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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 days ago
Today is World Tourism Day! 🌎 Tourism is a huge economic driver for Hampton Roads. From the beautiful, sandy shores of Virginia Beach to the centuries of culture that define the Historical Triangle, Hampton Roads is a great place to explore, and there are countless ways to appreciate the beauty of the region. Today, we thank everyone who plays a part in improving our region's quality of life, allowing the tourism industry to flourish. What is your favorite local attraction or site to visit? Tell us in the comments below!
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 days ago
Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin announced today that Alliance Investor Amazon.com will build two world-class facilities and create more than 1,000 new jobs in the City of Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach City Government)! Alliance President and CEO Douglas L. Smith stated “In the past few years, Amazon has truly embraced the Hampton Roads community, opening facilities in multiple locations and quickly becoming one of the region’s major employers. Today’s announcement marks yet another milestone in Amazon’s investment in and dedication to Hampton Roads. The Alliance congratulates Amazon, along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development on their continued success and thanks them for their commitment to growing the Hampton Roads economy.” Learn more: https://www.vedp.org/press-release/2023-09/amazon-virginiabeach
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance1 week ago
Hampton Roads Workforce Council hosted their exciting Workforce Innovation Awards last evening at Rivers Casino Portsmouth! 👏 Congratulations to all the winners including Michael Paris, Bureau Manager for Norfolk Economic Development, for being named 2023 Workforce Champion of the Year!

Cliff Copley

Business Development Director

Cliff Copley joined the Hampton Roads Alliance in 2022 as Business Development Director. In this role, Cliff helps recruit new businesses and assist existing companies with expansion needs, contributing to the Alliance’s goal of attracting jobs and capital investment to the region. Some of his responsibilities include responding to inquiries by prospects, site selection consultants, real estate brokers and the VEDP business development managers in addition to coordinating site tours for prospects while acting as host and facilitator during the visit.

Cliff, a native of Hampton Roads, has lived and worked in Hampton Roads for most of his life. Prior to joining the Alliance, Cliff worked as a Business Manager for Regional Talent Solutions and Business Outreach for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership assigned to the Eastern Virginia region. In the role, Cliff lead expansion projects bringing over $250 million of capital investment and 1,000 jobs to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cliff is known and well-respected in Hampton Roads and has developed invaluable relationships and partnerships within the business and economic development community of the area. His previous public sector experiences include serving as Business Development Specialist at Tidewater Community College Center for Workforce Solutions as well as Senior Zoning Officer at James City County's Planning Division. In the private sector, Cliff served as Assistant Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Personal Banker at Bank of America, and Career Advisor at the ECPI University in Virginia Beach.

Cliff is a graduate of James Madison University where he earned his Bachelor's in Public Administration, with a minor in political science. He is a member of the Virginia Economic Developers Association and currently resides in Virginia Beach with two children.

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