Office of Economic Development

October 2019

Students on Manufacturing Day 2019

WJCC Students Visit County Businesses for Seventh Annual Manufacturing Day

On Thursday, Oct. 3, students from Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools visited Anheuser-Busch, Ball Corporation, Coresix Precision Glass, Nicewood Enterprises, Owens-Illinois, Owens & Minor and Printpack for Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is designed to provide high school outreach to foster an interest in manufacturing careers. Continue reading

Williamsburg Bazaar

Williamsburg Bazaar Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

The Williamsburg Bazaar, located at 5625 Richmond Road #F120, has opened at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. The new store features a variety of vendors, who each lease space. Products include antiques, consumable goods like chocolates, jellies and pumpkin butter, furniture, home décor, jewelry tools and more.
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Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson Named Director of Economic Development

Christopher Johnson has been promoted to the County’s Director of Economic Development. Johnson has been with the County for more than 10 years in multiple roles and departments. Continue reading

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New Director Appointed to Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is pleased to announce that the Board of Supervisors appointed a new director, Lynn Meredith, to the EDA. Meredith will serve a four-year term. She is the general manager of the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Continue reading

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New Director Selected to Lead Greater Williamsburg Partnership

The Greater Williamsburg Partnership (GWP) has hired a new director - Voncile “Von” Gilbreath. GWP was created in 2015 between Economic Development Authorities of the City of Williamsburg and Counties of James City and York to unify regional economic development efforts.  Continue reading

Chefs GO

2020 ChefsGO 1.0 Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for ChefsGO 1.0, a culinary kickstart program that provides 13 weeks of classroom and hands-on kitchen training, taught by local professional chefs in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College. Continue reading

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Start Peninsula This Weekend

  • Tickets are still on sale for this upcoming weekend's event! Purchase now.
  • Warren Haber Jr. will be the opening keynote speaker for Friday night’s event. Haber has been a venture capitalist and angel investor for over 20 years and he has specialized in software and internet ventures. Haber currently works for Exoventure. Continue reading

Citizens Encourage to Participate in Engage 2045 Summit on the Future

Residents of the County are encouraged to participate in the Engage 2045 Summit on the Future on Monday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This summit is the first opportunity during the Comprehensive Plan process to shape the County's future by sharing your vision and priorities. More information is available online. There are ways to participate remotely as well!

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William & Mary Homecoming Reception
Elected officials, directors of the Economic Development Authorities and staff from the City of Williamsburg and Counties of James City and York participated in the William & Mary Homecoming reception on Saturday, Oct. 19.
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