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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Chesterfield County Administrator Gives 2019 State of the County Presentation


December 12, 2019

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Yesterday, Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joseph (Joe) P. Casey gave his state of the county presentation before the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull.

During his presentation, Dr. Casey highlighted efforts made by the county to improve the election process and residents’ voting experience, including splitting precincts, increasing the number of poll workers and launching the website.

Dr. Casey also discussed Chesterfield’s economic development in 2019, describing major commitments made by several companies to expand or build new facilities in the county. In 2019, nine companies announced a total of $248,850,000 of investment for over 750,866 square feet of facilities and an estimated 1,959 new jobs. Among companies who announced plans to build new facilities in the county are Shamin Hotels, Cartograf and Carvana.

  • Shamin Hotels, the largest hotelier in Virginia, announced a $125 million investment in Chesterfield for various projects, including a destination hotel and conference center at Stonebridge in Midlothian, that are expected to create 600 jobs in the county.
  • Cartograf, a Mexico-based provider of packaging solutions, announced plans to invest $65.3 million to build a 275,000-square-foot micro-corrugated package printing facility—its first in the United States. The plan is expected to create 63 new jobs.
  • Carvana, an online used car retailer, will invest $25 million to create a 191,000 square foot inspection and reconditioning facility while creating an estimated 400 new jobs.

While examining the Chesterfield County workforce, Dr. Casey expressed a desire to reduce the number of Chesterfield residents who commute outside of the county for work and instead keep those workers inside the county by continuing to expand local job growth. According to Dr. Casey, 54,289 Chesterfield residents work in Chesterfield County, while 108,463 residents work outside the county. Non-Chesterfield residents who commute into the county for work total 85,336 people. Dr. Casey noted, however, that the number of residents who work outside the county may be inaccurate, as residents who telecommute are included in that count.

This year, for the first time ever, Chesterfield released a Year in Review 2019 video highlighting both county-wide initiatives and the county’s strategic plan, Blueprint Chesterfield, which identifies six goals for sustained growth: Everyday Excellence, Safe and Secure Community, Robust Economy, Healthy Living and Well-being, Thriving Communities and Learning for a Lifetime.

Dr. Casey’s 2019 State of the County slideshow presentation can be accessed on the Chesterfield County website.

A recording of the presentation will be uploaded to the Chesterfield County YouTube channel next week and will be available on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.

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