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In this Guide Introduction 2 Map of Hampton Roads 4 Publisher 5 Greetings 6 Governments

Feature 8 Hampton Roads: Quality of Life Community Profiles 12 Quality of Life

New Arrivals 30 Residential Real Estate 32 Quick Start Guide

Business 34 37 38 39


Economic Development Employment Opportunities Tourism and the Economy Transportation

Education 42 Learning Opportunities

Health Care 48 Family Health

Senior Living 55 Helpful Organizations

History & Science 56 Historical Sites & Museums

Military Life 62 Military Facilities



Business Guide 64 Advertisers’ Directory

Footnotes: 1 U.S. Census Bureau; 2010-13 | 2 U.S. Census Bureau | 3 U.S. Census Bureau; 2010-13 | 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 development 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

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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



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Isle of Wight County

Norfolk 32 Elizabeth River Ferry

Southampton County

Suffolk 13


Portsmouth 460

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introduction: Publisher’s Thoughts

Welcome to Coastal Virginia


Paul Quillin Darden Associate Editor

Jackie Darden

The Coastal Virginia region, home of one of the world’s largest natural harbors known as “Hampton Roads” 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 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 Norfolk side has the Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. 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 Chamberlin Hotel, 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 Coastal Virginia 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 — Hampton Roads is the place to be for business and family.

Paul Quillin Darden Darden Publishing

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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.


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,

Courtesy of City of Virginia


he 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

Our Leaders


he 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.



Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff

Chairman Robert J. “JJ” Orth

“In Chesapeake, our focus and formula for success is simple: Transportation equals jobs. Jobs equals prosperity. Prosperity equals revenue. Revenue equals worldclass schools, safer streets, a better quality of life and a budget in balance. And world-class schools, safer streets, and an improved quality of life will build a more vibrant Chesapeake that future generations will proudly call home. And the proof is in the pudding. Nearly $1 billion has been invested in transportation projects that will create new pathways for success, our schools are among Virginia’s best, and we are one of America’s safest cities. And at a time when others are just beginning to find their economic sea legs, we are on a roll with remarkable growth in the form of double digit, year-over-year investments in Chesapeake. In short, ours is a city that dreams big and does great things. Working together, Chesapeake is creating new opportunities. We’re open for business, and all we need is you.”

“As our economy improves, Gloucester is looking forward to working with businesses that may be interested in locating in this county. Our low taxes, good schools, and a well-educated work force make it an attractive place to build. ”


Mayor George Wallace

“Hampton is a vibrant waterfront community celebrating more than 400 years of innovation, from its seafaring roots to its NASA wings. Whether you are relocating, visiting or growing your business, there are many reasons to choose Hampton -- friendly neighborhoods; beaches, museums and restaurants; skilled workforce and central location.”


Mayor Raystine Johnson Ashburn “Strategically sited in the heart of the Western Tidewater section of Hampton Roads, Franklin is centrally located between urban Hampton Roads to the east and major transportation interstate corridors of I-95 and I-85 to the west. Situated along the primary east-west link of Highway 58 and served by CSX and Norfolk-Southern Railways, Franklin is well positioned for economic development. Strong regional partnerships poise Franklin to experience an economic resurgence from recent recessionary times. With private investment and job creation the priority, Franklin is committed to creating a business friendly climate without abandoning the community charm and quality of life that make it a great place to do business, live or visit.” 6 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

Isle of Wight

Chairman Byron B. Bailey “Isle of Wight County, Virginia is a wonderful community located in the heart of Hampton Roads. It has a great deal of charm and offers something for everyone – rural farmland, waterfront property, historic destinations, great schools, scenic towns, and an excellent quality of life. Families and businesses are drawn by its peaceful charm and its convenient access to all of the amenities offered in Hampton Roads. We invite you to experience our local roots and global reach.”

Chairman Mary K. Jones

Mayor Paul D. Fraim




“With deep respect for our history and community, James City County looks toward a vibrant future. As one of the fastest growing communities in the region, we continue to meet the challenges before us. Situated between the historic James and York Rivers and located conveniently to Hampton Roads and Richmond, our County offers first-rate services and opportunities for citizens and visitors alike. Our excellent schools, variety of large and small businesses, plus exciting recreational opportunities make James City County a unique place in which to live, work and play. ”

“Norfolk continues to be the region’s center for business, finance, education, culture, health care, foreign commerce and national defense and is still showing steady progress. Major civic and economic development projects moved forward this year and many significant improvements were made to our transportation system with others set to begin. We remain the region’s leader in total average compensation per job as our unemployment rate improves and population shows healthy growth. With our growing downtown, strong economy and well-managed budget, it is easy to see why more people want to call Norfolk home.”

“We’ve committed to dream boldly, plan strategically, invest sacrificially, and work faithfully to create and sustain a robust and diversified economy. Centrally located between I-95 and the Port of Hampton Roads, Southampton County provides limitless opportunities.”

”The City of Williamsburg, Virginia’s Colonial Capital is a friendly, well-managed city that is a supportive partner in the Hampton Roads regional community. Williamsburg’s focus on quality, its educational institutions, historic assets and environmental sustainability make it a uniquely vibrant community. It’s truly a special place not only to visit, but also in which to live and work.”

James City

Chairman Dallas O. Jones

Mayor Clyde Haulman


Mayor Linda T. Johnson

Mayor Gene Hunt

Newport News

Mayor McKinley L. Price

“Every day I am reminded that Newport News is truly a place where great things are happening. Recognized by as one of the Top 100 Best Small to Mid-sized Cities in which to live, we have much to offer our citizens, our businesses, and our visitors. Our historical, recreational and cultural attractions, excellent educational system, and businessfriendly environment make Newport News a great place to live, work and visit. As home to the only builder of nuclear powered aircraft carriers in the country, Newport News has also evolved as a city of dynamic growth with major national and international companies located here. We encourage you to explore Newport News, a city with a rich heritage and a bright future.”

“To Live, to Grow, To Work, To Play…Poquoson is the Place. You’ll find these words in many of our City materials and they capture the essence of opportunity for families and businesses in Poquoson. The foundation of such excellence lies in the City’s quality of life, its outstanding public school system, its business-friendly atmosphere and civic-minded citizenry. Just minutes from I-64 & the Newport News/Williamsburg Airport, the City’s 87 miles of shoreline provide quick and convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay. We are proud to be recognized on CNBC’s national list of “10 Perfect Suburbs”. We invite you to be part of our community.”

By Don Monteaux, 2012


“Suffolk remains one of Virginia’s fastest growing cities. Even with that rapid growth we have maintained our rich history, diverse offerings, and high quality of life that our citizens and business communities expect. Our recent recognition as one of CNN Money Magazine’s Top 100 Best Small Cities to Live, showed us that others are learning what we’ve always known.”

York County

Chairman Donald E. Wiggins “York County provides its citizens and businesses a stable platform to grow and succeed. Fiscal conservatism, measured growth and sustained superior services are the hallmarks of the County. Our citizens are among the best educated in Hampton Roads and that is reflected in a top-rated public school system. The local economy features a diverse mix of robust small and medium enterprises. Part of Virginia’s ‘Historic Triangle,’ Yorktown is a rich resource enjoyed by our families and many visitors. We welcome your personal or business investment and look forward to sharing our outstanding quality of life.”

Virginia Beach

Mayor William D. Sessoms


Mayor Kenneth I. Wright

“Council’s Vision provides for all sectors of the Portsmouth community and promotes change, unity, and an enhanced quality of life. Nestled in the heart of Hampton Roads, the region’s only official Coast Guard City continues to enjoy a resurgence that has not only energized our citizens, but also businesses, tourists, and investors. Our friendly and diverse city is open for business, and awaiting your arrival…join us in Portsmouth…The Right Side of the River.”

”Virginia Beach has earned quite a reputation as a great international city for business, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to the incredible lifestyle you’d expect from one of America’s favorite vacation destinations, Virginia Beach also boasts a highly skilled, regional workforce, direct connections to the world’s business centers, an unsurpassed telecommunications network, low tax rates, and a dynamic, diverse economy. We have great neighborhoods, schools, beaches, shops, restaurants, and cultural and recreational offerings. The Virginia Beach lifestyle is spectacular. Let us put our powerful forces to work for you.” • 7

Hampton Roads: Quality of Life Hampton Roads, the gift where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic seaboard, provides endless sandy shores of immense beauty and wonder. Come splash into what the region has to offer in scenic vistas and never ending opportunities!

