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Contents


November 2018


22


COVER STORY


Chasing the big payoff Megasites are built to snare huge economic projects.


by Jessica Sabbath 32 Head cheerleader


Fairfax County has boomed during Jerry Gordon’s tenure at its economic development authority. by Jack Cooksey


features


SPECIAL REPORT: Virginia Society of CPAs’ 2019 Virginia Economic Expectations survey


36 Trade tensions


New tariffs on Chinese goods could have big impact on consumers and the economy. by Veronica Garabelli


NOVEMBER INTERVIEW: Gregory H. Trepp, president & CEO, Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co., Henrico County


51 Customer focused


CEO says ‘good thinking’ leads to products that solve problems. by Robert Powell


contact us


BERNARD A. NIEMEIER president & publisher bniemeier@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-1366


Illustration by Matt Brown Photo courtesy VEDP


ROBERT C. POWELL III editor rpowell@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-8859


2 NOVEMBER 2018


JESSICA SABBATH managing editor jsabbath@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-0443


VERONICA GARABELLI special projects editor vgarabelli@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-6942


ADRIENNE R. WATSON art director arwatson@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-8219


MICHAEL O’CONNOR assistant editor moconnor@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-5591


KEVIN DICK production manager kdick@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-0433


HUNTER BENDALL vice president of sales hbendall@virginiabusiness.com (804) 225-0078


Photo by Mark Rhodes


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