08.18.2010 Williams Mullen Launches Economic Development Team Williams Mullen is proud to announce the formation of a dedicated Economic Development Team that will assist domestic and international companies with relocation or expansion projects.

Led by former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O. Gottschalk and Angie D. Harris, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, this team of attorneys and consultants will draw on decades of experience assisting companies with all business aspects of corporate relocation and expansion.

The Team’s focus will be on projects in the following sectors: advanced manufacturing, warehouse, distribution and logistics, research and development, technology (including information and communications technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, modeling and simulation), headquarters, energy power generation (with an emphasis on renewable power – hydro, wind, solar, biomass, ethanol, etc.) and data centers.

“Our attorneys and consultants have a well-regarded history of guiding companies with economic development projects,” said Thomas R. Frantz, president and CEO of Williams Mullen. “This new Team will channel their talents and experience to provide the most effective full-scale solutions for our clients.”

In addition to negotiating innovative state and local incentive packages, the multi-disciplinary Team can assist with real estate, land use, environmental permitting, corporate law, international, immigration, labor and employment and intellectual property issues, as well as federal, state and local government relations. Although the Economic Development Team will concentrate on the firm’s footprint in Virginia and North Carolina, it can assist companies throughout the country.

Team members currently hold prominent positions on state and regional economic development partnerships and programs such as the Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee in Virginia, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Greater Richmond Partnership, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Partnership, Virginia’s Gateway Region, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Technology Association and Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.