Welcome to another episode of The RVA Small Business Show with your host Cory Mosley. Today’s show is being brought to you by The Henrico Economic Development Authority. We are pleased to be joined by Anthony Romanello, The Henrico EDA’s Executive Director.
The Henrico Economic Development Authority is passionate about its mission of cultivating a vibrant economy and promoting an outstanding quality of life.
I live in Henrico, I work in Henrico. It’s a great place to live and work. It’s a great place to raise your kids. Our public schools are top notch, our park system is phenomenal. And of course, we’re part of the really exceptional Richmond Region. -Anthony Romanello
The Backbone of Henrico’s Economy
At its core, the Henrico EDA is dedicated to bolstering the county’s economy. It’s a mission that encompasses supporting businesses from diverse sectors, ranging from Fortune 1000 headquarters to startups brimming with potential. According to Anthony, it’s this very diversity that forms the bedrock of Henrico’s economic stability and growth.
A Pro-Business Environment
Henrico stands out in its unequivocal commitment to business. From streamlined permit processes to an administration that truly understands the needs of the business community, the county has cultivated a pro-business environment that minimizes red tape and maximizes opportunity. But it doesn’t stop there. The quality of life in Henrico, with its exceptional schools, parks, and sense of community, plays a pivotal role in attracting and retaining talent.
Competitive Edge in a Digital World
The digital transformation has swept through the global business landscape, and Henrico is at the forefront of this revolution. With the world’s fastest Internet speeds and direct connectivity across continents, Henrico is evolving into a global Internet hub. This technological prowess offers a competitive edge to businesses, particularly in an era where data movement is integral to operations.
Adapting to Change
Change is the only constant, and Henrico knows it. The county has shown agility in repurposing and redeveloping properties to meet the evolving demands of the market. Public-private partnerships have breathed new life into historical malls and other spaces, ensuring their continued contribution to the economy. This adaptability is a testament to Henrico’s forward-thinking approach to economic development.
Despite its many strengths, Henrico, like any other region, faces challenges. The shifting landscape of retail, the uncertain future of office spaces, and the need to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world are some of the hurdles on the horizon. But with challenges come opportunities, and Henrico is poised to transform these into advantages through strategic redevelopment and an unwavering focus on quality of life.
If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur looking to make your mark, Henrico beckons. Whether it’s reimagining a space for your venture or tapping into the county’s tech infrastructure, the doors are open for innovation and growth. So, pick up the phone or visit the EDA. Henrico’s success story might just be the prologue to your own.
In a landscape where business and quality of life intersect, Henrico County stands as a model of economic development done right. With a clear vision for the future and a commitment to supporting businesses, Henrico isn’t just riding the wave of change—it’s steering the ship towards new horizons.
- Henrico’s Diverse Economy: The secret to Henrico’s stability is its support for a wide range of businesses, from large corporations to fledgling startups.
- Ease of Doing Business: Henrico’s government is attuned to the needs of the business community, offering a streamlined process and understanding of economic development.
- Quality of Life: High-quality schools, parks, and community amenities make Henrico an attractive place for professionals to live, work, and play.
- Global Internet Hub: With unprecedented internet speeds and connectivity, Henrico is an ideal location for businesses that rely on fast, global data transfer.
- Agile Redevelopment: Henrico’s ability to adapt and redevelop spaces reflects a dynamic approach to economic progress.
- Facing Challenges with Opportunity: Henrico approaches its challenges by finding opportunities for growth and evolution, particularly in retail and office space usage.