Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, was guest speaker at the Williamsburg Rotary Club on June 9. Weddle has been on the job since April, having previously held similar positions in Orlando, the Research Triangle Foundation, Phoenix, and Toledo. He outlined the challenges facing a region that is still recovering from the deep recession of 2008. Weddle expressed optimism about the Peninsula's economic future, stressing the importance of an intelligent approach to creating a regional brand that will attract business. Club President Chuck Hobson presented Weddle (right) with a certificate stating the donation in his honor of a children's book to the Williamsburg Regional Library.
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