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Stephen Moret, Ed.D.

President and CEO

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

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Stephen Moret has served as CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) since January 2017. At VEDP, he led Virginia’s successful team bid for Amazon’s HQ2 and is launching a world-class, custom workforce recruitment and training program in partnership with the Virginia Community College System. In 2019, Site Selection named VEDP the most competitive state-level economic development group in the U.S.

Moret previously served as secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, transforming it into one of America’s top state economic development agencies. While there, he led business development efforts and built higher ed partnerships that helped secure hundreds of projects and more than $62 billion in capital investment in urban and rural areas, including tech centers, food/agricultural processing facilities, and some of the largest FDI projects in U.S. history. He also created LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].” During his tenure, Louisiana rose to its highest-ever position in every business climate ranking.

Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU; an MBA from Harvard; and a doctorate in higher education management from Penn, with distinction for dissertation, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market.