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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, and more... no age limit binding! • Children’s Museum of Virginia

The 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

• Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center – Williamsburg • Rudee Inlet Cruises – Virginia Beach • Virginia Living Museum – Newport News • Water Country USA/Busch Gardens


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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 Courtesy of city of NEwport News

• First Landing Cross – Virginia Beach FirstLandingCross/ • Fort Monroe – Hampton • MacArthur Memorial – Norfolk • Victory Arch – Newport News Sites/VictoryArch/

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



Virginia Air and Space Museum, Hampton

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King Neptune, Virginia Beach ocean front

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! • America’s Historical Triangle (Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown) – Hampton Roads • Mariners’ Museum – Newport News • Nauticus – Norfolk • Virginia Air and Space Museum – Hampton • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Virginia Beach

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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. • New Quarter Park – Williamsburg • City Park – Portsmouth PortsmouthTheLinksatCityPark/ • Newport News Park – Newport News NewportNewsPark/ • Mount Trashmore – Virginia Beach • Waller Mill Park – Williamsburg parks-trails/city-parks/pages/mount-trashmore-park.aspx

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 BellsMillPark/ • Back Bay National National Wildlife Refuge – Virginia Beach • Grandview Nature Preserve – Hampton GrandviewNaturePreserve/ • Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge - Suffolk • Norfolk Botancial Garden – Norfolk • York River State Park – James City County • 11

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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

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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 34th largest metro area, just ahead of Charlotte, with 1.6 million people—and the fifth 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: Quality of Life

Communities Sharing a Rich Past and

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

Courtesy of City of Williamsburg


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Paddle for the Border

Gloucester Court House

Queens Way Shops


Colonial Williamsburg Shops

Chesapeake, Virginia, the Commonwealth’s third largest city (by population) keeps rolling in the accolades. Money Magazine ranked this locale in the top 100 “Best Places to Live” last August. Shortly after, Parenting Magazine ranked Chesapeake 45th on its list of “Best Places to Raise a Family,” calling the city “an outdoor lover’s paradise.”

Everything you could wish for in a quaint historic village is on Gloucester’s Main Street. The Court House Village offers the charm of rural living combined with the amenities you expect on Main Street. We boast independent businesses that provide an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping and professional services.

Hampton is an extraordinary city in the heart of Coastal Virginia. The 400-year old settlement is multi-faceted; rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities. Memories of experiences in Hampton tug at the senses, prompting visitors to return again and again.

Founded in 1752, the City of Portsmouth has maintained its charm as a historic seaport. The City offers year-round festivals, museums, unique shops, galleries and restaurants boasting a variety of cuisines. Portsmouth offers its visitors a walkable Olde Towne with wonderful old buildings and an unparalled ambience.

Today, as in Colonial American times, Williamsburg is a center of commerce and culture viewed by millions the world over as synonymous with quality and hospitality. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, yet still a small town, Williamsburg offers businesses and families opportunities to work and live in one of the world’s truly special places.

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Population1 (2010 est.) 222,209

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Population1 (2010 est.) 95,535

Population1 (2010 est.) 14,068

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $68,058

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Government City Council and City Manager

Government Seven-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator

Government City Council and City Manager

Government City Council and City Manager

Government City Council and City Manager

Major Industries Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Earl Industries, Gwaltney of Smithfield

Major Industries Tourism, Restaurants, Medical, Retail, Higher Education

Major Industries Canon Information Technology Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Cox Communications, Inc., Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Sentara Healthcare, Wal-Mart

Major Industries VIMS, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Industrial Resource Technologies, Sentara Healthcare, Super Wal-Mart, York River Yacht Haven

City Information (757) 382-6345

County Information (804) 693-1415

School Information (757) 547-0153

School Information (804) 693-5300

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

City Information (757) 393-8000 School Information (757) 393-8751

Community Profiles

Courtesy of city of chesapeake

Community Stats

City Information (757) 220-6100 School Information (757) 253-6777 • 13

Community Profiles: Franklin & Southampton County

Best of Both Worlds: Engaging Lifestyle & Business Location


he City of Franklin and Southampton County are both family-oriented communities located in the western Hampton Roads Region. Franklin is home to approximately 8,600 residents and Southampton County’s population is 18,600. Both communities are 40 miles west of Norfolk and can be accessed via State Route 58 or State Route 460. Both are ideal locations with their small town lifestyle, close proximity to the Hampton Roads Region, and excellent business opportunities.

QUALITY COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE Size2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) Franklin: 8,582 Southampton: 18,570 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) Franklin: $32,060 Southampton: $47,285 Government Franklin: City Council/City Manager Southampton: Board of Supervisors/ County Administrator Major Industries Southampton Memorial Hospital; ITGNarricot Industries; Ashland- Hercules; Enviva; Virginia Dominion Power; Bronco Federal Credit Union City/County Information Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 School Information Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692 14 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

The City of Franklin and Southampton County communities are home to unique shopping and recreational amenities. Both have fully developed business and commerce parks, advanced telecommunication systems, and a strategic location offering residents and industry access to markets via State Routes 58 and 460, both of which connect to major interstates I-64, I-95, and I-85. Outstanding healthcare is provided by Southampton Memorial Hospital, a modern 220 bed advanced health care facility. Franklin and Southampton both maintain excellent secondary education programs, small teacher-student ratios and state accreditations. Southampton Academy and the Rock Church School, both private K-12 programs, offer additional secondary education opportunities. Paul D. Camp Community College is located in Franklin offering many two year associate degrees, technical pro-grams and workforce development training. In addi-

tion, 12 other colleges and universities serve the region.


Franklin and Southampton County offer a comfortable residential lifestyle where you are recognized by your first name and where unique small town amenities abound. We invite you to visit our developing communities which give citizens the good life and a sense of belonging. Come visit our area; you will be pleasantly surprised!

Community Profiles: Isle of Wight

Local Roots, Global Reach Summer Sunset at Smithfield Station


Courtesy of Ginger K. Hill

riendly people and inviting neighborhoods are just a few of the reasons people find Isle of Wight so welcoming. This growing county in the western Hampton Roads region personifies the theme “local roots, global reach.”

Residents enjoy a rural vista dotted with charming small towns and awardwinning neighborhoods. At the same time, it is home to Smithfield Foods, Inc., a $13 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In 2013, Smithfield Foods merged with leading Chinese pork company, Shuanghui International, now known as WH Group Limited, in a $4.7 billion deal, which according to Forbes magazine, is the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a mainland Chinese company. Smithfield Foods, Keurig Green Mountain and International Paper are the county’s largest employers. In addition, the 319-square-mile county boasts around 200 farms where crops such as peanuts, soybeans, corn and other grains are bountiful. Enjoy a taste of “life on the farm” by visiting some of our locally owned farms that give the county its rich rural flavor. The county, like its historic neighbors, has a rich Colonial heritage, including historic St. Luke’s Church which dates back to the 1600s as well as preserved Civil War forts, a

historic tavern and The Isle of Wight Museum. The James River Bridge connects the county to Newport News, making it a quick trip to Northrop Grumman Newport News or to medical, retail or business centers in the larger cities across the river. Isle of Wight is an ideal location for people wanting the hustle and bustle of city life during their work day, and the peace and tranquility of rural life at home. Discover the old world charm of Smithfield’s Main Street and Historic District featuring quaint shops and gourmet eateries. A drive around the county is an adventure with discoveries of brightly painted barns, quaint general stores and beautifully wooded areas. Nestled within are custom homes, single-family and multi-family communities and unique older residences. Award-winning communities such as Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South offer a full service yacht club and 68-slip marina. Cypress Creek, a premier golfing community in historic Smithfield, just recently hosted The Peninsula Home Builders Parade of Homes and offers custombuilt homes ranging from the $400s to $2 million.

Size2 319 sq. miles Population1 (2013 est.) 36,426 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2012 est.) $64,491 Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries Smithfield Packing Company, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., International Paper, CR England, Inc. County Information (757) 357-3191 School Information (757) 357-4393 • 15

Community Profiles: James City County

Strategically Located Historically Resourceful Kingsmill Resort & Spa

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ames City County has been a successful business location for over 400 years. The County was founded by the Virginia Company in 1607 as America’s first business venture. Since its inception, the County has developed a reputation for establishing and growing profitable enterprises. James City County’s history is the foundation for our future: businesses, citizens and tourists still discover the same competitive advantages that convinced the early explorers to settle in this prime location. Size 143 sq. miles Population (2013 est.) 70,376 MEDIAN Household Income (2012 est.) $79,435 Government Five-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries AB InBev, Ball Metal Container, Owens-Illinois, Lumber Liquidators, Walmart Import Distribution Center County Information (757) 253-6728 School Information (757) 603-6400

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Quality Of life

While there are many factors that contribute to an area’s success, the ability to provide a quality environment for residents, visitors and businesses is critical. As one of America’s most historic and attractive locations, the area draws millions of visitors each year, supporting exciting hospitality and retail industries. James City County offers access to impressive attractions including Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg (The Historic Triangle)

Medical Action Industries, Inc. Headquarters

and Busch Gardens. Additionally, amenities such as the Kingsmill Resort, 16 golf courses, the Warhill Sports Complex, Go Ape Treetop Adventure, outlet and boutique shopping, Colonial taverns and five-star dining experiences, make James City County a destination of choice. Residents also enjoy an awardwinning public school system, a low cost of living, low crime rate and a full range of housing options, including beautifully developed neighborhoods, planned communi-

ties, historic districts and rural settings. James City County offers all of the amenities and services of a major metropolitan area, with a warm charm and appeal.

