State economic development leader to resign

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The head of Virginia’s economic development organization plans to resign.

Jeff Anderson, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, said Friday he will step down when a successor is named.

“After five-plus years, I informed the board that I would be resigning from VEDP,” Anderson said in a prepared statement.  “It has been my immense pleasure to assist the commonwealth in bringing jobs and opportunities to all regions of the commonwealth. 

“From the large corporate recruitment to the expansion in rural Virginia, each project has brought hope and opportunity to those looking to enhance their prospects,” he said.  “In order to provide a smooth transition, I have agreed to remain until a successor is in place.  Much is yet to be done, and I know the team at VEDP is more than up to the challenge.”

Anderson’s statement didn’t address his future plans.

The resignation was announced in a Thursday e-mail by Julien Patterson, the founder and chairman of Chantilly-based OMNIPLEX World Services Corp. who is chairman of VEDP. During Anderson’s tenure, the commonwealth has attracted $11 billion in investment and 61,000 new jobs, Patterson noted in the e-mail to members of the Virginia Economic Development Association and the VEDP staff. In addition, the state has expanded its overseas presence in China, India and the United Kingdom.

Hugh Keogh, the former president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, will lead a search committee to replace Anderson.

Before coming to VEDP in 2005, Anderson was executive vice president for global integration at McLean-based BearingPoint Inc.

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