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 Export to Your Calendar 8/25/2020
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
United States
Contact: Jennifer Parham
(757) 628-2663

Online registration is available until: 8/25/2020
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VMA Joint Chapter Meeting   

August 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Featuring "The impacts of COVID-19 on Virginia’s Economy and Forecasting" from



Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM

LocationVia Zoom (access link will be sent to those who registered)

Registration: Free to participate. Members and non-members welcome. Registration is required.

Regional Breakouts: When registering you will need to choose which regional chapter breakout you would like to participate in:

  1. Southern (Kimberly Clark)
  2. Southwest Virginia (Cameron Peel)
  3. Central (George Adams)
  4. Shenandoah Valley (Devon Anders)

When registering, let us know if you have an email already associated with a Zoom account. Using that account will speed up process of being sorted into a breakout session.  If you do not have a zoom account, there might be a short delay as you will need to be manually placed into a session.


  1. Welcome

  2. Impacts of COVID-19 on Virginia's Economy and Forecasting by Guest Speaker 
    Stephen Moret, President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)

  3. Operations and Volumes Updates, 
    Kara Matzko, Senior Manager, Mid-Atlantic & Strategic Accounts Relations, Virginia International Terminals, LLC

  4. Virginia Maritime Association Updates, David White, VMA, Executive Vice President

  5. Breakout Sessions for Regional Chapters Updates



Guest Speaker


Steven Moret
President and CEO 


Before joining VEDP in January 2017, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Dept. of Economic Development, as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm.

At VEDP, he has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft an ambitious vision focused on transformational goals, including accelerating employment growth; enabling every region to grow; and moving back to the top of national business climate rankings. He led Virginia’s successful state-and-local team bid for Amazon’s HQ2 and is launching a world-class, custom workforce program along with the Virginia Community College System.

For seven years, Moret served as secretary of LED, transforming it into one of America’s top state economic development agencies. While there, he led business development efforts and built higher ed partnerships that helped secure a variety of projects in urban and rural areas, including software/IT centers (e.g., CGI, CSC, GE, IBM), food/agricultural processing facilities, and a few of the largest FDI projects in U.S. history. Collectively these projects totaled more than $62 billion in capital investment. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].” During his tenure, Louisiana rose to its highest-ever position in every national business climate ranking.

Prior to LED, Moret was CEO of BRAC, which he and his team transformed into a nationally competitive, regional EDO. He also served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of La.; and a consultant to Harvard Business School.

Other Details: 

All VMA members are invited to participate in Regional Chapters. Individual Chapters
determine the frequency and type of meetings for their region.



Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302