Synonymous with Shopping

James City County has long been synonymous with specialty and discount shopping, making it a visitor destination in its own right. The Richmond Road corridor, west of Williamsburg, is bustling with name-brand outlets and unique independent shops. For example, Premium Outlets continues to be Southeastern Virginia’s most popular shopping destination and one of the busiest outlet centers in the nation. Also, one of Virginia’s shopping landmarks, the Williamsburg Pottery, includes 160,000 square feet of shopping area, stretching over a half- mile corridor along Richmond Road. In the heart of the County, Monticello Avenue has quickly established a reputation for quality retail and office space. New Town, a 300-acre new urbanism development has added approximately 550,000 square feet of retail, office, and hospitality space to the County’s inventory. Discovery Business Park, a 65-acre technology/business park adjacent to New Town and developed in collaboration with the College of William and Mary, provides businesses with numerous opportunities including close proximity to the College of William and Mary and the Triangle Business and Innovation Center. Monticello Market Place, Courthouse Commons and Windsor Meade Market Place are home to several well-known retailers. Additionally, Settler’s

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A Business Destination

James City County offers a wide variety of real estate options that can support a broad range of companies. The general commercial and industrial base continues to expand as companies are becoming aware of the advantages that visitors and residents have experienced for years. James City County’s strong industrial base includes several prominent and growing companies, including A-B InBev, Ball Metal, Coresix, Lumber Liquidators, Northrop Grumman, Owens-Illinois, Smithfield Foods, and Walmart Import Distribution Center. Additionally, a robust tourism and hospitality industry continues to support hotel, restaurant, resort and general recreation development. All of which has sustained the County’s economic strength. Strategically located between the Richmond and Norfolk MSAs, companies are finding James City County to be the right destination for their business. Industrial, manufacturing, distribution, and technology-based companies are building and expanding upon the region’s growing and diversified economy. James City County offers companies a wide range of office, industrial and flex space, ready-to-go business sites, a fast-track permitting process, Foreign Trade Zone and Enterprise and Tourism incentive zones tailored to meet the needs of any size business. Combine this with a positive attitude by elected and appointed officials, and you can see why James City County is a world-class business location. For more information, please contact the James City County Office of Economic Development at (757) 253-6607 or visit us at

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Premium Outlets

Market is a mixed use development center incorporating 350,000 square feet of retail and office space, with residential flats and townhouses. These exciting developments are adding to the reasons to live, work, shop, and play in James City County.

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Community Profiles: Newport News

The Peninsula’s Anchor Where Great Things Are Happening

Grand opening ceremony for the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School & Mixed-Use Development

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ewport News is a highly-successful, transformational community that balances economic activity and livability. It has proven itself to be a place where great things are happening.

Size2 68 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 180,719 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $50,456 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/Wolseley North America, Jefferson Lab, High Liner Foods, Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment City Information (757) 926-8501 School Information (757) 591-4500

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Mixed Use Urban Development

City Center at Oyster Point is a mixeduse, urban scale development in the middle of Newport News in Oyster Point, the business center for the Virginia Peninsula. It features over a half-million square feet of Class A office space, plus retail, restaurants, residential units and the 256-room Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, all centered around a magnificent five-acre water plaza that is truly unique in all of Hampton Roads. Guests, shoppers and workers can conveniently park free of charge in any of City Center’s three parking garages. The high-amenity Point Condominiums facing City Center’s retail district, along with the luxury Park Place and Belmont Apartments, add important 24-7 activity. Special events held in City Center, such as Hollydazzle and summer movies and concerts, entertain citizens and visitors from around the region.

Nearby Port Warwick is an urban village developed around public squares and public art. Port Warwick has blossomed into a vibrant community with just the right mix of high-quality residential, office space, unique specialty shops and fine dining restaurants. A summer concert series on central Styron Square is a local favorite. Site clearing has begun on the commercial components of Tech Center at Oyster Point, a major collaborative project involving W. M. Jordan Company, S.J. Collins Enterprises, Virginia Tech, the City of Newport News and the Newport News Economic Development Authority. The $250 million mixed-use development concept at the corner of Oyster Point Road and Jefferson Avenue will include retail, commercial and restaurant components, followed closely by at least 250 luxury apartments, and with a highly anticipated Whole Foods planned for opening in mid-2015.

In addition to its many tree lined traditional neighborhoods, these walkable, new urbanist communities provide an increasingly popular alternative for living in Newport News. Unique, new developments have been successfully introduced throughout the City, but the City is also committed to the revitalization and redevelopment of its waterfront in the Southeast Community.

Attractions and the Arts

Stretching between Oyster Point and Christopher Newport University is the Peninsula’s cultural corridor. Besides the world-renowned Mariners’ Museum and the Virginia Living Museum, the corridor is home to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. Designed by I.M. Pei, the Ferguson Center continues to attract internationally acclaimed performers. Historic attractions elsewhere in the City include the Virginia War Museum, Newsome House, Endview Manor and Lee Hall Mansion. Outdoor amenities, including Newport News Park, are also plentiful in the City.

Shopping and Dining

The Patrick Henry corridor along Jefferson Avenue, anchored by Patrick Henry Mall, is home to some of the most desirable specialty retailers on the Virginia Peninsula, such as Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, Justice for Girls, Ulta and Dick’s Sporting Goods. There is also a great selection of dining options, from regional and ethnic restaurants to elegant locally-owned facilities to popular chain restaurants.

career preparatory and special education programs, in a caring and supportive environment.

Integration Center, located on the downtown waterfront, and the brand new $70-million Apprentice School.

Diverse Career Opportunities

Science and Technology Headquarters

Since 2008, more than $1.3 billion in new capital investment and nearly 4,000 new jobs in high-paying advanced manufacturing have been announced in the Newport News business community. Long gone are the days of historical definitions of blue collar jobs in Newport News! Many will find new, highly-skilled career opportunities through the expansions of Canon Virginia, Continental, Liebherr Mining Equipment and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Virginia’s largest manufacturer employer is a hightech company. Building nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines, more than half of the shipyard’s workforce is engaged in engineering, telecommunications, systems management and Research & Development. Public-private partnerships between the firm and the Newport News Economic Development Authority have resulted in the $58-million Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier

North of Oyster Point, Jefferson Lab and the Applied Research Center attract physicists, engineers and technicians from the world over. Jefferson Lab, which explores the inner secrets of the atomic nucleus, will be spending $1.2 billion over the next ten years to expand its facilities as well as double the power of its particle beam accelerator. Top managers are attracted to opportunities in the corporate headquarters of Wolseley North America/Ferguson Enterprises, High Liner Foods, Inc., Riverside Health System, BayPort Credit Union and Langley Federal Credit Union, which further enriches the positive community dynamics that make the city an ideal location for business. From business and educational opportunities to entertainment and recreation, Newport News has something for everyone. It is a city of growth, where great things are happening!

Award Winning Education

Newport News is home to a fully accredited, award-winning, technology-driven school system. Parents can take comfort in knowing that their children have a variety of learning options, including International Baccalaureate, magnet,

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Newport News Shipbuilding is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines.

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Newport News Shipbuilding:

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For more than 128 years, the ships of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and built at Newport News Shipbuilding one of only two shipyards capable of (NNS), like the American shipbuilders designing and building nuclear-powwho built them, ered submarines. have served our We also provide nation in peace fleet services for and war, in times naval ships and of adversity have expanded and in times of our nuclear and abundance. Our manufacturing legacy of “Always expertise into Good Ships,” inDepartment cludes the design, of Energy and construction, alternative overhaul and energy business repair of more ventures. We than 800 ships are the largest for the U.S. Navy industrial emNewport News Shipbuilding is the largest and commercial ployer in Virginia, industrial employer in Virginia with more customers. employing more than 23,000 employees. Today, NNS, than 23,000 a division of people, many of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nawhom are third-and-fourth generation tion’s sole designer, builder and refueler shipbuilders.

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Newport News Shipbuilding is hiring in the areas of: • Accounting, Business

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Community Profiles: Norfolk Downtown Norfolk by Air

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orfolk is the region’s business, cultural, educational, financial and medical center. Our metro is the second largest for defense and homeland security jobs with over 800,000 in the labor force. Over 111,000 commuters come to Norfolk to work, where there are almost as many jobs as residents.

