Creating a Lasting, Positive Impact Through Economic Development

Creating a lasting, positive impact is more than a mission statement for us, it’s at the very core of what we do at Draper Aden Associates. It’s always fulfilling to know that our talented team members leave enduring effects in our local communities. A great example of Draper Aden assisting the community is in the economic development space.

Economic development is so important because it helps identify sites that will bring new investment and jobs to a region or local community. Draper Aden’s comprehensive knowledge of local conditions, processes, and requirements allows us to provide localities, land owners, and regional service providers with an overall “big picture” on the success of their land preparation and development. Most recently, Draper Aden has assisted both the Bath County Economic Development Authority and the Fluvanna County Economic Development Authority.

Carolyn Howard, PE, Site Development and Infrastructure Vice President and Regional Manager, and Deborah Flippo, Economic Development Program Manager, recently met with the Bath County Economic Development Authority to assist on a site characterization study that will help market the Bath County Industrial Park. Trying to determine the site tier through the study will assist in promoting the three remaining parcels available for development in the industrial park. The final report will be ready at the end of June and will help identify sites for economic growth in the county.

In addition to the Bath County study, Draper Aden also teamed up with the Fluvanna County Economic Development Authority to assist with the county’s new Shovel Ready Sites Program. As the first of its kind in Virginia, the program is geared toward improving the marketability of Fluvanna County’s planned growth areas and works with land owners, businesses and other community business partners to identify sites that can be rapidly developed.

Both projects are great examples of creating a lasting, positive impact in the communities in which we live, work and play. Draper Aden Associates is proud to partner with various public and private entities throughout the Mid-Atlantic to help foster business, revitalize communities, and stimulate growth.