Christopher Lloyd

Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1902


Chris Lloyd leads the McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development team where he specializes in site selection and economic development incentives negotiations. Since 1998, Chris has worked on dozens of high profile, corporate expansions and relocations across the country. Chris has also worked closely with clients on numerous public-private partnership projects for transportation and other infrastructure, and played a leading role in the development and passage of Virginia's public-private partnership laws, which have since become model legislation for use in other states.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Chris served for nearly five years in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Virginia Governors Allen and Wilder. In this position, he was responsible for legislative, budgetary, and regulatory coordination and development within that Secretariat which managed the state's economic development programs.

Chris graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1993. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Megan, and children.

Site Selectors Guild Member


Member, Site Selectors Guild, 2014-present; Chairman, 2021-2022; Marketing Committee, 2015; Board Advisor, 2016; Board of Directors, 2016-present

Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2019-present; Co-chair, Business Climate Task Force, 2020-present

Member, Virginia Economic Developers Association, 1999-present; Legislative Chair, 2000-present; Board of Directors, 2002-2004

Member, RVA-Hampton Roads Collaborative, 2019-present

Member, Transatlantic Business Investment Council Advisory Board, 2019-present

Member, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Advisors Council, 2019-present 

Member, 2008-2016; Vice President of Membership, 2012, National Council for Public Private Partnerships

Board of Directors, Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2003-2009

Member, Chamber RVA Richmond Marine Terminal Task Force, 2016-2017  

Member, International Economic Development Council, 2008-present

Member, Working Group on Revisions to the Model PPEA Guidelines, 2005-present

Member, Infrastructure Working Group, Attorney General's Regulatory Reform Commission, 2008-2009

Co-Chair; 10th Reunion Gift Committee Member, 2002-2003; 15th Reunion Gift Committee Member, 2008; 20th Reunion Gift Committee Co-chair, 2012-2013, The Fund for William and Mary

Member, PPEA Ethical and Conflicts Working Group to the HJR 186 Subcommittee, 2005

Associate Member, Virginia Road and Transportation Builders Association, 2001-2005

Board of Directors, Oaks at Crossridge Homeowners Association, 2004-2005

Member, 1993-1998; Vice Chair, 1997, Young Guarde Council of the Society of the Alumni of the College of William and Mary

Member, Advisory Committee on the Center of Innovative Technology to the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, 2002-2003

