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Living in Hampton Roads

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Perfect vacation destination Never ending beauty & opportunities

Perfect vacation destination Never ending beauty & opportunities

Community Profiles | Economic Development | Education Health care | Real Estate | senior living | Museums & MorE 2017-2018 |

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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 14 Local offerings and statistics

New Arrivals 30 Residential Real Estate 32 Quick Start Guide

Business 34 38 40 41


Economic Development Tourism and the Economy Employment Opportunities Transportation

Education 44 Learning Opportunities

Health Care 49 Family Health

Senior Living 56 Helpful Organizations

History & Science 58 Historical Sites & Museums

Military Life 62 Military Facilities



Business Guide 64 Advertisers’ Directory

Footnotes: 1 U.S. Census Bureau | 2 U.S. Census Bureau | 3 U.S. Census Bureau | 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics | 5 Virginia Business; Hampton Roads Statistical Digest | 6 U.S. Census Bureau | 7 U.S. Census Bureau | 8 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) | 9 The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) | 10 Bureau of National Affairs; Union Membership and Earnings Data Book | 11 Virginia Economic Development PartNership; Workers’ Compensation State Rankings manufacturing industry rates and statutory benefits provision; Actuarial and Technical Solutions, Inc. | 12 Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Average employee contributions rates by state | 13 Virginia Economic Development Partnership | 14 Old Dominion University; State of the Region Report | 15 Chmura Eonomics and Analytics; Virginia Economic Trends; Fourth quarter, 2010-13 | 16 Bureau of Labor Statistics | 17 U.S. Census Bureau | 18 American Chamber of Commerce Research Association | 19 U.S. Census Bureau | 20 management/facts.html | 21 U.S. Office of Management & Budget | 22 ODU Forecasting Project | 23 W&M Mason School of Business | 24 Virginia Tourism Corporation | 25 HRPDC Regional Profile | 26 Southeastern VA Tourism Alliance | 27 Virginians for the Arts | 28 ANGLE Technology | 29 Virginia Employment Commission | 30 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis | 31 ODU’s Center for Real Estate & Economic Development | 32 TowneBank | 33 U.S. Small Business Administration | 34 VA Dept. of Rail & Public Transit | 35 Norfolk Int. Airport (ORF) & Newport News/Williamsburg Int. Airport (PHF) | 36 ODU’s VA Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center | 37 Brookings Institute MetroMonitor | 38 Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance | 39 Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

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



Hampton Smithfield

Isle of Wight County

Norfolk 32 Elizabeth River Ferry

Southampton County

Suffolk 13


Portsmouth 460

Chesapeake 13 17

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introduction: Publisher’s Thoughts

Welcome to Coastal Virginia 2 4 th ann i v ersary


Paul Quillin Darden Associate Editor

Arielle J. Patterson

Graphics and Design

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It seems like yesterday when I started Darden Publishing in 1993. It began with “Living on the Virginia Peninsula” A Hampton Roads Community magazine and then it became known as “Living in Hampton Roads” Southeastern Virginia Lifestyles magazine, and in 2012, I was the first to introduce “Coastal Virginia” magazine. Along the way came “BRAVO” the Hampton Roads Arts magazine and “Healthcare in Hampton Roads” magazine. Born and raised in Newport News; a 1966 graduate of Warwick High School and a 1974 graduate from Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary after serving a military tour with the Fort Monroe Continental Army Command band, I have seen my hometown grow from farmlands to vibrant business communities and still growing as we speak. Thank You Hampton Roads for allowing me to give back to my community. 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 peninsula’s Northside has the Newport News Shipyard, the birthplace of many of our Navel Aircraft Carriers and Submarines and on the Southside 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 Sewell’s 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 Hampton Roads as you peruse the pages of this magazine. By the time you get to the end of it, you’ll realize what the locals know all too well — Coastal Virginia is the place to be for business and family.

Paul Quillin Darden Darden Publishing

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Cover photo credit Old Point Comfort Lighthouse at Fort Monroe Courtesy of Hampton CVB ©Copyright 2017 by Darden Publishing. The information herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable; however, Darden Publishing makes no warranty to the accuracy or reliability of this information. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. Published annually by DARDEN PUBLISHING (757) 389-5473 Email: Website: Coastal Virginia® is available at selected Chambers of Commerce, Hampton Roads City and County Economic Development Departments, Greater Hampton Roads realtors, Tourism Visitor Centers, military installations, advertiser locations and more. Or order Coastal Virginia® at Visit our Virtual Worlds

introduction: Greetings

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

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,

Town Point Club overlooking Nor folk

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.

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introduction: Hampton Roads Governments

Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff

Mayor Donnie R. Tuck


Newport News

“Chesapeake is building for the future, and how we’ve done it is simple. When we say we can, we will. And when we say we will, we do.

“Hampton is a thriving community that values both our history and our future. Come home to beautiful waterfronts and vibrant, diverse neighborhoods. Research the second century of aviation or open your office on the campus of one of our business parks. Enjoy the restaurants, museums and entertainment venues that add sparkle to our shining city. Choose Hampton to live, work and play.”

“As Mayor of Newport News, I am often reminded of the vision of our predecessors that began the process of making Newport News a great city. Our combined visions over the years have included embracing and celebrating our multiculturalism, building innovative schools for our children, creating cutting edge programs for our young people and investing in our infrastructure and neighborhoods. Through all of these efforts, we are delivering on our promise of greatness. Newport News is a dynamic and vibrant city where people feel good about living, working, and doing business. We invite visitors to come and explore our historical, recreational and cultural attractions. We strive to enhance our transportation capabilities with a newly designed multi-modal transportation center that will serve as a hub for a variety of transportation solutions. Most of all, I encourage folks to visit Newport News and embrace the people of this city – our cultures, our ideals, our hopes and our desires. It is through the strength of our residents that Newport News continues to grow and prosper.”



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

Isle of Wight

Chairman Rex W. Alphin “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.”

Mayor McKinley L. Price


Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander “Norfolk is a destination for global commerce, host to the only permanent NATO Headquarters outside of Europe, and home to Naval Station Norfolk - the world’s largest naval base which is celebrating its centennial year. For over 300 years our city has served as the economic and cultural center of Hampton Roads. This continues with our support of innovation, small businesses, and women and minority entrepreneurs through our signature programs and initiatives. The highest paying jobs in the region are located in Norfolk, along with colleges, universities, and a medical school that prepare more than 44,000 students each year for tomorrow’s economy. The Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, and the Chrysler Museum serve as a foundation for our dynamic arts community. Seven performing arts venues, Town Point Park, and Harbor Park host hundreds of concerts, plays, waterside festivals, and athletic events that attract thousands of visitors and sports fans. Norfolk Botanical Gardens, the Virginia Zoo, beaches in Ocean View, and 70 neighborhood and community parks highlight our commitment to recreation and conservation. Most important, our 120 distinctive neighborhoods feature unique restaurants and shops, and attract thousands of students, professionals, retirees and working families who make this resilient city a world class community.”


Mayor Gene Hunt


Chairman Phillip N. Bazzani “Gloucester County, Virginia has a significantly important distinction in the history of the United States. Founded in 1651, just 44 years after the Jamestown settlement, Gloucester was the home to King Powhatan, Pocahontas, Dr. Walter Reed, and the birthplace to one of Virginia’s First Families. Gloucester County is rich in culture, farmland, has a vibrant fishing industry, and is nicknamed the “Daffodil Capital of the World”. It is truly “the Land of the Life Worth Living!”

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James City County

Chairman Kevin Onizuk “James City County is truly one of the premiere places to live in Hampton Roads. Our community is the perfect blend of friendly, small-town feel and big-city culture and resources. We are home to world-class museums and theme parks, championship golf, hiking, biking and water activities. There’s a full range of housing options, an award-winning local school system, outstanding higher and continuing education opportunities, low crime rate, access to exceptional health care-all the amenities and services of a major metropolitan area, with warm southern charm. We welcome those who visit and also those who wish to be part of our vibrant community. ”

“Poquoson is the Place…to live, to grow to work, to play. These words capture the essence of opportunity in our City. From its extraordinary quality of life and excellent public school system, to its business-friendly atmosphere and civic-minded citizenry, Poquoson is the Place for families and businesses to call home. We are proud to be recognized on CNBC’s National List of “10 Perfect Suburbs” and by Movoto Real Estate as the “#1 Safest Place to Live in Virginia.” Just minutes from I-64 & the Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport, the City’s 87 miles of shoreline also provide quick and convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay. We encourage you to visit for a day and discover why you’ll want to stay for a lifetime. Poquoson is the Place…and you’re invited.”


Mayor John L. Rowe, Jr.

“As Mayor of this historic city founded in 1752, and the state’s only official Coast Guard City, I extend to you a warm welcome from the Portsmouth Family. Portsmouth’s historical and nautical significance makes us as a major contributor to the nation, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Hampton Roads. We are home to the nation’s oldest and largest Naval Shipyard. At the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, the nation’s oldest continuously-running Naval hospital, we provide the highest quality healthcare to our active duty military personnel and their families. We are also home to the largest privatelyowned marine container terminal in the United States, Virginia International Gateway, located along the Elizabeth River - one of the deepest working harbors in the world. With our port facilities, we are truly the gateway to America’s heartland. Our future is limitless, bright, and full of economic potential.”

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




York County

“Southampton County is a beautiful place to visit, live and work. Surrounded by lush farmland, Southampton County is a picture perfect community offering an array of outdoor activities including kayaking, fishing, hunting and more. Centrally located between I-95 and the Port of Virginia, Southampton County provides limitless business opportunities. We have committed to dream boldly, plan strategically, invest sacrificially and work faithfully to create and sustain a robust and diversified economy.”

