Coastal Virginia - Living in Hampton Roads 2021-22 edition

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C O a s ta l f e at u r e VA Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Living in

Hampton Roads

Best of Hampton Roads

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Community Profiles | Economic Development | Education Health care | Real Estate | senior living | Museums & MorE


REALTY PARTNERS Building Futures Together

Over 100 Local Real Estate Professionals 757-873-1002

Leading Hampton Roads Real Estate ... In the past five years, Garrett Realty Partners, has experienced a dynamic and intentional transformation. This evolution is certainly not in name only, but manifested in the company’s leadership, culture, and growth strategy. When you step through the doors, there is an energy in the air, a powerful buzz! The company is rapidly expanding in ways never seen before. Greg Garrett, founder and CEO says, “We have found the ‘sweet spot’ in the real estate brokerage industry. We are a company with a rich history married to cutting edge innovation.” The addition of senior partners, Collin McDowell and Adam Triplett, along with Garrett’s empowering approach to leadership, has created a magnetic pull to agents, both new and experienced. The partners made the decision to name Chuck Dunlap as Junior Partner/Principal Broker and Lindsay Pennington as


Junior Partner/Managing Broker. Alvean Lyons, a nationally respected relationship expert and leadership consultant joined the firm’s leadership team and serves as a Growth Coach to the agents and support staff. The decision to promote Pennington, Dunlap, and Lyons was a strategic one, one with focus on increasing productivity for the agents and enhancing the overall culture of the company. These forward thinking decisions are paying off with big dividends. Since reinventing Garrett Realty Partners five years ago, they have doubled their agents and tripled their sales. “Growth for us, is more than the numbers, it’s more than profit, it’s more than the accolades. Growth is about the whole person. Building Futures Together is not just something that we say, it’s what we do.” says Lyons.

Over 100 Local Real Estate Professionals

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Buckroe Beach Busch Gardens Chrysler Museum Jamestown Settlement Mariners’ Museum Naval Meritime Center Newport News Municipal Park Virginia Living Museum Virginia Air and Space Center Virginia Marine Science Museum Virginia Zoo Virginia War Museum Water Country USA Yorktown Victory Center Colonial Williamsburg Peninsula Fine Arts Center Virginia Institute of Marine Science New Point Comfort Lighthouse MacArthur Memorial Boykin’s Tavern Historic St. Luke’s Church Smithfield Historic District Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater Cape Henry Lighthouse Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Children’s Museum Riddick’s Folley Suffolk Railroad Museum



Hampton Smithfield

Isle of Wight County

Norfolk 32 Elizabeth River Ferry

Southampton County

Suffolk 13


Portsmouth 460

Chesapeake 13 17

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2 Map of Hampton Roads 4 Publisher 5 Greetings 6 Government

FeatureS 8 The Best of Coastal Virginia 14 Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Community Profiles 18 Quality of Life

New Arrivals 29 Employment Opportunities 30 Residential Real Estate 32 Quick Start Guide

History & Science 34 Historical Sites & Museums

Military Life 38 Military Facilities

Tourism highlights


40 Tourism and the Economy

Education 42 Learning Opportunities

Business 47 Transportation 50 Economic Development

Health Care 54 Family Health

Senior Living 62 Helpful Organizations



Business Guide 64 Advertisers’ Directory

Footnotes: 1 U.S. Census Bureau | 2 U.S. Census Bureau | 3 U.S. Census Bureau | 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics | 5 Virginia Business; Hampton Roads Statistical Digest | 6 U.S. Census Bureau | 7 U.S. Census Bureau | 8 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) | 9 The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) | 10 Bureau of National Affairs; Union Membership and Earnings Data Book | 11 Virginia Economic Development PartNership; Workers’ Compensation State Rankings manufacturing industry rates and statutory benefits provision; Actuarial and Technical Solutions, Inc. | 12 Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Average employee contributions rates by state | 13 Virginia Economic Development Partnership | 14 Old Dominion University; State of the Region Report | 15 Chmura Eonomics and Analytics; Virginia Economic Trends; Fourth quarter, 2010-13 | 16 Bureau of Labor Statistics | 17 U.S. Census Bureau | 18 American Chamber of Commerce Research Association | 19 U.S. Census Bureau | 20 management/facts.html | 21 U.S. Office of Management & Budget | 22 ODU Forecasting Project | 23 W&M Mason School of Business | 24 Virginia Tourism Corporation | 25 HRPDC Regional Profile | 26 Southeastern VA Tourism Alliance | 27 Virginians for the Arts | 28 ANGLE Technology | 29 Virginia Employment Commission | 30 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis | 31 ODU’s Center for Real Estate & Economic Development | 32 TowneBank | 33 U.S. Small Business Administration | 34 VA Dept. of Rail & Public Transit | 35 Norfolk Int. Airport (ORF) & Newport News/Williamsburg Int. Airport (PHF) | 36 ODU’s VA Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center | 37 Brookings Institute MetroMonitor | 38 Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance | 39 Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization w w t • 3

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Welcome to Coastal Virginia 2 8 t h a n n i v e r s a ry This year I welcome the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as a partner. A portion of the proceeds will be awarded to the Chamber’s Foundation, in support of their continued efforts to create new programs that promote and support the businesses within the community in which it serves. The Coastal Virginia region is comprised of the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin/Southampton County, Gloucester County, Hampton, Isle of Wight County, James City County, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, York County, Williamsburg, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. All are accessible by a major interstate highway system, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and two major airports in Norfolk and Newport News both served by low fare airlines. Coastal Virginia makes a perfect vacation destination for those seeking clean beaches, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, fine arts culture, thrilling events and festivals, abundant shopping and coastal cuisine. Many people do not know where the James River ends. There is a magnificent, wide channel of water that connects the James River with the Chesapeake Bay called the Hampton Roads. The combination of the words as “Hampton Roads” was recorded as the channel linking the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers with the Chesapeake Bay in an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1755, and they are the main tributaries of the Hampton Roads. The U.S. Postal Service changed its postmark for “Tidewater, Virginia” to “Hampton Roads, Virginia” beginning in 1983. The Norfolk Southside has the Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. The peninsula’s Northside has the Newport News Shipyard, the birthplace of many of our Naval Aircraft Carriers and Submarines, and the Historical Greater Williamsburg Triangle. Also, the Virginia International Marine Terminals composed of Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth are very important to the area. The Hampton Roads is one of the world’s largest natural harbors — a “roadstead” or “roads,” as applied to a water channel. It is, generally speaking, between the Monitor and Merrimac and the Hampton Roads bridge tunnels. It empties into the Chesapeake Bay leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the sources of information, the Hampton Roads meets the Chesapeake Bay at points between Old Point Comfort on the north side and Sewells Point to the south. The beautiful, historic Fort Monroe with its magnificent view of the manmade Fort Wool, are mentioned as meeting points to the Chesapeake Bay, which is the largest estuary in the world. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy learning more about Hampton Roads as you peruse the pages of this magazine. By the time you get to the end of it, you’ll realize what the locals know all too well — “Coastal Virginia-Hampton Roads” is the Best Place for Business and Family to “Live, Work and Play” in Virginia’s exploding #1 destination.

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Paul Quillin Darden Associate Editor

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Cover photos From top left to right: Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, NNS, Poquoson, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Tunnel, James City County, Williamsburg, Made in Virginia, Yorktown ©Copyright 2021 by Darden Publishing. The information herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable; however, Darden Publishing makes no warranty to the accuracy or reliability of this information. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Published annually by DARDEN PUBLISHING (757) 389-5473 Email: Website: Coastal Virginia® is available at selected Chambers of Commerce, Hampton Roads City and County Economic Development Departments, Greater Hampton Roads realtors, Tourism Visitor Centers, military installations, advertiser locations and more. Or order Coastal Virginia® at Visit our Virtual Worlds C O a s ta l Living in

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introduction: Greetings


Cape Henry Lighthouse of 1881, Fort Story

In addition to being a great place to live, Hampton Roads is a top place for doing business. The region’s excellent business environment is built upon its skilled labor force of almost 800,000 people. Add competitive infrastructure,

six federal research labs, the expansive Port of Virginia, twelve educational institutions, and a low cost of doing business to the mix and it is easy to see why so many businesses choose to operate in Hampton Roads. Courtesy of York County

The Hampton Roads region is located in southeastern Virginia along the eastern coast of the United States. The region is the birthplace of Colonial America, merging centuries of history with rich culture, beautiful waterfront landscapes, livable communities, modern technology, economic prosperity, a thriving maritime industry and a strong military presence. Hampton Roads is linked to domestic markets by one of the country’s most modern interstate and state highway systems. Interstate 64, a major east-west route, encircles the metropolitan area. Due west are the principal north-south interstate highways, I-85 and I-95. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel gives coastal highway traffic direct access and saves 145 kilometers of highway distance to the New York/New Jersey corridor. Hampton Roads has much to offer in terms of quality of life. Residents enjoy the best of city, suburban and country living, and can take advantage of expansive shorelines, museums, opera, festivals, sports, Colonial cities and towns, state and national parks, and many retail and residential options.

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introduction: Hampton Roads Governments



James City County

Mayor Richard W. West

Mayor Donnie R. Tuck

Chairman Michael J. Hipple

“Leaders in each municipality will likely proclaim their unique and rich contribution to our region. Chesapeake is no different. We are proud of our history and our place in the evolution of Hampton Roads. But if we are ever going to realize our enormous potential as a region and acknowledge that we need one another we cannot truly be economically competitive. We must continue our joint effort.”

“Hampton’s motto, “From the Sea to the Stars,” showcases how our historic assets continue to reflect our life in Hampton today. Seafood and boating remain local businesses and recreation, and we have repeatedly been named one of the most affordable beach towns in America. Stars were once used by sailors for navigation, and today represent our military at Langley Air Force Base as well as NASA’s mission to Mars. However, beyond its literal meaning, “From the Sea to the Stars” symbolizes the vast diversity of our people, businesses, neighborhoods, music, recreation and restaurants. For 411 years, we have reached for the stars — from our 100% accredited school system to the 18 times we have been named a Top 10 Digital City. Hampton is the region’s best place to live, work and play”.

“Whether you are looking for great schools, outdoor adventure, culinary delights or history, you can find it all in James City County. From the time settlers landed on our shores in 1607 to form the first permanent English colony in America until today, James City County remains a premier community in which to live, work and play. We take pride in our exceptional public services, high quality education and fiscally efficient government. We are committed to developing a sustainable longer term water supply and expanding and diversifying our local economy. From multi-million dollar companies to small start-ups, we are open for business. James City County is leading the way and we would love to have you stop by and see for yourself.”

Isle of Wight County

Newport News

“Isle of Wight County is home to over 37,000 residents and has long been known for its Local Roots and Global Reach. Located in the heart of Hampton Roads, the County provides an excellent quality of life that balances rural tranquility and easy access to urban conveniences We are proud of our commitment to providing world-class educational opportunities and vocational resources focused on preparing a sustainable workforce for the future to complement our business attraction and retention efforts. Residents enjoy the natural beauty of waterfront and rural vistas and regularly hosts visitors from all over the world. We invite you to visit us, see the natural beauty of our community, and you will find that we are indeed a Community of CHOICE that CARES.”

“Over the past year, our community has come together like never before to battle the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, Newport News has remained a city of opportunity – where technology and innovation intersect, international commerce abounds, and arts and culture bring about global understanding. We are proud to be a city where businesses of all sizes can launch and expand, relocate or make a capital investment. Our schools offer more Advanced Placement courses than any other school district or private school on the Peninsula and utilize STEM practices and cutting-edge curriculums to develop tomorrow’s leaders. We invest in our businesses and residents so each person can realize their dreams in our great city. We are home to Newport News Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country, and 36 other unique parks with breathtaking views. In Newport News, you can recharge and reconnect while watching aircraft carriers, submarines and other impressive vessels travel down the Hampton Roads Harbor. Our historic city by the sea is a great place to live, work, relax and do business”.


Mayor Frank Rabil “Home to just over 8,000 residents the small but resilient City of Franklin is driven and focused on diversifying our local economy. Located between two major metro areas, the City of Franklin provides convenient access to Highway 58 and Interstate 95. The City’s well positioned location makes a trip to the city, the beach or the mountains a breeze. We invite you to come enjoy our local charm, explore our scenic rivers and experience our business friendly environment.”

Gloucester County

Chairman Robert J. Orth

“Gloucester County continues to grow in ways that are both attractive to its residents and people that want to visit that highlight its history in the growth of our nation. With the addition of a federal park recognizing the location of Chief Powhatan’s primary tribal location, and a new state park, Machicomoco, set to open in 2021, and the many other historical and recreational opportunities, Gloucester is truly “the Land of the Life Worth Living”. 6 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

Chairman Joel C. Acree


Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander “For more than 300 years we have served as Coastal Virginia’s cultural and economic center, mixing ideas, connecting people and creating new businesses and experiences. For more than 100 years, Naval Station Norfolk has served as a critical partner for the City of Norfolk and we are the location of choice for facilities supporting operations for every branch of our armed services and NATO. Norfolk is a regional leader in health care and technical education. Transformational projects including The Main, Waterside District, Norfolk Premium Outlets, the Glass Light Hotel and IKEA are attracting new visitors who are excited to experience Norfolk. Spend the day at Harbor Park enjoying a Norfolk Tides game, or an evening at the Scope enjoying Norfolk Admirals hockey. Our evolving waterfront city is among the most connected cities in the country. We have passenger rail that connects us to other major cities on the east coast, the only light rail system in Virginia which connects our diverse and unique neighborhoods, an airport less than 20 minutes from our downtown that has direct connections to the west coast, and a cruise terminal steps from our city hall that connects travelers to Cuba. We are home to colleges and universities, world class art, theater, festivals, opera, The Virginia Zoo, Norfolk Botanical Garden, more than seven miles of beachfront, a growing innovative economy, and a resilient spirit that is creating the coastal community of the future.”

Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS


Mayor Gordon C. Helsel Jr.

“Poquoson’s unsurpassed quality of life includes an enviable combination of outstanding schools, a civically-engaged citizenry, and a dedicated group of City employees. Our citizens enjoy a variety of shopping and dining opportunities in a conveniently accessible business-friendly corridor and the City is home to excellent recreational facilities. Given these attributes, our City is the perfect place to live, play and work. Encompassed by 87 miles of beautiful shoreline, Poquoson honors its rich coastal history while moving resiliently forward to a bright future for its community of 12,500 residents. We encourage you to visit us soon and learn more about this jewel of Hampton Roads.”

The leaders of Hampton Roads’ cities and counties are dedicated and diverse individuals who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in their respective communities. Yet, they share a common vision and commitment for the future and recognize the value of collaboration on matters of mutual concern. And, while they may work independently to serve the needs of their constituents on some issues, they understand the interdependencies of their individual municipalities and work hard in transcending traditional boundaries to strengthen and enrich the larger economic unit, the region, to succeed together where each individually can not. Past collaboration efforts have resulted in the consolidation of several government functions under the management of public authorities: trash disposal, sanitation, bus service, airport management and port services. Today, Hampton Roads’ leaders are addressing a myriad of regional issues by actively participating in or providing oversight to a variety of commissions, boards and committees focused on fostering economic growth, improving the region’s competitiveness in the global economy, workforce development, education, transportation/ congestion management, emergency response, water resource and storm water management, senior services, health services, cultural enhancement, and conservation coordination, to name a few.



“From the first explorations of Captain John Smith in 1608, to the town’s establishment in 1752, Portsmouth has played a pivotal role in the history and development of our country. Portsmouth’s historical and nautical significance makes us a major contributor to the nation, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Hampton Roads. We are home to the nation’s oldest and largest Naval Shipyard, and home to America’s oldest continuously operating naval hospital, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Portsmouth is also home to the largest privatelyowned marine container terminal in the United States, Virginia International Gateway, on the Elizabeth River one of the deepest working harbors in the world. As a regional partner in a fiber optic network project, that will provide high-speed internet connectivity for businesses, schools, libraries, hospitals and governmental agencies, our future is full of economic potential.”

Mayor Michael D. Duman

Mayor Douglas G. Pons

Mayor Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer

“There are a multitude of reasons so many people and businesses are calling Suffolk home. For many, it’s the small–town charm, rich history, eco-adventures, and abundant natural resources. Our city is also proud of our strong schools, AAA Bond Rating, and robust community support of indepedentlyowned businesses. The Downtown District is inspiring locals and visitors to continue to explore our unique shops and eateries. Businesses such as Amazon, Target, and Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, have invested in Suffolk in part due to our ample commercial land opportunities, capable labor force, and ideal central location. Of course, the food and beverage industry has long been an important foundation of Suffolk’s business core, with legacy companies such as Planters and Lipton employing a large portion of the workforce.

”In 2020, Williamsburg, Virginia was recognized in Southern Living’s fourth annual South’s Best Awards as the Best Small Town. We are an internationallyknown travel destination and a central hub for culinary and visual arts, education and business. While Colonial Williamsburg continues to inspire new and returning visitors with interactive programming and adventures, visitors and locals alike are enjoying a multitude of emerging eclectic art galleries, shops and eateries that provide farm-to-table cuisine and local dishes not to mention a craft brewery and beer hall, distillery and even a meadery. As the home of the second oldest university in the nation, the City values the students and faculty of William & Mary, encouraging them, and many others, to start or grow their families and business ventures here in the City. Williamsburg is known for its legion of awards and designations for open government, outstanding regional planning and for innovative green programs. We are not just the best small town, we are a thriving community rich in historical precedence with our eyes on the future.”

”Virginia Beach is a City of the future. Whether serving as a digital port for technology giants like Microsoft or Google or paving the way for new and emerging industries to thrive, we are constantly working to improve the quality of life for our residents, visitors and businesses. We are powered by the will of the people and are grateful to our citizens, who help us improve the services provided by the City. Named the safest metropolitan City in the United States and one of the best places to start a business, there’s never been a better time to be in Virginia’s most populous City.”

Mayor Shannon E. Glover

With an ever-increasing population and influx of new industries, we keep an eye on growth and thoughtful planning, while remaining committed to our values. It truly is a good time to be in Suffolk”.


SoutHampton County

Chairman Dr. Alan Edwards

“Southampton County is the quintessential blend of preserving tradition and engaging in the future. Our area is surrounded by both picturesque farmland and crucial transit corridors connecting you to the entire East Coast. Southampton is a beautiful place to visit, live and work. It offers outdoor activities: kayaking, fishing, hunting and the like and provides limitless business opportunities. We are committed to dreaming boldly, planning strategically, investing sacrificially and working faithfully to create and sustain a robust and diversified economy.”

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York County

Chairman W. Chad Green

“What makes York County such a great place to live and work is the quality of life provided to our residents. Our schools, public parks, and waterways are the pride of the Peninsula and Riverwalk Landing is a destination for thousands of tourists each year. My fellow Supervisors and I continue the tradition of serving our citizens with an open government, customer friendly workforce, full funding for our schools, and support for public safety initiatives –all represented in the Board’s strategic priorities. We have been America’s future since 1781 and maybe, if not already, York County will be in your future too!” w w t • 7

The Best of

Coastal Virginia

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Sample a few of our our areas abundant offerings...

