DuVal selected as Virginia chamber’s next CEO

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Barry E. DuVal, a former state secretary of commerce and trade, will become the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s next president and CEO.

DuVal is president and CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting LLC, an economic development consulting firm in Norfolk. He will replace Hugh Keogh, who is retiring June 30. Keogh has led the chamber since 1992.

DuVal was secretary of commerce and trade from 1998 until 2001 under Gov. JIm Gilmore.

At a press conference where his appointment was announced, DuVal said he hoped to work with Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly on pro-business legislative policies, including work-force development programs and infrastructure initiatives.

DuVal didn’t state his own position on transportation funding, but in 2008 the chamber’s board advocated either a phased increase in the state gasoline tax or a half-penny increase in the general sales plus an additional half-penny sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

DuVal said existing Virginia companies that plan to expand should have access to the same incentives and work-force programs that the state offers to new businesses. He noted that a study conducted during the Gilmore administration found that existing businesses create 80 percent of new jobs in Virginia.

Asked about the $12 million to $14 million in incentives offered to Norhrop Grumman to move its headquarters to Northern Virginia, DuVal said, “I’m confident that the governor and the administration acted responsibly and will get a good return on investment for Virginia.”  That return on investment typically takes three to five years, he said.

Prior to serving in the Gilmore administration, DuVal was founding president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Partnership, an economic development group. He served as mayor of Newport News from 1990 until 1996.

Before his election as mayor, he was president and CEO of DuVal Associates Inc., Realtors, a real estate firm in Newport News.

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