“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. Here, they’re able to reap the amenities of a big city, while at the same time retain the affordability, flavor and character of a small town. We embrace a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have quickly become a location for business owners to realize their dreams. We’re also known for our expanding high tech industrial corridor, and are proud to be the location of the Navy’s newest global Type Command (TYCOM), whose mission is to further advance and ingrain information warfare readiness and capabilities across the fleet and Navy. Our southern hospitality is second to none. Whether you want to explore the beauty and mystery of the Great Dismal Swamp, take in a performance or class at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, partake of a world-class meal at one of our renowned restaurants, or enjoy a T.G.I.F.concert or dazzling fireworks display over the water, the city is filled with unlimited opportunities. Suffolk is prepared to accelerate its success, capitalize on its resources, and move our AAA-rated city towards even greater heights.”

”The City of Williamsburg, Virginia’s Colonial Capital, is not only an internationally-known vacation and conference destination but also a hub for culinary and visual arts, education and business. While Colonial Williamsburg continues to inspire new and returning visitors with the stories of the founding of our nation, its immersive, interactive programming and its new participatory adventures, visitors and locals alike are enjoying the multitude of emerging eclectic art galleries, shops and eateries that provide farm-to-table cuisine and local dishes. The unique Williamsburg Tasting Trail features three craft breweries, two distilleries, a winery and even a meadery. As the home of the second oldest college in the nation, the City values the students and faculty of William & Mary, encouraging them, and many others, to start or grow their business ventures here in the City. The City of Williamsburg is known for its legion of awards and designations for open government, outstanding regional planning and innovative green programs. Whether you come for a visit, relocate your business or move into the neighborhood, we hope you’ll come discover Williamsburg.”

“York County, America’s Future since 1781, is located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. With 200 miles of coastline, York County is home to the Colonial National Park, the historic village of Yorktown and the newly remodeled and expanded American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Along with the tourism amenities, our residents’ exceptional quality of life is reflected in our neighborhoods, parks, schools and county services. Ranked the ‘5th Happiest County in the United States’ by Smart Asset, we take pride in protecting and enhancing our citizens’ standard of living by providing a safe community, excellent schools, low real property tax rates and environmentally sensitive development. York County is also open for business. Our staff and economic development professionals stand ready to guide and assist new businesses through the process of getting established and, once up and running, offer ongoing support to ensure success. We invite you to make York County part of your future!”

Mayor Linda T. Johnson

By Don Monteaux, 2012

Chairman Dallas O. Jones

Virginia Beach

Mayor William D. Sessoms

”The people of Virginia Beach and the area we call Coastal Virginia are among the most fortunate in the world. Our city and region offer so much to our residents and businesses: an outstanding quality of life; neighborhoods that welcome newcomers as lifelong friends; a rich diversity of lifestyles and cultures; beautiful beaches, vibrant urban centers, and peaceful rural areas. The most exciting thing about where we live, though, is the people who live here, and who allow our cities, schools and businesses to succeed. They’re engaged, they’re smart, they’re fun, and they’re committed to making this city and region the best in the world. This is an exciting time for all of us, as we integrate new technologies and ideas to transform our economy and cities for the future.”

Mayor Paul T. Freiling

Chairman Sheila S. Noll

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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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• Huntington Beach – Newport News

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

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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

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

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

• Fort Monroe – Hampton Cape Henry Lighthouse of 1881, Fort Story

• MacArthur Memorial – Norfolk • Victory Arch – Newport News Sites/VictoryArch/ .

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• First Landing Cross – Virginia Beach

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


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

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• Virginia Zoo – Norfolk

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

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

The Children’s Museum, Portsmouth

The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s beloved five-mile Noland Trail in Newport News

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

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

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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 28th 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

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

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Community Profiles: Quality of Life

Communities Sharing a Rich Past and

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Friendly people and inviting neighborhoods are just a few of the reasons people find Isle of Wight so welcoming. This growing county personifies the “best of both worlds.” Its residents enjoy a rural vista dotted with charming small towns and award-winning neighborhoods. At the same time, it’s home to several Fortune 500 companies including Smithfield Foods, Inc.

James City County has been a successful business location for over 400 years. Since its inception, the County has developed a reputation for establising and growing profitable enterprises. Its 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.

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.

For over 375 years, York County has been a desirable place to visit, live, and work... And with good reason. York County is the preferred home for families and businesses, as 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 more.

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Population1 (2015 est.) 36,314

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Population1 (2015 est.) 67,837

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2014 est.) $65,910

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MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) $45,676

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) $48,639

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Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with Chairman and Vice Chairman

Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator

Government City Council and City Manager

Government City Council and City Manager

Major Industries Smithfield Packing Company, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., International Paper, CR England, Inc.

Major Industries AB InBev, Ball Metal Container, Owens-Illinois, Walmart Import Distribution Center

Major Industries Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Fairlead Integrated, Marine Specialty Group

Major Industries Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, College of William & Mary, Aramark Campus, LLC., Yankee Candle Company

Government Five-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator

County Information (757) 356-1962

County Information (757) 253-6728

City Information (757) 393-8000

City Information (757) 220-6100

School Information (757) 393-8751

School Information (757) 253-6777

School Information (757) 357-4393

School Information (757) 603-6400

Major Industries DSV Solutions, Inc., Dominion Virginia Power, Wyndham Resort Properties, Water Country USA, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station County Information (757) 890-3317 School Information (757) 898-0300

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Community Profiles: Chesapeake

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Size2 341 sq. miles Population (2017 est.) 237,990 1

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2017 est.) $75,025 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Dollar Tree, Cox Communications, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Wal-Mart, Canon Information Technology, Sentara Healthcare City Information (757) 382-6345 School Information (757) 547-0153

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Chesapeake, Virginia, the Commonwealth’s third largest city (by population) keeps rolling in the accolades. Millennial Personal Finance ranked this locale as one of the top cities for Millenials in 2017. In addition to this accolade, Chesapeake was also selected as one of three Virginia cities ranked as hardest working in the nation. According to WalletHub’s 2017 ranking list, Chesapeake comes in 26th. Not only is this family-friendly community garnering attention nationally but its pro-business climate is getting results too. In 2016, Chesapeake’s business community invested over $289 million dollars—a 61.6% increase over last year— and generated 1,255 new jobs. Of special note, waterfront businesses contributed $23.5 million in capital investment. Additional numbers include the following:

Company/Organization Investment - DB Schenker: $1.4 Million - Greenbrier Square/Kroger Marketplace: $50 Million - Aldi Grocery: $1.8 Million - Smith-Packett: $30 Million Chesapeake’s existing businesses continued to expand this past year, investing $149.6 million. Of significant note, Dollar Tree Inc. announced its plans for its new corporate headquarters, retaining 825 existing jobs. Dollar Tree Inc. is expected to invest $110 million for development, and create 600 new jobs over the next six years.

Did you know? Chesapeake has the largest concentration of international companies in Hampton Roads comprising 69 companies and representing 19 countries. For more information about business opportunities, visit, email or call 757-382-8040.

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Sample southern country cuisine with a gourmet touch and snack on roasted peanuts fresh from the fields. Visit unique museums, kayak and fish scenic rivers, stroll charming small towns, and savor an old-fashioned ice-cream cone. Retrace history where it was lived-from Native American Indians to early settlers and to the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion that helped ignite the Civil War Trail Markers - while you meander quiet country roads lined with lush farms. Come sit back with a cool drink and Escape to Tradition in Franklin Southampton. Once a railroad and steamboat hub of commerce, the City of Franklin is a laid-back cousin to larger cities just miles away. The welcoming Visitor Center, in the old railroad depot, is in the heart of the historic area. You’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants as well as beautifully restored vintage homes, including a plush period B&B and parks perfect for an impromptu picnic. Southampton County is surrounded by a sprawling landscape home to small towns waiting to be explored and more Century Farms than any other Virginia county. Numerous boat landings welcome casual boaters and fishermen. Hunters find abundant game and local outfitters who offer guides and comfortable lodges. Homes from the 1800’s surround the classic courthouse and Courtland’s quaint business district. Near the North Carolina line where VA Route 35 and VA Route 186 meet, Boykins and Branchville are a small community with a big heart. Main Street invites you into a charming array of shops. Linger for a cup of coffee, ice cream cone or meal on Main Street and then find the Boykins Museum, an 1840 train station displaying memorabilia of the county’s railroad history. Located off of VA Route 58, set in some of Southampton County’s

lushest farmland, Capron is home to the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia’s wonderful museum. Newsoms, “Home of the Jumbo Peanut”, and the small town of Ivor boasts some of Virginia’s finest hams - R. M. Felt’s Packing Co. is known for putting the ham in Southampton. Franklin Southampton is a haven for business opportunities featuring three business and commerce parks (Pretlow Industrial Park, Southampton Business Park, Southampton Commerce and Logistics Center) and the Franklin Business Center. This four-story, 40,000 square foot, fully renovated and restored office facility is located in Historic Downtown Franklin and houses office space, support staff and programs that nurture young firms and expanding businesses. This specific type of incubator program is designed to assist these businesses during their first few years of operation when their needs usually outpace their ability to provide for themselves making them more vulnerable to failure. For more information about Franklin Southampton call 757-562-1958 or visit or

Size2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles Population1 (2015 est.) Franklin: 8,490 Southampton: 18,057 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) Franklin: $33,399 Southampton: $48,962 Government Franklin: City Council/City Manager Southampton: Board of Supervisors/ County Administrator Major Industries AEC Virginia, Enviva, Meherrin Agriculture, Solenis, Deerfield Correctional Center, Paul D. Camp Community College, Southampton Memorial Hospital City/County Information Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 School Information Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692 w w • 17

Community Profiles: Franklin & Southampton County

Escape to Tradition

Community Profiles: Hampton

Hampton: Center of Coastal Virginia Commerce

Hampton Roads Convention Center

photo Courtesy of Hampton CVB

Hampton, the vibrant 400-year old city located at Coastal Virginia’s geographic center, is rich in history, multicultural heritage, water recreation, and abounds with shopping and dining opportunities.