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• Huntington Beach – Newport News • Oceanfront – Virginia Beach • Sandbridge Beach – Virginia Beach • Yorktown Beach – Yorktown

Virginia Liv ing Museu m Bay Aqu arium, New port News

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• Buckroe Beach – Hampton

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS Families know that the attractions Hampton Roads provides are too numerous to do all in a few days, let alone weeks! Whether you are young, or young at heart, enjoy the variety the region offers whatever strikes your fancy! Choose from history, amusement, pure educational fun, sports and more... no age limit binding! • Children’s Museum of Virginia • Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center – Williamsburg

American Rover - Norfolk


Relax on the waterways that both enhance the spirit and ease the mind, through educational and historical endeavors. Climb aboard and experience a stir in your heart and feed your sense of adventure while you take in the enrichment of “America’s First Region!” • American Rover – Norfolk

• Rudee Inlet Cruises – Virginia Beach • Virginia Living Museum – Newport News • Water Country USA/Busch Gardens

• Carrie B. Harbor Tours – Norfolk • Miss Hampton II – Hampton • Schooner Alliance – Yorktown • Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises – Norfolk

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HISTORICAL SITES The essence of “America’s First Region” would not be where it is today if the past was not preserved. Relive the importance of historical sites, reflect upon yesteryears, take part in the remembrance of fallen heroes, and guide others to visit! • Emancipation Oak – Hampton

• Fort Monroe – Hampton • MacArthur Memorial – Norfolk • Victory Arch – Newport News Sites/VictoryArch/

Old Point Comfort Light, built in 1802, is the oldest standing structure at Fort Monroe.

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• First Landing Cross – Virginia Beach

Erected in 1919, The Victory Arch is a memorial to those who have served America in war time.

MUSEUMS Museums are the guardians of Hampton Roads’ collections, providing the journey between the then and now. Explore the great institutions of all kinds, and take away from the experience more enlightenment and wonderment plus a hunger and thirst to learn more!

Virginia Air and Space Science Center

• America’s Historical Triangle – Hampton Roads americas-historic-triangle/ • Mariners’ Museum – Newport News • Nauticus – Norfolk • Virginia Air and Space Science Center – Hampton • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Virginia Beach • Virginia Zoo – Norfolk

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Fife and Drum, Riverwalk Landing , Yorktown

Green spaces are gems of the Hampton Roads communities and so many to choose from! Look no further for uniqueness and diversity. Fly a kite, hike or jog, take your dog for a stroll, have a picnic, or find recharging solitude. • City Park – Portsmouth • Mount Trashmore – Virginia Beach trails/city-parks/pages/mount-trashmore-park.aspx • New Quarter Park – Williamsburg Parks,RecreationandTourism/ParksandFacilities/NewQuarterPark.aspx

• Newport News Park – Newport News • Waller Mill Park – Williamsburg department-i-z/parks-recreation/waller-mill-park

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Buckroe Fishing Pier, Hampton

Norfolk Botanic al Garden

Miss Hampton II – Hampton

WILDLIFE WATCHING Wildlife conservation is one of the keys to healthy ecosystem maintenance between nature and cities. Take a break from the day and tune into the sounds of the outdoors! Many places, large or small are undiscovered jewels of visual delights and are never far away even from one’s own backyard! • Huntington Beach – Newport News • Bells Mill Park – Chesapeake cfm?action=display&listingId=901 • Back Bay National National Wildlife Refuge – Virginia Beach • Grandview Nature Preserve – Hampton grandview-nature-preserve/ • Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge – Suffolk • Norfolk Botancial Garden – Norfolk • York River State Park – James City County river#general_information

HARBOR Cruise This 3-hour Harbor Tour departs from the Historic Downtown Hampton waterfront and proceeds out the Hampton River, passing Hampton University and Blackbeard’s Point, where the notorious pirate’s head was displayed on a pike after his capture off the coast of the Outer Banks. Entering the Hampton Roads Harbor, you will be sailing the waters of Capt. John Smith and the First Settlers. Your tour continues past historic Fort Monroe and the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse. After an awe-inspiring view of the magnificent Chesapeake Bay the cruise will stop for a 45-minute guided walking tour of the Civil War island of Fort Wool (weather permitting). ​The highlight of the tour is an in-depth view of the massive warships at the Norfolk Naval Base, home to aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines, and various types of support ships. ​The return trip to Hampton features a captivating review of the famous Battle of the Ironclads, as we sail across the waters of the battle site.

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Feature: Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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The Board of Directors and Staff of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to discover and enjoy the magnificence of the Virginia Peninsula and its business community. If you are a visitor or recent arrival to our thriving and gifted community, you will quickly discover the great joys of the Virginia Peninsula… its welcoming citizens, its rich history, its exciting entertainment venues, its diverse business opportunities and much, much more. If you are a long-time resident, take the time to look around and experience the ongoing and dynamic revitalization of the 757 region. The Peninsula is truly on the rise and turning opportunities into reality! We are pleased to be featured in this publication designed to highlight Coastal Virginia’s commerce, culture, heritage, military presence, educational assets, tourist attractions and the many great places to dine, stay and play. The Virginia Peninsula is a great place to live and visit, whether you have come here on military orders, are visiting family and friends, or permanently reside here; there is something for everyone! The Peninsula is a diverse community, from its people to its businesses and industries to its recreational opportunities and entertainment venues. It is a region very rich in history and culture, but it also offers contemporary attributes, including a very vibrant science and technology scene with NASA Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (aka Jefferson Lab). The Peninsula is also home to Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding, which is the only place in the world that designs, builds and refuels Nuclear Aircraft Carriers. The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce serves nearly 1,200 members and affiliates with over 84,000 employees located in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and the counties of James City and York. The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is the most influential business advocacy organization on the Peninsula and takes great pride in assisting the Peninsula business community develop and grow in order to help the Peninsula be the best place to live, professionally develop and grow, and relax. The VPCC’s mission is to be the leading non-partisan business advocacy organization, working in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arena at the local, state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth on the Peninsula. To learn more about the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce visit:; or follow us on Twitter at: vpccorg, and like us on Facebook at: VA Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Sincerely,

Bank of America

Bon Secours

Newport News Shipbuilding ITA International

Ferguson Enterprises Old Point National Bank The Miles Agency Financial Security Group

Riverside Health Care Science Systems and Applications Inc.

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VersAbility Resources

Virginia Natural Gas W.M. Jordan Company Old Dominion University Peninsula Center Pomoco Spectrum https://www.sptrmcom/

Kevin Joyce Chair of the VPCC Board of Directors Financial Security Management

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Bob McKenna President/CEO Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Feature: Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

The Center for Business Commerce Courtesy of VPCC


Although there is archeological evidence that some sort of business trade associations existed in Mesopotamia, the first recognized chamber of commerce was established in France in 1599. It is still in existence today and is known as the Chambre’de Commerce. The second chamber was established nearly 100 years later on the English Channel Island of St. Helier off the Jersey coast. The first American Chamber of Commerce was established in 1770 in New York City. It later moved to Albany and is known today as the Empire State Chamber of Commerce. The first local Chamber was established in 1773 in Charleston.

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce traces its history back to its earliest records dating to 1898 where we find the Hampton Board of Trade and The Newport News Business Men’s Association. In July 1903, the Chamber of Commerce of Newport News was formed. In 1904, the Hampton Chamber of Commerce was established. In April 1935, under the leadership of Lloyd Noland Sr., the following business organizations: Newport News, Hampton, Phoebus, Warwick, Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Elizabeth City County, consolidated to form the Virginia Peninsula Association of Commerce. In December 1958, the name changed to the

Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and in September 1984, the named changed to the current, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.


Our MISSION is to be the leading nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the local and state level to be a force for long-term economic growth on the Peninsula. Our VISION is to be the voice of the Virginia Peninsula business community and the most influential business advocacy organization on the Peninsula.

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Commitment to the Future

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Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

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counties. Of the locales to the north of the James River, the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of York and James City are referred to as the “Peninsula,” while Gloucester is known as the “Middle Peninsula.” The communities on the other side of the river—the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and

Virginia Beach, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton and Surry—comprise an area called the “Southside.”


Hampton Roads takes its name from the area’s first royal governor, the Earl of Southhampton, and the nautical term “road” which means safe harbor. For over 400 years, Hampton Roads has referred to the place where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers pour into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay forming the world’s largest natural harbor. Today, it is a name that also depicts a close-knit group of Virginia communities that share a rich heritage going back to Colonial times and an equally rich vision for the 21st century. Since 1983, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget has considered Hampton Roads as one Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Today, it has grown to become the country’s 37th largest metro area just ahead of Nashville with 1.7 million people and the 9th largest in the Southeastern United States. Unlike many metropolitan areas, Hampton Roads’ population nucleus is not confined to one central city, but is spread among several growing cities and counties of significant size. Therefore, Hampton Roads has come to refer not only to the harbor but the entire surrounding area. The greater Hampton Roads of today is comprised of seventeen communities—ten cities, one town and six

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Community Profiles: Chesapeake

Find Yourself In Chesapeake

Summit Pointe development in Greenbrier – Chesapeake’s newest and largest urban lifestyle community. Chesapeake, Virginia has all the features businesses are looking for: talent, low business costs, infrastructure, and location. With an estimated population of 249,912, Chesapeake is one of the fastest growing cities in Virginia and in February 2020 became the second-most populous city in the Commonwealth. WalletHub again ranked Chesapeake as one of the Top 20 Best Run Cities in America (2020). Chesapeake is also ranked highest of all Hampton Roads communities as one of the Greenest Cities in America and is included in America’s Top 35 Cities for an Active Lifestyle and Top 40 Cities for Recreation (WalletHub, 2020). With highly trained and motivated personnel exiting the military each year, Chesapeake recognizes the importance of reintegrating veterans back into civilian life. Once more, Chesapeake is proud to be ranked #1 Best Place Where Veterans are Thriving Professionally in the United States (Smart Asset, 2019)and the #1 Best City for Veterans to live and work (CNBC, 2019). Chesapeake is also rated as one of the Top 100 places in America to Start a Business and in 2020, over 350 new busi-

nesses opened in Chesapeake (WalletHub, 2020). Furthermore, Chesapeake’s business community invested over $270 million and generated over 2600 new jobs. Top activity of 2020 included the following:

Company/Organization Investment - Amazon Expansion: $700+ million, 1,500 new jobs - Plasser American: $52 million, 98 new jobs - Chesapeake Regional Healthcare: $85 million, 83 new jobs - Total Fiber Recovery: $49 million, 68 new jobs This year was highlighted by Amazon’s announcement of a new state-of-the-art 650,000 square foot processing center. This facility will be the first of its kind in Virginia and employ 500 people. They will also make a major investment into workforce development by up-skilling training. Plasser American, a leading manufacturer in the railroad industry, announced they would be building a new 60,000 square foot building and incubator space. In total, Plasser will invest $52 million and create 98 new jobs with an average annual salary of $65,000.

Size 353 sq. miles Population1 249,912 MEDIAN Household Income3 $78,899 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Sentara Health System, Cox Communications, Capital One Bank, Dollar Tree Inc., QVC Chesapeake Inc., USAA City Information (757) 382-6345 School Information (757) 547-0153

Chesapeake has the largest concentration of international companies in Hampton Roads comprising of nearly 50 companies, representing 17 countries. For more information about business opportunities, please visit or call 757-382-8040.

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Community Profiles: Franklin & Southampton County

Escape to Tradition Franklin Southampton: Partnering Tradition with Progress Livability

Size2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles Population1 Franklin: 8,490 Southampton: 18,057 MEDIAN Household Income3 Franklin: $33,399 Southampton: $48,962 Government Franklin: City Council/City Manager Southampton: Board of Supervisors/ County Administrator Major Industries Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, Feridies, Enviva, Hubbard Peanut Company, Meherrin Agriculture, Solenis, Paul D. Camp Community College City/County Information Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 School Information Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692 20 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

The Franklin Southampton community is home to many unique features and attractions. The Virginia Main Street Community of Downtown Franklin is home to chic boutiques and homestyle restaurants and you can catch a community event like: We Be Jammin’, Franklin Cruise In, Franklin Fall Festival and Franklin’s Market on Main. If you are looking to spend a little more time outdoors, you can enjoy one of our scenic rivers. Franklin is home to the Blackwater River and Southampton County has multiple access points to the Nottoway River. Both rivers are ideal for a great day of fishing or floating in your kayak or canoe. Unique events that can be experienced in Southampton County include the annual Heritage Day held at the Southampton Heritage Village, Native American Powwows hosted by two local tribes, and the Franklin Southampton County Fair every August. One of the most unique elements of the Franklin Southampton community is its love for peanuts. There are seven local businesses that cook and flavor our peanuts to perfection for a real treat for both residents and customers around the world. Spend some time in our neck of the woods and you will quickly realize the joys of escaping to tradition.

Business Development & Innovation

The Franklin Business Center, an incubator pro-

gram, serves as the ideal place for businesses to start and thrive. The program provides you with the environment, resources and support staff to get your business growing. Cost effective space, administrative services, professional equipment, conference rooms and mentors are all provided within the Franklin Business Center program.

Sites & Facilities

Located within an enterprise, foreign trade, and technology zone, Pretlow Industrial Park is a publicly owned industrial park in the City of Franklin. With 150 total acres, it offers direct access to Highway 58, 40 miles from I-95 and is currently zoned M-2 for Heavy Industrial. Southampton County also has two publicly owned industrial parks, both located in an enterprise zone. The Southampton Commerce and Logistics Center has 40 developable acres available for purchase and is zoned M-2 Heavy Industrial with CSX rail access. The Southampton Business Park is currently zoned M-1 Light Industrial and has 25 acres available for purchase. Both offer direct access to Highway 58 and are within 40 miles of I-95. For more information on these publicly owned properties or for details on privately owned options please call Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc at 757-562-1958 or visit their website at

It’s Right Here in Gloucester!

Recreation Gloucester is bound by nearly 500 miles of shoreline for exceptional watersports and recreational activities. The community boasts five marinas with over five-hundred boat slips and amenities to meet all your docking needs - and no boat tax! Gloucester Point Beach, located on the York River, features two boat ramps, a fishing pier, a playground, a pavilion, and an interpretative walking tour detailing the history of the area. Throughout the County are 5 rivers that offer exceptional saltwater fishing, boating and paddling. Beaverdam Park, located in the center of our community, features a 635acre freshwater lake offering a host of activities including fishing, boat rentals, picnic areas, trails, meeting/event facilities, and much more!.

Size 218 sq. miles Population 37,143 MEDIAN Household Income $62,828 Government Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Major Industries Medical, Retail, Recycling Education, Tourism, Technology County Information (804) 693-4042 School Information (804) 693-5300 Visitor Information (804) 693-0014 1-866-847-4887


rive over the beautiful York River on the Coleman Bridge and experience the vibrant economy and quality of life in Gloucester. It has become a destination of choice for visitors of all ages looking for that exceptional vacation, residential location or to start a new business. This Coastal Virginia town is a growing community with numerous historic attractions, exceptional dining, shopping, and a relaxed environment. Gloucester is home to the world-renowned Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).

Shopping Districts

York River Crossing – is a 161,351-square foot shopping center located on U. S. Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) in Gloucester. Gloucester Village on Main – is quaint, historic, and the center for government and retail activity. Fox Mill Centre – is a newly developed shopping center with a mix of national and local retailers.

Health Care Gloucester is home to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Riverside Cancer Care Center, Sentara Medical Arts, and Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters Pediatric Center.

We are excited to have a new 644-acre state park that will serve to further the understanding of the Virginia Indian cultures in the Werowocomoco region and provide outdoor recreation and meeting opportunities. Our annual Daffodil Festival is a two-day celebration of spring. The family-oriented event is a long-standing tradition and has been held for the past 35 years.

History and Heritage Notable historic places in Gloucester include Tyndall’s Point and the Gloucester Point Archaeological District. The Gloucester Courthouse Historic District is one of the most charming and sophisticated colonial courthouses ever built in Virginia and is one of the oldest continually operating courthouses in the United States, dating back to 1766. The community is also proud to be home of Walter Reed’s Birthplace, and the remnants of Rosewell, arguably one of the finest mansions built in the American colonies sitting alongside the beautiful York River. We invite you to visit our historical, vibrant community and see what Gloucester can offer you.

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Community Profiles: Gloucester County

Opportunity, Synergy & Sustainability

Community Profiles: Hampton

Hampton: Center of Coastal Virginia Courtesy of Hampton CVB © 2014 Glenn Fajota Productions

Hampton, located at Coastal Virginia’s geographic center, is home to NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base, and has a rich, 410-year history that extends from the Sea to the Stars. Meet in Hampton

Size2 52 sq. miles Population1 133,637 MEDIAN Household Income3 $55,919 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Aerospace, Homeland Security and Defense, Medical, Communications, Manufacturing and Retail, Tourism City Information (757) 727-8311 School Information (757) 727-2000 visitor Information (757) 727-1102 or 800-800-2202

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At the crossroads of interstates 64 and 664, boasting 344,000 square feet of flexible event space, the Hampton Roads Convention Center adjoins the 295-room Embassy Suites. They share a campus with the iconic Hampton Coliseum arena. The city is also home to the Boo Williams Sportsplex and the Hampton University Convocation Center. An array of lodging accommodations serve the needs of event venue guests, as well as those of federal, military, corporate and leisure visitors.

Live, Visit and Play

There are abundant dining and nightlife options in Hampton and within a short-distance of the convention center. Hip, new establishments in Downtown Hampton, Phoebus, and at Fort Monroe appeal to guests of all ages. Whether you are venturing out with family or a foodie in search of the latest trending dish, your palate will find pleasure in Hampton. For craft beverage explorers, Hampton presents Sly Clyde Ciderworks, St. George Brewing Company, Capstan Bar Brewing, Bull Island Brewing and Oozlefinch at Fort Monroe Monroe. The Vanguard offers tours of both distillery and brewing operations, as well as a unique concert venue unlike any other in Coastal Virginia. The beach scene here is also uniquely Hampton, with Buckroe offering a family friendly setting with a playground, water sports rentals, food trucks, fishing pier, and free parking. Additional free Chesapeake Bay beachfront at Fort Monroe presents vistas of the awesome Hampton Roads harbor. The Paradise Ocean Club charges admission to enjoy both beach and swimming pool with onsite cabanas, bar and restaurant. Grand-view Nature Preserve offers the most

private setting, as it is a short hike from the main road, but ideal for water lovers who yearn for tranquility. For those who want to explore the region’s historic waterways, the Miss Hampton II provides a three-hour tour that includes a narrative about Fort Monroe, Fort Wool and Norfolk Naval Base, the world’s largest military installation.