Active Ingredients Size2 54 sq. miles Population (2012 est.) 245,803 MEDIAN Household Income (2011 est.) $43,108 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries US Department of Defense, Sentara Healthcare, Old Dominion University, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Bon Secours, Porfolio Recovery Associates, Bank of America, CMA CGM, BAE Systems City Information (757) 664-4000 School Information (757) 628-3843 22 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

Approximately one-third of Norfolk’s population is between the ages 20 and 34 – many young professionals who thrive in being a part of our beautifully vibrant waterfront downtown that’s friendly, clean and aesthetically delightful. The container ships, aircraft carriers, sailboats, cruise ships, ferries and tall ship visits will entice you with Norfolk’s ever-changing scenery, making this a fascinating place to be. Add the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, the history of one of America’s oldest cities and our appreciation for the arts and culture. We are a community that works hard every day to make our city the best it can be. These facts help shed insight on why there is so much excitement around the extension studies for The Tide, our light rail starter line. The Tide connects the medical center and downtown to I-264 along its 7.4 mile line. Since the advent of light rail, more than $1 billion in transit oriented

development investment has been completed or underway. In 2012, roundtrip passenger rail service began and connects South Hampton Roads to Richmond with direct service to Washington D.C. on to Boston. The rail station at Harbor Park is a beautiful new amenity. Norfolk is one of the largest general cargo ports on the East Coast and one of the largest intermodal centers in the country. The port is the gateway that opens doors for global innovation with over 95% of the world’s shipping lines calling. The expansion of the Panama Canal soon to be complete, will generate additional opportunities for our port, which is home to the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), the largest of the Port of Virginia. Our military presence contributes to a highly trained, renewable and disciplined workforce. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base, the Atlantic Fleet of the

U.S. Joint Forces Command; Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic; and the North American Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Allied Command Transformation, which represents 28 countries. Norfolk is well positioned to make our economy more accessible around the globe. We are within a day’s drive of 100 million consumers. Our corporate flagship, Norfolk Southern Corporation, opened the Homeland Corridor, saving more than 200 miles and up to a day’s transit time between the East Coast and the Midwest. Norfolk is a hotspot for tourists. Home to the Virginia Zoo, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, MacArthur Memorial, The USS Wisconsin, Nauticus and the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. These attractions offer innovative programming and are constantly evolving. In May 2015, Carnival’s Splendor of the Seas will homeport. In 2011, the Zoo open its Asian exhibit, The Trail of the Tiger to rave reviews and over 500,000 visitors. Norfolk is known as the Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth, an acknowledgement of its leadership role in the arts and home to

The Chrysler Museum of Art, and Virginia’s Symphony, Opera, Stage Company. The Chrysler Glass Studio opened in 2011 to rave reviews. The Virginia Arts Festival, now in its 18th year, attracts close to 100,000 patrons each Spring. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities supports forty organizations. The Governor’s School for The Arts has consolidated its regional campus in downtown. An impressive $84 million Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center has opened with creative arts as well as recreation. Our strong educational segments and biomedical research institutes are benefiting from commercial collaboration. Innovations Research Park at Old Dominion University is in University Village, a mixed-use community of housing, retail and offices spanning 75-acres. Norfolk State University has also enhanced their campus and high-tech research opportunities. New medical investment includes Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza, a new R&D and class-room facility at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Sentara Leigh’s $126 million expan-

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sion. Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk’s largest private employer, was ranked as the most integrated healthcare system in the nation. Norfolk’s business parks are central to port, rail operations, Norfolk International Airport, and military installations. As a national model for successful redevelopment, Norfolk utilizes HUBZone, and Enterprise Zone areas which offer government incentives. Throughout the city, $1.3 billion of investment in projects announced, underway or recently completed are testament to our business friendly environment. Major public projects under construction include the Consolidated Courts Complex and the Colonel Samuel L. Slover Main Library. Major projects underway include a hotel conference center, Simon Premium Outlets and transformation of the iconic Waterside. Throughout the city, an explosive desire to return to urban living has resulted in approximately 3,000 new housing units since 2010. Want to know more about our Contact the Department of Development at (757) 664-4338 or visit on the web at www.norfolkdevelopment. com.

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Community Profiles: Poquoson Boats at Whitehouse Cove Marina

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Poquoson Is the Place


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Size2 16 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 12,150 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $84,315 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Service-Commercial, Marinas, Eco-tourism, Restaurants City Information (757) 868-3000 School Information (757) 868-3055

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An enviable combination consisting of low crime rates, outstanding schools, civic-minded citizenry, great recreational programs and convenient shopping opportunities, firmly position this City of approximately 12,000 as a quality-oflife jewel in Hampton Roads. National awards have further highlighted Poquoson including Bloomberg Business Week’s selection of the City as “Best Affordable Suburb” in Virginia and CNBC’s inclusion of Poquoson on its U.S. list of “10 Perfect Suburbs”. In 2013 the City was ranked #3 in the nation on the list of Top 10 Small Towns for Mobile Entrepreneurs by nationally recognized business expert Michael Michalowicz and most recently Movoto Real Estate declared Poquoson the #1 Safest Place to Live In Virginia. Poquoson is business-friendly, intent on increasing patronage for its existing merchants and supporting sensible economic growth in its retail trade area. Its business corridor boasts a variety of shopping and dining opportunities framed in a relaxed, unhurried setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors from neighboring localities. In fact, Poquoson’s natural market area includes nearly 40,000 people in its 3-mile trade

ring, with many of these patrons utilizing the City’s library, DMV, and service/commercial area for its time-saving convenience and quality of offerings. Poquoson’s rich nautical history is reflected in its 87 miles of shoreline and its coastal areas are home to abundant wildlife and beautiful marshes. The City’s convenient boat access to the Chesapeake Bay, combined with year-round boat slip rentals and outstanding marina and charter services make Poquoson a natural gateway for recreational boaters and fishermen alike. The City’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. Poquoson is The Place to Be…And you’re invited. For more information about Poquoson, please contact the Economic Development & Community Recreation Department at 757-868-3580. • 25

Community Profiles: Suffolk

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S Size2 430 sq. miles Population1 (2012 est.) 86,463 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $63,830 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Sentara, Bon Secours, Navy Cyber Commands, J-7 Joint Staff, QVC, Sysco, Kraft-Planters Peanuts, Unilever-Lipton Tea City Information (757) 514-4040 School Information (757) 925-6750

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uffolk is the fastest growing city in Hampton Roads, and is home to some of the fastest growing companies. In fact, CNN Money named Suffolk Number 9 on their annual list of “Where the Jobs Are”, a subset of their popular “Best Places to Live” ranking, a distinction Suffolk has also earned. Job growth in the last decade has topped out at an impressive increase of 43%. In 2013 approximately $94 million was invested by the Suffolk business community, creating over 600 new jobs. This translates to nearly a million square feet by new or expanding businesses. In 2013, Navy Cyber Forces, Naval Network Warfare Command and Navy Cyber Defense Operations relocated 1,500 personnel to Suffolk. This mix includes civilian, military and contractors. Additionally, a new Suffolk-based command called The Information Dominance Forces Command is expected to be desig-

nated in 2014 to man, train and equip the Navy with advanced intelligence and cyber defense tools. Lipton Tea, a brand of Unilever, announced their commitment to remain in Suffolk with a $96.2 Million investment in expanding and upgrading their plant, the first phase of which began in 2013. The Suffolk Lipton plant employs approximately 300 people and produces 6 billion tea bags a year, nearly all the tea bags sold throughout North America. Grandwatt Electric, an international manufacturer of industrial power generators and lighting towers, invested $10 Million to establish their North American HQ in Suffolk Industrial Park. Suffolk’s warehousing and distribution business sector experienced growth with companies such as Lumber Liquidators, Blue Bell Ice Cream and Synder’s – Lance occupying new space in Suffolk. Existing companies Cal Cartage, GSC Trucking and Art FX all expanded their operations with additional square footage and new equipment. There is an abundance of outstanding healthcare and advanced technical medical services available in Suffolk. Ample realestate options and stable tax rates are other benefits. Businesses enjoy the close proximity to the Port of Virginia and interstate system, along with rail services such as Norfolk Southern and CSX. Yes, Suffolk has proved once again it is a thriving environment for business and commercial activity that contributes to the city’s enviable position as a great place in which to live and work. With outstanding schools, experienced labor force, quality workforce development programs and an overall excellent quality-of-life, there are many reasons to move or do business in Suffolk.

Virginia Beach Waterfront

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irginia Beach is not only one of the best places to work in America; it’s also one of the best places to live. Residential offerings include oceanfront beach houses, urban lofts and country homes. Neighborhoods range from tranquil settings in Pungo, the cosmopolitan Town Center, the resort district along the Atlantic Ocean and everything in between.

With 38 miles of shoreline, 14 miles of a free public beach, 79 miles of scenic waterways, 60 miles of biking trails and 208 municipal parks encompassing 4,000 acres, Virginia Beach has been recognized as being one of America’s 50 Best Cities by Bloomberg Businessweek and the 6th Happiest City in the Country in Which to Work by

Powerful Forces at Work

Recognized globally as one of the best places to live, work and do business. Virginia Beach is a dynamic community strengthened by a diverse mix of industry, attractions and people. It has the largest concentration of military installations in the country and a variety of jobs. Employers offer competitive salaries and a wealth of professional opportunities. With one of the nation’s best public school systems, several universities and higher-education campuses, and exiting military, Virginia Beach provides a highly-skilled workforce. Virginia Beach is a global business community, with more than 20 internationalbased firms having their U.S. or North American headquarters here. From consumer product giants like STIHL and KETTLER, to industrial powerhouses like Busch, Hermes, and IMS:Gear. The City offers a low-tax, business-friendly environment that encour-

ages business expansion worldwide. To increase effectiveness in business attraction, Virginia Beach targets key business sectors that the City has been determined to hold a competitive advantage including: Office/ Professional Services, Manufacturing, Technology, Bio/Life Sciences, Maritime/Logistics and Defense. Recent new development throughout the City has generated more than $1.5 billion worth of new building permits since 2011with another $700 million in new private projects expected to break ground in 2014. In addition, more than $200 million of new road construction projects will begin in 2014 to improve the City’s transportation infrastructure.