Size2 52 sq. miles Population1 (2013 est.) 136,699 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2013 est.) $50,705 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Aerospace, Homeland Security and Defense, Medical, Communications, Manufacturing and Retail, Tourism City Information (757) 727-8311 School Information (757) 727-2000 visitor Information (757) 727-1102 or 800-800-2202

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At the crossroads of Interstates 64 and 664, boasting 344,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 102,600 square foot exhibit hall, and a 28,000 square foot ballroom, the Hampton Roads Convention Center is adjoined by the 295-room Embassy Suites. The center shares a campus with the legendary Hampton Coliseum. A new 125-room Hyatt Place is slated to open adjacent to the campus in 2018. Peninsula Town Center and Power Plant of Hampton Roads offer abundant dining and nightlife options within a short-distance of the convention center, including many new offerings. Cinebistro, Peninsula Town Center’s state-of-the-art movie theater, delivers a unique outlet for bowling and billiards. Hip, new establishments in Downtown Hampton and Fort Monroe appeal to professionals. Downtown Hampton’s Queens Way is home to trendy eateries, as well as innovative special events. Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe stays hopping during the spring and summer months

with live music, private cabana rentals, a swimming pool, and a private beach on the Chesapeake Bay. Grandview Nature Preserve offers a more secluded beach experience while Buckroe Beach is the spot for family seaside fun. Hampton is home to many world-class attractions, including the Virginia Air & Space Center, the official visitor center for NASA Langley. In 2017, NASA Langley Research Center celebrates its 100th anniversary while the Virginia Air & Space Center celebrates its 25th anniversary. Fort Monroe National Monument is the site of the first arrival of Africans in English North America in 1619, as well as the Casemate Museum, which houses the cell where confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned after the Civil War. Other Hampton highlights include the antique Hampton Carousel, Hampton History Museum, Hampton University Museum, Langley Speedway, and the Miss Hampton II harbor cruise, among many others.

Coliseum Central Business Improvement District Coliseum Central Business Improvement District is a 1,900 acre retail, dining and event destination in the heart of Hampton Roads. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-64 and 664 in Hampton, Coliseum Central is home to more than 600 restaurants, lodging, office, medical and shopping establishments. Retail and Restaurants

Coliseum Central boasts fourteen shopping centers and some of the best retail choices in the region. Mixed-use development Peninsula Town Center features more than 70 stores and restaurants. Big box retailers Target, Walmart and At Home provide everyday needs while Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls provide fashionable and affordable apparel and home goods. The District is also home to long-standing, family-owned businesses such as Goodman & Sons Jewelers and Andrea’s Pizza. No matter what is on your shopping list, be it back-to-school apparel at JC Penney, camping and fishing gear at Bass Pro Shops, or the latest bestseller at Barnes & Noble, you can find it here. If you’re hungry, there are dozens of restaurants to suit your palate and budget. From quick service to fine dining, American fare to Caribbean cuisine, Coliseum Central has you covered.

Entertainment, Sports and Lodging

Coliseum Central is the home of the Hampton Roads Convention Center and the iconic Hampton Coliseum. Each year, hundreds of thousands of spectators, conventioneers and locals visit these two properties to partake in many entertainment and convention activities. Musical legends including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis and the Rolling Stones have performed at the Coliseum since it opened its doors in 1970. For family-friendly entertainment, consider Bluebird Gap Farm - a 60 acre farm and petting zoo that features a playground, picnic tables and an arboretum. Or, you could unwind at one of the four bowling alleys or movie theaters within the District. Coliseum is also proud to host many regional and national sporting competitions such as AAU basketball tournaments and the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K.

If you’re visiting the area and need a place to lay your head, Coliseum Central has many great lodging options. With selections like the Embassy Suites, Courtyard by Marriot, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and SpringHill Suites you’re sure to find a comfortable and affordable option.

Health and Wellness

Coliseum Central features an array of medical and fitness facilities. The nationally recognized and award-winning Sentara CarePlex is a 224 bed hospital featuring excellent staff, innovative technology and techniques, and the area’s first dedicated orthopedic hospital. Patient First offers urgent care services, primary care physicians, and x-ray and lab testing. Throughout the District, there are dozens of specialized facilities ranging from behavioral health, dentistry, long-term healthcare and much more.

Office Space

Whether you are looking to relocate your headquarters, need space for your startup, or something in between, Coliseum Central has numerous options to suit your needs. Executive Towers and Pinewood Plaza offer traditional, high-rise office space solutions. Regus allows a single office or suite of offices to be rented while common areas such as the conference room and kitchen are shared by all tenants. If you’d like your office in a mixed-use development, Peninsula Town Center is an ideal location. Coliseum Central is also home to ample medical and general office space in a wide variety of formats along Executive Drive, Build America Drive, Coliseum Drive, Cunningham Drive, Hartford Road and Marcella Road.

A Livable Community

With multiple grocery stores, medical facilities, entertainment and dining options, Coliseum Central is a neighborhood with

it all. With nearly one dozen apartment complexes and over 3,000 apartments, Coliseum Central allows you to work, play AND live within its boundaries. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Coliseum Central…or as we like to say, “Get Centered in Coliseum Central.”

Economic Assets Colieum Central

• 3 sq. miles in size • Over 600 businesses

Shopping Centers

• Peninsula Town Center 1 MSF Mixed Use • Todd Center 242, 387 sq. ft. • Coliseum Crossing 221,001 sq. ft. • Coliseum Business Center 122,400 sq. ft. • Coliseum Specialty Shops 15,026 sq. ft. • Coliseum Marketplace 10,000 sq. ft. • Coliseum Corner 49,627 sq. ft. • Executive Crossing East 20,000 sq. ft. • Executive Crossing West 20,000 sq. ft. • Goodman Square 15,500 sq. ft. • Mercury Plaza 114,496 sq. ft. • Power Plant 482,609 sq. ft. • Riverpointe Shopping Center 228,637 sq. ft

Sentara Careplex

• 1,200 employees, 224 beds


• 1,077,174 sq. ft.


• 2,000+ rooms available

Hampton Roads Convention Center • 250,000 visitors annually Hampton Coliseum • 310,000 attendees annually • 757-826-6351

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Community Profiles: Gloucester County

Opportunity, Synergy & Sustainability It’s Right Here in Gloucester!

Gloucester Point – Hayes Village Area featuring Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Courtesy of Gloucester County

Gloucester County has become the destination of choice for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking for a qualified and stable workforce, affordable real estate, business incentives and initiatives, and a relaxed and fulfilling lifestyle. Gloucester businesses enjoy low taxes and an accommodating, and pro-business environment.

Size2 218 sq. miles Population1 (2015 est.) 37,141 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) $60,519 Government Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Major Industries Medical, Retail, Recycling Education, Tourism, Technology County Information (804) 693-4042 School Information (804) 693-5300 visitor Information (804) 693-0014 1-866-847-4887

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The Highway 17 Corridor contains a business park and a variety of land tracts offering prospecting investors a wide array of options for manufacturing facilities and wellappointed offices, supported by a robust fiber-optic broadband network. Gloucester is home to the world-renowned Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), industry leading medical facilities, Canon Environmental Technologies Inc., Phillips Energy and Whitley’s Peanuts, just to name a few of the partners in our business community. More than 2,700 businesses currently call Gloucester home. This year the County received a record number of new businesses interested in locating here-In total there were 219 new business licenses issued. There is over 50,000 square feet of prime commercial/retail space available in several locations throughout the area, and our Economic Development Team is always ready to help find the right space for any project. The County is pleased to have had several economic development announcements over the past year, including a $40 million expansion of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital that is expected to be completed in mid-2018. This expansion will bring a considerable increase in health services capacity for the entire Middle Peninsula.

In addition, the County added 85 new home-based businesses to its business community. The VIMS is currently constructing two new buildings for research and facilities support in the Gloucester Point/Hayes Village area, and Dominion Virginia Power is in the process of constructing a new power station adjacent to the Gloucester Business Park. It’s an exciting time to be in Gloucester and we invite you to consider our County for your next business location or expansion!


York River Crossing – is a 161,351 square foot shopping center located on U. S. Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) in Gloucester. The center provides a cluster of retail shops, restaurants and cinemas with easy access and connectivity. Gloucester Village on Main – quaint, historic, and the center for government and retail activity. The Gloucester Courthouse Village, designated as an official “Virginia Main Street Community”, is the epicenter for business and day to day activity. Numerous one-of-a-kind businesses make their home along Main Street offering rare antiques, specialty women’s apparel, wine and cheese, jewelry, fabulous dining options, galleries and more.

Fox Mill Centre – a newly developed shopping center with a mix of national and local retailers. Fox Mill Centre is located in the heart of Gloucester on U. S. Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) with direct connection to the Gloucester Courthouse Village. The latest phase of the center’s development included 9 new national retail shops. Gloucester is home to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Riverside Cancer Care Center, Sentara Medical Arts, and Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters Pediatric Center. Regional facilities include Riverside Regional Hospital, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Medical College of Virginia, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and the Hampton Proton Therapy Cancer Center.

Area (MSA) the 218-square mile county is strategically positioned in the northeastern portion of Virginia’s Hampton Roads. Gloucester is bound by nearly 300 miles of shoreline for exceptional watersports and recreational activities. Gloucester offers numerous amenities and recreational areas to our visitors and tourists. Gloucester Point Beach, located on the York River features two boat ramps, a fishing pier, a playground, a pavilion and an interpretative walking tour detailing the history of the area. Throughout the County are 5 rivers that offer exceptional saltwater fishing, boating and paddling. Beaver Dam Park, located in the center of our community, features a 635-acre fresh water lake offering hours of fishing, boat rentals, picnic areas, trails, meeting/event facilities, and a whole lot more. Gloucester boasts five state-of-the-art marinas with hundreds of boat slips and amenities to meet all your docking needs.




Located within the Virginia Beach-NorfolkNewport News Metropolitan Statistical

Notable historic places in Gloucester include Abingdon and Ware Churches,

Tyndall’s Point, the Gloucester Point Archaeological District, and Werowocomoco, where Powatan met Captain John Smith in 1608. Werowocomoco was recently protected as part of the Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Inside the Gloucester Courthouse Historic District is one of the most charming and sophisticated colonial courthouses ever built in Virginia. It is a classic example of the exquisite craftsmanship, aesthetic design and brickwork utilized in the eighteenth century and is one of the oldest continually operating courthouses in the United States, dating back to 1766. The community is proud to be home to Walter Reed’s Birthplace, and the remnants of Rosewell, arguably one of the finest mansions built in the American colonies that sits on the beautiful York River. The Inn at Warner Hall, located on the Severn River is an active Bed & Breakfast and hosts numerous weddings, social events and business meetings. Gloucester has something for everyone. We invite you to visit our historic, vibrant community and see what Gloucester has to offer for you.

