Economic Development Authority

Overview


The primary mission of the County's Office of Economic Development (OED) and Economic Development Authority (EDA) is to create a diverse economic base by the aggressive recruitment, expansion and retention of businesses, industries, and tourism, thus expanding the tax base and capital investment in the County and providing new employment opportunities for its citizens.

Meetings


  • Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. (EST)
  • County Administration Conference Room
    224 Ballard Street
    Yorktown, VA 23690

Agendas, Minutes, & Financial Statements

 
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. Financial statements are available periodically throughout the year as approved. 

View Most Recent Agendas, Minutes, and Financial Statements


Authority Members

R. Anderson Moberg

R. Anderson Moberg

Chairman


  • 800 Link Road
    Yorktown, VA 23692
  • Work: 757-595-5504
  • District: 4
  • Original Appointment Date: June 18, 1997
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2021

Steven Meade

Steven Meade
Vice Chairman
  • 301 Water Fowl Drive
    Yorktown, VA 23692
  • Home: 757-877-5884
  • District 4
  • Original Appointment Date: July 1, 2016
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2020

Vernard E. Lockwood II

Vernard E. Lockwood, II

Treasurer


  • 101 Peyton Randolph Drive
    Yorktown, VA 23692
  • Work: 757-952-1671
  • District: 5
  • Original Appointment Date: July 1, 2003
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Harvey E. Weinstein

Harvey E. Weinstein

Secretary


  • 221 Nelson Street
    Yorktown, VA 23693
  • Home: 757-890-5350
  • Work: N/A
  • District: 3
  • Original Appointment Date: June 3, 2014
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2018

Thomas E. Anderson

Thomas E. Anderson
  • 104 Waterside Place
    Yorktown, VA 23692
  • Home: 757-874-2936
  • District: 4
  • Original Appointment Date: March 9, 2010
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2018

John Biagas

John Biagas
  • 1107 Moore House Road
    Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Work: 886-1479
  • District: 3
  • Original Appointment Date: June 2, 2015
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2021

H. J. Coxton

H. J. Coxton
  • 409 Old Wormley Creek Road
    Yorktown, VA 23692
  • Work: 757-596-3220
  • District: 1
  • Original Appointment Date: February 18, 2003
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Economic Development Staff


James W. Noel Jr.

James W. Noel, Jr.

Director, Economic Development


  • P.O. Box 612
    Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Phone: 757-890-3317

Melissa Davidson

Melissa Davidson

Assistant Director, Economic Development


  • P.O. Box 612
    Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Phone: 757-890-3317

Debbie Gardner

Debbie Gardner

Economic Development Assistant


  • P.O. Box 612
    Yorktown, VA 23690
  • Phone: 757-890-3317

About the Authority

The primary mission of the County’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Economic Development Authority (EDA) is to create a diverse economic base by the aggressive recruitment, expansion and retention of businesses, industries, and tourism, thus expanding the tax base and capital investment in the County and providing new employment opportunities for its citizens.

 When an economic development program is successful, it results in a more balanced tax base for the locality by increasing the percentage of total taxes generated by the locality’s commercial, industrial, and tourism entities. In practical terms, this means a lower real estate tax rate for all of our property-owning citizens. Additionally, a healthy commercial tax base supports quality municipal services, most importantly our Fire and Life Safety Department, Sherriff’s Office, and school system. A robust commercial sector also adds immensely to our overall quality of life through charitable giving, volunteerism, and new job creation.

 The Office of Economic Development works in cooperation with many regional and state agencies to pursue its mission. Key among these allies are the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Greater Williamsburg Partnership, Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center, and local Chambers of Commerce. Perhaps the most important ally is the York County Economic Development Authority. Established in 1972, the EDA (formerly the Industrial Development Authority) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia and has unique powers established in the Code of Virginia. The EDA is a conduit for non-taxable industrial revenue bonds, can legally own, develop, and sell or lease commercial real estate, and can provide incentives necessary to close deals within targeted industry sectors. For example, the EDA played a significant role in developing the York River Commerce Park and attracting businesses like Travaini Pumps USA and Ryson International. The EDA is a seven member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to an initial four year term. Anyone interested in serving on the EDA should submit a Board Bank application.

 The OED and EDA are very focused on assisting our existing businesses to expand and prosper, as roughly 70% of new economic growth comes from a locality’s existing business community. Several programs have been developed to help cultivate and sustain our local companies. Detailed information on these programs can be found within this site.

 Contact Us

 If you or anyone you know is interested in establishing, expanding, or relocating a business in York County, please contact us. We are also very interested in hearing from you regarding new ideas to improve the County’s business environment. Working together to sustain our existing businesses and to attract new commercial development, we can all help improve the County’s quality of life.