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For Immediate Release

Will Davis Announces Retirement

January 30, 2015
Economic Development


01-30-15 Will Davis Announces RetirementCHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — After guiding Chesterfield County through its most expansive period of economic growth, Will Davis has announced his plans to retire as the county’s economic development director.

Davis, known for recognizing the positive impact of all businesses, no matter their size or whether they’re new or have been operating in the county for years, has served as director since 2006. He plans to step down as soon as the county finds his replacement. Chesterfield County will conduct a nationwide search and expects to fill the position by early summer.

“Economic Development has been such an interesting and rewarding career, and to be part of the location decision that positively affects the economic well-being and quality of life of an area is most gratifying,” Davis said. “I am very fortunate to have worked for such a dynamic and healthy locality as Chesterfield County. Our successes are the result of outstanding teamwork and support from many individuals, including our county leadership and our Board of Supervisors.”

During Davis’ tenure, the county has seen $3.2 billion in new capital investment and 8,200 new jobs.

“Will has spearheaded the county’s policy of seeking unprecedented economic growth even during a period of great financial uncertainty in our country,” County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier said. “At a time when many localities nationwide continue to struggle, Chesterfield has set new records for the number of businesses operating here and the number of jobs they support. Will’s strongest contribution perhaps has been his ability to recognize that strong economic development is about big businesses, small businesses, new businesses and existing businesses.”

Davis’ work has seen expansions of existing businesses including Maruchan, MGC Advanced Polymers, Wako Chemicals, Honeywell, NTS Central Concrete and others. Also to the credit of Davis’ team at the Economic Development Department is a long list of new business development, including Sabra, Amazon, Capital One, Pro-Seal, Medline, Evonik, Wegmans, Uptown Alley, Mazda, Marten Transport, BGB Technology and multiple names within the Stonebridge project, which is revitalizing the former Cloverleaf Mall site. The county also achieved its largest commercial investment to date when the Chinese firm Tranlin Paper Co. announced in 2014 that it would invest $2 billion to build a new facility and create about 2,000 new jobs at the James River Industrial Center off Jefferson Davis Highway.

Davis is quick to credit his team and the support of county leaders for all of it.

“I have never seen a stronger or more effective economic development team,” he said. “I’m very proud to be a native of the Richmond region and to have played a small role in our economic future.”

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