Whether your business is new or established, domestic or international, the Henrico EDA is your central point of contact for development in Henrico County. Our skilled staff will help you navigate the complexities of site selection – from initial research to completed deal. And for businesses already located in Henrico, we’re always on call to help you succeed in any way we can. Contact us at 804.501.7654 or fill out this form.

Executive Director

Areas of Expertise:
Economic & Business Development, Marketing, Management, Strategic Planning, Government

Gary McLaren became Executive Director of the Henrico County Economic Development Authority in April 2009. He previously served for six years as Deputy Director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Virginia’s primary statewide economic development agency. He joined the VEDP in 1999 as Director of Business Development and led Virginia’s domestic and international marketing program to attract additional jobs and investment. His career in economic development spans 38 years.



Deputy Director

Areas of Expertise:
Recruitment of National and International Business Capital Investment

Toney has more than 20 years of experience at the local and regional levels, attracting capital investment from a variety of national and international business sectors. He oversees the EDA’s marketing functions as well as its business attraction and expansion programs. Before joining the EDA, he served as Vice President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, founded the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and held several other private and public sector positions.



Business Attraction Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Domestic & International New Business Development

Twyla is an experienced business development professional who has worked for 20 years in private sector business development and project management and eight years in public sector economic development. Most recently, in her former role as Business Development Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, she was responsible for attracting capital investment and new jobs to the Commonwealth. As the EDA’s Business Attraction Manager, she leads the Business Attraction program to bring new domestic and international businesses to Henrico.



Marketing Representative

Areas of Expertise:
Market Research, Real Estate, Project Management

Micah joined the EDA late in 2016. He previously worked with the Virginia Housing Development Authority and is currently enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Urban and Regional Planning graduate program. With his background in planning and regional economic development, Micah now manages Henrico’s commercial real estate platforms and provides site and market research for potential development opportunities in the county. 



Existing Business Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development

Felicia is a business development professional who has more than 10 years of experience in consulting and helping businesses achieve a higher level of success. Most recently, she worked for three years in workforce development to ensure that companies protect their most important asset – their people. As the EDA's Existing Business Manager, she leads retention and expansion efforts and coordinates the Business First volunteer team to identify local businesses in need of support.



Existing Business Assistant

Areas of Expertise:
Office Administration, Business Services, Expansion & Retention Support

Diane is likely the first person you’ll meet when visiting the Henrico EDA offices. She joined the team in 1996, bringing with her extensive experience in customer service and administration. She is responsible for various administrative duties, including all County account payables. She also assists with the management of the Business First program.



Office Administrator

Areas of Expertise:
Office & Financial Administration

Wendy joined the EDA as an Administrative Assistant in 2014, bringing with her considerable experience in corporate and office administration, finance, human resources, project management and real estate. She oversees diverse operational areas, including vendor and contract management, the EDA and Henrico County budgets, and EDA Industrial Revenue Bonds. Wendy also serves as Project Manager for White Oak Technology Park



S. Floyd Mays Jr. – Chair
Benjamin B. Miles – Vice Chair
Travis J. Pearson – Treasurer
Edward S. Whitlock III – Secretary

Dennis J. Bergman
Susan W. Custer
Brian P. Glass
David L. Maiden

Harold D. Parker Jr.
John M. Steele


The Henrico County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each month.

January 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 19,2018

May 17, 2018

June 21, 2018

July 19, 2018

August 16, 2018

September 20, 2018

October 18, 2018

November 15, 2018

December 20, 2018

Meetings begin at 6:30pm in the Board Room of the EDA offices located at 4300 E. Parham Rd. Henrico, VA 23228.

Upcoming Committee Meetings
Personnel - TBD
Marketing - TBD
Strategic Planning - TBD
Nominating - TBD
Finance - TBD