Location Location Location GLOUCESTER, VIRGINIA

It’s the right place for your business!

Gloucester has so much to offer just look at a few of the many advantages: • Business park with available sites for new development 6489 Main Street Gloucester, VA 23061 804-693-1414

• Bound by nearly 300 miles of shoreline for exceptional watersports and recreational activities.

• Within 750 miles of twothirds of the U. S. population and industrial activity.

• Skilled workforce

• Low cost of doing business

• Exceptional quality of life

• Attractive incentive program

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Community Profiles: Newport News

The Peninsula’s Anchor Governor Terry McAuliffe presents the City of Newport News a Commonwealth Opportunity Fund check in support of Printpack’s $25.7 million expansion project.

Where Great Things Are Happening Newport News continues to be a vibrant, transformational, and business-friendly community that balances economic activity and livability. Size2 68 sq. miles Population (2012 est.) 180,719 1

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2012 est.) $44,087 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Huntington Ingalls Industries, Riverside Health System, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Dan Daniels Distribution Center), Canon Virginia, Continental, United Parcel Service, Ferguson Enterprises/Wolseley North America, Jefferson Lab, High Liner Foods, Inc., Liebherr Mining Equipment Printpack City Information (757) 926-8501 School Information (757) 591-4500

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During 2016, more than $1 billion in capital investment and over 2,000 new jobs were announced in Newport News. Companies that contributed to last year’s success include Printpack, Continental, Canon Virginia, Tradition Brewing, High Liner Foods, Jim’s Local Market, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Newport News Industrial, Newport News Shipbuilding and Fairlead Boatworks. The establishment of the Newport News Shipbuilding Defense Production Zone and the advancement of City Center, Brooks Crossing, and Tech Center were significant achievements during 2016. New City Center ownership, announced in July 2016, offers a return to local ownership and the promise of more special events and options which will continue to serve citizens and visitors from around the region. The newly-remodeled Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, coupled with improvements in all three parking garages, continues to provide style, comfort, and convenience. LTD Hospitality Group’s December announcement of its acquisition of the

former Magnuson hotel property, and planned investment of over $14 million for renovations for what will be a 182-room, full-service Holiday Inn, will not only add to the variety of quality lodging options for business and leisure travelers, but also provide additional conference space. Revitalization and redevelopment of the Southeast Community remains a top priority. Substantial progress has been made toward the completion of Brooks Crossing. A 19,000-square-foot South Police Precinct opened in January, followed by a community celebration marking the grand opening of Jim’s Local Market, a 29,290-square-foot, fullservice grocery store, held in May. Jim’s mission is to provide the community with an accessible store that will offer quality and healthy food options, while providing jobs, training, and financial services (with a full-service BayPort Credit Union branch) to residents in the Southeast Community. Momentum continued with the announcement in December of the next phase of develop-

Tech Center Corporate Research Park is a proposed research center containing approximately 1.1 million square feet of office and lab space, spread across 12 buildings, with an estimated 5,500 employees. The presence of a research center next to Jefferson Lab would provide immediate opportunities for collaboration between scientists and the private sector. In addition to the research center, the broader Tech Center research park includes housing, retail, and commercial uses. The provision of these amenities align with a growing trend of mixed-use research parks and will contribute toward the attraction of skilled workers to Newport News, benefitting both the researchers at Jefferson Lab and the companies occupying the corporate research center. This $250 million, mixed-use development began with its first phase of construction in 2014. Named The Marketplace at Tech Center, this phase was complete by the end of 2015 and features merchants including Whole Foods Market and P.F. Chang’s restaurant. Venture Apartments at Tech Center, a higher-end, 288-unit multifamily complex, opened its first

52 units for occupancy in September 2016, with the remaining units expected to be available for lease by mid-2017. Construction of the first corporate research facility, an 80,000-square-foot, three-story building, is planned to begin in 2017. In an effort to continue the promotion of beautification and infrastructure improvements along the Upper Warwick Boulevard Corridor, the City continued its acquisition of strategic underutilized properties. By October 2016, the EDA acquired significant acreage on Warwick Boulevard, including the site of the former MCI building (currently leased to Ferguson Enterprises) and adjacent parcels, as well as Sherwood Shopping Center. The purchase of these properties, totaling over 20 acres, will help guide future development or redevelopment in this very important area of the City. From business and education to entertainment and recreation, Newport News has something for everyone. It is a city of growth and opportunity, where great things are happening!


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ment, to include a collaborative partnership to construct a 95,000-square-foot office building, of which 80,000 square feet will be leased to Newport News Shipbuilding for nearly 600 engineering and design personnel, and 15,000 square-feet to the Newport News Economic Development Authority (EDA) as collaboration space for innovation and new ventures. Jefferson Lab, a world-class Department of Energy (DoE) laboratory specializing in particle physics, has been present in Newport News for over 30 years and recently completed a $400 million, federally-funded upgrade, which will double the power of the existing facility. The upgraded facility will attract increasing numbers of scientists (currently over 1,300 annually) from around the globe. Early project development has begun on a Medium-Energy Electron Ion Collider (MEIC) in preparation to compete for a $1 billion, next-generation DoE science initiative. The Lab is one of two locations to compete for this new facility. Benefits of the MEIC include 5,000 new jobs over 7 to 10 years, and local spending of about $72 million annually.

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Community Profiles: Norfolk Downtown Norfolk by Air

Active Ingredients Size2 54 sq. miles Population (2015 est.) 247,189 MEDIAN Household Income (2015 est.) $45,996 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, PRA Group, CMA CGM, BAE Systems, ADP, Bauer Compressors, and Amerigroup City Information (757) 664-6510 School Information (757) 628-3843

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Norfolk is a vibrant and thriving city that offers residents and visitors alike a unique waterfront experience, with an array of arts and culture venues, miles of beach and countless entertainment options. The city is the business, cultural, educational, financial and medical center of the region. Years of strategic decision making has resulted in an unprecedented growth in economic development. This year, ADP opened offices in the city. The Main Hotel and Exchange Conference Center and the Waterside Districtrecently opened, drawing thousands downtown. Simon Norfolk Premium Outlet Center will open later this year and construction has begun on the region’s only IKEA store. With so much growth this year, Norfolk also honors our rich history with a year-long celebration of the Norfolk Naval Station Centennial. Approximately one-third of Norfolk’s population is between the ages 20 and 34 - many young professionals who thrive as part of our unique and vibrant community. Norfolk’s greatest strength is its neighborhoods. With over 120 civic leagues and more than 95,000 housing units, the city offers a range of housing choices, architectural styles and prices. Norfolk is proud to be a strong military community. 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 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. Norfolk is home to the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), the largest of the Port of Virginia. Amtrak offers roundtrip passenger rail service out of Norfolk, connecting South Hampton Roads to Richmond with direct service to Washington D.C. on to Boston. With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water; you can experience intense watersports, leisurely sails, or simply enjoy the view. From container ships to aircraft carriers and cruise ships to sailboats, Norfolk’s ever-changing scenery helps to create a dynamic and authentic waterfront community. The beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, the history of one of America’s oldest cities and our appreciation for the arts and culture are part of what make Norfolk fun and inclusive. We are a community that works hard every day to make our city the best it can be.

Honor the past. Experience the present. Shape the future. NORFOLK - PROUD NAVY TOWN 100 YEARS

From Festivals to Fleet Week, find out how you can join in the year-long celebration at

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Community Profiles: Poquoson

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

Courtesy of city of poquoson

Boats at Whitehouse Cove Marina


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Size2 16 sq. miles Population1 (2016 est.) 12,017 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) $83,735 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Service-Commercial, Marina, Eco-tourism, Restaurants City Information (757) 868-3000 School Information (757) 868-3055

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An enviable combination of low crime rates, outstanding schools, civic-minded citizenry, great recreational programming, and conveniently located shopping areas, firmly position Poquoson, as a quality-of-life jewel in Hampton Roads. National awards have further highlighted Poquoson’s excellence, 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 2017, Movoto Real Estate declared Poquoson the “#1 Safest Place to Live in Virginia” and the Population Health Institute recognized Poquoson as the #5 Healthiest of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities. Poquoson’s business corridor is home to a variety of shopping and dining opportunities framed in a relaxed, unhurried setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors. In fact, Poquoson’s natural market area includes nearly 40,000 people, and many of these patrons utilize the City’s library, DMV, and service/commercial area for its time-saving convenience and quality of offerings. Poquoson boasts 87 miles of shoreline and its coastal areas are home to abundant wildlife and beautiful marshes. These inviting and navigable blue ways serve as popular

trails for both kayakers and paddle boarders. The City’s free public boat ramps provide 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 public school system routinely ranks as one of the finest in the state of Virginia. A number of Poquoson students, clubs, and athletic teams compete with much success in state and national competitions annually. Poquoson’s attractiveness for residents, visitors and businesses alike is heightened further with its convenient proximity to the Hampton Roads transportation corridor. Both I-64 and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport are typically within 15 minutes travel time. Download the City’s Mobil App- EnjoyVa, for access to city information, events, and business listings. Visit us on the web at or contact the Economic Development & Community Recreation Department at 757-868-3580 for more information. Poquoson is The Place…and you’re invited!

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Community Profiles: Suffolk

COURTESY OF the city of suffolk

Harbour View TowneBank Vista

Strategically located in the center of Hampton Roads and within a one day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, Suffolk is well positioned for continued economic development growth with a special emphasis in advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, distribution and cyber security.