Rich in Culture

Entertainment offerings include the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, a 1300-seat theatre. Virginia Beach is a destination for travelers and a beacon relaxed yet sophisticated living. Great things are happening in Virginia Beach; for more information, contact Virginia Beach Economic Development at 757-3856464 /

Size2 248 sq. miles Population (2012 est.) 440,484 MEDIAN Household Income (2012 est.) $59,049 Government Council/Manager Major Industries Geico, Stihl, Amerigroup, LifeNet Health, AMSEC LLC City Information (757) 358-4111 School Information (757) 263-1000 • 27

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Community Profiles: York County Virginia Symphony at Riverwalk Landing

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F Size2 106 sq. miles Population1 (2013 est.) 66,800 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2011 est.) $84,167 Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries Defense Contractors Healthcare Hospitality Military Personal Services Retail County Information (757) 890-3300 School Information (757) 898-0300

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or over 375 years, York County has been a desirable place to visit, live, and work... And with good reason. York County is a preferred home for families and businesses because they find everything they are looking for in one place: top-rated schools, excellent recreational opportunities, low crime rates, a strong dedicated workforce, low taxes, and much more. The quality of life in York County is unsurpassed. The county boasts over 200 miles of coastline with numerous access points throughout. Shopping, dining, and touring opportunities abound; in the historic area as well as in the County’s many rapidly growing commercial corridors. York County’s economy experienced significant growth over the past year. One of the County’s major industries, Plains All American Pipeline, continued their work to expand and modernize their terminal facilities, investing over $130 million and hiring over 60 new contract employees. Enterprise Holdings relocated and consolidated their regional administration and fleet leasing operations to Busch Industrial Park and the former President’s Park property. Magnolia Cleaning Services entered into a long-term lease with The Kerner Group for a new 22,000 s.f. facility in Busch Industrial Park, where Magnolia will expand their operations.

The County’s hospitality industry was buoyed by several positive announcements and investments. The JamestownYorktown Foundation began work on the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown that will replace the Yorktown Victory Center. The new museum will be 80,000 square feet with state-of-the-art galleries and interactive exhibits. Water Country USA announced plans for a new ride, Colossal Curl, to begin construction in 2014. King’s Creek Plantation began work on a $10 million expansion of its five-star-rated Estates time share section. Finally, HMP Properties overhauled two existing hotels investing $7.7 Million in the County. The County launched a new “Buy Local” initiative titled “Keep It In York County”, which aims to educate local residents and businesses about the direct benefits to them of spending their dollars near home. The main component of the campaign is an interactive website www., which features a free, searchable, online database of York County’s existing businesses, as well as local events, discount offers, and more. For information on business development in York County, visit www.yesyorkcounty. com or call 757-890-3317. For general information about York County, visit |

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New arrivals: Residential Real Estate

Homes that Satisfy Everyone’s Taste and Lifestyle

Wide Open Spaces at Sleepy Point, Suffolk

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ne 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

In the past few years, the Hampton Roads economy has faced a fair amount of headwind. The “Great Recession,” which began over six years ago, resulted in the loss of almost 50,000 civilian jobs in the region; a 6% decline in civilian employment. In addition to the civilian employment loss, the region has struggled with falling home values, cuts to military personnel, a slumping national and global economy, and a great deal of economic uncertainty brought about by federal budget woes. After some tough years, the economy is slowly starting to improve. Over the past three years, the region has man30 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

aged to recapture many of the jobs lost during the recession and is now only 20,000 jobs below peak employment. After hitting bottom, the housing market has turned the corner, housing values are now slowly beginning to increase, and building permit and construction activity are on the rise. The heavy burden of uncertainty brought about by the Sequester and budget crisis has begun to dissipate, as Congress works to resolve budget issues and provide clarity on federal expenditures. In addition, the national and global economic outlook is positive, with strong corporate balance sheets, strength in emerging markets, and a recovering Eurozone. For 2014, the HRPDC Economists expect to see the region’s economy grow at a rate of 1.9%. Expected gains in the Retail and Construction industries will assist in adding roughly 14,500 jobs to 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. Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Center For Real Estate and Economic Development reported that new construction in Hampton Roads in 2012 had risen in the double digits compared to the previous one, increasing revenue, closings and permits. The upward trend has continued in local economy investments into early 2013. 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

• D etermining what type of housing is wanted. • Determining how important it is to live near work sites and/or near schools. • 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.

Greater Hampton Roads Realtors Association 473-9700 Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors 599-5222

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Norfolk $1.15 Poquoson $0.92 Portsmouth $1.27 Southampton $0.76 Suffolk $1.03 Virginia Beach


Williamsburg $0.54 York County

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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 government’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. 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.

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he 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.” This is the over-arching goal for the region’s 2010-2015 economic strategy called “Vision Hampton Roads.”

Hampton Roads has dealt with reductions in workforce within a number of firms, as has every corner of the nation during the Great Recession which began in 2007. In preparation for recovery, 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. 34 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

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 Economic Development Alliance annouced that Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer has found a buyer for 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 last August for $680,000.

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 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

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Regional Vision, Global Impact

Industry Diversity, Leveraging Assets

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, Measure-

ment 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, Zim-American, 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, Norfolk Southern, Smithfield Foods, and the largest private employer in Virginia, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.38 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, 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 depart-

ments, administrations, and agencies are represented in the Hampton Roads region: Departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation.

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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 Intracoastal Waterway and enjoys a temperate climate guaranteeing an ice-free harbor. The central location of Hampton Roads’ is within 750 miles of three-fourths 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 28th out of the nation’s 366 MSA’s, in Policom Corporation’s 2013 Economic Strength Rankings, with a gross metropolitan product of approximately 80,518 (in millions, 2010).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’ 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.

Port/Maritime Sector

One of the jewels of the region is the Port of Virginia, which contributes nearly 350,000 jobs, more than $13.5 billion in employee wages, $1.2 billion in taxes and $41.1 billion in business each year to the Commonwealth.23 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’s- supertankers, 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 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

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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 in December, 2012 reported that more than 6,500 jobs were promised or created in 2012 (estimates near 8,200) and continues to increase at a slow, but steady pace. The Navy’s Cyber Command will add 1,500 employees in computer security. 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. The Isle of

Estimated EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY SECTOR Government 160,900 Trade, Transportation & Utilities 137,600 Professional & Business 107,200 Educational & Health Services 93,700 Leisure & Hospitality 83,700 Manufacturing 53,900 Financial Activities 39,300 Other Services 32,100 Natural Resources & Mining 21,400 Construction 21,400

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Wight is adding Green Mountain to their list of county employers. 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. 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, while the Newport News Economic Development Authority reports opening this December will be the “The Apprentice School,” a six-acre, $70 million venture for Newport News Shipbuilding in addition to revitalizing the downtown areas of the city. 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 in January 2013.

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce York County Chamber of Commerce

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 startups, 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 is 6.7% as of February 2014, but thanks to a strong military presence, still well under the national average.16

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ampton Roads is a diverse region of nearly 1.6 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 Commis-

sion, 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 cancerfighting technologies; and the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton. 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. • 37

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Tourism and the Economy

Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Town Point Park, Norfolk

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. The tourism industry remains below its 2008 peak in the region. Further recovery in the industry will help the region move toward a period of sustained growth. 2012 saw Norfolk’s Waterside moving forward in the future to add an entertainment district in conjunction with the U.S.S. Wisconsin and the Norfolk Tides. Virginia Beach’s Town Center started its next redevelopment phase to be completed by Summer 2014 and will explore potential expansion of a NHL to the city. 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, and a future microbrewery. Norfolk’s Wards Corner area continues development with its current makeover. The City of Virginia Beach and Tidewater Community College have partnered to create a unique joint library. The library 38 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

opened in 2013. Furthermore, the former Virginia Beach Dome site is slated by 2015 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. Consumer confidence has improved significantly over the past three months, but is still at an extremely low level historically (even below the 2010 levels). Fortunately, the overall tourism market exhibits a cycle atypical of the nation, neither growing as quickly during boom markets, nor declining as quickly during poor markets. In February, 2013, The Hampton Roads Business Journal reported that Virginia Beach posted a 57.6 hotel occupancy rate in 2012, which was only enough to place them above Williamsburg (43.2 percent) among the region’s five sub-segments. Chesapeake/Suffolk and the other Hampton Roads sub-segments were able to eke out better 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

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are cheap, and high room rates mean little if only a handful are occupied. Virginia Beach led the area with a RevPAR at $66.10 in 2012, according to STR data, while the average RevPAR for the other four sub-segments was $40.97. Norfolk/Portsmouth ranked second at $48.12. Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Jim Ricketts said RevPAR grew 5.6 percent in 2012.

