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.
Meet the Team
We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to make your business grow.
Steven C. Wright
With more than 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 the Economic Development Director for Isle of Wight County. Additionally, he has worked in the communities of Richmond, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesterfield County, VA
Specializations: Project Management and Development Process Coordination, Community Development, Property Development, Retention and Customer Relations
Specializations: Customer Relations and Community Development
Kerstin "Lexy" Plarr
Specializations: Attraction and Research & Marketing