Directory

Name Title (Area of Responsibility) Office Phone Number Email Address

Leonard Sledge

Director of Economic Development

(804) 646-7576
Katie McConnell Deputy Director of Economic Development (804) 240-2114
Alecia Blackwell Executive Assistant, Senior (804) 646-4848
Statia Gibson Senior Manager (804) 646-6737
Rick Winston Economic Development Programs Administrator (804) 646-5036
George Bolos Economic Development Business Services Manager (804) 646-0477
Carla Childs Management Analyst, Senior

(804) 646-7438

Jacquelyn Craft Economic Development Programs Administrator (804) 646-1823
Tara Worden Business Services Manager (804) 646-0723
Sam Earl Management Analyst, Senior (804) 646-4248
Matthew Welch Senior Policy Advisor (804) 646-5874

Kimberly Chen Senior Manager (804) 646-6364
Christopher Nizamis Economic Development Programs Administrator (804)646-4316
Yvette Preston Real Estate Analyst (804) 646-7737