Richard Ottinger Appointed to Board of Directors of Norfolk Economic Development Authority


Richard Ottinger, a partner of Vandeventer Black LLP, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a goal to promote industry and to encourage businesses to both locate in and remain in Norfolk.

Richard Ottinger is an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts in Virginia at both the trial and appellate levels.  Ottinger has tried numerous cases to judges and juries as a first chair.  Ottinger focuses his law practice on business disputes in the transportation and general commercial markets.  His typical clients range from international manufacturing and transportation companies to small partnerships and LLC’s.  Ottinger also serves as a co-chair of Vandeventer Black LLP’s Government Relations Committee.

“Empowering businesses and supporting economic growth in the region is paramount to building the future we want for our community,” said Michael Sterling, Managing Partner.  “Richard will be an asset to the board, to the city of Norfolk and its residents as a result of his efforts on the NEDA.”

The mission of NEDA is to create jobs, maximize the utilization of Norfolk’s real estate, foster business capital investment, increase revenue by growing the tax base, focus on efforts to build on the strengths and needs of neighborhoods, and support minority and small businesses.  NEDA accomplishes this by issuing revenue bonds, financing facilities for non-profits, manufacturers, and businesses in an Enterprise or Empowerment Zone.

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