Chesapeake Economic Development

The Chesapeake Economic Development department is committed to offering businesses from all industries the necessary tools and knowledge they need to succeed in the dynamic Chesapeake economy. We support local, national and global business ventures with multiple services that incorporate the area’s vast economic opportunities. Our dedicated staff works to provide your business with resources such as site selection, marketing services and demographic data, in addition to investment guidance and expertise. Whether you are looking to start, expand or relocate your company in Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Economic Development department is always prepared to help you do business.

Our specializations

  • Attraction
  • Retention
  • Small Business
  • Customer Relations
  • Research/Marketing
  • International Business Attraction
  • Community Development
  • Workforce Services
  • Incentive Negotiation

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow

Steven C. Wright

Steven C. Wright

Director

With over 25 years of experience in Economic & Community Development, Steven Wright currently serves as Director of Economic Development for the City of Chesapeake. Steven has a B.S. degree in Urban Studies and Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. This is his second stint in Chesapeake, having served as a Business Development Manager from 1994 to 1999. Before returning to Chesapeake, Steven was Economic Development Director for Isle of Wight County. Additionally, he has worked in the communities of Richmond, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesterfield County, VA

Ben White

Ben White

Assistant Director

Ben White is the Assistant Director, for Chesapeake Economic Development and has nearly twenty years of experience in new and existing business development, as well as redevelopment, in the City. Prior to his current position with Economic Development, Ben held positions with various City Departments; including the City Treasurer’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Public Utilities and the Conference Center. Combined, he has nearly thirty years of public service with the City of Chesapeake.

Joan Fowler

Joan Fowler

Development Services Coordinator

Specializations: Community Development, Property Development, Retention and Customer Relations.

Preston Wilhelm

Preston Wilhelm

Senior Business Development Manager

Specializations: Attraction, International Business Trade and Community Development

Von Gilbreath

Von Gilbreath

Senior Business Development Manager

Specializations: Retention, Research & Marketing and Workforce Services

Constantia Matthews

Constantia Matthews

Management Analyst

Specializations: Customer Relations and Community Development

Sherry Barnette

Sherry Barnette

Business Development Manager

Specializations: Retention, Small Business, Customer Relations, Marketing and Community Development

Casey Gilchrist

Casey Gilchrist

Business Development Manager

Specializations: Attraction, Research & Marketing and Customer Relations

Jillian Pittman

Jillian Pittman

Research Marketing Specialist

Specializations: Attraction and Research & Marketing

Dulishu Mapp

Dulishu Mapp

Office Specialist II

Specializations: Customer Relations

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Office Specialist I

Specializations: Customer Relations