Data Centers Case Study, Site Selectors Guild Fall Forum, October 2023
2021 ED Now: Planning for Economic Development Success, OhioSE Economic Development, October 15, 2021
America's Top States for Business, The News with Shepard Smith, CNBC
Webinar: Positioning Virginia for a Healthy Economic Recovery, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, December 2, 2020
Webinar: Meet the Consultants Coast to Coast - Foods Panel, Southern Economic Development Council, November 17, 2020
Webinar: Economic Development in Rural Iowa - Defining the Path Forward, Iowa Area Development Group, September 10, 2020
Webinar: Virginia Incentives Review, Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate, June 16, 2020
Webinar: Laredo Economic Development Corporation Weekly Business Conversation, Laredo Economic Development Corporation, May 27, 2020
Webinar: Site Selection After COVID-19 - Predictions from the Experts, Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives, May 18, 2020
Webinar: Economic Development - Insights from a Site Selector, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, April 29, 2020
Webinar: Position Your Business for the Post COVID-19 Recovery, Adams County Economic Development, April 29, 2020
Webinar: Economist and site selection consultant weigh in on COVID-19, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, April 10, 2020
Economic Development and Site Selection Trends, Southside Electric Cooperative Economic Development Summit, November 22, 2019 (Presentation)
Winning the War Against Economic Development | Part 3, Michigan Economic Developers Association, November 18, 2019
Is Winter Coming? Avoiding the Game of Thrones Incentives Political Feeding Frenzy, IPT Credits & Incentives Symposium, Seattle, WA, November 14, 2019 (Presentation)
Incentives Attraction and Retention Trends, Team California Briefing, Sacramento, CA, November 6, 2019 (Presentation)
Winning the War Against Economic Development | Part 2, Michigan Economic Developers Association, October 7, 2019
Winning the War Against Economic Development | Part 1, Michigan Economic Developers Association, August 26, 2019
Use brains to sell Adams County, consultants urge, The Westminster Window, July 31, 2019
Northeast Ohio needs to up its game: site selectors, Crain's Cleveland Business, July 11, 2019
Area business leaders discuss lagging state economy, The Winchester Star, September 27, 2018
Winning Economic Development Strategies, 10th Winchester-Frederick Business Forum Luncheon, September 27, 2018 (Presentation)
The Foundations of Virginia Economic Development Policy, Virginia Institute for Economic Development, September 19, 2018 (Presentation)
4 ways Gerald Gordon built Fairfax County into an economic powerhouse, Washington Business Journal, August 28, 2018
Site selectors: NoCo has strengths, needs to sell them, BizWest Media LLC, August 3, 2018
In Market: Should Fort Worth Mooove On?, Fort Worth Business Press, June 8, 2018
Franklin County Banks on Summit View for Jobs, Tax Revenue, The Roanoke Times, December 2, 2017
Nothing is Constant Except for Change, Trade and Industry Development, October 30, 2017
GO Virginia, Virginia Business, October 27, 2017
On The Go, Virginia Business, May 31, 2017
Economic Development – Policy, Powers, and Politics, May 8, 2017
Virginia Economic Development Policy Update – The 2017 Virginia General Assembly, March 10, 2017
Righting the ship?, Virginia Business, November 30, 2016
The Foundations of Virginia Economic Development Policy, September 28, 2016
Global site consultants tour region, discuss infrastructure, talent, and competitiveness, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, September 21, 2016
Growing Your Organization Amid Local Pressure – The Politics of Local Economic Development, September 21, 2016
Economic forum at William and Mary explores uniting region, Daily Press, August 23, 2016
Airport Economic Development Strategies, August 17, 2016
Winning The Political War Against Public Private Partnerships, June 28, 2016
Winning The Battle Against Economic Development and Incentives, June 8, 2016
Virginia Economic Development Policy Update - The 2016 Virginia General Assembly, April 14, 2016
P3 Frameworks in the DC Region, Eno Center for Transportation - DC Mayor's Office P3 Summit, December 9, 2015 (Presentation)
Federal spending cuts have taken a toll on Virginia's economy, The Virginian Pilot, December 4, 2015
The Politics of Local Economic Development: How To Use Facts to Stay Above the Fray, Ohio Economic Developers Association, October 23, 2015 (Presentation)
An Insider’s View of Site Selection and Incentives Policy, King George County Economic Development Forum, October 21, 2015 (Presentation)
Airport Economic Development Strategies: Best Practices for Attracting Jobs and Investments, Georgia Airports Association, October 15, 2015 (Presentation)
New Frontiers in Logistics Site Selection, Logistics Development Forum, August 5, 2015
The Politics of Local Economic Development: How to Use Facts to Stay Above the Fray, National Rural Economic Developers Association, July 15, 2015
Public Private Partnership Success Stories – The Virginia Experience, McGuireWoods Consulting Georgia P3 Seminar, June 11, 2015
Incentives: The Good, the Bad, and Your Responsibility: Building a Defensible and Transparent Incentives Policy, September 25, 2014
Winning the War Against Incentives: Building a Defensible and Transparent Incentives Policy, May 16, 2014
National site selectors size up Nashville, Nashville Business Journal, May 14, 2014
Successful Siting: Choose the Right Land or Existing Building for a Food and Beverage Operation, Food and Drink Magazine, March 5, 2014
An Insider’s View on Site Selection, October 30, 2013 (Presentation)
Public-private partnerships, September 27, 2013

Contracts and State Local Procurement

Economic Incentives Negotiation

Executive and Legislative Affairs

Local Government Relations

Public Private Partnerships

Regulatory Solutions

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