Size2 430 sq. miles Population1 (2016 est.) 91,722 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2015 est.) $65,357 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Sentara Healthcare, Bon Secours Health System, Naval Information Forces, J-7 Joint Staff, QVC, Target, Kraft Heinz – Planters Peanuts, Lipton Tea, TowneBank City Information (757) 514-4040 School Information (757) 925-6750

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

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“YesSuffolk” is the answer to business location questions. Suffolk’s central midAtlantic location has been attracting businesses and residents in increasing numbers. Since 2010, Suffolk’s population has grown an impressive 8.4%, the fastest growing city in Hampton Roads and one of the fastest growing in the state. With over 800 million dollars of capital investment and over 7,000 jobs created in those six short years, it is clear to see many businesses are saying Yes to Suffolk. A prime central coastal location and ample access to major highways equates to reaching two thirds of the U.S. population within a day’s drive. The Port of Virginia draws businesses that embark in international trade operations who take advantage of Suffolk’s close proximity. Companies with West Coast facilities, such as Ace Hardware, Emser Tile and Friant & Associates, who are looking to set up an East Coast operation, have taken notice. In 2016 the well-respected craft coffee pioneer Peet’s Coffee & Tea also announced plans to open their first East Coast production facility, a 175,000 SF high-tech roastery to locate in Suffolk’s CenterPoint Intermodal Center. Food and beverage processing is an important business sector in Suffolk, drawing on ample land and build-to-suit opportunities, availability of utilities, efficient transportation network and businessfriendly environment. In fact, so many coffee and tea –providers have production or logistical operations in Suffolk, such as Lipton Tea, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA and J. M. Smucker, the city has earned itself

the playful moniker “Caffeine Capital of Virginia”. Responding to consumer demand and the growth of e-commerce, Target’s recent expansion added an additional 600 employees to the 1.8 million SF Upstream Distribution Center. With the influx of new population, Suffolk has seen growth in demand for retail and mixed-use opportunities. Hampton Roads Crossing, anchored by Kroger Marketplace, is conveniently situated in Suffolk’s Harbour View area, which is central to all of Hampton Roads. High – tech medical and hospital services continue to see new capital investments so that their customers can be assured they are getting the highest quality of health care available. Supporting our country’s armed forces has brought a new wave of highly skilled defense and civil service jobs. Navy Information Forces and J7 Joint Staff are both located in Suffolk to support defense missions. Along with important defense installations, cybersecurity providers and cutting-edge modulation simulation activities, Suffolk continues to attract the brightest talent looking to grow and prosper. It truly is a good time to be in Suffolk: for business and commercial activity that contributes to the city’s enviable position as a great place in which to work and live. With outstanding schools, AAA bond rating, qualified labor force, workforce development programs, robust buy-local campaign and an overall excellent qualityof-life, it is easy to say “YesSuffolk”.


Virginia Beach, Virginia

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Olongapo, Philippines

Düsseldorf, Germany

Virginia Beach is now the biggest digital port in the Mid-Atlantic. Virginia Beach attracts millions of visitors from around the world every year because of its strategic location at the heart of the East Coast. The world’s leading technology companies recognize Virginia Beach as something more than a vacation resort. Companies are eager to stake a claim in Virginia Beach after announcements by Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook to bring transatlantic fiber cables, the first in the Mid-Atlantic, to Virginia Beach in 2017 and 2018. MAREA, owned by Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica, will bring the first ultra-high-speed data cable from Bilbao, Spain to Virginia Beach in the fourth quarter 2017. BRUSA, owned by Telefonica, will bring the second cable from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Virginia Beach in the first quarter of 2018. Additional cables are being planned, and additional announcements are pending. Virginia Beach is plugged in and ready to go with a world-class telecommunications system complete with data centers and a development park with available sites. In addition to being the newest cable landing site destination on the East Coast, Virginia Beach boasts a robust broadband infrastructure that is being upgraded to support the next generation of telecommunication systems. A regional backbone will soon connect the area’s major government and education facilities and enable greatly expanded commercial and residential access to ultrahigh-speed networks.


Whether it’s life-changing advances in the biosciences or breakthrough discoveries in high tech, much of the country’s most excit-

ing work is being done within the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in Virginia Beach in particular. New initiatives and innovative partnerships between local universities, government and private industry mean the momentum has only begun. VABeachBio is attracting national attention to the bio corridor that is is home to a number of regional partners – and we’re making space for the next wave of innovators. Already-established local bioscience innovators such as Eastern Virginia Medical School, a world leader in diabetes research; LifeNet Health, a global leader in organ and tissue research; and Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity provide partnership opportunities with other bio firms. Sanyal Biotechnology established its corporate headquarters from Richmond to the VABeachBio Accelerator at Tidewater Community College. Virginia Beach has also just announced its partnership with The Center for Advancing Innovation to create the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge. This challenge will be the first of its kind in America, bringing together entrepreneurs, industry and inventors who will compete to turn some of the most dynamic inventions from research labs into successful startup companies. The challenge will help the region’s large concentration of veterans in health, employment and education. Inventions will be selected to target and improve veteran healthcare, and veterans will be given priority when competing to run the companies. Virginia Beach is making headlines, and we invite you to get on board.

Size2 248 sq. miles Population 453,947 MEDIAN Household Income $66,215 Government Council/Manager Major Industries Sentara Healthcare, GEICO, STIHL Inc., LifeNet Health, Engility Corp., AMSEC, LLC City Information (757) 358-4111 School Information (757) 263-1000

For more information, visit, call (757) 385-6464 or email

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New arrivals: Residential Real Estate

Homes that Satisfy Everyone’s Taste and Lifestyle

Courtesy of Founders Pointe Isle of Wight county

A great place to raise a family

One of the most anxiety-ridden parts of relocating is buying a home. What home options are available? What type of home do you want? What price range can you afford? Where do you want to live? What amenities are important? These are just a few of the real estate questions that fill the minds of newcomers. 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 30 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

managed 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 2015, the HRPDC Economists expect to see the region’s economy continue to grow. Expected gains in the Retail and Construction industries will assist civilian employment in Hampton Roads. The unemployment rate is likely to continue its slow decline, while increased budget certainty will help propel retail sales. Building permit activity and motor vehicle sales are expected to continue to experience strong growth in

the coming year. Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Center For Real Estate and Economic Development reported that new construction in Hampton Roads had risen in the double digits. The upward trend has continued in local economy investments into early 2015. Homebuyers have a lot of options throughout the region. While singlefamily, detached homes are the most popular, there are also townhouses and a variety of condominiums to choose from. Because of Hampton Roads’ long history, new residents can choose old farmhouses with Colonial charm, as well as unique 19th-century homes built in every decade for the last 100 years. One neighborhood in Hampton,for example, features vintage Victorian homes with high ceilings, parlors, fireplaces in bedrooms and walk-around front porches. A short distance across the James River in Smithfield, are numerous, older historic homes built in the Colonial, Victorian, Federal or Georgian fashion. Hilton Village, in Newport News, is on the Federal Register of Historic Sites. Its single family and duplex stucco

• G etting 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.

Hampton Roads Realtors Association


Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors 599-5222 Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors 253-0028

Residential Tax Rates (Tax rate per $100 of assessed value)

Chesapeake $1.05 Franklin $0.77 Gloucester County


Hampton $1.24 Isle of Wight County


James City County


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Norfolk $1.15 Poquoson $1.07 Portsmouth $1.30 Southampton $0.82 Suffolk $1.07 Virginia Beach


Williamsburg $0.57 York County


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


New arrivals: Quick Start Guide

Natural Gas





VA Natural Gas Columbia Gas-VA 1-866-229-3578 1-800-543-8911 VA Natural Gas Columbia Gas-VA XNG 1-866-229-3578 1-800-543-8911 1-857-233-5329 Dominion 1-866-366-4357 Dominion Franklin 1-888-667-3000 Municipal Power 1-866-366-4357 and Light 562-8568 382-6352


Newport News Waterworks 926-1000



Isle of Wight

James City County

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

Newport News




Dominion 1-866-366-4357

Community Electric Cooperative 242-6181 Dominion 1-866-366-4357









Cable TV

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Te lephone

Cox Cox Cox Charter Cox Cox Cox Communications Charter Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications 224-1111 224-1111 224-1111 Communications (804) 693-3535 1-800-572-2328 224-1111 224-1111 Verizon Verizon Verizon 1-855-757-7328 Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966

Voter Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Information

Personal Property 382-6730 Real Estate 382-6235

Personal Property 562-8783 Real Estate 562-4870

Personal Property/ Real Estate (804) 693-2141

Personal Property/ Real Estate 727-8311

Personal Property 365-6222 Real Estate 365-6219

Personal Property/ Real Estate 253-6705

Personal Property 886-7671 Real Estate 926-1926

Personal Property 664-7884 Real Estate 664-4732

High Speed Internet Service Provider

Cox Charter Cox Cox Charter Cox Cox Cox Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications Communications 224-1111 1-855-757-7328 (804) 693-3535 224-1111 1-855-757-7328 224-1111 224-1111 224-1111 Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966 1-800-837-4966

Motor Vehicles

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

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Chamber of Commerce



(804) 693-2425



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Public Library



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Parks & Recreation



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Animal Control



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Health Department



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Virginia Employment Commission

558-4455 (Portsmouth office)

558-4455 (Portsmouth office)



558-4455 (Portsmouth office)

865-5800 (Hampton office)



School Board



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Southampton County


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Cable TV

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

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

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328

Charter Communications 1-800-572-2328

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

Cox Communications 224-1111

Cox Communications 224-1111

Te lephone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voter Registration

M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 868-3070

M-F 8 am- 5 pm 393-8644

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

M-F 8:00 am - 5 pm 385-8683

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M-F 8:30 am - 5 pm 890-3440

Tax Information

Personal Property 868-3020 Real Estate 868-3080

Personal Property Real Estate 393-8771

Personal Property/ Real Estate 653-3030

Personal Property 514-4275 Real Estate 514-4260

Personal Property 385-4445 Real Estate 385-4445

Personal Property/ Real Estate 220-6185

Personal Property 890-3381 Real Estate 890-3382

High Speed Internet Service Provider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motor Vehicles

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

(804) 497-7100

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558-4455 (Portsmouth office)


558-4455 (Portsmouth office)


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Business: Economic Development

Regional Vision, Global Impact Courtesy of city of Norfolk

Norfolk downtown

The Hampton Roads region is a great place to live, work and play. And, it’s only going to get better. “With proper foresight, continuous planning and dynamic economic development, Hampton Roads will be recognized internationally as a region fueled by Innovation, Intellectual and Human Capital, Infrastructure and a Sense of Place.” 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 34 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

we think, live and act regionally. After “Vision Hampton Roads” was developed, the Hampton Roads Partnership created “Innovate! Hampton Roads” as a component of “Vision” that looks to promote local business and tech-based development in the area. ( 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 pro-perty 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 sold the Palace Plaza strip shopping center just off Bypass Road in upper York. Polyzos Family Investments, LLC purchased the approximately 22,600 square-foot retail center for $610,000.