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

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Planning Ahead hen publicly ranking prioriThe Hampton Roads Transportation ties during development Planning Organization, the intergovernof “Vision Hampton Roads,” mental body responsible for planning the region’s 2010-2015 economic transportation in Hampton Roads, is roadmap, port and maritime business, developing its 2034 Long Range Plan. quality of life improvements, the mili- Also, a Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads is in process and proposes that an tary, high-tech, small business and the integrated, high-capacity transit system environment were selected as chiefly will help address some of the region’s important. However, more important social, environmental, and economic challenges interrelated to land use and than all of these was transportation. sustainability and will address bicycle “Transportation and connectivity and pedestrian projects as well. is the key to being competitive. It relates to quality of life improvements, Roads, Tunnels, Bridges and Ferries tourism, port, etc. We must have Because of the abundance of waterstrong transportation for all of this ways, the Hampton Roads’ transportation network is heavily dependent on and utito 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.

lizes 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 prin-

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Getting Here, Going There

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cipal 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.

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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 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 one-personper-car commute. In 2011, HRT launched South Norfolk Jordan Bridge is the tallest in Virginia. “The Tide,”Virginia’s first light rail system that runs in Norfolk and serves as a starter • Norfolk Southern, headquartered line for a future region-wide intercity rail in Norfolk, links the entire region transit system. to markets in 22 Eastern states, Williamsburg Area Transit provides Washington, DC, and Ontario, bus transportation throughout Colonial Canada, via 21,000 miles of track. Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and area The railroad provides transportation shopping locations to the west while the services for agricultural, industrial Bay Transit Company, which is a service and raw products and intermodal of Bay Aging, provides bus service on service to Norfolk International weekdays to all residents in the ten counTerminals. Hampton Roads rail trade ties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern is expected to grow significantly Neck, including Gloucester and Mathews by 2035, largely the result of the Counties. planned rail improvements along Norfolk’s Greyhound Bus service prothe Heartland Corridor to the vides intercity connections nationwide. Midwest. The Heartland Corridor rail project is expected to cut a day Rail/Intermodal Service and a half off the existing 235 mile Hampton Roads is served primarily trip between Chicago and Hampton by two Class I freight rail giants, CSX and Roads and allow double-stack trains. Norfolk Southern. The ports create a • CSX operates on 23,000 miles of perfect entry location for these railways track in 23 states, Washington, DC, for cargo distribution throughout the East Montreal and Ontario, Canada. It Coast and Midwest. Efficient connections offers a Rail-to-Truck Transshipwith other rail systems and motor carriers ment Facility in Newport News and provide easy and affordable access to an intermodal terminal in nearby the rest of the U.S. Additionally, more Portsmouth. In addition, CSX is than 50 common freight carriers serve championing the National Gateway Hampton Roads, and UPS maintains a Initiative, a public-private partnerlocal terminal. 40 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

ship 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 the project is complete, Hampton Roads will have few limitations for its market reach via rail. • Amtrak connects the region to other areas of the country with passenger trains departing daily from Newport News on the Virginia Peninsula. Additional passenger 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 resi-


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Hampton Roads’ businesses enjoy direct access to three major marine terminals run by the Virginia Port Authority: Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth 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 Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor and 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. The Port of Virginia reported that 2012 was second best year for cargo since 2007. 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.

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dential 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

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 Norfolk Southern Toll-Free Virginia Highway Traffic Information Dial 511 Updates on I-64 Construction VDOT Traffic and Travel Info Virginia Department of Transportation Virginia Port Authority Williamsburg Area Transport • 41

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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

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Education For the 21st Century Christopher Newport University Student Center, Newport News

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ducation 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. According to the 2014 Kiplinger’s report on “Best Value Public Colleges,” the College of William and Mary was ranked 4th in-state and 6th nationally. 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 36 degree programs for undergraduates and 14 for graduates in the arts, sciences, business, education and law. A number of special programs are also available including specialized seminars for freshman, under-

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graduate research, and study abroad in more than 10 countries. Founded in 1878, Hampton University was one of the nation’s first schools of higher education for freed slaves. The school was established to train selected young men and women to “go out and teach and lead their people,” and to build a viable industrial system on the strength of self-sufficiency, intelligent labor and solid moral character. Today Hampton University welcomes students of all races and creeds, offering 38 bachelor’s degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and doctoral or professional degrees in nursing (Ph.D.), physics (Ph.D.), physical therapy (DPT) and pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Old Dominion University in Norfolk is the largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. It also sponsors the Peninsula Graduate Engineering Center at the Hampton Roads Center in Hampton. This advanced engineering education

facility opened in 1986 for employees of many of the area’s high-tech firms. In Newport News, Christopher Newport University offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, science and technology. Kiplinger’s ranked the university 84th “Best Value Public Colleges” in-state and 56th nationally. Although CNU was originally commissioned as a two-year branch of the College of William and Mary, it eventually became a four-year, baccalaureate degreegranting college. It gained its full independence from William and Mary in 1977 and was given university status in 1992. 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 39 majors, 70 student

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


College of Virginia Beach/ Hampton University Virginia Beach


College of William and Mary Williamsburg 221-4000 Gloucester 804-684-2000 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


ECPI General 1-800-986-1200 Virginia Beach 490-9090 Newport News 838-9191 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk 446-5200 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 & Newport News 888-249-8145 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.

Bryant & Stratton College Virginia Beach 1-800-895-1738

Fortis College Norfolk

Two-year private college offering A.A.S. degree programs in paralegal, medical, business and technology fields.

George Washington University Hampton Roads Center Newport News 269-4949

Cambridge College Virginia Regional Center Chesapeake 424-0333

Has offered graduate degree programs in education administration, human resource development, engineering management and tourism administration for over 35 years.

Centura College Newport News 874-3857 Norfolk 853-2121 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.


Hampton University Hampton 727-5000 An historically black university, that is privately-endowed, co-educational and nonsectarian. ITT Technical Institute Norfolk

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organizations and 19 intercollegiate sports. 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. 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

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Newport News Apprentice School Newport News 380-2682 College-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees. 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 683-4444 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 925-6300 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


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 College Fort Eustis (NN) Langley Air Force Base (H)

887-0655 766-1812

A Catholic institution providing educational services on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community.

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Strayer University Newport News 873-3100 Chesapeake 382-9900 Virginia Beach 493-6080 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 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. 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. Troy University Ft. Eustis (NN), Ft. Monroe (H) Langley Air Force Base (H) 766-3611 Norfolk 451-8202 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 University of Virginia Hampton Roads Graduate Center Hampton 552-1890 Offers two masters of education, six masters of engineering and a doctorate in educational administration. Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)/School of Marine Science Gloucester Point (804) 684-7000

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. World College Virginia Beach


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 Newport News


Offers courses in the principles of real estate. American Spirit Institute Williamsburg


Offers professional training in massage therapy and holistic studies. Apprentice School of Shipbuilding Newport News 380-3809 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. Aviation Institute of Maintenance Chesapeake 349-5387

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.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Fort Eustis (NN) 887-0980 Langley Air Force Base (H) 764-2662 Naval Station Norfolk Base 440-5078

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.

Offers a comprehensive program in aircraft maintenance and repair. Empire Beauty School Virginia Beach

Riverside School of Health Careers Newport News 240-2200 Cooperative program between Riverside Regional Medical Center and Christopher Newport University offering advanced

training in nursing and associated health occupations.

Public Schools

Special Needs Schools

In 1997, Virginia’s public schools began to 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 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.

All of Hampton Roads’ public school systems have programs for mentally and physically-challenged students. The following schools focus on these students.

Virginia Institute of Esthetics Virginia Beach 651-3265 Virginia School of Hair Design Hampton 722-0211

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

ARCP/Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Hampton 896-6461 Mental and physical handicaps, residential and day programs. New Horizons Regional Education Center Hampton, Newport News 874-4444

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.

Southampton Academy Lower School (PK – 6) Middle School (7 – 8) Upper School (9 – 12)

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


Calvary Classical School K3 – 5 and 1 – 6


Gloria Dei Lutheran School PK – 7


Hampton Christian High School 7 – 12 838-7427 Hampton Christian School & Preschool 2 1/2 – 4 years 838-5635 Hampton Roads Seventh Day Adventist K-8 and 3-5 722-1221 Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188 Mary Atkins Christian School 4 – 6 838-2355


St. Mary Star of the Sea School PK – 8 723-6358

Atlantic Shores Christian School PK – 12 479‑1125

Isle of Wight County

Greenbrier Christian Academy PK – 12 547‑9595

Isle of Wight Academy PK – 12

Mount Pleasant Christian K – 8


Newport News

Stonebridge School PK – 12


Tidewater Adventist Academy K – 8 479‑0002

Franklin-Southampton County Rock Church School K – 12


Denbigh Baptist Christian School PK – 12 249-2654 Denbigh Christian Academy PK – 6 874-8661 Hampton Roads Academy PK – 12


Hampton Roads Montessori School 4 – 6 years 873-8950

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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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Orcutt Baptist School PK – 6

Trinity Lutheran School PK & 2 1/2 – 5


Our Lady of Mount Carmel School PK – 8 596-2754

The Williams School K – 8


Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has been nationally recognized for excellence in education and earned the highest honor a school can receive, the title of a Blue Ribbon School. Since 1954, OLMC School has been educating students under the direction of Dominican Sisters, where the core of the teachings and values are rooted in strong Catholic traditions. Locally, the school has been voted the Best Private School in Hampton Roads, and currently employs seven out of the top twenty teachers in all of Hampton Roads. Today OLMC forms bright futures for students in PreK3 through 8th grade and offers a superior education centered on faith, academics and service.



