Patrick O. Gottschalk offers broad experience to assist with the intricacies inherent in the process. As the former Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia, Pat possesses insights on how to assist with economic development incentives, corporate law issues and project management.
Pat serves as the chair of the Williams Mullen Economic Development team and is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Government Relations practice groups, where he focuses primarily on economic development projects, foreign inward investment transactions, joint ventures, multi-party agreements and business law issues, including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law and financing transactions.
Pat has substantial experience assisting clients in accessing federal, state and local business location incentives and organizing complex joint ventures and research consortia. He has also led and participated in numerous economic development foreign trade missions over the past 20 years.
From January 2006 to January 2010, Pat served as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Timothy M. Kaine. During his tenure as Secretary, Virginia was recognized as the “Top State for Business” eight times, including four consecutive times by Forbes.com and twice by CNBC. As Secretary, he was responsible for the performance of 13 state agencies, including, among others, those involved with economic development, tourism and film promotion, housing and community development and small business assistance.
As Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Pat served as an ex officio member of the board of directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority, the Center for Innovative Technology, the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board, the Virginia Workforce Council and the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority.
He currently is the chair of ChamberRVA and has served on its board of directors since 2011. Pat’s extensive knowledge of the complexities related to bringing economic development projects to fruition can benefit any company considering a location or expansion decision.
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