The previous owner was C-111 Asset Management. According to York County’s property information website, the center is assessed at just over $1 million. It was sold to C-111 Asset Management for $680,000. In 2016, The Commonwealth at York apartments opened in York County, near Village Square at Kiln Creek Shopping Center. ( business/brandpublishing/dp-tbiz-bpcommonwealth-story-05102016-story. html) ( commonwealth-at-york/). In 2017, Poquoson officials and board members discussed development opportunities for the Big Woods Area, on Victory Boulevard. ( york-county/dp-nws-ypq-notebook0221-20170221-story.html)

Strategic location, global significance

The first rule of thumb for any economic development is location, location, location. Hampton Roads, the region, is located

region’s land area covers approximately 2,907 square miles and includes an extensive system of waterways including the Intra-coastal Waterway and enjoys a temperate climate guaranteeing an ice-free harbor. The central location of Hampton Roads’ is within 750 miles of threefourths of the nation’s population and six of the ten largest U.S. population centers. The Virginia Beach-NorfolkNewport 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, 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.

Business: Economic Development

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 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

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, Measurement Specialties and GEICO.38


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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 AnheuserBusch/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. 36 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

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

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

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Hampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Roads Performs

York County Chamber of Commerce

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

Port/Maritime Sector

In 2016, Virginia ports generated 530,800 jobs, $27.4 billion in wages, $88.4 billion in spending and $2.7 billion in state and local taxes. (10.1 percent of Virginia’s gross state product) (http://www. Naturally safe harbors in Hampton Roads have brought commerce and trade to the Hampton Roads region for centuries. Deepwater access that can accommodate today’s -and tomorrow’ssupertankers, a strategic Mid-Atlantic location and a streamlined infrastructure network have helped to make Hampton Roads a premier international port. Over 3,000 foreign and domestic vessels calling annually. In addition to the Port of Virginia, Hampton Roads’ economy is built on many port-related activities including commercial, military land-based sup-

port 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


The Virginian-Pilot reported that jobs continue to increase at a slow, but steady pace. Port of Virginia is responsible for nearly 375,000 jobs and its economic impact is 60.3 billion a year. Navy Cyber Command in Suffolk brought 700 military, civilian and contracting jobs to the area. (http://www. html) Chesapeake will add new jobs with Xerox and the Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America. Norfolk’s Waterside Live, AECOM, Bauer Compressors, Inc., and American Airlines will top the list of companies adding jobs. Green Mountain did build a facility in the Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park. Cost Plus World Market and Safeco Products are also there. ( news/isle-of-wight-county/dp-nws-iwintermodal-park-contract-developer20170208-story.html). Portsmouth will make gains with Kroger and Suffolk with the Shenzhen Superwatt Power Technology Co. Virginia Beach rounds out the list with LoanCare, Medical Facilities of America, Amerigroup Corp. (expanding to Norfolk,) IMS Gear (opening a new 112,000 square foot facility

from state funds and grants), Labels Unlimited, and Green Flash Brewing Company. IMS Gear opened in Virginia Beach and employs 220 workers (as of 2016). ( news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/ made-in-america-and-made-in-virginiabeach-1/124824819) In Feb. 2017, Sanjo Corte Fino selected Virginia Beach as the site of its 24,000-square-foot North American manufacturing headquarters. (http:// commercial-real-estate/the-millergroup-is-building-sanjo-corte-fino-svirginia/article_f7e3313c-e035-5993bc4b-c80584d16d49.html) Newport News shipyard voted in favor of a 52-month contract through July 9, 2017, with Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. The Apprentice School,” a six-acre, $70 million venture for Newport News Shipbuilding was reaccredited until 2022 (http:// newport-news-shipbuilding-apprenticeschool-reaccredited/article_574658135037-5319-9dc2-4024b855e642.html) In addition, largest recent growth in the Hampton Roads region was in the healthcare and social assistance sectors, followed by leisure and hospitality, scientific and technical sciences, retail trade, and finally federal and manufacturing, as reported by Hampton Roads Planning and District Commission.

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 was 4.3% as of December 2016, but thanks to a strong military presence, still well under the national average which was 4.9% as of Octorber 2016. (https:// areasummary.aspx?enc=SgfjA5gOXyjl8J 88h1RJLR2AsmalquX2CZY58u9Nja2srw EukomAKyimaz1JyxNa)

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

Estimated EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY SECTOR Rank Industry Sector Employees

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Total, all industries Health Care and Social Assistance Retail Trade (44 & 45) Accommodation and Food Services Manufacturing (31-33) Education Services Public Administration Professional Scientific & Technical Svc Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt, Remediation Construction

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

Virginia Employment Commission, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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tourist destination. The Leisure and Hospitality industry employs over 80,000 people in Hampton Roads. In addition to the hoteliers who depend on tourists to fill their rooms, tourism brings new money to restaurants, retail establishments and government coffers.25 Tourism contributes to quality of life through the influx of tax revenue, creation of jobs and improved services and attractions that add to the vibrancy of life in Hampton Roads. For businesses in Hampton Roads this means improved recruiting and retention and greater quality of life for those employees.26 Arts & Culture in Hampton Roads serve as a significant component of the Tourism industry. The arts strengthen and educate communities, lift spirits and build a better quality of life for everyone. As a billion dollar industry in Virginia, arts and cultural organizations create millions of dollars in revenues for area businesses, attract out-of-state tourism spending, generate millions of dollars in personal income for Hampton Roads’ workforce and entrepreneurs and create thousands of jobs for residents in the region.27

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Tourism and the Economy

Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown

Tourism continues to be one of Hampton Roads’ most important industries, bringing significant outside dollars into the economy, which enables broad based regional economic growth. The tourism industry allows the region to ‘export’ its climate, beaches, and history to the rest of the nation. As with the port and defense industries in the region, the tourism industry developed in Hampton Roads because of its unique competitive advantages, particularly its water and historical resources. The tourism industry is well developed within the region, having achieved a high level of maturity indicating that the opportunity for extensive employment growth is unlikely. 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. Norfolk’s Waterside District should open this year as a “premier dining and entertainment district” in conjunction with the U.S.S. Wisconsin and the Norfolk Tides. The Laskin Road Gateway project in Virginia Beach, transforming the area surrounding 31st Street and the Oceanfront, was completed in 2013. Newport News’ City Center at Oyster Point continues to grow with more entertainment venues as restaurants, a movie theater. Newport News’ first craft brewery opened in June 2016. Norfolk’s Wards Corner area continues development with its current makeover. 38 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

courtesy of York County

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

Local Tourism Industry

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

the rooms are pulling in on average, factoring in the rooms that are unoccupied. High occupancy rates mean little if room rates are cheap, and high room rates mean little if only a handful are occupied.

Five different Markets

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

Business: Employment Opportunities

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

Education is serious business

Employers demand workers who can think critically and solve problems. Workforce development facilities for career and technical training, professional development and re-employment services include those operated by the region’s community colleges, Virginia Employment Commission, public schools, the military and the 40 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

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.

Business: Transportation

Getting Here, Going There Courtesy of Virginia Port Authority

When publicly ranking priorities during development of “Vision Hampton Roads,” the region’s 20102015 economic roadmap, port and maritime business, quality of life improvements, the military, high-tech, small business and the environment were selected as chiefly important. However, more important than all of these was transportation. “Transportation and connectivity is the key to being competitive. It relates to quality of life improvements, tourism, port, etc. We must have strong transportation for all of this to work,” said one citizen. Hampton Roads has its transportation issues as does any metropolitan region. When working together as a region to improve mobility within tough budgets on all levels, congestion mitigation is the answer, including development of public-private partnerships to add new and/or improve existing bridges and tunnels, growing the use of telecommuting, enlisting technology, considering transit-oriented development and identifying funding models, especially for development of high-speed rail and enhanced intercity rail.