History and Adventure

Hampton is home to many exciting attractions. Begin your discoveries at the Hampton History Museum, which is also the site of the Hampton Visitor Center. Once armed with information, head to the Virginia Air & Space Science Center, the official visitor center for NASA Langley, where aircraft seem to soar overhead and hands on exhibits reveal the mysteries of outer space. Fort Monroe National Monument is the site of the first landing of Africans in English North America in 1619. Hampton commemorated 400 years of this history in 2019. The newly opened Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center interprets this history and orients visitors to Fort Monroe. The Casemate Museum, a free attraction that houses the cell where Jefferson Davis was detained at the conclusion of the Civil War, reveals the critical role Fort Monroe has played throughout its history. Hampton University, a dynamic institution of higher education, is home to an incredible collection of 9000 works of art at the Hampton University Museum. Hampton highlights also include the antique Hampton Carousel, Langley Speedway, Ocean Eagle chartered Bay-fishing trips, the Peninsula Pilots for Coastal Plain baseball, and many other experiences that enrich the quality of life for regional residents and ensure a visit to Coastal Virginia will be soon repeated.

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Community Profiles: Newport News

The Peninsula’s Anchor Jonathan Provost (Provost Construction) leads revitalization of Restaurant Row

Where Great Things Are Happening Size2 68 sq. miles Population1 180,719 MEDIAN Household Income3 $44,087 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Huntington Ingalls Industries, Riverside Health System, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Dan Daniels Distribution Center), Canon Virginia, Continental, United Parcel Service, Ferguson Enterprises, Jefferson Lab, High Liner Foods, Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment, Printpack, Fairlead Boatworks City Information (757) 926-8501 School Information (757) 591-4500

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From new buildings to new grants to new partnerships, from housing to technology to business, Newport News is proof that incredible things happen despite the uncertainties of a global pandemic. 2020 was a year of resilience for the City, thanks to the strong relationships and visions of the individuals, organizations, businesses and the City who are all committed to making big, exciting things happen here in Newport News. The City and Newport News Economic Development Authority (EDA) established a grant program to support local small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant provided one-time financial assistance to eligible for-profit businesses in Newport News, in amounts not to exceed $5,000. Grant funding was awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis. Following the success of the COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant program, the EDA established two new grants — the Back to Business Grant (up to $5,000) and the Grow Your eBusiness Grant (up to $2,500) — to

provide ongoing support to eligible for-profit small businesses in Newport News affected by COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Commerce, through its Economic Development Administration, awarded $1.5 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant funding for small businesses in Newport News and Hampton. The award was a portion of the $13.9 million in grants to capitalize revolving loan funds for small businesses across Virginia. The purpose of the CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant is to alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by COVID-19; to provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and to further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the two cities. Liebherr completed a multi-year project in 2020, investing $45 million in

the expansion of its facility in Copeland In July 2020, the City of Newport Industrial Park. The new Liebherr USA News, the Virginia Department of Rail headquarters encompasses 251,000 and Public Transportation (DRPT) and square feet in three new buildings at the Virginia Department of Transporits Newport News campus. The family- tation (VDOT) broke ground on a new owned company is one of the world’s transportation center. The center, largest manufacturers of construction located at Bland Boulevard between machinery and earthmoving equipWarwick Boulevard and Interstate ment. Liebherr celebrated 50 years in 64, will offer a streamlined passenger Newport News with the completion of rail experience. Construction began the campus headquarters. in summer 2020 and the $47 million In 2020, Ferguson neared completion project is expected to run approxiof construction of a new 260,000-square- mately two years. foot HQ3 building to better serve its Development of the Downtown growing US and international client23rd Street Corridor, also referred base. The modern eight-story building to as Restaurant Row, continues in is the largest single-user structure in alignment with the vision laid out by Oyster Point. The EDA has built a public the “Downtown Reimagined” plan. parking garage with 1,400 spaces Local developer, Provost Constructo help fulfill the vision of a shared tion, has turned an approximately parking system, as outlined by the City 9,000-square-foot warehouse buildCenter at Oyster Point Master Plan. The ing at 206 23rd Street into its corporate City’s Department of Engineering is headquarters. Local microbrewery, undertaking additional transportation Coastal Fermentory, recently completed its interior buildout in the same infrastructure improvement projects warehouse building and opened in to help maintain traffic flows through December 2020. the greater Oyster Point area. Jefferson Lab, a world-class national laboratory specializing in particle physics, has called Newport News home for over 30 years. To help increase visibility and engagement, the Department of Energy is considering the Applied Research Center (ARC) as a new extension for Jefferson Lab, offering more space for employees, a visitor center, and Ferguson completes HQ3 in City Center a STEM education programming center for local schools and S23 Holdings, LLC, a marine repair colleges. Adjacent to Jefferson Lab is and construction company, is investthe Tech Center Research Park, which ing $64.4 million to build a corporate will ultimately contain approximately and industrial campus in Newport 850,000 square feet of office and lab News. The new facility will serve as a space, spread across 10 buildings, repair and fabrication facility supportwith an estimated 5,500 employees. A ing S23’s ship repair operations. This ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in project aligns with the goals for the August 2019 for Building One @ Tech Choice Neighborhood Initiative, creatCenter, and a groundbreaking on the ing 322 new jobs, hiring from within second research facility, Building Two, the community, offering substantial is anticipated by summer 2021.

employee training and expanding opportunities for returning and new employees. To enhance the transformation, growth and sustainability of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood and broader Southeast Community, the EDA is currently rehabilitating 2506 Jefferson Avenue to be the future home of a coworking space. “The Offices @ Two Five & J” will be a location where small businesses and entrepreneurs can rent low-cost office space and access business assistance resources. The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority received $1 million in Vibrant Community Initiative (VCI) funding from the Commonwealth for the Marshall-Ridley Revitalization, a project that supports the holistic redevelopment of Carrier Point Apartments in the City’s Southeast Community. The Marshall-Ridley Revitalization project will develop 82 mixed-income rental housing units and available storefront space. The

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effort will work to reduce poverty by delivering education, job training opportunities and intensive case management, coupled with new affordable housing and commercial space. From business and education to entertainment and recreation, Newport News has something for everyone. It is a city of growth and opportunity, where great things continue to happen!

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Community Profiles: Poquoson

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Poquoson is The Place... And You’re Invited.


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Size2 16 sq. miles Population 12,528 MEDIAN Household Income3 $107,494 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Service-Commercial, Marina, Eco-tourism, Restaurants City Information (757) 868-3000 School Information (757) 868-3055

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An enviable combination of low crime rates, outstanding schools, civic-minded citizenry, a variety of recreational opportunities, and conveniently located shopping areas, firmly position Poquoson, as a quality-of-life jewel in Hampton Roads. In recognition of these attributes Poquoson was included by CNBC on its U.S. list of “10 Perfect Suburbs”. Recently, Poquoson was recognized as #8 among Safest Places to Live in Virginia by The Home Security Advisor, and the Population Health Institute acknowledged Poquoson as the 11th Healthiest locality of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities. Poquoson’s business corridor is home to a variety of shopping and dining opportunities framed in a relaxed, unhurried setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors. In fact, Poquoson’s natural market area includes nearly 40,000 people, and many of these patrons utilize the City’s library, DMV, and service/commercial area for its time-saving convenience and quality of offerings. In 2020, the City was pleased to welcome a number of new businesses including Captain Harrell’s Seafood House and 185 Restaurant, further enhancing the community’s variety of dining establishments. Poquoson boasts 87 miles of shoreline

and its coastal areas are home to abundant wildlife and beautiful marshes. These inviting and navigable blueways serve as popular trails for both kayakers and paddle boarders. The City’s free public boat ramps provide quick, convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay. Poquoson is also home to year-round boat slip rental opportunities and outstanding marina and charter services and it’s popularity as a coastal home is heightened further by the fact it is a tax-free boating community. The City’s public school system routinely ranks as one of the finest in the state of Virginia. A number of Poquoson students, clubs, and athletic teams compete with much success in State and National competitions annually. Poquoson’s attractiveness for residents, visitors and businesses alike is heightened further with its convenient proximity to the Hampton Roads transportation corridor. Both I-64 and the Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport are typically within 15 minutes travel time. To learn more, please visit us on the web at or contact the Economic Development & Community Recreation Department at 757-868-3580. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Strategically located in the center of Hampton Roads and within a one day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, Suffolk is well positioned for continued economic development growth. “YesSuffolk” checks all the business location boxes. Exciting new commercial developments, an influx of on-trend businesses and a convenient mid-Atlantic location are just a few of the reasons more and more people have been making the move to Suffolk. The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, located at the University of Virginia, reflects Suffolk as one of the few cities in Hampton Roads that have consistently shown historical population growth. In fact, since 2010, Suffolk has shown a growth rate of 12.3%, one of the fastest growing cities in the region. Strategically located in the center of Hampton Roads, and within a one day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, Suffolk is well positioned for continued economic development growth. Suffolk’s close proximity to The Port of Virginia attracts businesses with an industrial focus that embark in domestic as well as international trade operations. In the Warehouse-Distribution sector, Amazon has selected Suffolk’s Northgate Commerce Park to build an impressive multi-story 3.8 million square – foot state-of-the-art Robotics Fulfillment Center. Target Corporation recently substantially expanded their 1.8 million square - foot Suffolk Upstream Distribution Center. Additionally, over the past few years several West Coast companies have invested in Suffolk in order to serve the United States market more efficiently. Food and beverage processing also remains an important business sector in Suffolk, drawing on ample land and build-to-suit opportunities, the availability of utilities, an efficient transportation network, a skilled workforce, and a business-friendly environment. Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, maker of well-known coffee brands such as Hills Brothers, Chock Full o’ Nuts, Segafredo

and Kauai, among others, has expanded their already substantial footprint in Suffolk by building a brand new 355,000+ square – foot Distribution Center in Virginia Port Logistics Park. The aforementioned developments, along with recent speculative WarehousingDistribution activity, points to continued confidence in Suffolk’s stronghold in the industrial sector. With the influx of new population, Suffolk has seen growth in demand for retail, mixeduse, and office development. The Point at Harbour View, Bridgeport, Obici Place, and Peanut Crossing are among exciting new development opportunities seeing commercial interest. High – tech medical and health care services have continued to expand so that their customers can be assured they are getting the highest quality of medical care available. Defense-related companies provide a premium level of cyber security support to the men and women in uniform. And recent focus on the Downtown Suffolk district has also drawn interest in this unique and vibrant corridor. It truly is a good time to say Yes to Suffolk: for business and commercial activity that contributes to the city’s enviable position as a vibrant place in which to work , live, and play. Suffolk’s small – town charm, abundant outdoor recreation, deep history, and eco-adventure options contribute to the high quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors. Also important to note are Suffolk’s outstanding schools, AAA bond rating, qualified labor force, proactive workforce development programs, robust buy-local campaign, and a strong community spirit… it is easy to say “YesSuffolk”.

Size 430 sq. miles Population 94,960 MEDIAN Household Income3 $74,884 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Sentara Healthcare, Bon Secours Health System, Naval Information Forces, J-7 Joint Staff, Target, QVC, Planters Peanuts, Lipton Tea, TowneBank, Smucker’s, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA City Information (757) 514-4040 School Information (757) 925-6750

Visit for the latest business updates and news releases, and follow us on social media using @YesSuffolk.

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Community Profiles: Suffolk

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Size 249 sq. miles Population 454,335 Median Household Income $79,054 Government Council/Manager Major Employers Sentara Healthcare, GEICO, STIHL, Inc., LifeNet Health, Engility Corp., AMSEC, LLC City Information (757) 358-4111 School Information (757) 263-1000 Visitor Information (757) 385-4700


The City of Virginia Beach offers a dynamic business environment and an incredible lifestyle enjoyed by its residents and the millions of tourists who visit annually. While its skilled workforce, strategic location, low tax rates, and diverse economy are all good reasons for businesses to move to Virginia Beach, its the low cost of living, great education system, and high quality of life that make the City of Virginia Beach one of the best places to live (Wallet Hub, 2019).


A moderate climate with four distinct seasons offers an abundance of natural treasures available to the community for enjoyment. While beautiful beaches and endless wa-

terways are some of the City’s best assets, Virginia Beach actually consists of seven eclectic districts, each with its own unique personality. The vibrant coastal city is also home to a flourishing local culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts and entertainment and familyfriendly attractions that keep locals and tourists entertained year-round.


The City reflects a highly diverse collection of industries. Some of the sectors that are pivotal to the growth of the local economy include advanced manufacturing, military and defense, maritime and logistics, office and retail, cybersecurity and information technology, and in more recent years offshore wind energy. In addition, Virginia Beach’s strategic location and friendly business climate, coupled with logistical assets such as international airports and The Port of Virginia, establish the City as a hub of international commerce. To learn more about everything Virginia Beach has to offer to businesses and residents, visit our website at

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Hampton Roads is a diverse region of over 1.7 million citizens that includes urban, suburban and rural communities. Compared to Virginia and the nation as a whole, the population of the Hampton Roads region has grown at a relatively slow pace and tends to be younger, more diverse than the population of the U.S.1 One exception is Suffolk, which has experienced a huge 32.8% increase in population over the past decade. One factor contributing to Hampton Road’s prosperity is its workforce. The region offers a fairly large civilian labor force consisting of approximately 825,000 people.29 The area is also home to approximately 160,000 active duty military and civilian personnel, increasing the estimated total labor force to nearly one million strong. The large military presence also gives the area a unique advantage: with an annual average of 13,000 exiting military personnel and over 30,000 military spouses,5 Hampton Roads has a continuously replenishing labor force.

Education is serious business

Employers demand workers who can think critically and solve problems. Workforce development facilities for career and technical training, professional development and re-employment services include those operated by the region’s community colleges, Virginia Employment Commission, public schools, the military and the

private sector. An average of 79% of area high school graduates elect to continue their education at two-year or four-year institutions of higher learning or through one of the region’s many vocational programs. The public workforce development system’s close working relationship with the region’s educational institutions ensure the local workforce has the skills needed to help keep area businesses and industries competitive. Existing programs, particularly those in fields related to high-growth industries and occupations, have been shown to lead to improved employment and earnings outcomes. More than 106,000 students are enrolled in Hampton Roads’ thirteen colleges and universities and three community colleges. Most of these students are permanent residents, available for partor full-time employment. Their 14,000 annual graduates provide a work-ready talent pool from which to recruit.

Entrepreneurial, Diversified economy

Support for innovation-based, highgrowth business within economic sectors is a key component of Hampton Roads “Vision.” Studies have shown that about 75% of new job growth in the U.S. comes from high-growth entrepreneurial ventures that start as ‘small businesses’ but are designed to grow, a category where Hampton Roads leads the nation.33 Diversification of the Hampton Roads economy is focused on: technologybased innovation and education from advanced manufacturing and robotics to nanotechnology; coastal energy solutions; healthcare and life sciences; and environmental distinction. Industry

clusters are already here in modeling and simulation (M&S), information technology, biomedical, sensors and marine science. M&S, designated a national critical technology by U.S. Congressional leadership, is supported strongly by military sponsors and has expanded to transportation, maritime operations, education and medical. Hampton Roads is one of the country’s three leading regions in M&S along with Orlando, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama. In Hampton Roads, it has become a $640 million industry employing over 5,000 people with an average annual salary of $83,000.36 Bioscience includes research developed at local colleges, universities and federal labs as well as commercial entities and extends to organ replacement, marine science and medical devices. Over 1,200 jobs paying an average of $65,000 annually exist in Hampton Roads.28 Hampton Roads is home to innovative research and development with internationally-recognized facilities including: NASA Langley Research Center, the nation’s first civil aeronautics laboratory leading and advancing the American aerospace industry since 1917; the Department of Energy’s unique Jefferson Lab; Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute, the latest, most precise cancer-fighting technologies; the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton; and Liebherr USA, Co. in Newport News. There are active technology transfer offices and several technology business incubators available in the region where entrepreneurs can obtain office space and advice on building their businesses.

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New Arrivals: Employment Opportunities

Ready, Willing and Educated

New arrivals: Residential Real Estate

Homes that Satisfy Everyone’s Taste and Lifestyle

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Kingsmill, Williamsburg

One of the most anxiety-ridden parts of relocating is buying a home. What home options are available? What type of home do you want? What price range can you afford? Where do you want to live? What amenities are important? These are just a few of the real estate questions that fill the minds of newcomers.

Virginia was ranked among the best in the country for Economic Development. • No. 1 for Unmanned Aerial Systems • No. 2 for Best Business Climate • No. 2 for Cybersecurity Growth Potential • No. 3 for Economic Growth Potential • No. 5 for Workforce Training Leaders • No. 6 for Tech Job Employment Leaders • Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA is ranked No. 4 in the U.S. among Top 10 Cities for Industrial Real Estate Sales Growth For 2020, the HRPDC Economists expect to see the region’s economy continue to grow. Expected gains in the Retail and Construction industries will assist civilian employment in Hampton Roads. The unemployment rate is likely to continue its slow decline, while increased budget certainty will help propel retail sales. Building permit activity and motor vehicle sales are expected to continue to experience strong growth in the coming year.

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Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Center For Real Estate and Economic Development reported that new construction in Hampton Roads had risen in the double digits. The upward trend has continued in local economy investments into early 2020. Homebuyers have a lot of options throughout the region. While singlefamily, detached homes are the most popular, there are also townhouses and a variety of condominiums to choose from. Because of Hampton Roads’ long history, new residents can choose old farmhouses with Colonial charm, as well as unique 19th-century homes built in every decade for the last 100 years. One neighborhood in Hampton,for example, features vintage Victorian homes with high ceilings, parlors, fireplaces in bedrooms and walk-around front porches. A short distance across the James River in Smithfield, are numerous, older historic homes built in the Colonial, Victorian, Federal or Georgian fashion. Hilton Village, in Newport News, is on the Federal Register of Historic Sites. Its single family and duplex stucco homes were part of the federal govern-

Each individual or family should do some homework before beginning a house search. That homework should include: • Determining housing needs and wants. For example, a family may need four bedrooms and want to live near the water. • Determining what type of housing is wanted. • Determining how important it is to live near work sites and/or near schools.

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• Getting financial affairs in order. Develop a list that includes all bank accounts (with numbers and amounts), all debts (including to whom owed and the amount), and all income. • Determining how much can be spent on a home. Individuals may want to consider pre-qualifying for a mortgage. The Greater Hampton Roads Realtors Association (GHRRA) and the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors (VPAR) are good resources in beginning any house search. Feel free to call either association for advice on the housing market or to obtain a listing of member realtors who subscribe to a strict code of ethics.