Alliance Christian Academy PK – 12


Joyous Sound Education PS – 6


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


Virginia Beach Friends School PS – 12 428-7534

Williamsburg Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 887-0672 Walsingham Academy Lower School: Upper School: PS – 12 Williamsburg Christian Academy PK – 12

229-2642 229-6026


York County Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 898-4816

Parkview Christian Academy/Child Development Center K – 4 826-4512

First Baptist Christian School PK – 12 539-3163

Summit Christian Academy (Upper School) 7 – 12 867-7005

Peninsula Catholic High School 8 – 12 596-7247

First Baptist Weekday School PK – 4 925-0274

Living Word Academy K3 – 8 867-8024

St. Andrew’s Episcopal PK – 5


Nansemond-Suffolk Academy PK – 12 539-8789

Summit Christian Academy (Lower School) K4 – 6


Trinity Lutheran School PK – 8


Warwick River Christian School PK – 5 877-2941

NORFOLK Calvary Christian School System K3 – 12 480-4400

VIRGINIA BEACH Atlantic Shores Christian PK – 12


Cape Henry Collegiate PK – 12


Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 9 – 12


Chesapeake Bay Academy K – 12


Christ The King School PK – 8


Faith Academy School PK – 8

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater PS – 8 424-4327


Greenhill Farms Academy K – 5

Kempsville Presbyterian PS – K



Norfolk Academy 1 – 12

Norfolk Christian School PK – 5



Norfolk Christian School K3 – 12

St. John the Apostle PK – 8



Norfolk Collegiate School K – 12

St. Matthew’s School PK – 8



Star of the Sea School PK – 8


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Child Care Finding the right childcare provider can be difficult and frustrating for families with small children. You need to know that your child is safe while you work. You need to know that you can trust the provider to appropriately supervise your child. Depending upon the situation, you may also want this time to contribute to your child’s learning. Hampton Roads has an abundance of good daycare centers and childcare options. Many of them are academically driven, offering special programs designed to keep children’s minds engaged in educational activities. The issue is finding the program and provider that’s right for your child.

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 human services to improve the quality of life in HamptoRoads’ communities. The Council’s Child Care Answer Line (CCAL) makes searching for a child care provider easy. CCAL staff will counsel with you over the phone and forward a listing of potential providers and guidelines for evaluating them for a nominal fee. To reach the Child Care Answer Line, call 627-3993. HomeCare is another program of the Planning Council that offers parents support in recruiting, hiring and training in-home

Information & Assistance For numbers of community Parks and Recreation departments, see New Arrivals in Hampton Roads: Quick Start Guide. The Planning Council


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


FranklinSouthampton County



Isle of Wight County

Newport News


569-8111(F) 653-2692(SC)

(804) 693-5300




47 39,749 19:1 $8,221

10 6,403 14:1 $8,601

9 6,015 17:1 $7,498

37 21,568 17:1 $7,619

9 5,515 17:1 $7,812

46 30,488 17:1 $8,435

WilliamsburgYork County James City County





Virginia Beach








54 33,787 16:1 $8,401

4 2,324 16:1 $6,821

26 15,126 19:1 $7,913

22 14,507 18:1 $8,465

88 71,185 18:1 $8,214

16 10,857 16:1 $9,769

19 12,619 17:1 $8,614

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childcare providers. Under this program, parents are assigned a counselor who can help them to determine the type of care needed, provide a list of state-licensed caregivers and assist them in interviewing and evaluating prospective providers. In Virginia, to be licensed by the state, caregivers must complete an application process that includes health screening, background checks, training and monitoring systems. Local community parks and recreation departments and many YMCAs sponsor programs designed to provide afterschool care. A number of the area’s public schools also have after-school programs that involve academic opportunities so that children are learning while parents are still at work.

Courtesy of Riverside Health system

Health Care: Family Health Education: Learning Opportunities Biplane Imaging at Riverside is the most advanced interventional medical imaging technology for treating aneurysms.


rom births to broken bones, from care for accidents to serious illnesses, our residents can have it all at the area’s many fine health centers. That’s because all of the latest tools, such as mammography, magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) and specialized oncology and litho-tripter services, are in place at our 20-plus area hospitals or available through shared programs. And, more are underway. 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 48 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

Riverside Family Practice and OB/GYN 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 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 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. In 2011, Sentara provided 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-the-art 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

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 764-6833 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 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.

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg

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

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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 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 chil-dren, Hampton Roads citizens can go to Eastern Virginia Medical


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residents. And, the future is even more exciting because every inch has been built to accommodate new advancements as they become available. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg 984-6000

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 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; ophthalmology; 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 50 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is a 67bed acute care facility providing comprehensive 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


The 200-bed hospital has revolutionized health care on the Peninsula. Most recently, the hospital opened the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex in 2010, 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 national stroke certification, sleep lab accredication and is a certified chest pain center--all advancing care for Peninsula

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

Acute Care-SOUTHSIDE 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

Center for Ocular Pharmacology, the Sleep Disorders Center and the Voice Center for individuals experiencing speech and swallowing problems.

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

Naval Medical Center 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth 953-5000

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 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.

This facility is one of the Navy’s three teaching hospitals and the oldest and 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.

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

Sentara Independence 800 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach 363-6100 Formerly an acute care hospital, Sentara Independence provides a 24/7 Emergency Department and outpatient services, including physical therapy. Sentara Leigh Hospital 730 Kempsville Road Norfolk 261-6000 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 555-bed tertiary care facility is located on a large medical campus including a leading medical school, children’s hospital, and Sentara Heart Hospital, which consistently ranks among the nation’s top 50 heart 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, a specialized level II 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 Obici Hospital 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk


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

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

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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.

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the region to offer women ImageChecker technology to read their mammograms. Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Glenn Mitchell Drive Virginia Beach 507-1000 Sentara Princess Anne is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 2011 to serve residents of southern Virginia Beach and neighboring Chesapeake communities. It includes full-service emergency care, surgical and a family maternity center with onsite 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.

Mental Health Care Bon Secours Maryview Behavioral Medicine Center 3636 High Street, Portsmouth 398-2367 52 • Coastal Virginia 2014-15

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 community-focused mental health care. Riverside Behavioral Health Center 2244 Executive Drive Hampton 826-1001 This 127-bed facility provides 24-hour, 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 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 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.

Specialized/Non-Acute Care Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View 5818 Harbour View Blvd, Suffolk 673-5800 This facility includes an outpatient surgery and a diagnostic center which includes western Hampton Roads’ only open MRI unit as well as CT and diagnostic radiology and non-invasive vascular imaging. Other programs and services include In-Motion Physical Therapy and

Sports Performance Center, a gastroenterology center, the Bon Secours Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases, the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, Mid-Atlantic Hearing and Balance Center, primary care and specialist offices, a full-service emergency department and The Millie Lancaster Women’s Center. Bon Secours Health Center at Virginia Beach 828 Healthy Way, Virginia Beach 463-2540 Bon Secours Health Center at Virginia Beach offers outpatient surgery and advanced imaging services to include CT and MRI. In addition to the In-Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center, there are primary as well as specialty practices on the campus. Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk


Exclusively dedicated to the health needs of children, CHKD serves as the region’s referral center for the most sophisticated care needed in the management of chronic illnesses and diseases and the routine primary care available through its partner community pediatricians. Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine 601 Colley Avenue , Norfolk 446-7100 1950 Glen Mitchell Drive, Ste 208 Virginia Beach 689-8139 The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine is the largest, most comprehensive women’s health practice in the region. It offers fertility treatments ranging from diagnosis and basic treatments, such as intrauterine insemination, to pioneering assisted-reproduction technologies, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). It also provides care for normal and complicated obstetrics patients as well as for women experiencing menopause and its complications, like osteoporosis. Lake Taylor Transitional Care 1309 Kempsville Road, Norfolk 461-5001 Considered to be one of the best sub-acute care facilities on the East Coast, this 296-bed facility is also one of the few in the state licensed to provide both nursing and sub-acute care. It typically provides care for patients who are too well to warrant hospital care but who are unprepared to return home because of respiratory, stroke, orthopedic, cancer or neurological illness.

Sentara Medical Arts & Urgent Care at New Town 4374 New Town Avenue Williamsburg

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth

Orthopedic & Spine Center 250 Nat Turner Boulevard Newport News 596-1900 This practice specializes in orthopedic 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). Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News 928-8000 This 50-bed facility offers long-term physical rehabilitation by a multidisciplinary 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 983-0040 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 24-hour, 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 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 Greenbrier Healthplex 713 Volvo Parkway Chesapeake 1-800-736-8272 Advanced Imaging Center 282-4025 Battlefield Therapy Center 282-4015

Sentara Port Warwick 11803 Jefferson Avenue at Loftus Newport News 594-1000 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 well-versed 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.

