About the Office of Economic Development

About the Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development serves as a single resource and point of contact for companies, site selection consultants, brokers, and corporate real estate executives interested in developing or locating sites within the city.


The office provides and performs the following services:
  • Identifying sites and buildings
  • Marketing opportunities for the City of Colonial Heights
  • Supplying critical site selection data and information to prospects and existing businesses
  • Connecting you with community officials, business leaders, brokers and vendors
  • Coordinating site plans and concepts with the other city departments
  • Supporting and growing existing business
  • Attracting new businesses that enhance and diversify the local economy

Regional Economy Benefits

Locating your business / office space or retail establishment in Colonial Heights offers a number of strategic advantages. The regional nature of our economy has drawn key retailers, site selection firms, brokers, developers and regional offices to the city, ensuring sales and business success. The city’s location as part of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA is ideally situated as a regional retail and business office center. At the crossroads of I-95, I-85, and Rt. 460, the city is very accessible for businesses, retailers and travelers alike.

One-on-One Attention

With the growth of competitive news, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, we find that one can still rely on communicating the old-fashioned way, face-to-face. We are a city in a region on the cusp of growth, but we still like to work with our regional partners, brokers, real estate managers, and developers one-on-one as our friends and neighbors.

Fort Lee

Fort Lee celebrated its Centennial with a year- long celebration in 2017, marking 100 years since the establishment of Camp Lee in 1917. The post is situated alongside the Tri-Cities of Virginia – Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell – as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George.

Fort Lee is home to hundreds of military families. Since 2015, Fort Lee’s “on post” population has continued to increase year over year, and now averages more than 27,000, and includes members from all branches of the military service and their families. Approximately, 70,000 troops pass through Fort Lee’s classrooms each year, making it the third largest training site in the Army.

Fort Lee plays a vital role in the economy of Colonial Heights, as well as its surrounding localities. They eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, and stay in our hotels. We look forward to another 100 years with Fort Lee as our neighbor.