Congressman Scott Rigell Briefing

Congressman Scott Rigell Briefing

It’s not often that one gets the chance to meet and dialogue with a United States Congressman. The Mayor, City Manager and Senior EDA staff had the rare opportunity on November 12, 2013, to meet with The Honorable Scott Rigell, Representative for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Congressman Rigell, along with his Hampton Roads District Director and Senior Congressional Aide, were presented with an overview of the City, EDA mission and structure, and development projects completed as well as in progress in the Newport News portion of the 2nd District. The goal of the briefing was to highlight the economic impact […]

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Small Business Events & Outreach

Small Business Events & Outreach

EDA staff continued to market the e-Commerce grant program for website development for small businesses. The initial funding was $15,000 and an additional $25,000 was approved for the program this year. Eight grant requests were approved during this year, committing a total of $24,230 in grant funds. EDA staff facilitated approval of one loan and funding of two previously approved loans in two other loan fund programs and recognized job creation for the following businesses: Funded Newport News Bistro’s $450,000 loan–(Second Street Restaurant) for a re-opening and rebranding of a former restaurant in Kiln Creek area through the Peninsula Revolving […]

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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

The EDA, along with each of our neighboring Hampton Roads localities, continued to support staff participation in marketing activities with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), whose sole mission is the recruitment of new businesses to the Hampton Roads region. Staff participated in domestic marketing missions to Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta, calling on business prospects and site-selection consultants. International missions included trips to the United Kingdom and Germany, where business appointments were held with high-level executives of corporate headquarters for several Newport News companies, other Hampton Roads firms with corporate headquarters locations in these areas, and business recruitment calls […]

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Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Arts Festival

In February 2013, Mayor McKinley Price, in conjunction with the EDA, hosted a fundraising luncheon in support of the Virginia Arts Festival and its Memorial Day U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band concert at City Center. Senior TRADOC leadership briefed the group on the purpose of TRADOC as well as the accomplishments of its band. Leadership of the Virginia Arts Festival highlighted its mission and creative productions throughout the region.

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Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

The EDA continued to support staff efforts in working with the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development (PCFWD), supporting industry cluster activities in manufacturing, health care, hospitality and customer service, and initiatives such as Military and Veteran Transition Services, Youth Career Café, Disney Approach to Leadership Excellence, Government Contracting Seminar series, Youth Career Exploration Workshop and Annual Youth Expo Job Fair. Importantly, PCFWD played a significant role in directly assisting with several new and expanding Newport News businesses in 2013, including Canon, Liebherr, Tucanos and High Liner Foods.

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Airport Development & Air Service Enhancement

Airport Development & Air Service Enhancement

The Regional Air Service Enhancement (RAISE) Committee, whose activities are coordinated by staff and for which EDA serves as fiscal agent, continued to be a cohesive and responsive Peninsula regional group. Each locality actively participates through its Economic Development Director and EDA Board member representative. Each locality funded the RAISE fund through the designated funding formula in current year budgets under a Cooperation Agreement approved by all. A new Transportation Services Agreement was approved with Frontier Airlines, ensuring continuation of this successful and popular service to and from Denver. Other opportunities included continued work with PEOPLExpress, and exploration of new […]

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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. In 2013, the organization welcomed the addition of a new executive director, Angela King. 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, along the major […]

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Sister Cities of Newport News

Sister Cities of Newport News

Sister Cities of Newport News (SCNN), a non-profit affiliate of Sister Cities International, plays a role in supporting long-term community partnerships through reciprocal educational and professional exchange programs which foster friendships and learning. The EDA/IDA maintains an ex-officio position on the Sister Cities Board of Directors and collaborates on economic development opportunities. In November 2013, EDA Chair Arthur Henderson, Florence Kingston and two Sister Cities Board members embarked on a strategic mission to China to further advance economic development opportunities. The purpose of the mission was threefold: to follow up on a 2012 delegation’s activities in China, pursue both ongoing […]

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Newport News Public Art Foundation

Newport News Public Art Foundation

In 2013, three new works were added to Newport News’ remarkable “open-air art gallery.” They are very different from one another, helping to build the diverse collection that serves a diverse community. What they have in common is that they are all quality work by internationally respected sculptors—and they all demonstrate the unusual and effective way Newport News approaches public art. Handshake, by Gunther Stilling, is a symbolic centerpiece of the City’s economic development strategy. Installed at the entrance to City Center, the two monumental hands coming together in the traditional sign of a deal struck is a fitting icon […]

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