Virginia Port, Norfolk International Terminal

Planning Ahead

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

Roads, Tunnels, Bridges and Ferries

Because of the abundance of waterways, the Hampton Roads’ transportation network is heavily dependent on and utilizes a number of methods to get around the water surrounding its communities. It is an effective but aging transportation system. In fact, Hampton Roads has more tunnels connectiong its communities than any other region in the U.S. Tunnels, bridges and ferries enhance Hampton Roads residents’ ability to go from one area to the other and beyond. Hampton Roads’ interstates form a big

loop or beltway around the region. The inner loop follows I-64 east and I-664 north. The outer loop follows I-64 west and I-664 south. Due west of the region are the principal north-south interstate highways, I-85 and I-95. Through Southampton County, I-95 is located just four miles west of the region. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gives northeast coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the New York/ New Jersey corridor. Several roadway expansion or enhancement projects are underway including one to improve intermodal access to Norfolk International Terminals. Major regional projects completed in recent years include the Pinners Point Connector in Portsmouth, Route 17 in Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Expressway, widening of I-64 in Hampton/Newport News and the Southwest Suffolk Bypass. The regions newest South Norfolk Jordan Bridge spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and includes a pedestrian friendly sidewalk with quick connections to I-464 and I-264. The fixed, high-rise bridge is the tallest in Virginia and not subject to openings for maritime traffic. It also has been designated an official Virginia truck route without height or weight restrictions. A 15-minute ferry that connects the Scotland area in Surry County with the


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Courtesy of South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown is maintained by the state, providing highway commuters a very affordable highway alternative. Per capita vehicle miles traveled has remained relatively stable over the last 10 years, suggesting that commuting distances are relatively short.39

public transit service

Hampton Roads Transit, with over 55 fixed routes and 300 buses, provides public transportation throughout Hampton Roads. In addition to local and express bus services, HRT’s other services include a ferry connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, paraSouth Norfolk Jordan Bridge is the tallest in Virginia. transit service, and TRAFFIX, a program providing alternatives the rest of the U.S. Additionally, more to the one-person-per-car commute. In than 50 common freight carriers serve 2011, HRT launched “The Tide,”Virginia’s Hampton Roads, and UPS maintains a first light rail system that runs in Norfolk local terminal. and serves as a starter line for a future • Norfolk Southern, headquartered region-wide intercity rail transit system. in Norfolk, links the entire region Williamsburg Area Transit provides to markets in 22 Eastern states, bus transportation throughout Colonial Washington, DC, and Ontario, Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and area Canada, via 21,000 miles of track. shopping locations to the west while the The railroad provides transportation Bay Transit Company, which is a service services for agricultural, industrial of Bay Aging, provides bus service on and raw products and intermodal weekdays to all residents in the ten counservice to Norfolk International ties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Terminals. Hampton Roads rail trade Neck, including Gloucester and Mathews is expected to grow significantly Counties. by 2035, largely the result of the Norfolk’s Greyhound Bus service proplanned rail improvements along vides intercity connections nationwide. the Heartland Corridor to the Midwest. The Heartland Corridor Rail/Intermodal Service rail project is expected to cut a day Hampton Roads is served primarily and a half off the existing 235 mile by two Class I freight rail giants, CSX and trip between Chicago and Hampton Norfolk Southern. The ports create a Roads and allow double-stack trains. perfect entry location for these railways • CSX operates on 23,000 miles of for cargo distribution throughout the East track in 23 states, Washington, DC, Coast and Midwest. Efficient connections Montreal and Ontario, Canada. It with other rail systems and motor carriers offers a Rail-to-Truck Transshipprovide easy and affordable access to 42 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

ment Facility in Newport News and an intermodal terminal in nearby Portsmouth. In addition, CSX is championing the National Gateway Initiative, a public-private partnership to create a more efficient freight route linking the Port of Virginia with Midwestern markets, improving the flow of rail traffic between these regions by increasing the use of double-stack trains. When 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


Courtesy of norfolk southern corporation

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. 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.

Norfolk Southern

Air service

The region’s two major airports, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), are located within a 30-minute commute of most business and residential areas in the region and provide over 200 daily flights to 22 airports, 17 of

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 asp VDOT Traffic and Travel Info Virginia Department of Transportation Virginia Port Authority

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which are International Gateways. These airports are currently handling over 72 million pounds of air cargo per year and almost 4.7million passengers. Currently, an average of more than 400 landings and takeoffs take place each day at the region’s airports. This includes passenger and cargo airlines, general aviation, air taxi and charter flights. In addition, the airports often handle military flights when local base runways are under repair.35

Education: Learning Opportunities

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

Courtesy of christopher Newport University

Education has been the cornerstone of life in the region for more than 300 years. Over 86,000 students are enrolled in the region’s colleges and universities which include two of the most prestigious and oldest educational institutions in the nation: the College of William and Mary and Hampton University. This is in addition to the students enrolled in campuses sponsored by institutions outside of the area or those enrolled in the many technical and speciality schools located within the region such as ECPI College of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. College of William and Mary was ranked 6th on Kiplinger’s 2017 “Best College Values: Public” and U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges: Top Public Schools”. Since its founding in 1693, the college has compiled a remarkable list of “firsts” among American universities, including the first honor system, first full faculty, first to become a university, and the founding of Phi Beta Kappa. William and Mary has helped to educate four U.S. presidents, four signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, governors and many others in public service. According to a recent U.S. News and World Report poll, William and Mary is ranked 6th among all public universities for 2011. The Princeton Review ranked it 6th, as well. William and Mary offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate and professional degree programs. A number of special programs are also available including specialized seminars for freshman, under-graduate research, and study abroad in more than 10 countries. Founded in 1878, Hampton University 44 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

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 49 bachelor’s programs, 21 master’s and seven doctoral (Ph.D.). Old Dominion University in Norfolk is the largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 70 bachelor’s degree programs, 54 master’s degree programs and 42 doctoral degrees. 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. CNU was ranked fifth among public regional universities in the south. Although CNU

was originally commissioned as a two-year branch of the College of William and Mary, it eventually became a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting college. It gained its full independence from William and Mary in 1977 and was given university status in 1992. Out of 1,100 schools, Christopher Newport in 2014 was the only public university in the nation to be awarded a perfect A by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Virginia Wesleyan College, a fouryear liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. With a 13 to 1 student-faculty ratio, Virginia Wesleyan is small by design, believing that a liberal arts education is best achieved in a setting where students and faculty know each other well. Virginia Wesleyan offers 33 majors, 22 varsity sports and 50+ on campus clubs and organizations. The college also offers night and weekend courses through its Adult Studies Program. Visit for more information. Norfolk State University (NSU), founded during the Great Depression, is one of the largest predominately black in-

Nelson is in educational partnership with a variety of local businesses including Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley and Siemens. Regent University, in Virginia Beach, is an interdenominational evangelical Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, communication and arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies and psychology and counseling. U.S. News and World Report recently recognized Regent University as a “best” university and ranked nationally as “top 10 best online bachelor’s program, #1 Online MBA for faculty credentials and training, and top-ranked online business and graduate education programs overall.” Northrop Grumman Newport News sponsors the Newport News Apprentice School, which provides college-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees.

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


Bryant & Stratton College Virginia Beach 1-800-895-1738 Two-year private college offering A.A.S. degree programs in paralegal, medical, business and technology fields. Cambridge College Virginia Regional Ctr. Chesapeake 424-0333 Centura College Chesapeake 549-2121 Newport News 874-2121 Norfolk 853-2121 Virginia Beach 340-2121 Christopher Newport University Newport News 594-7448 Offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to 5,000 students in the liberal arts, business, science and technology. College of Virginia Beach at Hampton University Virginia Beach 637-2200 College of William and Mary Williamsburg 221-4000 Gloucester-VA Institute of Marine Science 804-684-7000 A public university, established in 1693, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Evening MBA program in Oyster Point offered one evening a week.

DeVry University Chesapeake 382-5680 ECPI General 1-844-334-4466 Newport News 849-0548 Norfolk 793-2640 Virginia Beach 517-3903 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk 446-5700 A private medical school that does not own a hospital. This regional institute reaches into all corners of the Hampton Roads community through its partnerships with regional hospitals, clinics, institutions and physicians. Everest College Chesapeake 361-3900 Newport News 873-1111 Florida Institute of Technology in Hampton Roads Graduate Center Fort Eustis (NN) 887-2488 Norfolk Naval Station 440-9005 Offers master’s degree in business on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community. Fortis College Norfolk 499-5447 George Washington University Hampton Roads Center Newport News 269-4949 Has been offering courses in the Hampton Roads area since 1958. Hampton University Hampton 727-5000 An historically black university, that is privatelyendowed, co-educational and nonsectarian. The Apprentice School Newport News 380-3809 College-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees. Norfolk State University Norfolk 823-8600 Founded in 1935, this public university is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the United States. Old Dominion University Norfolk 683-3000 The largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. Paul D. Camp Community College Serving Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Suffolk, & Southampton County 569-6700 A comprehensive community college offering more than 50 degree and certificate programs and an array of workforce/

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stitutions 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 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

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customized training that can be delivered at any college or workplace based upon the needs of the employers in the region. Peninsula Higher Education Center Hampton 766-5200 Advanced engineering facility sponsored by Old Dominion University. Rappahannock Community College Gloucester (804) 758-6700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. Regent University Virginia Beach 352-4000 Interdenominational evangelical Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, communication and arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies and psychology and counseling. St. Leo University Chesapeake 227-4450 Fort Eustis (NN) 887-1166 Newport News 249-0390 Virginia Beach 464-6449 A Catholic institution providing educational services on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community. Strayer University Chesapeake 382-9900 Newport News 881-5100 Virginia Beach 493-6000 Private university specializing in information technology and business-oriented courses for working adult students. Under-graduate and graduate programs in addition to online courses. Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton 825-2700 Williamsburg 253-4300 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 Chesapeake 512-2000 Offers graduate degrees in a variety of areas including business management and administration, human resource manage-

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

Professional Schools

If you’re contemplating a career change, check the list below of several of the many specialized programs available in Hampton Roads. Alpha College of Real Estate Chesapeake 427-1740 Newport News 873-8884 Offers courses in the principles of real estate. American Spirit Institute Williamsburg 220-8000 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 363-2121

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

Public Schools

Virginia’s public schools implement Standards of Learning, or SOLs. In an effort to provide clear, measurable goals for all, students and schools are judged by their students’ performance on exams, which are given in grades three, five and eight and at the end of high school courses. Students must pass a certain number of the tests to earn a high school diploma. Schools who have a high percentage of students failing the SOLs can lose their state accreditation. Hampton Roads’ public schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education numerous times for excellence. Almost all public school systems have formed partnerships with area businesses to give students first-hand experience and knowledge about the business world. All school systems teach grades kindergarten through high school. To enter students in public schools, parents must provide: 1. academic transcripts/reports (or have them forwarded from the previous schools); 2. up-to-date health and vaccination records/statements; 3. birth certificates; and 4. proof of residency. A recommended first step is to call the appropriate school administration office. School representatives can provide

Special Needs Schools

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

Private Schools

The Hampton Roads area has numerous private schools for pre-kindergarten through high school. Many of these schools are religiously affiliated. A recommended first step is to call the school for information about grades, curriculum, tuition and schedules. The following list highlights some of the private schools in the region.