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ment’s first attempt to provide housing, built after World War I for the influx of military and workers at the nearby shipyard. On the other hand, there are more contemporary homes in newer subdivisions as well as a number of planned communities with various amenities to suit everyone’s tastes and pocketbook. Many of these communities are in suburban and even more rural settings. However, the return to a more urban lifestyle is opening opportunities for downtown living where you can walk to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, etc. Those seeking starter and fixer-up homes will also find a number of options to consider. It is still a buyer’s market, and inventory seems to be increasing although fairly stable. The recovery in Hampton Roads is due in large part to the fact the region has a large number of defense contractors as well as a “defense-driven economy”. Add to that a mild climate, an ocean front and numerous waterways, plus historical sites reflecting the birth of our nation, and you have a formula for solid growth which keeps new residents coming into the area.


New arrivals: Quick Start Guide

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Columbia Gas-VA 1-866-229-3578 1-800-543-8911

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Dominion 1-866-366-4357

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Cable TV

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Te lephone

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Voter Registration

M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 277-9797

M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 562-8545

M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (804) 693-3659

M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 727-6218

M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 365-6230

M-F 8:00 am - 5 pm 259-4949

M-F 8:00 am - 5 pm 926-8683

M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 664-4353

Tax Information

Personal Property 382-6730 Real Estate 382-6235

Personal Property 562-8783 Real Estate 562-4870

Personal Property/ Real Estate (804) 693-2141

Personal Property/ Real Estate 727-8311

Personal Property 365-6222 Real Estate 365-6219

Personal Property/ Real Estate 253-6705

Personal Property 886-7671 Real Estate 926-1926

Personal Property 664-7884 Real Estate 664-4732

High Speed Internet Service Provider

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Motor Vehicles

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

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Chamber of Commerce



(804) 693-2425



262-2000 229-6511



Public Library



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Parks & Recreation



(804) 693-2355






Animal Control



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Health Department



(804) 693-2445






Virginia Employment Commission

558-4455 (Portsmouth office)

558-4455 (Portsmouth office)



558-4455 (Portsmouth office)

865-5800 (Hampton office)



School Board



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Southampton County


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Cable TV

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111

Cox Communications 224-1111

Te lephone

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

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Voter Registration

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M-F 8 am- 5 pm 393-8644

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M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 514-7750

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Tax Information

Personal Property 868-3020 Real Estate 868-3080

Personal Property Real Estate 393-8771

Personal Property/ Real Estate 653-3030

Personal Property 514-4275 Real Estate 514-4260

Personal Property 385-4445 Real Estate 385-4445

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Personal Property 890-3381 Real Estate 890-3382

High Speed Internet Service Provider

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Cox Communications 224-1111 Verizon 1-800-837-4966

Motor Vehicles

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

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At Jamestown Settlement climb aboard replicas of the three ships that the colonists sailed from England to the New World

Gloucester Count


Still Very Much Alive

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History & Science: Historical Sites & Museums

Our Heritage

Historic museums and sites of interest are everywhere in Hampton Roads. That’s largely due to the historical richness of our past. Hampton Roads is home to our nation’s Historic Trangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Here you can experience the story of America’s beginnings at the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Through film, artifact-filled galleries and outdoor living history, these museums engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation’s history—from the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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Costumed historical interpreters depict the daily lives of the people who lived through these events two and three centuries ago. This is all done in faithfully re-created settings—three replica ships, a Powhatan Indian village, and a Colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement; and a Revolutionary War encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. At these living museums, you can grind corn, steer with a whipstaff, try on English armor, enlist in the Continental Army or assist with farm chores. Call 253-4838 or toll free 1-888-593-4682 or visit Colonial Williamsburg is the restored Capital of Colonial Virginia, where history lives so “that the future may learn from the past.”You can explore the nation’s history and learn what it means to be an American while visiting more than eighty original buildings, restored to their 18thcentury grandeur. See how the people lived, from the richest to the poorest. Play the games the children played, watch craftsmen at work, and sample some Colonial fare. While Colonial Williamsburg’s sites are open year round, many people choose to visit in December to enjoy the Grand Illumination, an annual spectacle of light and music for residents and visitors alike. Call 1-855-756-9516 or visit on the

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web at The Colonial National Historical Park stretches from the York River to the James River and is home to Yorktown and the Yorktown Battlefield, site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown Battlefield is administered by the National Park Service, and is part of the Colonial National Historical Park which includes Jamestown and the Colonial Parkway, which connects the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. For more information, call the Park’s headquarters at 898-3400, or visit The Mariners’ Museum, one of the largest international maritime museums in the world, features more than 35,000 maritime items, including ship models, the August Crabtree collection of minia-

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Courtesy of The Mariners Courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum

ture ships, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, intricately carved figureheads and working steam engines. The Mariners’ Museum is also the custodian of the artifacts and archives of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The USS Monitor Center is a home to the priceless artifacts recovered from the historic ship and a worldwide resource. Call 596-2222 or 1-800-581-7245 or visit The Casemate Museum, located in Hampton, opened in 1951 to display the cell in which Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned after the Civil War. Since then, the museum has expanded to depict the history of Fort Monroe and the Coast Artillery Corps. Call 690-8073 or visit visit/casemate-museum. The Virginia War Museum in Newport News traces U.S. military history from 1775 to the present. Several times each year, reenactors stage encampments on the museum’s grounds. Visit www. or call 247-8523. Called the best-preserved War of 1812 site in America, Fort Norfolk is the last of 18 forts built along the Maritime Frontier at President Washington’s request in 1794. This fort, which changed hands twice during the Civil War, is located on Front Street in Norfolk. For information about guided tours, visit on the web at In western Newport News, just inside the front gate of Ft. Eustis, is the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. This museum occupies six acres and is the only museum in the United States devoted to the history of U.S. Army transportation of troops and supplies. Call 878-1109 or visit www.transchool.

The Casemate Museum, Hampton

museum/museum.htm The Hampton History Museum features 7,000 square feet of exhibit space—helping shape Hampton’s future while also preserving its past. This beautiful building on Old Hampton Lane is the newest jewel in Hampton’s historical crown. Call 727-1610 or visit

Riddick’s Folly House Museum, in Suffolk, is just one place in the region on the National Register of Historic Places. This Greek Revival home was built in 1837 by Mills Riddick. It has four floors, 20 rooms, 16 fireplaces and a rich Civil War history that includes being occupied by Union General Peck and his soldiers. Today, it is home to a number of permanent and changing exhibits. Call 934-0822.



Set your sights on daily hands-on history at Jamestown Settlement, a yearlong stage for the 2019 Commemoration.


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History & Science: Historical Sites & Museums

The Mariners’ Museum - Monitor Exhibit, Newport News

History & Science: Historical Sites & Museums

Hampton University Museum

Yorktown Victory Center gallery - Declaration of Independence

Exhibit gallery at the Virginia War Museum, Newport News

Additional Historical Sites & Museums Below is contact information on many other historical sites and markers throughout the area. For additional information visit Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum 332-4042 Adam Thoroughgood House 385-5100 Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum 437-8432 Boykin’s Tavern 357-5182 Cape Henry Lighthouse 422-9421 Carter’s Grove Plantation 1-800-HISTORY Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum 294-3439 Chrysler Museum of Art 664-6200 Endview Plantation 887-1862 Ferry Plantation House 473-5182 Fighter Factory 539-8440 Fort Boykin 357-2291 Fort Wool 727-6348 Francis Land House 385-5100 Gloucester Museum of History (804) 693-1234 Hampton Roads Naval Museum 322-2987 Hampton University Museum 727-5308 Hermitage Museum and Gardens 423-2052 Hill House 393-0241 Historic St. Lukes Church 357-3367 Hunter House Victorian Museum 623-9814 Isle of Wight County Museum 356-1223 Jamestown Settlement Museum 253-4838

Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach

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Lee Hall Mansion 888-3371 The Lightship Museum 393-8591 Lynnhaven House 460-1688 Military Aviation Museum 721-7767 Moses Myers House 333-6269 Nansemond Indian Museum Naval Shipyard Museum 393-8591 Nelson House 898-2410 Newsome House 247-2360 Norfolk Police and Fire Rescue Museum 441-1526 Old Coast Guard Station 422-1587 Old Isle of Wight Courthouse 356-9016 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 393-8591 Railroad Museum of Virginia 335-2284 Rosewell House (804) 693-2585 Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 923-4750 St. John’s Episcopal Church 722-2567 The James A. Fields House 245-1991 Upper Wolfsnare 491-3490 The Prentis House 514-4130 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 393-8031 Watermen’s Museum 887-2641 Walter Reed Birthplace (804) 693-6688 Willoughby-Baylor House 664-6200

Some of Hampton Roads’ most popular museums are dedicated to science. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, is a fun and exciting 120,000-squarefoot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits including interactive computer and video displays, films on a giant screen, live sea creatures in an exotic aquarium, touch pools and shark petting. The permanent exhibits are complimented by various national-caliber traveling exhibits that appear throughout the year. The Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built, is berthed next door. Call 664-1000 or visit The Virginia Air and Space Science Center is a dynamic part of the Downtown Hampton skyline. It is the official visitors’ center for the NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base and chronicles the history of aviation and aerospace research and development, much of which was done here in Hampton Roads. There are over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as historical aircraft—including the Apollo 12 command capsule and a full-sized model of the original plane the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, NC. The 300-seat IMAX theatre presents state-of-the-art films on a screen three stories high. Next door is Hampton’s Carousel Park where you can ride a restored 1920 carousel from the former Buckroe Amusement Park. For information and IMAX movie times, call 727-0900 or visit The Virginia Living Museum exhibits feature animals and fish found in Virginia’s rivers, bay, mountains, swamps and caves. This indoor/outdoor attraction also has hands-on discovery centers, boardwalk trail with animals in naturalized habitats, state-of-the-art digital planetarium, observatory, native plant gardens, green living building, plus children’s hands-on “Be a Keeper/Be A Vet” role-playing area and nature playground. Call 595-1900 or visit From the plains of Africa to your own backyard, the Virginia Zoo has a world of wild discovery waiting for you. Open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for major winter holidays. Children under two get in FREE! Call 757-441-2374 or visit

Additional Science Museums Air Power Park and Museum listing/air-power-park/ 727-8311 Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum 437-8432 Chesapeake Planetarium 547-0153 planetarium/ Children’s Museum of Virginia 393-5258 Edgar Cayce Visitor’s Center 428-3588 Nauticus, the National Maritime Center 664-1000 Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum 385-3474 385-(FISH) Virginia Zoological Park 441-2374

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Science: Land, Sea & Sky

Military Life: Military Facilities

and 10,000 civilian personnel work on the base that is the homeport for more than 80 ships of the Atlantic Fleet. The base’s 4,300 acres include Chambers Field, which is home to 16 airport squadrons. The world’s largest amphibious base is also located in Norfolk. The Little Creek Amphibious Base has approximately 30 amphibious ships, patrol craft and salvage ships and is home to 80 tenant commands including the Naval Special Warfare Group II, East Coast home of the SEALS and the Armed Forces School of Music. Further south, in Virginia Beach, is the Oceana Naval Air Station, one of the country’s Master Jet Bases, which houses F-14 Tomcats and other planes assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.

Blue Angels Flyover

The military has played a pivotal role in Hampton Roads since the English settlers set foot on this land in 1607. The soldiers who accompanied the first settlers are the predecessors of the thousands of men and women who have donned uniforms to protect the United States of America. The region is proud to house a number of bases associated with all branches of the U.S. military. Many of the ships, planes and soldiers actively engaged in America’s war on terrorism call Hampton Roads home. The military is an undeniable asset to the region’s economy. Over 95,000 uniformed men and women are currently stationed in Hampton Roads. Of these, approximately 15,000 join the private sector each year, creating a rich pool of skilled and experienced workers. Over 10,000 civilians also work at the various bases on the Peninsula. Altogether, an estimated 400,000 people in Hampton Roads, or 30 percent of the region’s population, have ties to military installations. In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission voted to close Fort Monroe and eliminate or move approximately 4,000 military-related positions from the area. In addition, certain conditions were met in 2006 for the Oceana Naval Air Station and its landing fields to stay in Virginia Beach. While this may decrease the military presence to some degree, it should not significantly impact Hampton Roads’ economy.

Military Bases & Activity

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in 1916 as an experimental air station for testing airplanes and dirigibles as part of the military power. Since then, Langley pilots have taken part in all conflicts in which the U.S. has had a role. From the 1940s, it has been home to the Tactical Air Command (TAC). The 1st Tactical Fighter Wing was established at Langley in 1946. Pilots with this Wing were the first to have a confirmed aerial kill in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Langley is also home to the Air Force’s new Air Combat Command, a consolidation of TAC with the Strategic Air Command, formerly headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Renovations were recently completed to provide hangars for the F-22 Raptors, the most stealthy and expensive jets in Air Force history, which are now flying operations out of Langley. Its 8,800 military and 2,000 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of approximately $624 million. Fort Eustis, the Peninsula’s largest military installation located in northwestern Newport News, opened in 1918. Since 1942, its 8,228 acres have been home to the Army’s Transportation Center, a key part of the Army’s mission to ensure that troops, trucks, tanks, ships and other supplies reach combat sites in a efficient and timely manner. It has also been a key processing point for reservists going to and from Iraq. The installation’s 9,516 military and 2,407 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of $765.7 million. Across the port of Hampton Roads from the Peninsula in Norfolk, is the Norfolk Naval Station, the world’s largest naval base. More than 60,000 military

Camp Peary

(York County) Camp Peary in York County is operated by the U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA uses this 10,000 acre camp as a training ground for its agents. For obvious reasons, little is publicly known about this facility, which is referred to as “The Farm.”

Cheatham Annex

(York County) This base is the bulk storage facility for the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in Norfolk. Its facilities are used for storing supplies for the ships of the Atlantic Fleet. In addition to providing storage, the base also houses a Naval Cargo Handling and Port Group and a branch of the Army Veterinarian Food Inspection Office.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area

(Portsmouth) This is the operations hub and headquarters for Coast Guard activities from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. More than 3000 Coast Guard and civilians work here providing support and other selected services for units throughout the country.

Fort Eustis Army Base

(Newport News) Ft. Eustis is home for the Army Transportation Center, the 7th Transportation Group, 8th Brigade and the Army Transportation Museum. Fort Eustis is also the home to the James River Reserve Fleet, which is a “mothballed” fleet of ships under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Maritime Administration. The fleet is anchored in the James River opposite the Fort. TRADOC, the army’s consulting arm for developing battle plans, commands

ground for World War II amphibious forces. Together they comprise the crown jewel of American’s military bases.

Langley Air Force Base

Naval Weapons Station

(Hampton) The Air Force’s largest major command, the Air Combat Command and the Ninth Air Force’s 1st Fighter Wing, is located at this base. Fighter jets from Langley fly homeland security patrols over the nation’s capital daily. In 2010, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis merged to become a joint base.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

On October 1, 2009, the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story was established, the first Joint Base in Hampton Roads. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story is the country’s premier installation for housing and training the nation’s Expeditionary Forces. It is one command with two properties: Joint Expeditionary Base East (Fort Story) and West (Little Creek). The Joint Expeditionary Base is comprised of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army Post, Fort Story. Fort Story witnessed the humble beginnings of our country at the 1607 first landing site. Little Creek began as a dynamic training

Naval Station Norfolk

(Norfolk) Home to Headquarters Atlantic Fleet, COMNAVBASE Norfolk is the world’s largest U.S. naval base. Components of the base are scattered throughout Hampton Roads. Approximately 80 naval ships are homeported in the Norfolk area.

(Yorktown) This is the Navy’s premiere weapons facility. Over 3,000 military and civilian personnel work on the 11,500 acres of this base, maintaining missiles and Oceana Naval Air Station/ other ordinances for the Atlantic Fleet. Dam Neck Annex (Virginia Beach) This base is the most Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding sophisticated and critically important air (Newport News) The Navy Supervisor station in the U.S. Navy. It is home to 19 of Shipbuilding command at Northrop squadrons of F-14 Tomcat fighters and Grumman Newport News is where Navy F/A-18 Hornets—collectively about 290 personnel work with shipyard personnel in aircraft. The base employs about 10,000 building and refurbishing ships and submilitary and 5,300 civilian personnel. The marines. Northrop Grumman has a backlog Dam Neck Annex, also part of the Oceana of carriers and submarines that will ensure facility, is home to the Fleet Combat Trainwork for the Navy for several years. ing Center, which trains over 1000 students each month. Dam Neck employs another 3,700 military and 1,100 civilian personnel. The combined annual payroll is $1 billion.

US Coast Guard Training Center

(Yorktown) This is the Coast Guard’s key training facility. More than 7,000 Coast Guard and foreign troops are trained here each year. Its 626 military and 227 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of $40 million.

Norfolk Naval Station, the world’s largest naval base

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and services for the 21st century and the TRADOC army band is now located at Fort Eustis after the closing of Fort Monroe.

Tourism highlights: Tourism and the Economy

Tourism and the Economy

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Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown Tourism continues to be one of Hampton Roads’ most important industries, bringing significant outside dollars into the economy, which enables broad based regional economic growth. The tourism industry allows the region to ‘export’ its climate, beaches, and history to the rest of the nation. As with the port and defense industries in the region, the tourism industry developed in Hampton Roads because of its unique competitive advantages, particularly its water and historical resources. The tourism industry is well developed within the region, having achieved a high level of maturity indicating that the opportunity for extensive employment growth is unlikely. Norfolk’s Waterside District is the “premier dining and entertainment district” in conjunction with the U.S.S. Wisconsin and the Norfolk Tides. The Laskin Road Gateway project in Virginia Beach, transforming the area surrounding 31st Street and the Oceanfront, was completed in 2013. Newport News’ City Center at Oyster Point continues to grow with more entertainment venues as restaurants, a movie theater. Newport News’ first craft brewery opened in June 2016. Norfolk’s Wards Corner area continues development with its current makeover. 40 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

The City of Virginia Beach and Tidewater Community College have partnered to create a unique joint library. The library opened in 2013. Furthermore, developers are interested in the former Virginia Beach Dome site to feature an entertainment complex for both tourists and residents.

Local Tourism Industry

The local tourism industry follows the national and regional economy and thus national consumer confidence is closely followed by tourism professionals on both the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads as a strong predictor of regionaltourism activity. Virginia Beach, Chesapeake/Suffolk and the other Hampton Roads sub-segments were able to increase occupancy numbers, according to recently published Smith Travel Research data. But the Beach held a commanding lead in the category that industry experts say is the prime indicator of hotel performance: Revenue per available room, or RevPAR. RevPAR is a measure of how much cash the rooms are pulling in on average, factoring in the rooms that are unoccupied. High occupancy rates mean little if room rates are cheap, and high room rates mean little if only a handful are occupied.

