Beth Macy is a three-time New York Times-bestselling author. She is the author of “Factory Man”, “Truevine”, and “Dopesick,” books that tell separate stories, but stories through which the challenges, issues, prospects, and hopes of rural America are studied in different ways. Macy was a reporter for The Roanoke Times from 1989 to 2014. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret recently visited with Macy in Roanoke to discuss her work and unique perspective on issues facing rural America.
Tom Barkin is the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Barkin joined the Richmond Fed in January 2018 and is responsible for the Bank’s monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services as well as oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s information technology organization. VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Barkin about some of the issues and opportunities he has seen in the Fed’s Fifth District in his first 18 months on the job.
John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Reinhart about a transformative period in the history of the Port and what the future looks like at The Port of Virginia and in the maritime industry.
Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and chairman of the board of the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute. VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Timmons about the issues that are important to manufacturers in the U.S.
Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. VEDP’s president and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with Liu about the future of economic development, how it is changing and how it should change, as well as the implications of some of those shifts for recent projects like the notable Amazon HQ2 project that recently announced in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June 2014. VEDP’s President and CEO, Stephen Moret, recently spoke with President Sands about exciting new developments at Virginia Tech, the University’s distinctive role in attracting Amazon’s HQ2 project to Virginia, the visionary plan for a new innovation campus in Alexandria, and how Virginia Tech partners with business and industry.
Greg LeRoy is the founder and executive director of Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development. Good Jobs First provides information on best practices in state and local job subsidies. Greg and VEDP’s president and CEO, Stephen Moret discuss the inspiration for the creation of Good Jobs First, thoughts about the Amazon HQ2 project, and the future of economic development incentives in the U.S.