Robert T. Skunda

Senior Consultant, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Richmond, VA

With over four decades experience as an architect/planner, cabinet official, research park executive and community leader, Bob Skunda has helped a number of states, regions, communities, institutions and even countries enhance their competitive positions, build dynamic new sectors for their economies and create built-environments which revitalize inner-city areas and foster investment and job creation. He has advised community leaders, elected officials and business executives from around the United States and a number of foreign countries about strategies for creating research and technology parks and centers of innovation. He has also been on the front line of economic development, recruiting companies to locate in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park and the Commonwealth of Virginia, negotiating incentive packages, coordinating development approvals and advising early stage companies and entrepreneurs on the challenges which they confront.

Bob has served in numerous leadership positions, having been appointed by six Virginia Governors to various Boards and Commissions as well as serving in his capacity as Secretary of Commerce & Trade from 1993-1997. He has served as the Chairman of both the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has chaired several boards focused on entrepreneurship and formation of knowledge-based businesses, technology commercialization and business advocacy. He has served and continues to serve on numerous non-profit and private sector boards ranging from start-ups and early-stage companies to Fortune 500 businesses.

The Virginia Biotechnology Research Park operates as both an independent authority created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1993 and a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Reporting to two boards of directors, as President and C.E.O. he led all aspects of the Park’s oversight, property management and recruitment of new companies and organizations to the Park. He managed an annual budget that exceeded $4 million at its peak, oversaw the issuance of over $185 million in tax-exempt and taxable bonds and negotiated partnerships and contracts for projects up to $80 million in value.

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