Chmura Welcomes Laura Leigh Savage

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Chris Chmura

Chmura is pleased to welcome Laura Leigh Savage as Director of Operations and Economic Development Specialist. Laura Leigh has worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) since 2004 in project management and business development roles for business attraction as well as business retention and expansion. In January 2015, she was recognized as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers by Consultant Connect. Prior to working with the VEDP, Laura Leigh spent 20 years in banking and commercial real estate financing followed by experience in a marketing consultant firm.

Laura Leigh brings a seasoned, real-world, and proven background as an economic development practitioner to Chmura’s seventeen years of experience working with economic developers through our consulting practice and technology solutions — JobsEQ and LaborEQ. You can contact Laura Leigh at LauraLeigh.Savage [at]

With Laura Leigh’s addition to the firm, Leslie Peterson’s new role will be President, Chief Strategy Officer and Dr. Christine Chmura will be the Chief Executive Officer while remaining the firm’s Chief Economist. 

Leslie’s new position will allow her to more fully utilize her 16 years of strategic planning and sales skills from the chemical industry as Chmura Economics & Analytics takes on a more prominent role in commercial real estate and site selection markets.

As CEO, Dr. Chmura will continue to lead the company in its vision to be the nation’s preferred provider of economic research, software, and data solutions. To this end, she will focus on researching important economic issues surrounding labor and regional growth, forecasting, and Department of Defense economic modeling.

This blog reflects Chmura staff assessments and opinions with the information available at the time the blog was written.