Five different Markets

Smith Travel Research, a major source of tourism data, has divided the Hampton Roads’ region into five distinct lodging markets: Williamsburg and Newport News/Hampton on the Peninsula, and Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, & Chesapeake/Suffolk in South Hampton Roads. The hotel data (which does not include timeshares) and the tourism employment data fail to capture the full impact on tourism. This data proves extremely difficult to access, and often estimates are made with surveys or other imprecise tools. While the previous paragraph noted the decline in hotel activity in Williamsburg, it is difficult to estimate how many former Williamsburg visitors now stay in Chesapeake or Virginia Beach and drive into Williamsburg for day trips, or how many of the Williamsburg visitors stay in the area’s 6,000 (approximate) time share rooms. The state has made estimates for expenditures by locality which have some value, but they are based off various tax receipts and thus are necessarily at least a year out of date. Regional efforts to market Hampton Roads as a destination are coordinated through the Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance. Visit on the web

Education: Learning Opportunities

Education For the 21st Century

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Christopher Newport University, Newport News

Education has been the cornerstone of life in the region for more than 300 years. Over 86,000 students are enrolled in the region’s colleges and universities which include two of the most prestigious and oldest educational institutions in the nation: the College of William and Mary and Hampton University. This is in addition to the students enrolled in campuses sponsored by institutions outside of the area or those enrolled in the many technical and speciality schools located within the region such as ECPI College of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. College of William and Mary was ranked 6th on Kiplinger’s 2017 “Best College Values: Public” and U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges: Top Public Schools”. Since its founding in 1693, the college has compiled a remarkable list of “firsts” among American universities, including the first honor system, first full faculty, first to become a university, and the founding of Phi Beta Kappa. William and Mary has helped to educate four U.S. presidents, four signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, governors and many others in public service. According to a recent U.S. News and World Report poll, William and Mary is ranked 6th among all public universities for 2011. The Princeton Review ranked it 6th, as well. William and Mary offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate and professional degree programs. A number of special programs are also available including specialized seminars for freshman, under-graduate research, and study abroad in more than 10 countries. Founded in 1878, Hampton University was one of the nation’s first schools 42 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

of higher education for freed slaves. The In Newport News, Christopher school was established to train selected Newport University offers more than 50 young men and women to “go out and undergraduate and graduate programs in teach and lead their people,” and to build a business, science and technology. CNU viable industrial system on the strength of was ranked fifth among public regional self-sufficiency, intelligent labor and solid universities in the south. Although CNU moral character. Today Hampton Univerwas originally commissioned as a two-year sity welcomes students of all races and branch of the College of William and Mary, creeds, offering 49 bachelor’s programs, 21 it eventually became a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting college. It gained its master’s and seven doctoral (Ph.D.). full independence from William and Mary Old Dominion University in Norfolk is in 1977 and was given university status in the largest institution of higher learning 1992. Out of 1,100 schools, Christopher in Hampton Roads, offering 70 bachelor’s Newport in 2014 was the only public degree programs, 54 master’s degree programs and 42 doctoral degrees. It also sponsors PROGRAMS & the Peninsula CERTIFICATIONS IN: Graduate EngiZTechnology neering Center ZHealth Science at the Hampton ZNursing Roads Center in ZBusiness Hampton. This advanced engiZCriminal Justice Supporting local businesses and the neering education ZCulinary Arts community with career focused education. facility opened in 1986 for ees of many of the 757.838.9191 LEARN MORE area’s high-tech ECPI University Newport News Campus firms.


A joint partnership with Lumen Learning will offer a textbook-free associate of science degree in business administration in 2013-2014. Available online and on campus, the student will pay zero costs toward textbooks. Instead, the program will use high quality open textbooks and other open educational resources, freely accessible and openly licensed materials useful for teaching, learning, assessment and research, saving the student up to 1/3 the total costs of college. Thomas Nelson Community College offers high-quality comprehensive educational programs and services including 35 associate degrees, one diploma and 38 certificate programs. Its 11,400 students can transfer their credits to most four-year universities with no loss of credits. Thomas Nelson is in educational partnership with a variety of local businesses including Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley and Siemens. Regent University, in Virginia Beach, is an interdenominational evangelical Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, communication and arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies and psychology and counseling. U.S. News and World Report recently recognized Regent University as a “best” university and ranked nationally as “top 10 best online bachelor’s program, #1 Online MBA for faculty credentials and training, and top-ranked online business and graduate education programs overall.” Northrop Grumman Newport News sponsors the Newport News Apprentice School, which provides college-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees.

Colleges & Universities Advanced Technology Institute Virginia Beach 490-1241 Atlantic University Virginia Beach


Bryant & Stratton College Virginia Beach 1-800-895-1738 Two-year private college offering A.A.S. degree programs in paralegal, medical, business and technology fields. Cambridge College Virginia Regional Ctr. Chesapeake 424-0333 Centura College Chesapeake 549-2121 Newport News 874-2121 Norfolk 853-2121 Virginia Beach 340-2121

Christopher Newport University Newport News 594-7448 Offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to 5,000 students in the liberal arts, business, science and technology. College of Virginia Beach at Hampton University Virginia Beach 637-2200 College of William and Mary Williamsburg 221-4000 Gloucester-VA Institute of Marine Science 804-684-7000 A public university, established in 1693, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Evening MBA program in Oyster Point offered one evening a week. DeVry University Chesapeake 382-5680 ECPI General 1-844-334-4466 Newport News 849-0548 Norfolk 793-2640 Virginia Beach 517-3903 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk 446-5700 A private medical school that does not own a hospital. This regional institute reaches into all corners of the Hampton Roads community through its partnerships with regional hospitals, clinics, institutions and physicians. Everest College Chesapeake 361-3900 Newport News 873-1111 Florida Institute of Technology in Hampton Roads Graduate Center Fort Eustis (NN) 887-2488 Norfolk Naval Station 440-9005 Offers master’s degree in business on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community. Fortis College Norfolk


George Washington University Hampton Roads Center Newport News 269-4949 Has been offering courses in the Hampton Roads area since 1958. Hampton University Hampton 727-5000 An historically black university, that is privatelyendowed, co-educational and nonsectarian. The Apprentice School Newport News 380-3809 College-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees. w w t • 43

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university in the nation to be awarded a perfect A by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Virginia Wesleyan College, a four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. With a 13 to 1 student-faculty ratio, Virginia Wesleyan is small by design, believing that a liberal arts education is best achieved in a setting where students and faculty know each other well. Virginia Wesleyan offers 33 majors, 22 varsity sports and 50+ on campus clubs and organizations. The college also offers night and weekend courses through its Adult Studies Program. Visit for more information. Norfolk State University (NSU), founded during the Great Depression, is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the nation. Today, it offers 50 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also includes the Dozerty National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Science whose primary goal is to address the severe shortage of minority scientists. According to Jack Faucett Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in economic research and public policy analysis reported for in FY2012, NSU’s budgetary expenditures totaled $129 million, including capital and operating expenditures. In addition, NSU students spent $32 million on housing, transportation, books, and various personal items. The total spending associated with NSU resulted in an increase in economic output of $248 million in the Hampton Roads region. For more than 20 years, Virginia has funded a state-wide community college system with specialized studies leading to associate degrees and certificates. Hampton Roads is home to several of these schools, including Rappahannock Community College in Glenns (Gloucester County), Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, and Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield. Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. (Forty-three percent of the region’s residents who attend a college or university are enrolled at TCC.) The college has campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, and offers a comprehensive range of programs from courses of study that lead to associate degrees, diplomas or certificates for over 60 occupational/technical programs.

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Norfolk State University Norfolk 823-8600 Founded in 1935, this public university is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the United States. Old Dominion University Norfolk 683-3000 The largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. Paul D. Camp Community College Serving Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Suffolk, & Southampton County 569-6700 A comprehensive community college offering more than 50 degree and certificate programs and an array of workforce/ customized training that can be delivered at any college or workplace based upon the needs of the employers in the region. Peninsula Higher Education Center Hampton 766-5200 Advanced engineering facility sponsored by Old Dominion University. Rappahannock Community College Gloucester (804) 758-6700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. Regent University Virginia Beach 352-4000 Interdenominational evangelical Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, communication and arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies and psychology and counseling. St. Leo University Chesapeake 227-4450 Fort Eustis (NN) 887-1166 Newport News 249-0390 Virginia Beach 464-6449 A Catholic institution providing educational services on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community. Strayer University Chesapeake 382-9900 Newport News 881-5100 Virginia Beach 493-6000 Private university specializing in information technology and business-oriented courses for working adult students. Under-graduate and graduate programs in addition to online courses. Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton 825-2700 44 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

Williamsburg 253-4300 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development.

Offers professional training in massage therapy and holistic studies.

Tidewater Community College Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach 822-1122 Offers comprehensive programs to meet the educational needs of area citizens, business and industry.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach A branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta Virginia Beach 1-877-437-4428 757-493-6700 Prepares students for careers in design, media arts, culinary arts, and management in creative career fields by providing an educational environment consistent with evolving technologies and the global marketplace.

Troy University Ft. Eustis (NN), Ft. Monroe (H) Langley Air Force Base (H) 766-3611 Chesapeake 512-2000 Offers graduate degrees in a variety of areas including business management and administration, human resource management, education, and criminal justice. University of Phoenix Virginia Beach Learning Center 493-6300 Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)/School of Marine Science Gloucester Point (804) 684-7000 Conducts interdisciplinary research in coastal and estuarine science, educates students and citizens, and provides advisory service to policy makers, industry and the public. VIMS was chartered in 1940, and is now a graduate school of the College of William and Mary. It is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Graduate Center Hampton 363-3930 Offers a doctorate in educational administration, a career-integrated master of business administration program and five masters of science degrees in engineering. Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk 455-3200 A four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, offering a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, 39 majors, 70 student organizations and 19 intercollegiate sports.

Professional Schools

If you’re contemplating a career change, check the list below of several of the many specialized programs available in Hampton Roads. Alpha College of Real Estate Chesapeake 427-1740 Newport News 873-8884 Offers courses in the principles of real estate. American Spirit Institute Williamsburg 220-8000

Apprentice School of Shipbuilding Newport News 380-3809

Aviation Institute of Maintenance Chesapeake 363-2121 Chesapeake Marine Training Institute Hayes 800-642-CMTI (2684) Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Fort Eustis (NN) 887-0980 Langley Air Force Base (H) 325-6272 Norfolk 440-5078 Virginia Beach 437-8061 Offers a comprehensive program in aircraft maintenance and repair. Empire Beauty School Virginia Beach 355-5530 Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News 240-2229 Cooperative program between Riverside Regional Medical Center and Christopher Newport University offering advanced training in nursing and associated health occupations. Virginia Institute of Esthetics Chesapeake 651-3265 Virginia School of Hair Design Hampton 722-0211 Has offered the latest training in hair design and care for over 40 years.

Public Schools

Virginia’s public schools implement Standards of Learning, or SOLs. In an effort to provide clear, measurable goals for all, students and schools are judged by their students’ performance on exams, which are given in grades three, five and eight and at the end of high school courses. Students must pass a certain number of the tests to earn a high school diploma. Schools who have a high percentage of students failing the SOLs can lose their state accreditation. Hampton Roads’ public schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of

Special Needs Schools

All of Hampton Roads’ public school systems have programs for mentally and physically-challenged students. The following schools focus on these students. Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation Hampton 827-8757 Mental and physical handicaps, residential and day programs. New Horizons Regional Education Center Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York 767-1100

Private Schools

The Hampton Roads area has numerous private schools for pre-kindergarten through high school. Many of these

schools are religiously affiliated. A recommended first step is to call the school for information about grades, curriculum, tuition and schedules. The following list highlights some of the private schools in the region.

CHESAPEAKE Atlantic Shores Christian School Elementary campus 479‑1125 Secondary campus 479‑9598 Greenbrier Christian Academy PK – 12 547‑9595 Mount Pleasant Christian School PK – 8 482‑9557 Stonebridge School PK – 12 488‑2214 Tidewater Adventist Academy K – 8 479‑0002

Franklin-Southampton County Rock Church School K – 12 Southampton Academy Lower School (PK – 6) Middle School (7 – 8) Upper School (9 – 12)

562‑3878 653-2512 653-7273 653-7273

Gloucester County Gloucester Montessori School PK – 3 (804) 693‑6455 Lighthouse Worship Center PK – 5 (804) 642‑3703 Ware Academy PK – 8 (804) 693-3825

Hampton Bethel Christian School Daycare, K – 12 826-7711 Calvary Classical School K3 – 5 and 1 – 6 262-0062 Gloria Dei Lutheran School PK – 7 851-6292 Hampton Christian School (Mary Atkins Christian School) PK – 12 838-7427 Hampton City Schools K – 12 727-2000 Hampton Roads Seventh Day Adventist K-8 and 3-5 722-1221 St. Mary Star of the Sea School PK – 8 723-6358

Isle of Wight County Isle of Wight Academy PK – 12


Newport News Denbigh Baptist Christian School PK – 12 249-2654 Denbigh Christian Academy PK – 6 874-8661 Hampton Roads Academy PK – 12 884-9100 Hampton Roads International Montessori School 4 – 6 years 873-8950 Orcutt Baptist School PK – 6 249-1280 Our Lady of Mount Carmel School PK – 8 596-2754 Peninsula Catholic High School 8 – 12 596-7247 St. Andrew’s Episcopal PK – 5 596-6261 Summit Christian Academy (Lower School) K4 – 6 599-9424 Trinity Lutheran School PK – 8 245-2576 Warwick River Christian School PK – 5 877-2941

NORFOLK Christ The King School PK – 8 Norfolk Academy 1 – 12 Norfolk Christian Schools K3 – 12 Norfolk Collegiate School Lower school Middle/Upper school Trinity Lutheran School PK & 2 1/2 – 5 The Williams School K – 8

625-4951 461-6236 423-5770 325-0471 480-2885 489-2732 627-1383

PORTSMOUTH Alliance Christian Academy PK – 12 488-5552 Montessori Preparatory School PK-K 484-7229 Portsmouth Catholic Elementary PK – 8 488-6744 Portsmouth Christian School K4 – 12 393-0725

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Education numerous times for excellence. Almost all public school systems have formed partnerships with area businesses to give students first-hand experience and knowledge about the business world. All school systems teach grades kindergarten through high school. To enter students in public schools, parents must provide: 1. academic transcripts/reports (or have them forwarded from the previous schools); 2. up-to-date health and vaccination records/statements; 3. birth certificates; and 4. proof of residency. A recommended first step is to call the appropriate school administration office. School representatives can provide specific details about what school a child will attend and what records are needed. Refer to New Arrivals in Hampton RoadsQuick Start Guide for contact numbers. In addition to the regular public schools, Hampton Roads also has regional schools like the New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton or the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science in upper Gloucester County. These educational institutions offer college-level advanced studies for high school students. New Horizons also offers technical and vocational programs. Magnet schools add to the list of choices. These schools usually require students to apply or enter a lottery to gain enrollment. Local school districts offer various programs including art, math, science, technology, communications, aviation, English and environmental science.

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Suffolk First Baptist Christian School Elementary school 925-4461 Upper school 809-6606 First Baptist Weekday School PK – 4 925-0274 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy PK – 12 539-8789

VIRGINIA BEACH Atlantic Shores Christian PK – 12 479-1125 Cape Henry Collegiate PK – 12 481-2446 Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 9 – 12 467-2881 Chesapeake Bay Academy K – 12 497-6200 Hebrew Academy of Tidewater PS – 8 424-4327 Kempsville Presbyterian PS – K 495-4611 Norfolk Christian School PK – 5 428-1284 St. John the Apostle PK – 8 821-1100 St. Matthew’s School PK – 8 420-2455 Star of the Sea School PK – 8 428-8400 Virginia Beach Friends School PS – 12 428-7534

Williamsburg Walsingham Academy Lower School:


Upper School: PS – 12

229-6026 human services to improve the quality of life in HamptoRoads’ communities. The Council’s Child Care Answer Line Williamsburg Christian Academy PK – 12 220-1978 (CCAL) makes searching for a child care provider easy. CCAL staff will counsel with you over the phone and forward a listing York County of potential providers and guidelines for Summit Christian Academy (Upper School) evaluating them for a nominal fee. To reach 7 – 12 867-7005 the Child Care Answer Line, call 627-3993. Living Word Academy HomeCare is another program of the PlanK3 – 8 867-8024 ning Council that offers parents support in recruiting, hiring and training in-home childcare Child Care providers. Under this program, parents are Finding the right childcare provider can assigned a counselor who can help them to be difficult and frustrating for families with determine the type of care needed, provide a small children. You need to know that your list of state-licensed caregivers and assist them child is safe while you work. You need to in interviewing and evaluating prospective know that you can trust the provider to ap- providers. In Virginia, to be licensed by the state, propriately supervise your child. Depending caregivers must complete an application proupon the situation, you may also want this cess that includes health screening, background time to contribute to your child’s learning. checks, training and monitoring systems. Hampton Roads has an abundance of Local community parks and recreation good daycare centers and childcare options. departments and many YMCAs sponsor Many of them are academically driven, programs designed to provide after-school offering special programs designed to keep care. A number of the area’s public schools children’s minds engaged in educational also have after-school programs that involve activities. The issue is finding the program academic opportunities so that children are and provider that’s right for your child. learning while parents are still at work.

Finding the Right Provider

Fortunately, you don’t have to do this from scratch. The Hampton Roads Planning Council offers childcare resource and referral services to help parents evaluate the best setting for their children and find appropriate, quality providers. The Planning Council is a not-for-profit, community-based planning corporation. It licenses and trains child care providers among other things as part of carrying out its mission to manage

Information & Assistance For numbers of community Parks and Recreation departments, see New Arrivals in Hampton Roads: Quick Start Guide. The Planning Council 622-9268 Statewide Information Services 1-800-230-6977

School Statistics School Information Total Number of Schools Total Enrollment Student/Teacher Ratio Spending per Student

School Information Total Number of Schools Total Enrollment Student/Teacher Ration Spending per Student

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Isle of Wight County

Newport News

(804) 693-5300




7 2,793 N/A $11,487

8 5,639 22:1 $10,074

39 20,358 24:1 $11,302

9 5,504 23:1 $10,430

42 29,197 22:1 $11,191




Virginia Beach








48 32,149 19:1 $10,671

4 2,103 18:1 $10,763

26 14,971 20:1 $10,848

18 14,245 19:1 $10,934

82 67,214 19:1 $11,149

15 11,303 23:1 $11,775

19 12,542 22:1 $10,274

Southampton Gloucester county






47 39,883 18:1 $10,810

3 1,132 14:1 $16,298


WilliamsburgYork County James City County

Getting Here, Going There Business: Transportation

The Tide, Virginia’s first light rail system, extends 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center downtown Norfolk to I-264 at Newtown Road.

“Transportation and connectivity is the key to being competitive. It relates to quality of life improvements, tourism, port, etc. We must have strong transportation for all of this to work,” said one citizen. Hampton Roads has its transportation issues as does any metropolitan region. When working together as a region to improve mobility within tough budgets on all levels, congestion mitigation is the answer, including development of public-private partnerships to add new and/or improve existing bridges and tunnels, growing the use of telecommuting, enlisting technology, considering transit-oriented development and identifying funding models, especially for development of high-speed rail and enhanced intercity rail.

