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Polk named a Top 50 Economic Developer

April 12, 2022

RICHMOND, Va. (April 12, 2022) – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”), the lead regional economic development organization serving the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico, shares that Vice President of Business Development Audrey Polk has been named a 2022 North American Top 50 Economic Developer by Consultant Connect.

Consultant Connect provides economic developers and site location consultants opportunities for transparent feedback and industry insights. Each year, Consultant Connect receives nominations from economic developers and site consultants from around the nation to name the best economic developers in the business.

“Audrey is an economic development rockstar and we are thrilled to see her recognized on this prestigious list,” says GRP President and CEO Jennifer Wakefield. “She regularly receives praise from corporate clients and site location consultants for her positive go getter attitude, innovative solutions mindset and going above and beyond.”

Audrey has worked in economic development at the local, state and regional level in research and business development roles. Over the last two years, Audrey has served on our business development team with clients who plan to create ~4,200 jobs and invest $920 million in the region. Halfway through the 2022 fiscal year, Audrey has helped the Business Development team exceed GRP’s FY22 capital investment and job creation goals for a total of $561 million in capital investment and 2,889 jobs in new-to-market investments.

Consultant Connect received more than 200 nominations this year. Winners will be honored at the annual ECONOMIX conference in December.

About the GRP

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP attracts new companies to the region by providing in-depth market data, marketing the region globally and generating quality economic opportunities. For more information, visit