City Manager

Larry “Chip” Filer, PhD

Larry “Chip” Filer, PhD steps into the role of City Manager following long and illustrious career in innovation and economic development at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Filer served as the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development as well as a Senior Fellow in the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy and a Fellow in the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency.

As Associate Vice President, Dr. Filer oversaw the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Institute serves as the primary research and innovation liaison between ODU and the private and public sectors. The Institute is home to the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, the Women’s Business Center, The Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center, The Strome Entrepreneurial Center, The Innovation Center Norfolk and the Tempo Startup Program. Some recent research initiatives in the Institute include the OpenSeas Maritime Technology Hub; the Virginia Institute of Space and Autonomy (VISA) and the Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem initiative.

Dr. Filer’s research includes work on flood mitigation, the use of economic development incentives by states and localities and economic forecasting. Dr. Filer served on several regional boards including the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative.

He received his masters and doctorate in economics from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife Katherine are the proud parents of two children.