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

In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to better serve those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities and, therefore, to foster increased expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. As a state authority, the Partnership is governed by a 25 member Board Of Directors comprised of businesspersons from around Virginia, each of whom is appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly. Our President & Chief Executive Officer is employed by the Board to oversee the fulfillment of our mission:

“To enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Virginians, in collaboration with Virginia communities, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities.”

To fulfill this mission, we focus on cultivating new business investment, fostering international trade growth and encouraging the expansion of existing Virginia businesses.

To view the VEDP management team, click here.