City Center Boulevard

City Center Boulevard

The highly-anticipated extension of Middle Ground Boulevard was officially opened this year. The completion of this East/West traffic corridor between Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue has provided a much-needed increase of connectivity between the Greater Oyster Point area and City Center at Oyster Point. This roadway was also designed to be a connection point to the originally named Middle Ground Boulevard (from Jefferson Avenue to Rock Landing Drive). Upon completion of construction, City Council, acting on strong support and advice from local business owners and community leaders, approved the renaming of the segments of road and took action to facilitate […]

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Virginia Port Authority

Virginia Port Authority

Staff continues to work actively with the Virginia Port Authority, leveraging its business assistance programs to incent companies such as High Liner Foods, Continental and other port users with their business expansions. Importantly, we were successful in obtaining VPA grant funding in the amount of $640,000 for the Seafood Industrial Park West Bulkhead Improvements Project, and plan to apply for additional grant funding from this source in subsequent years for other SIP projects. We continue to participate in marketing activities with VPA, including jointly hosting site selection consultants to tour and learn about our regional port facilities, with the Hampton […]

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Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate

Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate

In August, Florence Kingston and Jim Scanlon, Owner of Jim’s Local Market, were invited to give a presentation on Brooks Crossing at a luncheon hosted by HRACRE. The presentation was titled “How to Grow an Apple: The Development of Brooks Crossing – A Public-Private Partnership in a Food Desert.” Florence and Jim shared the vision and progress of Brooks Crossing with a regional audience and showcased the various components of the project which include the broader investment in the Southeast Community, the new police precinct, BayPort Credit Union and Jim’s Local Market. This was a great opportunity to illustrate a […]

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Newport News Transportation Center

Newport News Transportation Center

Ground will soon be broken for the Newport News Transportation Center, a state-of-the-art multimodal facility that will significantly upgrade the rail passenger experience into and out of Newport News. The facility will be funded almost entirely by grants from the federal government and the Commonwealth, and built on land contributed by the City. Located in the heart of midtown Newport News at 500 Bland Boulevard, this facility will feature an 8,000-square-foot building for ticketing, seating and offices. With a sleek, modern design highlighted by a glass façade, the platform, building and parking facilities will be built to handle up to […]

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Small Business Events & Outreach

Small Business Events & Outreach

The EDA continued to promote its popular e-Commerce grant program for website development for small businesses. Six businesses were approved for grant funding during the year and five businesses received disbursements totaling $9,575. The Authorities facilitated the following financing packages: a previously approved loan for Eagle Land II, LLC; approval and funding of a loan for Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar; reactivation of a prior loan commitment to BNNT, LLC; approval of an Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) grant for Ironclad Distillery, Inc.; approval of bond issuances for Christopher Newport University and Riverside Health System, and assistance to the […]

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Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development provided valuable assistance in 2015 as one of the EDA’s premier providers of workforce development solutions for new, existing and expanding businesses in Newport News. Through job fairs, training programs and new employee screening processes, the Council consistently strives to join together the needs of the local business community with job-seekers in the area. Over the past year, the Council has broadened its approach to workforce development by playing a valuable role in bringing together businesses and local education partners to help align educational opportunities for students with the long-term needs of businesses.

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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Staff was intricately involved in the process of reviewing the organization and operations of HREDA, and took a regional leadership role in crafting the revised mission of HREDA. This collaborative process among Hampton Roads local Development Directors, City leadership and the private sector resulted in a stronger organization emerging at the end of 2015. During the course of the year, HREDA continued to perform marketing outreach and activities to promote the region to new and expanding companies both domestic and international. Newport News participated in marketing missions to Boston, Germany and Spain in 2015, participating in excellent appointments with HREDA […]

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Newport News Public Art Foundation

Newport News Public Art Foundation

Look around Newport News and what do you see? Great art — traditional art and abstract art, art that makes you smile and art that makes you wonder, art by American artists and some of the best from Europe, South America and Asia. Art is spread around our great City so we can enjoy it as we go about our daily lives. Our City’s remarkable “open-air art gallery” gives Newport News a unique identity, a source of pride, a way to stand out among all the places trying to attract the businesses and residents that make them strong. This is […]

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Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Arts Festival

Mayor McKinley Price and City Manager Jim Bourey, in partnership with the EDA, hosted a fundraising luncheon in support of the Virginia Arts Festival’s (VAF) annual Memorial Day concert at City Center, featuring the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. A new event was also introduced – the first World Arts Celebration, highlighting music and culture from around the globe. VAF leadership briefed an audience of corporate executives on the Festival’s mission, activities and educational pursuits benefiting the Hampton Roads community.

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Newport News Green Foundation

Newport News Green Foundation

The EDA/IDA continued its policy of supporting the mission of the Green Foundation, both through financial contributions and staff support. The mission of the Green Foundation is to promote the creation and preservation of green space throughout the City of Newport News through advocacy, acquisition and assistance to others in order to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work and play. The Green Foundation has acquired 26.03 acres of land, consisting of 27 parcels, geographically located throughout the City. In addition to preserving its own properties throughout the City, the Newport News Green Foundation manages two […]

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