About Us

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) promotes international trade for companies throughout Virginia.

Our mission is to increase the number of Virginia companies selling overseas and their volume of international business, year after year. We assist both new and experienced exporters enter new international markets.

We identify potential new markets, develop market entry strategies and locate possible distributors and representatives for products or services—all at little to no cost.

Virginia businesses interested in increasing international sales and growing market share can benefit from our export development programs, publications, resources, and market research. For more information, contact your local Trade Manager or click here.

Partnership Overview

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support development and expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership focuses on business recruitment, expansion, and international trade.

VEDP is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. The Board selects the President and Chief Executive Officer and ensures that VEDP complies with all Board and statutory directives. The Board works with VEDP’s staff to develop, implement, and update strategic and marketing plans for the Commonwealth and an operational plan for VEDP

To view the VEDP management team, click here.