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State of the Community 2023

We held the Chamber's second annual State of the Community at UVA Darden School of Business on February 17, 2023. Expert panelists shared insight on municipal leadership, entrepreneurship, career pathways, and land use planning. Each panel highlighted public-private collaborations in our region.

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Special thanks to Ting for sponsoring this event, along with the Chamber's Partners in Trust.

Video by David Dillehunt, Deputy Director of Communications & Public Engagement, City of Charlottesville Office of Communications

Photos by Franklin Knox Photography

Panel #1 – Municipal Leadership Update (minute 3:08 in the video)

Moderator: Chamber Public Policy Committee Chair Mariane Doyle, Chief Culture Officer, UVA McIntire School of Commerce


  • Michael Rogers, City Manager, City of Charlottesville
  • Jeff Richardson, County Executive, Albemarle County

Panel #2 – Investing in Homegrown Entrepreneurship (minute 24:29 in the video)

Moderator: Outgoing Chamber President Elizabeth Cromwell


  • Roger Johnson, Director, Albemarle County Office of Economic Development; Chamber board member
  • Chris Engel, Director, City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development; Chamber board member
  • Yolunda Harrell, Founder & CEO, New Hill Development Corporation; Chamber board member
  • Antwon Brinson, CEO, Culinary Concepts AB
  • Ed Rogers, CEO & Co-Founder, Bonumose

Panel #3 – Investing in Education for a Competitive Workforce (minute 45:15 in the video)

Moderator: Chamber Board Member Wendy Horton, CEO, UVA Health


  • Jim Ryan, President, University of Virginia
  • Jean Runyon, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Matthew Haas, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools
  • Charlie Rogers, President & CEO, Innovative Software Solutions; Chamber board member

Panel #4 – Economic Impact of Comprehensive Planning & Land Use Decisions (minute 1:25:28 in the video)

Moderator: Chamber Public Policy Committee member Neil Williamson, President & CEO, Free Enterprise Forum


  • Pace Lochte, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, University of Virginia
  • Ashley Davies, Vice President, Riverbend Development; Chair of the Chamber's Charlottesville Area Development Roundtable (CADRe)
  • Frank Stoner, Principal, Milestone Partners