Planning Ahead

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, the intergovernmental body responsible for planning transportation in Hampton Roads, is developing its 2034 Long Range Plan. Also, a Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads is in process and proposes that an integrated, high-capacity transit system will help address some of the region’s social, environmental, and economic challenges interrelated to land use and

sustainability and will address bicycle and pedestrian projects as well. Here is a link of upcoming transportation projects in Hampton Roads: default.asp

Roads, Tunnels, Bridges and Ferries

Because of the abundance of waterways, the Hampton Roads’ transportation network is heavily dependent on and utilizes a number of methods to get around the water surrounding its communities. It is an effective but aging transportation system. In fact, Hampton Roads has more tunnels connectiong its communities than any other region in the U.S. Tunnels, bridges and ferries enhance Hampton Roads residents’ ability to go from one area to the other and beyond. Hampton Roads’ interstates form a big loop or beltway around the region. The inner loop follows I-64 east and I-664 north. The outer loop follows I-64 west and I-664 south. Due west of the region are the principal north-south interstate highways, I-85 and I-95. Through Southampton County, I-95 is located just four miles west of the region. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gives northeast coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the New York/ New Jersey corridor.

Several roadway expansion or enhancement projects are underway including one to improve intermodal access to Norfolk International Terminals. Major regional projects completed in recent years include the Pinners Point Connector in Portsmouth, Route 17 in Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Expressway, widening of I-64 in Hampton/Newport News and the Southwest Suffolk Bypass. The regions newest South Norfolk Jordan Bridge spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and includes a pedestrian friendly sidewalk with quick connections to I-464 and I-264. The fixed, high-rise bridge is the tallest in Virginia and not subject to openings for maritime traffic. It also has been designated an official Virginia truck route without height or weight restrictions. A 15-minute ferry that connects the Scotland area in Surry County with the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown is maintained by the state, providing highway commuters a very affordable highway alternative. Per capita vehicle miles traveled has remained relatively stable over the last 10 years, suggesting that commuting distances are relatively short.39

public transit service

Hampton Roads Transit, with over 55 fixed routes and 300 buses, provides


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public transportation throughout Hampton Roads. In addition to local and express bus services, HRT’s other services include a ferry connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, paratransit service, and TRAFFIX, a program providing alternatives to the oneperson-per-car commute. In 2011, HRT launched “The Tide,”Virginia’s first light rail system that runs in Norfolk and serves as a starter line for a future region-wide intercity rail transit system. Williamsburg Area Transit provides bus transportation throughout Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and area shopping locations to the west while the Bay Transit Company, which is a service of Bay Aging, provides bus service on weekdays to all residents Ships at Norfolk harbor in the ten counties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, including Gloucester and Mathews and affordable access to the rest of the Counties. U.S. Additionally, more than 50 common Norfolk’s Greyhound Bus service profreight carriers serve Hampton Roads, vides intercity connections nationwide. and UPS maintains a local terminal. • CSX operates on 23,000 miles of track in 23 states, Washington, DC, Yorktown Trolley Victory Monument Montreal and Ontario, Canada. It offers a Rail-to-Truck Transshipment Facility in Newport News and an intermodal terminal in nearby Portsmouth. In addition, CSX is championing the National Gateway Initiative, a public-private partnership to create a more efficient freight route linking the Port of Virginia with Midwestern markets, improving the flow of rail traffic between these regions by increasing the use of double-stack trains. When Rail/Intermodal Service the project is complete, Hampton Hampton Roads is served primarily Roads will have few limitations for its by one Class I freight rail giant, CSX. The market reach via rail. ports create a perfect entry location • Amtrak connects the region to for the railway for cargo distribution other areas of the country with throughout the East Coast and Midwest. passenger trains departing daily Efficient connections with other rail from Newport News on the Virginia systems and motor carriers provide easy Peninsula. Additional passenger 48 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

rail service in development for Hampton Roads will serve five Southside cities, three of which have employment densities of over 1,000 jobs per square mile (Norfolk, the proposed terminus, has 4,000) and 65% of the region’s population.34

Air service

The region’s two major airports, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), are located within a 30-minute commute of most business and residential areas in the region and provide over 200 daily flights to 22 airports, 17 of which are International Gateways. These airports are currently handling over 72 million pounds of air cargo per year and almost 4.7million passengers. Currently, an average of more than 400 landings and takeoffs take place each day at the region’s airports. This includes passenger and cargo airlines, general aviation, air taxi and charter flights. In addition, the airports often handle military flights when local base runways are under repair.35

Helpful Information Amtrak Passenger Rail; 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) Bay Transit Company Cruises

E-ZPass Electronic Toll Systems Greyhound Bus Service

Hampton Roads Traffic Cameras Hampton Roads Transit Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Light Rail-The Tide Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Norfolk International Airport

Reinvent Hampton Roads

Toll-Free Virginia Highway Traffic Information Dial 511 Updates on I-64 Construction asp VDOT Traffic and Travel Info

Virginia Port, Norfolk International Terminal


Hampton Roads’ businesses enjoy direct access to three major marine terminals run by the Virginia Port Authority: Norfolk International Terminals, Ports-

Courtesy of Virginia Port Authority

A long-range master plan that has the development of Craney Island Marine Terminal as its centerpiece maps out the steps to more than double the Port’s overall capacity over the next few years.

Virginia Department of Transportation Virginia Port Authority Williamsburg Area Transport

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mouth Marine Terminal and Newport News Marine Terminal. Hampton Roads is also home to the nation’s first privately developed container terminal, APM/ Maersk. Currently, over 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on the Port of Virginia, linking Hampton Roads and the rest of the U.S. to more than 250 ports in 100 countries. Hampton Roads has a well-deserved reputation for providing efficient, modern cargo handling and year-round transportation. The Port Authority has forecasted healthy growth during the next 10 years based on the opening of a widened Panama Canal in 2014 and enhanced rail connections with CSX’s National Gateway. The Port of Virginia, the third busiest general cargo port on the East Coast with 50-foot deep channels and an ice-free harbor, is home to some of the largest and fastest container cranes in the world.

Business: Economic Development

Regional Vision, Global Impact Summit Pointe is the newest large-scale, mixed-use community in the dynamic Greenbrier business district of Chesapeake

Courtesy of City of Chesapeake

The Hampton Roads region is a great place to live, work and play. And, it’s only going to get better. “With proper foresight, continuous planning and dynamic economic development, Hampton Roads will be recognized internationally as a region fueled by Innovation, Intellectual and Human Capital, Infrastructure and a Sense of Place.” A group of regional organizations and community leaders collaborated together to develop “Vision Hampton Roads,” a regional plan with a five year horizon. This “Vision” employs strategies and actions which leverage regional strengths to diversify and grow the economy, positioning Hampton Roads as a leader in the global economy of today and tomorrow. In economic development today, it’s important to address who and what is Hampton Roads as a region; who lives here and why; what is the region’s business identity; and how entrepreneurs, creativity and innovation are attracted. Regions that thrive in the “new economy” will be those truly educating their workforce, cultivating innovation, investing in infrastructure and creating quality places, like Hampton Roads. “Vision” planning has placed Hampton Roads on a path to regional transformation by embedding a working process as we think, live and act regionally. After “Vision Hampton Roads” was developed, the Hampton Roads Partnership created “Innovate! Hampton Roads” as a component of “Vision” that looks to promote local business and tech-based development in the area. ( 50 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

The Virginia Gazette reported that York County is working forward with a planned mixed-use development moved a step forward with a $6.45 million property sale near Victory Boulevard at the York-Newport News line. Commonwealth Green plans include up to 384 apartments, 96 townhomes and four commercial buildings, according to the developer. Condominiums are planned above three of the commercial buildings. About 50 of the apartments would be in Newport News. In addition, the Hampton Roads Alliance annouced that Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer has sold the Palace Plaza strip shopping center just off Bypass Road in upper York. Polyzos Family Investments, LLC purchased the approximately 22,600 square-foot retail center for $610,000. The previous owner was C-111 Asset Management. According to York County’s property information website, the center is assessed at just over $1 million. It was sold to C-111 Asset Management for $680,000. Located in the dynamic Greenbrier business community of Chesapeake, VA, Summit Pointe is the newest large-scale, mixed-use community centrally located within Coastal Virginia. Summit Pointe has already become a premier office

location with the recent completion of the 510,000-square-foot, high-rise office tower for Dollar Tree, Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR) in Phase One. Representing a projected investment of over $300 million in multiple phases, Phase Two emphasizes a new form of urban living, workplace solutions, dining, entertainment venues and shopping options. The construction in Phase Two began in June 2019, with the first living spaces delivered in August 2020 and the first retail and office spaces delivered in October 2020.

Strategic location, global significance

The first rule of thumb for any economic development is location, location, location. Hampton Roads, the region, is located in the southeastern coastal tidewater of Virginia in the heart of the Mid Atlantic. It is a region that depends on a maritimerich geography including all the benefits that come with it, such as commerce derived at its ports, tourism and real estate drawn to its beaches, and the waters that allow it to be one of the most concentrated naval strongholds on the planet. Hampton Roads, the harbor, is formed by the confluence of the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers and

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flows into the Chesapeake Bay whose watershed covers 64,000 square miles and all or part of six states and Washington, DC. As one of the world’s biggest and deepest natural harbors, the largest in North America, Hampton Roads is home to the world’s largest naval base at Norfolk and the Port of Virginia, third largest behind Port of New York and the Port of Savannah. It is one of the busiest and fastest growing commercial ports on the U.S. East Coast with products popular the world over from Smithfield Hams to Suffolk Peanuts to Chesapeake Bay crabs. Since the English settlers arrived in the early 1600s, Hampton Roads has been an enviable strategic stronghold. The region’s land area covers approximately 2,907 square miles and includes an extensive system of waterways including the Intra-coastal Waterway and enjoys a temperate climate guaranteeing an ice-free harbor. The central location of Hampton Roads’ is within 750 miles of threefourths of the nation’s population and six of the ten largest U.S. population centers. The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area (Hampton Roads MSA) is made up of fifteen cities and counties, making it the seventh largest MSA in the Southeast U.S., the second largest between Washington, DC and Atlanta and the largest coastal MSA between New York and Miami in the Eastern U.S.21 The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA MSA ranks 37th out of the nation’s 366 MSA’s.22 Hampton Roads is one of America’s most popular vacation spots, and boasts something for everyone. It has an expansive 2,600 miles of shorelines, world-renowned museums and cultural opportunities such as the Virginia Opera, Virginia International Arts Festival, and Virginia Symphony, sports organizations and venues, shopping malls, historic cities and towns, amusement parks and state and national parks. Hampton Roads’

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climate is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts; recreational activities include boating, fishing, camping, biking, and tennis throughout the hundreds of local parks and campgrounds. The region’s safe harbors, proximity to the ocean and rich history have worked together to form today’s Hampton Roads.

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The region’s largest employers represent industry sectors like shipbuilding, health care, education, tourism, banking, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, and transportation and include: public school systems, colleges and universities, Sentara Healthcare, Riverside Health System, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, Colonial Williamsburg, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, SAIC, Measurement Specialties and GEICO.38 Hampton Roads is an international gateway with a large presence of foreign firms dominated by Germany, Japan and UK, including Canon, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Stihl, HSBC-North America, Maersk Line Limited, CMA CGM North America, ZimAmerican, Ferguson Enterprises/Wolseley NA and Anheuser-Busch/InBev.38 Fortune 1000 firms with headquarters or a significant presence in the region include Amerigroup, Dollar Tree, Smithfield Foods, and the largest

private employer in Virginia, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.38 Inc. will build two operations facilities in Hampton Roads, creating an expected 1,500 jobs. Both facilities are anticipated to open in 2021. The first facility is a multi-story robotics fulfillment center in Suffolk, which will create 1,000 jobs. The second is a 650,000-square-foot processing center in Chesapeake, which will create 500 jobs. The region’s largest financial institutions include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, SunTrust and BB&T. Several regional banks are also strong financial assets in Hampton Roads, the largest of which is TowneBank.38 The economic structure of the region is characterized by the strong presence of the military, followed by real estate and rental leasing, manufacturing and shipbuilding, construction, tourism and recreation, and retail. Over the past decade, Hampton Roads’ population has grown at an annualized rate of 0.64%, slow compared to the nation. Since 2001, economic growth in the region has averaged 6.7% annually (3.3% in per capita dollars). Much of this growth is the result of increased Department of Defense (DoD) spending within the region.5

Federal/Military Sector

Hampton Roads has one of the largest concentrations of military personnel,


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second only to Washington DC, hence the regional moniker, “Pentagon South.” Hampton Roads hosts all five military services with both operating forces and major command headquarters. This includes the only NATO command in North America, and the U.S. Joint Forces Command (one of DoD’s ten combatant commands charged with transforming U.S. military capabilities). Increases in military pay and federal contracts have significantly contributed to the region’s economic growth. And defense spending continues to cushion the region in times of economic downturn.22 Thirty of the 100 largest defense firms in the world have a presence in Hampton Roads. Hampton Roads is also the home to the world’s largest concentration of U.S. Coast Guard assets. Additionally, thirteen Federal departments, administrations, and agencies are represented in the Hampton Roads region: Departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation.

Helpful Websites Fort Monroe Authority Franklin & Southampton County Chamber of Commerce Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Hampton Roads Alliance Hampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance Hampton Roads Performs

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Regional Blog is no longer available Isle of Wight-SmithfieldWindsor Chamber of Commerce ODU Center for Real Estate & Economic Development Opportunity, Inc. Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce York County Chamber of Commerce

Port/Maritime Sector

In 2016, Virginia ports generated 530,800 jobs, $27.4 billion in wages, $88.4 billion in spending and $2.7 billion in state and local taxes. (10.1 percent of Virginia’s gross state product) (http://www. Naturally safe harbors in Hampton Roads have brought commerce and trade to the Hampton Roads region for centuries. Deepwater access that can accommodate today’s -and tomorrow’ssupertankers, a strategic Mid-Atlantic location and a streamlined infrastructure network have helped to make Hampton Roads a premier international port. Over 3,000 foreign and domestic vessels calling annually. In addition to the Port of Virginia, Hampton Roads’ economy is built on many port-related activities including commercial, military land-based support facilities and inland transportation, ship repair, shipbuilding, cargo terminals, cargo and cruise ships, maritime insurance and legal services, shipping line offices, mega yacht repair and maritime construction. Hampton Roads is well poised to be the dominant port on the East Coast. The 2040 Virginia Port Authority Master 52 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

Plan is driven by the creation of 600 acres of land and opening of Craney Island Marine Terminal, improvements at Norfolk International Terminals and Portsmouth Marine Terminals, development at the APM Terminal in Portsmouth and enhanced intermodal rail service.

tourism/ arts & culture sector

Hampton Roads is a popular vacation destination for millions of visitors annually. Each city has its own unique attractions, events and activities. From the surf and sand of the longest pleasure beach in the world at Virginia Beach, to the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, to the convention centers spread throughout the region, Hampton Roads is an established multi-faceted tourist destination. The Leisure and Hospitality industry employs over 80,000 people in Hampton Roads. In addition to the hoteliers who depend on tourists to fill their rooms, tourism brings new money to restaurants, retail establishments and government coffers.25 Tourism contributes to quality of

life through the influx of tax revenue, creation of jobs and improved services and attractions that add to the vibrancy of life in Hampton Roads. For businesses in Hampton Roads this means improved recruiting and retention and greater quality of life for those employees.26 Arts & Culture in Hampton Roads serve as a significant component of the Tourism industry. The arts strengthen and educate communities, lift spirits and build a better quality of life for everyone. As a billion dollar industry in Virginia, arts and cultural organizations create millions of dollars in revenues for area businesses, attract out-of-state tourism spending, generate millions of dollars in personal income for Hampton Roads’ workforce and entrepreneurs and create thousands of jobs for residents in the region.27


The Virginian-Pilot reported that jobs continue to increase at a slow, but steady pace. Port of Virginia is responsible for nearly 375,000 jobs and its economic impact is 60.3 billion a year. Navy Cyber Command in Suffolk brought 700 military, civilian and con-

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Measuring Success, Follow the numbers

Business, civic and government leaders in the region use the web-based Hampton Roads Performs as their resource for data that shows how the region is performing on key quality of life indicators. Open to full public access, these quality of life indicators answer the question, “How is the Hampton Roads Region Doing?” and the results are used to compare Hampton Roads to other regions. Workforce Quality: Over 27% of residents hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and the number of community college, high school career and technical education awards is increasing.1 Business Startups: The rate of start-

ups, a measure of entrepreneurship, remains high compared to previous years.29 Personal Income: Among peer metro areas, per capita income is growing fastest in the Hampton Roads area and faster than the rate for the U.S. as a whole.30 A strong economy is characterized by prosperity reflected in improving standards of living. Unemployment: Unemployment was 4.3% as of December 2016, but thanks to a strong military presence, still well under the national average which was 4.9% as of Octorber 2016. (https:// areasummary.aspx?enc=SgfjA5gOXyjl8J 88h1RJLR2AsmalquX2CZY58u9Nja2srw EukomAKyimaz1JyxNa)

The table below shows the distribution of industries in Hampton Roads PDC, Virginia for the 3rd quarter, 2016.

Estimated EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY SECTOR Rank Industry Sector Employees

1 Total, all industries 2 Health Care and Social Assistance 3 Retail Trade (44 & 45) 4 Accommodation and Food Services 5 Manufacturing (31-33) 6 Education Services 7 Public Administration 8 Professional Scientific & Technical Svc 9 Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt, Remediation 10 Construction

736,207 104,184 91,372 80,336 62,325 62,249 54,125 49,779 43,943 36,433

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tracting jobs to the area. (http://www. html) Chesapeake will add new jobs with Xerox and the Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America. Norfolk’s Waterside Live, AECOM, Bauer Compressors, Inc., and American Airlines will top the list of companies adding jobs. Green Mountain did build a facility in the Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park. Cost Plus World Market and Safeco Products are also there. ( news/isle-of-wight-county/dp-nws-iwintermodal-park-contract-developer20170208-story.html). Portsmouth will make gains with Kroger and Suffolk with the Shenzhen Superwatt Power Technology Co. Virginia Beach rounds out the list with LoanCare, Medical Facilities of America, Amerigroup Corp. (expanding to Norfolk,) IMS Gear (opening a new 112,000 square foot facility from state funds and grants), Labels Unlimited, and Green Flash Brewing Company. IMS Gear opened in Virginia Beach and employs 220 workers (as of 2016). ( news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/ made-in-america-and-made-in-virginiabeach-1/124824819) In Feb. 2017, Sanjo Corte Fino selected Virginia Beach as the site of its 24,000-square-foot North American manufacturing headquarters. (http:// commercial-real-estate/the-millergroup-is-building-sanjo-corte-fino-svirginia/article_f7e3313c-e035-5993bc4b-c80584d16d49.html) Newport News shipyard voted in favor of a 52-month contract through July 9, 2017, with Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. The Apprentice School,” a six-acre, $70 million venture for Newport News Shipbuilding was reaccredited until 2022 (http:// newport-news-shipbuilding-apprenticeschool-reaccredited/article_574658135037-5319-9dc2-4024b855e642.html) In addition, largest recent growth in the Hampton Roads region was in the healthcare and social assistance sectors, followed by leisure and hospitality, scientific and technical sciences, retail trade, and finally federal and manufacturing, as reported by Hampton Roads Planning and District Commission.

