FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2002

Ellen Qualls
www.governor.state.va.us
(804) 786-2211, x2379


Gregory H. Wingfield
Greater Richmond Partnership
(804) 643-3227
Jill Lawrence
VEDP
(804) 371-0049
Greater Richmond To host 2003 Forbes CEO Forum
-Governor Warner announces Forbes’ decision to hold annual conference in Virginia-


RICHMOND - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that Forbes magazine will hold its 9th Annual CEO Forum at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on October 1-3, 2003.

“I am pleased to announce that Virginia will host this impressive conference of business leaders,” said Governor Warner. “The Forbes CEO Forum is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the Commonwealth’s pro-business climate.”

The Forum annually attracts CEOs from around the world. This year’s Forum opens October 9 and runs through October 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York City. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership together with the Greater Richmond Partnership will help plan and host next year’s event.

“Greater Richmond is honored to be selected as the site for this prestigious event which will give CEOs an opportunity to see, first hand, the dynamics and diversity of the Virginia business scene,” said Jackson T. “Jack” Ward, Chairman of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.

“The Greater Richmond Partnership also will use the Forum as an opportunity to invite selected CEOs to stay over into the weekend and learn more about Greater Richmond’s outstanding business climate,” said Gregory H. Wingfield, President of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.

More information on the Forbes magazine CEO Forum is available on the Forum’s web site (www.forbes.com/conf).

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