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.



Research and Real Estate Coordinator

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

Abigail joined the EDA in 2018 after receiving her Master's in Geographic Information Systems from John Hopkins University. As the EDA Research and Real Estate Coordinator, she maintains and manages our real estate database, provides mapping support for projects, and performs research and data analysis for development opportunities in the county and to support businesses.



Existing Business Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development

Felicia is a business development professional who has more than 15 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 Representative

Areas of Expertise: 
Business Retention and Expansion, Economic Research, Project Management

Audrey joined the Henrico EDA team in April 2018. Previously, she worked as a Research Analyst for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), where she calculated state ROI’s and designed customized marketing proposals for projects locating to or expanding across the Commonwealth. Audrey is also a proud VCU alumna, chips and salsa enthusiast, and self-proclaimed podcast junkie. As the Existing Business Representative, Audrey provides informational assistance to local Henrico businesses, manages business expansion projects, and coordinates business retention special events.



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
Susan W. Custer – Vice Chair
Travis J. Pearson – Treasurer
Edward S. Whitlock III – Secretary

Benjamin B. Miles
Dennis J. Berman

Harold D. Parker Jr.
John M. Steele
Philip C. Strother



Board meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the Board Room of the EDA offices located at 4300 E. Parham Rd. Henrico, VA 23228. The February and December board meetings will be held at the Dominion Club located at 6000 Dominion Club Dr., Glen Allen 23059.

Committee Meetings
Personnel - February 21st, 5:30 at the Dominion Club
Marketing - TBD
Strategic Planning - TBD
Nominating - TBD
Finance - February 15th at 3:00 pm

Committee Meetings are held in the Board Room of the EDA office located at 4300 E. Parham Rd. Henrico, VA 23228 unless otherwise noted.