Health Care: Family Health Education: Learning Opportunities “My level of amazement grows each day as I witness our communities rise to the challenge to help us all get through this crisis. Everyday heroes in hospitals, on the roads and behind the scenes are showing us their very best. Every day, we see more signs of hope all around us. And much of that comes from the heroic helpers with huge hearts. Thanks to them, I have confidence we’ll get through this together.” - Paul Quillin Darden, Publisher With these medical advancements and expansions, all Hampton Roads health care facilities are developing new and innovative ways of providing care, while keeping a vigilant eye on the need for a personalized approach to patient care. Founded in 1915, Riverside Health System has evolved from a small hospital in Newport News, Virginia, into one of the most progressive and diversified nonprofit healthcare organizations in the nation. A voluntary Board of Trustees governs each major division or facility within this system that now serves over 700,000 individuals across southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Riverside is driven by the care designed and delivered by over 500 clinical providers, who function as the Riverside Medical Group. Riverside operates 941 inpatient beds in five acute care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital, a physical rehabilitation hospital plus our Hampton Roads specialty Hospital along with an extensive array of outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities, Riverside Regional is the health system’s hub for Medical Education, providing physician training through the Riverside Family Practice and OB/GYN 54 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital residency programs, and the Riverside School of Health Careers which was established in 1916. Additionally, Our life long Health Division has three vibrant continuing care retirement communities, six PACE Centers (Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly), nine long-term care facilities, totaling 1700 beds with skilled, intermediate and home-for-adult services, two wellness centers, and the region’s leading home care organization. Recognized nationally for quality and innovation, Sentara has a history of bringing medical advances first to the

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region such as robotic surgery, cancer improvements, and heart and other surgical procedures. Sentara was first in the nation to pioneer lifesaving electronic ICU (eICU®) This comprehensive health system is comprised of 10 hospitals in Virginia, including the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and dedicated heart hospital at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Other community needs are met through its nursing and assisted living facilities, advanced imaging centers, outpatient care campuses in the region, array of awardwinning health plans, home health and

Port Warwick in Newport News, Sentara Gloucester Medical Arts, and Sentara BelleHarbor offers north Suffolk residents quality health care. Another major area hospital is the Mary Immaculate Hospital, an affiliate of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., a not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare system that employs over 4,000 people. The hospital features a 42,000-squarefoot Surgical Pavilion. The Pavilion is technologically-advanced, equipped with digital operating rooms. Digital operating rooms use a HERMES Control-Center that enables surgeons to use voice activation to control surgical equipment such as cameras, lights and tables. The OR also includes an image management system that provides high quality, digital images in real-time. Bon Secours in Hampton Roads also includes the Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Midtown Portsmouth which opened a new $16.5-million heart institute in November, 2005, and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk. The system also includes several physical therapy centers, primary care centers, and the ambulatory surgery and diagnostic centers in Suffolk and in Virginia Beach, in addition to nursing care and assisted living facilities throughout the Southside area. Chesapeake Health is another local, independent health organization serving Hampton Roads. It’s comprised of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, the W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center and several companion providers that offer a broad range of programs and services for Southeastern Virginia residents. It recently opened the free-standing Diagnostic Center of Chesapeake and the area’s

only in-patient Women’s Unit. For many specialized needs for children, Hampton Roads citizens can go to Eastern Virginia Medical School or the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the only hospital in Southeastern Virginia devoted exclusively to children. For the most critically injured victims, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital features a Level I trauma center and the Nightingale helicopter service. In addition, the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond is just a 90-minute drive northwest.

Acute Care-Peninsula Langley Air Force Base Hospital Langley AFB 225-7630 This 50-bed facility offers comprehensive care exclusively to military personnel and their dependents. Mary Immaculate Hospital 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News 886-6000 Mary Immaculate Hospital is a 115-bed facility located in the Denbigh section of Newport News. For the past 50 years, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters at Mary Immaculate have successfully carried out their mission to treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit. The hospital is well known for its women’s services such as The Birthplace, which offers a unique birthing experience. Other specialties include a Heart Center, orthopedics, the Peninsula Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bon Secours Hernia Center at Mary Immaculate and a full service emergency department with a fast track program. Throughout its

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hospice services, rehabilitation facilities, and nearly 400 world-class physicians of Sentara Medical Group. Sentara is also known for its compassionate care and service to the community, especially for the area’s less fortunate. For years, Sentara has touched the lives of thousands of people who are uninsured or underinsured. Sentara provides more than $214.5 million in community benefits. Of that, more than $183.2 million was provided in uncompensated patient care. Community benefit provided by our hospitals Martha Jefferson Hospital and RMH Healthcare are tallied separately. Sentara also replaced Nightingale air ambulance with a new state-of-theart helicopter. The $7.2M Eurocopter EC-145 was partly funded by donations from local governments, corporations, foundations and individuals of that exceeded $3.5M. Nightingale operates at a yearly deficit of up to $600,000 due to a high percentage uninsured patients, and Sentara maintains the service as part of its not-for-profit commitment to the community. Recently the Sentara Neurosciences Institute was formed in collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School and other neuroscience experts to advance treatment for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles in Virginia. Heart care in the region has been dramatically improved through Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute which increased cardiac research and treatment options for area heart patients. Sentara also continues bringing care closer to home by enhancing its comprehensive outpatient campuses like Sentara Independence in Virginia Beach, Sentara

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history, Mary Immaculate Hospital has maintained a strong commitment to meeting the needs of patients on the Peninsula by continuously expanding its breadth of service and its numerous community outreach programs. McDonald Army Community Hospital Fort Eustis 314-7500 This 45-bed facility offers comprehensive care exclusively to military personnel and their dependents. Riverside Regional Medical Center 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News 594-2000 Riverside Regional Medical Center is the flagship hospital of Riverside Health System. The Health System started with the 1915 charter for the “Newport News General and Non Sectarian Hospital, Inc.”. The original hospital contained 50 beds and was opened on Huntington Ave., north of 50th Street in 1916. A nursing school was started at about the same time. The hospital was severely strained by a typhoid epidemic during World War I, as well as the influenza epidemic of 1918-19. It was expanded considerably during World War II. The hospital moved to its current 56-acre location in 1963. It currently has 450 beds and is the primary center for medical care on the Virginia Peninsula. Its medical staff is comprised of over 400 physicians in 33 specialties. Riverside Regional Medical Center has always been an innovative force for medicine and medical education both locally and nationally, from the nation’s first CCU in 1965 to the country’s first web-based, competency-based evaluation system in 2001. It continues to evolve and improve and current capital projects include a $100 million renovation of the entire hospital. Riverside’s special programs and specialties include: Medical education teaching program; Emergency Department and Level II Trauma Center; the most advanced operating rooms and only open heart surgery center on the Peninsula; the area’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Radiosurgery (‘knifeless surgery’) featuring Gamma Knife and Synergy S; Neurointerventional biplane for brain attack (stroke); bariatric surgery; cardiology; emergency; endocrinology; gastroenterology; general surgery; gynecology; medical oncology; medical weight management; nephrology; neurology; neuroradiology; neurosurgery; obstetrics; oph56 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

thalmology; orthopedics; otolaryngology; physiatry; pulmonology; radiation oncology; rheumatology; urology; and vascular. Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg 1500 Commonwealth Avenue Williamsburg 585-2200 Designed and built with a focus on patient-centered care, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg is a 40-bed hospital and is the pinnacle of Riverside’s commitment to the residents of the Williamsburg region. Set on over 25 beautiful acres, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg offers state-of-the-art care, comfort and convenience. Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg features fully integrated computer technology through patient “Smart Rooms.” This enables nursing staff and providers to spend more time at the bedside in patient care and teaching. Our full-service facility includes: emergency department with 12 private rooms, inpatient and outpatient surgical services featuring two operating rooms and eight private preparation/recovery rooms, lobby, café and community education area, meditation and reflection area, radiology services, cardio/pulmonary services, outpatient diagnostic services, intensive care unit, pharmacy, and Lifelong Health Center to aid in the transition of patients to other settings outside of the hospital. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital 7519 Hospital Drive Gloucester (804) 693-8800 Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is a 67bed acute care facility providing compre-

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hensive services and state-of-the-art technology to the communities of the Middle Peninsula. The professional and caring staff embraces the Riverside Mission of caring for others as we would care for those we love. Riverside Walter Reed’s 30-plus acre campus includes the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, Middle Peninsula Cancer Institute, Riverside Home Care and the Riverside Physical Therapy Suite including Nutrition, Speech, Hand and Occupational Therapy. Hospital services include Emergency, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Imaging and Laboratory. Specialty practices and services include Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology and Sleep Center, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Physiatry, Urology, Vascular and Women’s Health and Wellness. Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton 736-1000 The 200-bed hospital has revolutionized health care on the Peninsula. Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex is the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital and adjoins the main hospital where some of the area’s most advanced medical technology is available. A fiberoptic backbone spans the campus, enabling simultaneous computer transfer of life-saving information. This and other groundbreaking technology support the following: filmless, digital diagnostic imaging for faster, clearer test results; one of the nation’s first electronic ICUs for uninterrupted monitoring of critically ill patients; and surgical equipment so sophisticated it listens and responds to doctors’ orders. This hospital gained

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Chesapeake Regional Medical Center 736 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake 312-8121

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national stroke certification, sleep lab accredication and is a certified chest pain center--all advancing care for Peninsula residents. And, the future is even more exciting because every inch has been built to accommodate new advancements as they become available.

and provides comprehensive medical, mental health, hospice and nursing home care. In addition, it offers dialysis equipment and substance abuse services. It features several types of specialized care such as that for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg 984-6000


The 340,000 square-foot acute care hospital has 145 all-private patient rooms, offering emergency, surgical, medical, maternal and pediatric care. Located on an entire campus devoted to wellness, the medical center is adjacent to many related services and is equipped with some of the latest technology including a 32-slice CT scanner, electronic intensive care monitoring (eICU®), “smart” operating rooms, and digital mammography. The hospital is a certified stroke center and adjoins the Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Outpatient Center, which houses an outpatient surgery center, pain management clinic, heartburn treatment center and Sentara Williamsburg Comprehensive Breast Center within the Woman’s Imaging Pavilion and physician offices.

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center 150 Kingsley Lane, Norfolk 889-5000 This 238-bed facility was established in 1855 and today is both an acute care and teaching hospital. Currently, over 600 physicians, representing a wide array of specialties, enable the hospital to provide a comprehensive range of inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic services. Its Midwifery Center was the region’s first and only hospital-based midwife birthing center. Other centers associated with Bon Secours DePaul include the Bon Secours Cancer Center, DePaul Vascular Center, the Joint and Spine Center, the Sleep Center, the Senior Health Center, the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, the Wound Care Center and the DePaul Center for Birth.

Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive Hampton 722-9961

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center 336 High Street, Portsmouth 398-2200

This 405-bed facility was established in 1870 as the fourth national V.A. center, where soldiers could spend their last days in comfort and receive medical care. It has a strong affiliation with the staff, residents and students at the Eastern Virginia Medical School

With a staff of over 400 physicians, this 364-bed facility provides emergency, orthopedic, and comprehensive cardiac services, enhanced in 2005 with the opening of the Bon Secours Heart Institute in partnership with Columbia University

This 310-bed facility is ranked among Virginia’s top busiest hospitals and among the top 25 hospitals in the nation for stroke care. The BirthPlace —the hospital’s obstetrics unit—was created especially for women starting their families and has helped to deliver more than 50,000 babies. This unit provides a warm, homey atmosphere that is comfortable and nurturing while providing personalized nursing care to each mother and baby. This care is extended via MomsMobile, a service that sends a specially-trained nurse to the home to ensure mother and baby are doing well. This service is in addition to a variety of classes that are offered to help moms before and after delivery. Chesapeake General also features a progressive cancer treatment center, a diabetes unit, LifeStyle center and rehabilitation services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Eastern Virginia Medical School 825 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk 446-5600 One of the medical centers of the Eastern Virginia Medical School is today’s foremost leading reproductive program and was the site of the nation’s first in-vitro fertilization clinic. Other centers within the school include: the Center for Pediatric Research, the Diabetes Institute, the Center for Ocular Pharmacology, the Sleep Disorders Center and the Voice Center for individuals experiencing speech and swallowing problems. Naval Medical Center 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth SitePages/home.aspx 953-5008 This facility is one of the Navy’s three teaching hospitals and the oldest and w w w.coastalvirginia.NET • 57

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College of Physicians and Surgeons. Its technologically-advanced diagnostics include MRIs, CT scans, nuclear medicine, mammography and digital radiology. Bon Secours Maryview Center also features a daVinci robotics surgical program, the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, the Family Birth Center, Spine Center, Maryview Center for Physical Rehabilitation, Martha Davis Cancer Center and the Maryview Joint Center.

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largest naval hospital in the country. It occupies a 112-acre site on the Elizabeth River and includes the Charette Health Care Center and a new 360-bed acute care facility that is the most modern in the Navy. The Naval Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of health care for military health care beneficiaries.

nursery, eICU®, and minimally-invasive and robotic surgeries. Norfolk General is among a handful of Primary Stroke Centers in Virginia and home to the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, burn trauma unit, and solid organ transplant center. Also located on the Norfolk campus is Nightingale—the region’s first air ambulance.

Sentara Independence 800 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach 363-6100

Sentara Obici Hospital 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk

Formerly an acute care hospital, Sentara Independence provides a 24/7 Emergency Department and outpatient services, including physical therapy. Sentara Leigh Hospital 830 Kempsville Road Norfolk 261-6700 This 250-bed acute care hospital features all private rooms and specializes in orthopedics, gynecology, ophthalmology, outpatient hand surgery and urology. It also offers specialized care through its certified primary stroke center, joint replacement services, family maternity care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, expert breast care through the Comprehensive Breast Center, and the lifesaving eICU®. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk 388-3000


This 138-bed acute care hospital opened in 2002, carrying on a 50-year tradition of providing Suffolk and Western Tidewater residents patient-centered care. The hospital is a certified primary stroke center and provides a wide array of inpatient and outpatient health care services from medical and surgery services to intensive care, pediatrics, and physical rehabilitation. Expert breast care is offered through its Comprehensive Breast Center. The hospital offers sophisticated diagnostic services such as cardiac testing, a sleep disorders center, and MRI capabilities. It is among a select group of facilities to offer digital mammography and is the only hospital in the region to offer women ImageChecker technology to read their mammograms. Sentara Princess Anne Hospital 2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive Norfolk 507-1000

Sentara Princess Anne is a 160-bed acute This 555-bed tertiary care facility is located care hospital that opened in 2011 to serve on a large medical campus including a residents of southern Virginia Beach and leading medical school, children’s hospital, neighboring Chesapeake communities. It and Sentara Heart Hospital, which consisincludes full-service emergency care, surgitently ranks among the nation’s top 50 heart cal and a family maternity center with onsite programs by U.S. News & World Report. Expert breast care is provided through the Comprehensive Breast Center. As the first hospital in Hampton Roads to achieve Magnet status, Norfolk General is distinguished for nursing excellence and offers superior care through regionally- and nationallyknown services such as the Sentara Cancer Institute, advanced imaging capabilities, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center a specialized level II 58 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

neonatal intensive care unit. It also features the OrthoJoint Center and recently received National Stroke Certification. Expert breast services are offered through Sentara Virginia Beach Comprehensive Breast Centers. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 1060 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach 395-8000 This 282-bed acute care facility is among a handful of Primary Stroke Centers in Virginia and offers an array of specialized capabilities through Sentara Heart Center; expert breast services are offered through Sentara Virginia Beach Comprehensive Breast Centers; and intensive care unit featuring 24-hour coverage by intensivists. In addition, the hospital offers access to Sentara Cancer Network through the Coastal Cancer Center; an accredited sleep disorders center; a new inpatient rehab unit, and an expanded emergency department with 40 private patient rooms. Southampton Memorial Hospital 100 Fairview Drive, Franklin 569-6100 Established in 1963, Southampton Memorial Hospital is a 221-bed, non-profit facility committed to finding innovative ways of improving health care services. The hospital offers specialties in over 27 different fields, including women’s services, senior care, psychiatry, urology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, obstetrics, long term care and more. In addition, SMH provides 24-hour home health care, hospice and community counseling services, and operates it’s East Pavilion long-term care facility that services 116 residents. There, patients have access to

Lakeview Medical Center’s satellite facility that provides cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and rheumatology treatments.

