Alliance Hires New Business Intelligence Director

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA – (July 19, 2023) The Hampton Roads Alliance continues to evolve its mission and team to best leverage the incredible assets of this region. Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Evans as Director of Business Intelligence.

Michael comes to the Hampton Roads Alliance after spending four years with the City of Virginia Beach where he served as a Budget & Policy Analyst. In this role, Michael acted as Virginia Beach’s revenue and economic analyst, responsible for general government revenue projections to support the city’s $2 billion net operating budget, as well as producing the city’s Economic Indicator Reports, writing economic overviews for the annual operating budget, and conducting fiscal impact studies for economic development projects and local events to determine return on investment. He also served as staff liaison for the city’s Regional Grant and Community Organization Grant programs, as well as for the City Council appointed Community Organization Grant Committee. Prior to working in Virginia Beach, Michael worked as a Management & Systems Analyst for the City of Hampton and as an Implementation Specialist for Automatic Data Processing. Michael holds a B.A in Public Policy and Economics from The College of William & Mary and a M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As Business Intelligence Director, Michael will be responsible for providing data and analysis about the Hampton Roads business environment to prospective and existing companies as well as Alliance investors.

When asked about joining the Hampton Roads Alliance, Michael stated “I am thrilled to join the Alliance team tasked with strengthening the economic vitality of the Hampton Roads region. I look forward to utilizing my background to provide critical economic and data analysis to both prospective and established companies in the region to support their business growth. I am eager to be a part of the region’s leading economic development organization and confident that I can help further the Alliance’s mission while adding value to its business intelligence department and available research services.”

Alliance President & CEO Douglas L. Smith added “We could not be more excited to welcome Michael to the Alliance team. Michael has a demonstrated history of excellence within the public sector between his contributions in the City of Virginia Beach and Hampton. We are eager to see how he uses his skillset to elevate the Alliance’s business intelligence and data analysis efforts.”

Please join us in welcoming Michael to the Hampton Roads Alliance. Questions can be directed to Jillian Goodwin, Director of Marketing & Communications, at

The Hampton Roads Alliance is the leading regional economic development organization for the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. It is a nonprofit, public-private partnership supported and led by 14 public sector and nearly 70 private sector investors. The Alliance’s key responsibilities including marketing the Hampton Roads region to domestic and international firms looking to expand and/or relocate in the next 12-24 months. 



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