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Department Of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development (DED) works to build a vibrant and equitable economy in Richmond by encouraging business investment, job creation, strategic development, long-term growth, and community well-being.

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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