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 388-8000 This $94.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, opened in February, 2006 on the 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 roundthe- 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 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, • 53

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Sentara Medical Group Virginia Beach 395-1300 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.

and physician specialists ranging from OB/GYN to cardiology, gastrointestinal care and ophthalmology.

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

W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center 844 Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake 312-6800

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

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.

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

Fitness/Wellness Centers 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

875-0861 873-2932

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

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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

Total Fitness 6120 Jefferson Ave. Newport News 827-0629 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. YMCA Chesapeake Hampton South Hampton Roads James City County Portsmouth Newport News Norfolk Suffolk Virginia Beach Williamsburg York County

547-9622 722-9044 624-9622 200-6070 399-5511 223-7925 622-9622 934-9622 456-9622 220-9622 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 cfm 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.


s 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.

Foster Grandparent Program 727-1858 Franklin Downtown Development 562-6900 Friends of the Elderly Norfolk 362-2302 GoldenClub 234-8480 Goodwill 627-7733 1-800-Goodwill Great Atlantic Travel & Tour 422-9002 Institute for Learning in Retirement at Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Virginia Beach 368-4160 Jewish Family Services of Tidewater 489-3111 Magnolia Manor Assisted Living at The Orchard (804) 313-2400 at Smithfield 357-0732 Meals on Wheels Newport News 873-0541 Norfolk 892-5210 Portsmouth 673-5000 Suffolk 934-4911 Virginia Beach 306-2721 Williamsburg 229-9250 Medicare General Information 1-800-633-4227 Helpful Organizations Eligibility 1-800-772-1213 for Seniors Mobile Meals of Norfolk 892-5210 Alzheimer’s Group 459-2405 Patriot Colony at Williamsburg American Association of Retired Persons CCRC/Assisted Living/ 1-888-687-2277 Convalescent Center 220-9000 Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads Peninsula Agency 456-2366 on Aging 873-0541 Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Peninsula Aging Network 345-6277 CARE Program/Elderly Victim Retired Senior Volunteer Assistance Program Chesapeake 382-8824 Programs of the Peninsula Newport News 595-9037 Christopher Center 495-4185 Portsmouth Suffolk Disabled American Veterans Norfolk 461-4938 Riverside Adult Day Services Newport News 875-2033 Elder Care Resource & Referral 627-3993 Riverside Nurse 595-6363 Endependence Center Inc. Norfolk 461-8007 Riverside Convalescent Centers Dogwood Manor-The Orchard (804) 313-2400 Family Management Services, Inc. The Gardens/WF 886-2200 Fairfax (703) 352-3013 Patriots Colony 220-9000 File of Life 382-8824 Hampton 722-9881 Smithfield 357-0732 Food Stamps & (804) 843-4323 Fuel Assistance 926-6300 West Point

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 Social Security Administration General Information 1-800-772-1213 Newport News 873-3914 Chesapeake/Norfolk 858-6198 Portsmouth 465-4896 Social Services Departments Chesapeake 382-2000 Hampton 727-1800 Newport News 926-6300 Norfolk 664-6000 Portsmouth 405-1800 Suffolk 923-3000 Virginia Beach 437-3200 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 • 55

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Our Heritage

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istoric 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 253-4939 or toll free 1-888-868-7593 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 1-800-HISTORY 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 visitor information at 898-2410 or 2291733, 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,

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the August Crabtree collection of miniature 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 788-3391. 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 878-1115 or visit

The Casemate Museum, Hampton

museum/museum.html. 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. Riddick’s Folly, 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 934-1390.

AmericAn HeritAge AnnuAl PAss Get close to 174 years of our nation’s history with one ticket to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Annual Pass offers year-round access to: • Interactive gallery exhibits

Hands-on experiences in re-created living-history areas • Special events, exhibits and lectures • Free parking The history is so close – you’ll want to come again and again. • (757)253-4838 A single visit combination ticket also available. • 57

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The Mariners’ Museum - Monitor Exhibit, Newport News

Fort Monroe:

A Symbol of our Past, a Promise for our Future There is a history lesson that all Americans should know, but it may not have been in your textbooks. In the future, perhaps, it will be. Just six weeks after the Civil War began, three slaves – Frank Baker, James Townsend and Shepard Mallory – escaped from behind Confederate lines and sought refuge at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Commanding General Benjamin Butler refused to return the fugitives and declared the three men contraband of war. Soon, thousands of enslaved African Americans from all over the region descended on Fort Monroe in pursuit of freedom and sanctuary. This event fundamentally changed the meaning of the Civil War from states’ rights to the immorality of slavery, and marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States. On Nov. 1, 2011, President Obama signed an Executive Order designating Fort Monroe as a National Monument. Now, this 400 hundred-year-old site belongs to all Americans, and I hope all will have the chance to know its story, and appreciate its beauty. From 1609 until September 2011, Fort Monroe was an active military base built on the site known as Old Point Comfort. Here’s a little bit about its remarkable history: In 1619, it’s where the first Africans arrived in America. Hampton is also where, in 1624, the first African-American child was born, named William Tucker. Robert E. Lee was stationed at Fort Monroe, and Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there at the conclusion of the Civil War. Edgar Allen Poe and Harriet Tubman both spent time at Fort Monroe, and Abraham Lincoln stayed there during the assault on Norfolk, VA – the last time a sitting President was actively involved in a military campaign. Hampton is home to NASA Langley, Joint Base Langley Eustis, Hampton University and boasts 124 miles of shoreline and gorgeous beaches. Those of us fortunate enough to live here revere the water, our history and our wonderful location – but perhaps our biggest community treasure is historic Fort Monroe.

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President Obama’s decision to designate Fort Monroe a National Monument secures the stature of the Fort in our Nation’s history. It also ensures the Fort will remain a vibrant part of our region’s economy, as studies have shown that national parks produce jobs and other economic benefits in their localities. Hampton lost more than 5,000 jobs when the Army left the Fort in September. Now, with the work of the National Park Service and a state-led reuse plan, the campus should become a center for recreation, history, business and education. This fortress will continue to be a refuge for those who wish to revel in its natural and man-made beauty for its – and Hampton’s – next 400 years.

Molly Joseph Ward Former Mayor of Hampton, Virginia

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Yorktown Victory Center

Fort Wool Naval Base Cruise aboard the Miss Hampton II

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 243-3452 Adam Thoroughgood House 460-7588 Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum 437-8432 Boykin’s Tavern 365-9339 Cape Henry Lighthouse 422-9421 Carter’s Grove Plantation 1-800-HISTORY Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum 294-3439 Endview Plantation 887-1862 Ferry Plantation House 473-5182 Fighter Factory 539-8440 Fort Boykin 357-2291 Fort Wool 727-1102 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 1-888-593-4682 Lee Hall Mansion 888-3371

The Lightship Museum 393-8591 Lynnhaven House 460-1688 Military Aviation Museum 721-7767 Moses Myers House 333-1086 Nansemond Indian Museum 255-7001 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 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 393-8591 Railroad Museum of Virginia 393-4093 Rosewell House (804) 693-2585 Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 923-4750 St. John’s Church 722-2567 The James A. Fields House 886-7777 The Old Courthouse of 1750 357-5182 Upper Wolfsnare 491-3490 Visitor Center at the Historic Prentis House 923-3880 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 393-8031 Watermen’s Museum 887-2641 Walter Reed’s Birthplace (804) 815-1660 Willoughby-Baylor House 441-1526

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Some of Hampton Roads’ most popular museums are dedicated to science. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, is a fun and exciting 120,000-square-foot 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 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 in Newport News is a spectacular combination of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium, all in one beautiful setting. Animals and insects native to Virginia can swim, slither, roam, fly or crawl at this museum that recently completed a $27.6-million renovation. Call 595-1900 or visit www.

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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.

Langley Air Force jet over Fort Monroe


he 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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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 and 10,000 civilian personnel work on the

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.”

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(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 and services for the 21st century and the

TRADOC army band is now located at Fort Eustis after the closing of Fort Monroe. (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.

base are scattered throughout Hampton Roads. Approximately 80 naval ships are homeported in the Norfolk area.

Naval Weapons Station

(Virginia Beach) This base is the most sophisticated and critically important air station in the U.S. Navy. It is home to 19 squadrons of F-14 Tomcat fighters and F/A-18 Hornets—collectively about 290 aircraft. The base employs about 10,000 military and 5,300 civilian personnel. The Dam Neck Annex, also part of the Oceana facility, is home to the Fleet Combat Training 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.

Oceana Naval Air Station/ Dam Neck Annex

(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 other ordinances for the Atlantic Fleet.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding

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

(Newport News) The Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding command at Northrop Grumman Newport News is where Navy personnel work with shipyard personnel in building and refurbishing ships and submarines. Northrop Grumman has a backlog of carriers and submarines that will ensure work for the Navy for several years.

Naval Station Norfolk

(Norfolk) Home to Headquarters Atlantic Fleet, COMNAVBASE Norfolk is the world’s largest U.S. naval base. Components of the

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.

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