Economic Development Week

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) in partnership with IEDC and civic leaders, join the celebration in recognizing economic developers across the public, private and non-profit sectors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, May 9-13, 2022. As part of this initiative, updates on the implementation of Vision 2040 is included.

Message From The CEO

I am an Economic Developer

Day 2 - Frandelle Gerard

Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT)

Day 2 - Khalarni Rivers

President of the Governor’s Millennial Council

Day 3 - Akeel St. Jean

St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

Day 3 - Ted Gutierrez & Karen Jones

VI Small Business Development Center

Day 4 - Sommer Sibilly

VI Good Food Coalition

Day 4 - Dr. Jennifer Sequeira

SEAT Caribbean Innovation and Entrepreneur Center

Meet the Team at the VIEDA

Wayne L. Biggs Jr


Rosa Thomas

Assistant Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Thompson Webbe

Chief Financial Officer

Kali Richardson

Human Resources Director

Shanell Petersen

Managing Director, Marketing and Vision 2040

Kyle Thomas

Program Manager, Marketing & Vision 2040

Margarita Benjamin

Managing Director, Economic Development

Nadine Marchena Kean

Managing Director, Enterprise Zone Commission

Monique Samuel

Managing Director, Economic Development Bank

Cusa Holloway

Incubator Program Manager

Tracy Lynch Bhola, Esq.

General Counsel

Take a Look into the Future of Key Targeted Sectors in the U.S. Virgin Islands

"Leveraging public partnerships to invigorate USVI investment"

CEO Wayne Biggs sits down with panel experts across USVI targeted sectors, including Renewable Energy, Maritime, Manufacturing, & Hospitality.

Wayne L. Biggs Jr

Chief Executive Officer

Akeel St. Jean

President, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

Rich Difede

Owner, Gold Coast Yachts

Zak Jehangir

President, St. Croix Renaissance Park

Lisa Hamiliton

President, VI Hotel and Tourism Association

The Press Box x VIEDA

Shanell Petersen


Wayne L. Biggs Jr


Cusa Holloway


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