Bon Secours Maryview Behavioral Medicine Center 3636 High Street, Portsmouth 398-2367 This 54-bed facility offers a comprehensive range of medical services for those experiencing an acute emotional crisis or the ravaging effects of drug and alcohol dependency. Medical services include treatment for chemical dependency for adults and psychiatric care for adults and adolescents. Eastern State Hospital 4601 Ironbound Road Williamsburg 253-5161 Now part of the Virginia Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services system, the 760-bed facility provides communityfocused mental health care. Riverside Behavioral Health Center 2244 Executive Drive Hampton 826-1007 This 127-bed facility provides 24hour, 7-day a week free, confidential comprehensive assessments and referral assistance for psychiatric and chemical dependency problems to children, adolescents and adults. The center offers the immediate options often demanded in crisis situations. It also provides Outpatient Services, including special services like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center 1100 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach 496-6000 The Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center is a freestanding hospital offering acute psychiatric and substance abuse services for children, adolescents and adults. Specialized programs include dual diagnosis treatment, substance abuse rehabilitation, detoxification and

Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute

As a patient treatment facility as well as a research and education center, HUPTI builds upon Hampton’s legacy of knowledge and innovation. Our doctors and researchers are further developing the science of proton therapy to remain at the Specialized/Non-Acute Care vanguard of the fight against cancer into the future. HUPTI continues to be a catalyst Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View for new scientific discoveries and increas5818 Harbour View Blvd, Suffolk ingly accurate, advanced care for cancer 673-5800 patients. Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) was the eighth This facility includes an outpatient center to rise to prominence, and has surgery and a diagnostic center which evolved to become the largest facility of its includes western Hampton Roads’ only kind in the world. open MRI unit as well as CT and diagnosJones Institute for Reproductive Medicine tic radiology and non-invasive vascular imaging. Other programs and services include In-Motion Physical Therapy and The Jones Institute for Reproductive Sports Performance Center, a gastroenterology center, the Bon Secours Center Medicine is the largest, most comprehensive women’s health practice in the region. for Colon and Rectal Diseases, the Bon It offers fertility treatments ranging from Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, diagnosis and basic treatments, such as Mid-Atlantic Hearing and Balance Cenintrauterine insemination, to pioneering ter, primary care and specialist offices, a full-service emergency department and assisted-reproduction technologies, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). It The Millie Lancaster Women’s Center. also provides care for normal and comBon Secours Health Center at plicated obstetrics patients as well as for Virginia Beach women experiencing menopause and its 828 Healthy Way, Virginia Beach complications, like osteoporosis. 463-2540 Lake Taylor Transitional Care Bon Secours Health Center at Virginia 1309 Kempsville Road, Norfolk Beach offers outpatient surgery and 461-5001 vanced imaging services to include CT and Considered to be one of the best MRI. In addition to the In-Motion Physical sub-acute care facilities on the East Coast, this Therapy and Sports Performance Center, 296-bed facility is also one of the few in the there are primary as well as specialty pracstate licensed to provide both nursing and tices on the campus. sub-acute care. It typically provides care for Children’s Hospital of the patients who are too well to warrant hospital care but who are unprepared to return home King’s Daughters 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk 668-7000 because of respiratory, stroke, orthopedic, cancer or neurological illness. Exclusively dedicated to the health needs Orthopedic & Spine Center of children, CHKD serves as the region’s 250 Nat Turner Boulevard referral center for the most sophisticated 596-1900 care needed in the management of chronic Newport News illnesses and diseases and the routine primary care available through its partner This practice specializes in orthopedic community pediatricians. surgery, sports medicine, arthritis surgery, total knee and hip replacements, arthroscopic surgery, fracture treatment, hand and foot surgeries, MRI and Dexascan (bone density and body fat analysis). w w t • 59

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the women’s program. Adult partial hospitalization is also available for psychiatric and substance abuse patients. One of the hospital’s unique components is a Mobile Assessment Team that can be triaged to local hospitals, emergency rooms, medical offices, schools and businesses for on-site crisis evaluation.

Health Care: Family Health

Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News 928-8000 This 50-bed facility offers long-term physical rehabilitation by a multi-disciplinary team for victims of stroke recovery, amputation, neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and medically complex rehab. We develop unique treatment plans for each individual to help them regain functionality and independence with tasks such as self-care and activities of daily living skills, mobility training, intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy, and more so they can return home with the highest possible level of independence. Sentara BelleHarbour 3920 A Bridge Road, Suffolk


Advanced health care has come to north Suffolk at Sentara BelleHarbour, less than one mile from the 664/Route 17 interchange. This state-of-the-art outpatient medical center brings quality health services including a 24hour, freestanding emergency department, advanced imaging center, central testing and laboratory, sleep center, occupational medicine, physical therapy services, and physician offices to nearby residents. Sentara Gloucester Medical Arts 5659 Parkway Drive Gloucester (804) 210-1000 Sentara Gloucester Medical Arts, located off Route 17 at the entrance of the Gloucester Business Park, has a wide array of medical services including urgent care, primary and specialists care, and pediatrics coupled with diagnostic imaging services. Sentara Greenbrier Healthplex 713 Volvo Parkway Chesapeake 1-800-736-8272 Advanced Imaging Center 282-4025 Battlefield Therapy Center 282-4015 Advanced healthcare in a neighbohood setting is available at Greenbrier HealthPlex. Included are physician offices, diagnostic services, physical therapy and complete women’s care as well as laboratory testing. Sentara Heart Hospital® 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk


This $94.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, opened in February, 2006 on the 60 • Coastal Virginia 2021-22

Norfolk General Hospital campus. It is the region’s only dedicated heart hospital enabling heart patients to receive comprehensive services-from diagnostics and interventional cardiology to open-heart surgery and transplantation—all under one roof. The new hospital showcases excellence in heart care building on Norfolk General’s successes in developing one of the best heart programs in the nation. The facility has 112 licensed inpatient beds and 45 pre/ post procedural rooms—all private. It also features 5 “smart” voice-activated cardiac operating rooms, the region’s only cardiac eICU® offering round-the- clock electronic monitoring of heart patients, 6 cardiac catheterization labs, and 3 electrophysiology (EP) labs. In addition, the hospital has the region’s first 64-slice CT scanner, which enables doctors to diagnose heart disease within seconds and avoid invasive heart catheterization procedures. Sentara Medical Group Virginia Beach


Nearly 400 premier physicians practicing from about 100 sites of care comprise Sentara Medical Group. Spanning from Williamsburg to northeastern North Carolina, the medical group includes a full complement of primary and secondary physicians growing to meet the changing needs of the community. Sentara Medical Arts & Urgent Care at New Town 4374 New Town Avenue Williamsburg 259-1900 Sentara Medical Arts & Urgent Care at New Town, a nearly 50,000 square foot building located off Ironbound Road, houses several internal medicine and family practice physician offices in addition to New Town

Urgent Care now open seven days a week. Occupational Medicine, coumadin clinic, and a pediatric practice and specialized teen health clinic are also located on campus. Sentara Port Warwick 11803 Jefferson Avenue at Loftus Newport News 736-9898 Sentara Port Warwick is the Peninsula’s only comprehensive outpatient campus. Located on 15 acres, this three-building complex includes a 24-hour freestanding emergency department staffed by boardcertified emergency physicians, advanced imaging center, the region’s first comprehensive breast center including a high-risk breast program, an advanced vascular treatment center, and an outpatient surgery center staffed by board-certified surgeons wellversed in minimally-invasive surgeries that reduce recovery times. Primary and specialty physicians, a laboratory, hyperbaric medicine, Virginia Oncology’s cancer center and endovascular suite offer a full complement of outpatient services to Peninsula patients. Sentara St. Lukes 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton 542-1000 Now open near the intersection of Brewers Neck Boulevard (Route 258) and Route 10 is Sentara St. Luke’s, a new, two-story, 52,000 square foot health care campus. Among the services available on campus are: Sentara Urgent Care, Sentara Family Medicine Physicians (formerly Smithfield Medical Center), Advanced Imaging Services, Smithfield Therapy Center (formerly Smithfield Physical Therapy), laboratory services, and physician specialists ranging from OB/GYN to cardiology, gastrointestinal care and ophthalmology.

W. Jennings Outpatient Center 844 N. Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake 312-6137

Obici Physical Therapy and Wellness Route 10/Godwin Boulevard Suffolk 934-8572

Total Fitness 6120 Jefferson Ave. Newport News

This Surgery Center, designed for patients who have their procedure and return home the same day, offers many advantages. Its award-winning design is one of the most patient-friendly in Hampton Roads providing a soothing atmosphere that is an alternative to traditional hospitals. All patient rooms have windows, for example, many of which overlook an outdoor pond and fountain area. Even the four operating suites have windows for natural lighting. Family member needs have also been taken into account, with a spacious, comfortable waiting area that boasts two workstations with phones. Procedures that can be performed in the Surgery Center include orthopedic, gynecologic, ENT, plastic, podiatry and general surgery cases.

Riverside Wellness & Fitness Centers 12650 Jefferson Ave. Newport News 875-7525

Free weights, individualized programs, Lifecycles, Nautilus and Universal equipment, nutritional guidance, rowers, sauna, stair climbers, tanning bed, weight-loss program and whirlpool. Features lifting supplies and supplements. Specializes in body building.

Bally Total Fitness Peninsula & Southside locations 1-866-402-2559 (40BALLY) Bon Secours ParCourse Fitness Trail 2 Bernadine Dr., Newport News 886-6000 Chesapeake Health Fitness Centers Lifestyle Center-CGH 800 Battlefield Boulevard North Chesapeake 312-6132 Lifestyle Center-Western Branch 4626 Taylor Road Chesapeake 483-8300 Curves for Women Peninsula & Southside locations 1-800-419-9250 Dominion Physical Therapy 466 Denbigh Boulevard Newport News


729 Thimble Shoals, Suite 4C Newport News


243 McLaws Circle, Suite 102 Williamsburg 564-9628 304 Marcella Road, Suite E Hampton 825-9446 500 Rodman Ave, Suite 4 Portsmouth


301 Riverview Avenue, Suite 525A Norfolk 963-5588

Aqua arthritis classes, babysitter training, childbirth preparation classes, CPR classes, Dietcise, DynaMom, group exercise classes, kickboxing classes, BodyJam, Lifeguarding classes, Pilates, racquetball lessons, Smokeless TM, Spinning TM, Summer Fit Camp, swimming lessons, Tae Kwan Do, tennis lessons, water aerobics, yoga, Cardiotheater, cardiovascular fitness equipment, climbers/ steppers, elliptical crosstrainers, free weights, strength training, circuits, lifecycles, rowers, treadmills, body composition analysis, exercise consultants, fitness instructors, fitness testing, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, certified personal trainers, registered dieticians, sport-specific training, total body conditioning, indoor and outdoor basketball, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor tennis, indoor track, indoor volleyball, racquetball, locker rooms and towels, nursery, saunas, summer memberships and whirlpools. Not all services available at both locations. Sentara Center for Health & Fitness 4001 Coliseum Drive Hampton 766-2658 The Sentara Center for Health & Fitness opened across from Sentara CarePlex Hospital and offers comprehensivehealth and wellness services including cardiovascular and weight training, sports performance, and medicallymanaged fitness and rehabilitation. The Simon Family JCC 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 100 Virginia Beach 321-2338 Offers more than just a great gym. Members have access to: • Comprehensive fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools
 • 50+ free group fitness classes per week, including Tabata, Zumba, and more • Free babysitting while you work out • Summer day camps for toddlers through teens • Cultural & educational programs for children, teens & adults

YMCA Chesapeake 547-9622 Hampton 722-9044 South Hampton Roads 624-9622 James City County 200-6070 Portsmouth 399-5511 Newport News 223-7925 Norfolk 622-9622 Suffolk 934-9622 Virginia Beach 456-9622 Williamsburg 220-9622 York County 867-3300 Aerobics, free weights, indoor pool, indoor track, Lifecycles, Nautilus equipment, racquetball, rowers and stair climbers. Features Cybex and three gyms. Child care provided.

Referrals American Board of Medical Specialties 1-866-275-2267 (866-ASK-ABMS) Verifies doctors’ board certification. Riverside Nurse 595-6363 Toll-free 1-800-675-6368

Assesses medical symptoms, answers health information questions and provides physician referrals. Free and confidential 24-hour, 7-days-a-week service provided by Riverside Health System.

Bon Secours Health Resource Center Mary Immaculate Hospital 886-6000 Refers specific doctors—who have chosen to be in the service—on a rotational basis. Also refers programs offered by the hospital and community support groups. Available business hours only. Sentara Healthcare 1-800-736-8272 Refers specific doctors—who have chosen to be in the service—on a rotational basis. Refers services of bilingual doctors. Also refers programs offered by the hospital and community support groups.

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Fitness/Wellness Centers

7516 Hospital Rd., Rte. 17 Gloucester (804) 693-8888


Senior Living: Helpful Organizations

Resources For Seniors As the number of seniors within the Hampton Roads community grows, it’s not surprising that there are an abundance of organizations and agencies that can provide information and other forms of assistance. Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is one such group that provides pre-scheduled rides as well as emergency transportation for seniors in need. Its Nutrition Program distributes meals to seniors at day care centers as well as to individual homes. The Center for Aging disseminates information about adult services and benefits while its Ombudsman Office is a resource for individuals that have facility care concerns. Senior Services also coordinates volunteer and employment programs for seniors. For more information, call 461-9481 or visit Other valuable resources include the Peninsula Agency on Aging, and the Peninsula Aging Network that meets monthly. The following groups can also provide information about various programs and services for senior citizens.

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Helpful Organizations for Seniors Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter 459-2405 American Association of Retired Persons 1-888-687-2277 Bay Aging 804-758-2386 Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia 456-2366 Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Elderly and Indigent Victim’s Assistance Program Chesapeake 382-6159 Christopher Center at Our Lady of Perpetual Help 495-4211 Disabled American Veterans Chesapeake 545-5679 Gloucester 804-695-1558 Hampton 826-7530 Newport News 875-0721 Norfolk 426-7100 Portsmouth 465-7300 Suffolk 934-2695 Virginia Beach 519-9931 Elder Care Resource & Referral 627-3993 Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging 442-9652

Endependence Center Inc. Norfolk 461-8007 Family Management Services, Inc. Fairfax (571) 748-5429 File of Life 382-8824 Food Stamps & Fuel Assistance 926-6300 Foster Grandparent Program 727-1858 Franklin Downtown Development 562-6900 Friends of the Elderly Virginia Beach 431-0052 GoldenClub 856-7010 Goodwill 627-7733 1-800-Goodwill Great Atlantic Travel & Tour 422-9002 Institute for Learning in Retirement Virginia Beach 368-4160 Jewish Family Services of Tidewater 321-2222 Magnolia Manor Assisted Living at The Orchard (804) 313-2400 at Smithfield 357-0732 Meals on Wheels Chesapeake 312-6458 Newport News 873-0541

Norfolk 892-5210 Portsmouth 673-5025 Suffolk 934-4911 Virginia Beach 306-2721 Williamsburg 229-9250 York County 525-3881 Medicare General Information 1-800-633-4227 Eligibility 1-800-772-1213 Mobile Meals of Norfolk 892-5210 Mobile Meals of Portsmouth 687-6325 Patriot Colony at Williamsburg CCRC/Assisted Living/ Convalescent Center 220-9000 Peninsula Agency on Aging 873-0541 Peninsula Aging and Disability Resource Network 873-0541 Peninsula Aging Network 345-6277 Retired Senior Volunteer Programs of the Peninsula Newport News 595-9037 Portsmouth Suffolk Riverside Adult Day Services Newport News 875-2033 Riverside Nurse 595-6363

Riverside Convalescent Centers Dogwood Manor-The Orchard (804) 313-2400 The Gardens/WF 886-2200 Patriots Colony 220-9000 Hampton 722-9881 Smithfield 357-0732 West Point (804) 843-4323 Senior Care Navigation Hampton Roads 856-7030 Riverside Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Hampton 251-7977 Newport News 234-8100 Sanders Retirement Village Gloucester (804) 693-2000 Senior Centers Chesapeake 382-2330 Hampton 727-1601 Historic Triangle 259-4187 Newport News 591-4850 Norfolk 644-6484 Ocean View 441-1767 York County 898-3880 Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia 461-9481 Sentara Adult Day Health Care Center Virginia Beach 306-2850 Sentara Living Williamsburg 800-736-8272

Sentara Senior Community Care (PACE Program) Virginia Beach 502-7800 Sentara Village Chesapeake 261-4050 Norfolk 892-5200 Virginia Beach 306-2800 0Social Security Administration General Information 1-800-772-1213 Newport News 873-3914 Chesapeake/Norfolk 858-6198 Portsmouth 465-4896 Social Services Departments Main Agency 804-726-7000 Chesapeake 382-2000 Hampton 727-1800 Newport News 926-6300 Norfolk 664-6000 Portsmouth 405-1800 Suffolk 514-7450 Virginia Beach 385-3200 United Seniors Association 1-800-951-0017 VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads 624-2400 Virginia Center of Aging (804) 828-1525 Warwick Forest CCRC/Assisted Living/Convalescent Center Newport News 886-2000

Your local Area Agencies on Aging work to make the Hampton Roads community a healthier, more livable area for older adults, by connecting you with services to promote your independence. • • • • • •

Personal Care Services Caregiver Support Services Home Delivered Meals Non-emergency Medical Transportation Health Management & Wellness Services Senior Apartments

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Information and Assistance Advance Care Planning Insurance Counseling Energy & Emergency Assistance Homemaker Program Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

*Programs and Services may vary by location and Area Agency on Aging.

Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging Community Action Agency (757) 873-0541 (757) 461-9481 (804) 758-2386 (757) 442-9652

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Advertising Darden Publishing (757) 389-5473 (See our info–Inside Back Cover)

Business Development Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100 Lakefront Plaza Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 262-2000 (See our ads–pages 14, 16 & 51)

Dining, Recreation & Shopping Riverwalk Landing PO Box 612 (for mailing) 425 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (See our ad–page 41)

Economic Development Chesapeake, City of

676 Independence Parkway Suite 200 Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-8040 (See our ad–page 19)

Franklin & Southampton County 601 N. Mechanic Street Franklin, VA 23851 (757) 562-1958 (See our ad–page 20)

Gloucester County

6489 Main Street Gloucester, VA 23061 (804) 693-1415 (See our ad–page 21)

Hampton, City of

One Franklin Street, Suite 600 Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 727-6237 (See our ad–page 22)

2400 Washington Avenue 3rd Floor Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 926-8428 Toll-Free 1-800-274-8348 (See our ad–pages 24-25)

Poquoson, City of 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662 (757) 868-5314 (See our ad–page 26)

Suffolk, City of

442 W. Washington Street Suite 2017 Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 514-4040 (See our ad–page 27)

Virginia Beach, City of 4525 Main Street, Suite 700 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 385-6464 (See our ad–page 28)


1001 Omni Boulevard Newport News, VA 23462 757-838-9191 (See our ad–page 42)

Hampton City Schools One Franklin Street Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2213 (See our ad–Back Cover)

Hampton Roads International Montessori School 11790 Jefferson Ave., Suite 200 Newport News, VA 23606 23 Semple Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 873-8950 (See our ad–page 17)

HEALTHCARE Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute 40 Enterprise Parkway Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 251-6800 (See our ad–page 55)

Peninsula Agency on Aging

738 Thimble Shoals Boulevard Suite 1006 Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-0541 (See our ad–page 63)

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (757) 461-9481 (See our ad–page 63)

Bay Aging (804) 758-2386 (See our ad–page 63)

Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging (757) 442-9652 (See our ad–page 63)

Historical Sites Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown PO Box 1607 Williamsburg, VA 23187 (757) 253-4838 (See our ad–page 35)

MANUFACTURers Liebherr USA, Co.

4800 Chestnut Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 240-4250 (See our ad–page 15)

Real Estate/Residental Century 21 Nachman Realty 720 Thimble Shoals Boulevard Newport News, VA 23606 Toll-Free 1-800-539-8014 (See our ad–page 31)

Garrett Realty Partners

11864 Canon Boulevard Suite 103 Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-1002 Toll-Free 1-800-GARRETT (See our ads–Inside Front Cover & page 1)

Travel & Tourism

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Hampton, City of 1919 Commerce Drive Suite 290 Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 722-1222 (See our ad–page 23)

Historic Yorktown

PO Box 532 (for mailing) 301 Main Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (757) 890-3500 (See our ad–page 41)

Veterinary Peninsula Animal Referral Center

1120 George Washington Memorial Hwy. Yorktown, Virginia 23693 (757) 874-8115 (See our ad–page 60)

ZOO Virginia Zoo

PO Box 1607 3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374 (See our ad–page 37)

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