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Chris Engel

Charlottesville, VA
Mr. Engel has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Mary Washington College and a master’s degree in planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) where he is a certified economic developer (CEcD). Chris is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville and the Senior Executive Institute for leaders in local government. An active civic leader, his current leadership roles include board positions with the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, the Virginia Economic Developers Association, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau and Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. He has also been a Junior Achievement instructor and Comfort Zone Camp volunteer. Chris has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Charlottesville’s economic development programs, including Business First, a personal-visit business retention program, the Shop Charlottesville initiative and the Charlottesville Technology Incubator. He is a past recipient of the CBIC Leadership Award for his work chairing the Tech Tour, an innovative workforce development initiative that connects students to career opportunities in the technology sector. Prior to his current position in economic development, Chris worked for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and as a cartographer and GIS Analyst for private sector firms inMaryland and Pennsylvania.

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