Change is good. Or so they say.
The Greater Richmond Partnership launched a redesigned website on Tuesday. The last one was in 2004.
The new site, designed by the local firm Rick Whittington Consultants, targets location consultants, which is a fancy term for professionals who scout locations for big companies to move to or to where they may open branches.
The Greater Richmond Partnership is a public-private partnership that promotes the region to companies around the nation and the world. The agency’s president, Greg Wingfield, said the redesign should help attract more businesses to the area because it was built with input from existing clients.
About the overall economic development climate he said:“It’s not as good as last year but it’s not bad,” Wingfield said. “The key problem that we are running into is that companies aren’t making decisions. They’ll get all the way to the final phase of selection but nobody seems to want to say yes or no.”
He added that the Greater Richmond Partnership has more than 300 companies looking at Richmond as a possible location, 118 of which should be making a decision within the next year.
David Larter is a BizSense reporter. Please send news tips to [email protected]
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