Jared Chalk joined the Alliance in September 2022 as Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, Jared leads the organization’s business development and investor relations efforts, bringing his considerable experience attracting and retaining companies to the region’s leading economic development organization.
Jared previously served as the Director of the Norfolk Department of Economic Development since 2018. He worked for the City of Norfolk for nearly 17 years in a variety of roles, including in the Office of Budget and Management, City Manager’s Office, and the Department of Development. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Department of Development has received three awards from the International Economic Development Council including two gold awards for the department’s multi-year economic development program and the public-private partnership with the Greater Norfolk Corporation to create the Norfolk Innovation Corridor. Some of the recent signature projects Jared worked on include the development of the Hilton Main Hotel and successfully attracting both ADP and IKEA to Hampton Roads and bringing Simon Premium Outlets to the former Lake Wright Golf Course. He was also instrumental in the decision for the Headwaters Resort and Casino to locate in Norfolk. He led the effort to the retain the North American headquarters of CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics and was pivotal in bringing the country’s eighth-largest fiber internet company, MetroNet, to Norfolk making Norfolk a “gigabit city” in the process. Most recently, he worked with the EDA to acquire Military Circle Mall which has positioned this entire corridor for redevelopment. He helped stand up a new workforce development program designed to align economic and workforce development efforts, champion the recruitment of diverse talent to support business attraction, retention, and expansion, and collaborate with workforce partners to help residents prepare for and connect to in-demand employment opportunities.
Jared is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on numerous boards and organizations throughout the region and was named to Virginia Business’s Top 500 Power List in 2021 and 2022. He is also a 2019 graduate of Lead Hampton Roads and made Hampton Roads’ Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 People to Meet in Virginia lists in 2020. Jared is a Hampton Roads native, and he and his wife reside in Norfolk.