State of the City Event
In an effort to better inform the community and celebrate the positive attributes and achievements in the City of Newport News, the City and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Newport News State of the City Address. This event, which was held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center on October 22nd, was entitled “Great Leadership, Great Results.” Mayor McKinley Price, on behalf of City Council, addressed over 500 business and community leaders and elected officials from across Hampton Roads.
In his address, Mayor Price celebrated Newport News successes and acknowledged challenges as well. Citizen input related to the City-adopted strategic priorities and results of the 2013 Community Satisfaction Survey were also noted.
High-profile projects such as the Canon Virginia, Inc. and High Liner Foods expansions and investments were highlighted. The City’s continually expanding Tourism and Enterprise Zone programs and the resulting positive impacts on the community were also mentioned. Finally, accolades achieved and highly regarded accreditations earned were shared.
Mayor Price also welcomed new City Manager James M. Bourey. Mr. Bourey discussed his vision and plans for collaboration with City Council, City staff and the citizens of Newport News to ensure the City’s future success.
The Inaugural State of the City event was a resounding success, confirming that Newport News continues to be a place Where Great Things Are Happening.