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

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

562‑3878 653-2512 653-7273 653-7273

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

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

Isle of Wight County Isle of Wight Academy PK – 12


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

Trinity Lutheran School PK – 8 245-2576 Warwick River Christian School PK – 5 877-2941

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

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

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

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

VIRGINIA BEACH Atlantic Shores Christian PK – 12 479-1125 Cape Henry Collegiate PK – 12 481-2446 Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 9 – 12 467-2881 Chesapeake Bay Academy K – 12 497-6200 Hebrew Academy of Tidewater PS – 8 424-4327 Kempsville Presbyterian PS – K 495-4611 Norfolk Christian School PK – 5 428-1284 St. John the Apostle PK – 8 821-1100 w w • 47

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specific details about what school a child will attend and what records are needed. Refer to New Arrivals in Hampton RoadsQuick Start Guide for contact numbers. In addition to the regular public schools, Hampton Roads also has regional schools like the New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton or the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science in upper Gloucester County. These educational institutions offer college-level advanced studies for high school students. New Horizons also offers technical and vocational programs. Magnet schools add to the list of choices. These schools usually require students to apply or enter a lottery to gain enrollment. Local school districts offer various programs including art, math, science, technology, communications, aviation, English and environmental science.

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St. Matthew’s School PK – 8 420-2455 Star of the Sea School PK – 8 428-8400 Virginia Beach Friends School PS – 12 428-7534

Williamsburg Walsingham Academy Lower School: 229-2642 Upper School: 229-6026 PS – 12 Williamsburg Christian Academy PK – 12 220-1978

York County Summit Christian Academy (Upper School) 7 – 12 867-7005 Living Word Academy K3 – 8 867-8024

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, communitybased 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 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 after-school 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.

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

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

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

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Isle of Wight County

Newport News

(804) 693-5300




7 2,793 N/A $11,487

8 5,639 22:1 $10,074

39 20,358 24:1 $11,302

9 5,504 23:1 $10,430

42 29,197 22:1 $11,191




Virginia Beach








48 32,149 19:1 $10,671

4 2,103 18:1 $10,763

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Health Care: Family Health From 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

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. Sentara provides more than $214.5 million in community benefits. Of that, more than $183.2 million was provided in uncompensated patient care. Community benefit provided by our hospitals Martha Jefferson Hospital and RMH Healthcare are tallied separately. Sentara also replaced Nightingale air ambulance with a new state-of-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 w w • 49

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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 50 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

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 225-7630 Langley AFB 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.

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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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citing because every inch has been built to accommodate new advancements as they become available.

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

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. Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex is the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital and adjoins the main hospital where some of the area’s most advanced medical technology is available. A fiberoptic backbone spans the campus, enabling simultaneous computer transfer of life-saving information. This and other groundbreaking technology support the following: filmless, digital diagnostic imaging for faster, clearer test results; one of the nation’s first electronic ICUs for uninterrupted monitoring of critically ill patients; and surgical equipment so sophisticated it listens and responds to doctors’ orders. This hospital gained national stroke certification, sleep lab accredication and is a certified chest pain center--all advancing care for Peninsula residents. And, the future is even more ex-

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 Joint and Spine Center, the Sleep Center, w w • 51

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the Senior Health Center, the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, the Wound Care Center and the DePaul Center for Birth.

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 SitePages/home.aspx 953-5008

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. 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.

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. 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 830 Kempsville Road Norfolk 261-6700 This 250-bed acute care hospital features all private rooms and specializes in orthopedics, gynecology, ophthalmology, outpatient hand surgery and urology. It also offers specialized care through its certified primary stroke center, joint replacement services, family maternity care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, expert breast care through the Comprehensive Breast Center, and the lifesaving eICU®.

Eastern Virginia Medical School 825 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk 446-5600 One of the medical centers of the Eastern Virginia Medical School is today’s foremost leading reproductive program and was the site of the nation’s first in-vitro fertilization clinic. Other centers within the school include: the Center for Pediatric Research, the Diabetes Institute, the Center for Ocular Pharmacology, the Sleep 52 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18

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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 nationally- known 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

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital 2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive Norfolk 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 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.

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.

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.

Bon Secours Health Center at Virginia Beach 828 Healthy Way, Virginia Beach 463-2540

Riverside Behavioral Health Center 2244 Executive Drive Hampton 826-1007 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.

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk

Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center 1100 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach 496-6000

Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine

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

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.


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.

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 w w • 53

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center, and MRI capabilities. It is among a select group of facilities to offer digital mammography and is the only hospital in the region to offer women ImageChecker technology to read their mammograms.

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

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth

hospital care but who are unprepared to return home because of respiratory, stroke, orthopedic, cancer or neurological illness. 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 983-0000 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. 54 • Coastal Virginia 2017-18


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 736-9898 Sentara Port Warwick is the Peninsula’s only comprehensive outpatient campus. Located on 15 acres, this three-building complex includes a 24-hour freestanding emergency department staffed by boardcertified emergency physicians, advanced imaging center, the region’s first comprehensive breast center including a high-risk breast program, an advanced vascular treatment center, and an outpatient surgery center staffed by board-certified surgeons 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,

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

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

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

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.

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

Senior Living: Helpful Organizations

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

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Helpful Organizations for Seniors Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter 459-2405 American Association of Retired Persons 1-888-687-2277 Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia 456-2366 Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Elderly and Indigent Victim’s Assistance Program Chesapeake 382-6159 Christopher Center at Our Lady of Perpetual Help 495-4211 Disabled American Veterans Chesapeake 545-5679 Gloucester 804-695-1558 Hampton 826-7530 Newport News 875-0721 Norfolk 426-7100 Portsmouth 465-7300 Suffolk 934-2695 Virginia Beach 519-9931 Elder Care Resource & Referral 627-3993 Endependence Center Inc. Norfolk 461-8007 Family Management Services, Inc. Fairfax (571) 748-5429

File of Life 382-8824 Food Stamps & Fuel Assistance 926-6300 Foster Grandparent Program 727-1858 Franklin Downtown Development 562-6900 Friends of the Elderly Virginia Beach 431-0052 GoldenClub 856-7010 Goodwill 627-7733 1-800-Goodwill Great Atlantic Travel & Tour 422-9002 Institute for Learning in Retirement Virginia Beach 368-4160 Jewish Family Services of Tidewater 321-2222 Magnolia Manor Assisted Living at The Orchard (804) 313-2400 at Smithfield 357-0732 Meals on Wheels Chesapeake 312-6458 Newport News 873-0541 Norfolk 892-5210 Portsmouth 673-5025 Suffolk 934-4911 Virginia Beach 306-2721 Williamsburg 229-9250 York County 525-3881

Medicare General Information 1-800-633-4227 Eligibility 1-800-772-1213 Mobile Meals of Norfolk 892-5210 Mobile Meals of Portsmouth 687-6325 Patriot Colony at Williamsburg CCRC/Assisted Living/ Convalescent Center 220-9000 Peninsula Aging and Disability Resource Network 873-0541 Peninsula Aging Network 345-6277 Retired Senior Volunteer Programs of the Peninsula Newport News 595-9037 Portsmouth Suffolk Riverside Adult Day Services Newport News 875-2033 Riverside Nurse 595-6363 Riverside Convalescent Centers Dogwood Manor-The Orchard (804) 313-2400 The Gardens/WF 886-2200 Patriots Colony 220-9000 Hampton 722-9881 Smithfield 357-0732 West Point (804) 843-4323

Senior Care Navigation Hampton Roads 856-7030 Riverside Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Hampton 251-7977 Newport News 234-8100 Sanders Retirement Village Gloucester (804) 693-2000 Senior Centers Chesapeake 382-2330 Hampton 727-1601 Historic Triangle 259-4187 Newport News 591-4850 Norfolk 644-6484 Ocean View 441-1767 York County 898-3880 Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia 461-9481 Sentara Adult Day Health Care Center Virginia Beach 306-2850 Sentara Living Williamsburg 800-736-8272 Sentara Senior Community Care (PACE Program) Virginia Beach 502-7800

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

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Still Very Much Alive

Fife and Drum Corps of Colonial Williamsburg organized in 1958

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

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

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

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

The Casemate Museum, Hampton

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

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



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The Mariners’ Museum - Monitor Exhibit, Newport News

History & Science: Historical Sites & Museums

Hampton University Museum

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

Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach

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

Some of Hampton Roads’ most popular museums are dedicated to science. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, is a fun and exciting 120,000-squarefoot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits including interactive computer and video displays, films on a giant screen, live sea creatures in an exotic aquarium, touch pools and shark petting. The permanent exhibits are complimented by various national-caliber traveling exhibits that appear throughout the year. The Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built, is berthed next door. Call 664-1000 or visit The Virginia Air and Space 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-ofthe-art films on a screen three stories high. Next door is Hampton’s Carousel Park where you can ride a restored 1920 carousel from the former Buckroe Amusement Park. For information and IMAX movie times, call 727-0900 or visit The Virginia Living Museum exhibits feature animals and fish found in Virginia’s rivers, bay, mountains, swamps and caves. This indoor/outdoor attraction also has hands-on discovery centers, boardwalk trail with animals in naturalized habitats, state-of-the-art digital planetarium, observatory, native plant gardens, green living building, plus children’s hands-on “Be a Keeper/Be A Vet” role-playing area and nature playground. Call 595-1900 or visit From the plains of Africa to your own backyard, the Virginia Zoo has a world of wild discovery waiting for you. Open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for major winter holidays. Children under two get in FREE! Call 757-441-2374 or visit

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

Exhibit gallery at the US Army Transportation Museum on the grounds of Fort Eustis in Newport News (Above) Jamestown Settlement galleries-Susan Constant and Virginia Company exhibit The shell-ebration of Mr. Peanut, the advertising logo and mascot of Planters, turning a century old was marked with much fanfare in Suffolk. In 1916, 14-year old Suffolk native Antonio Gentile entered his winning drawing of “Mr. P. Nut Planter” in a logo contest hosted by the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. A company artist later refined the drawing, adding the monocle, cane and top hat. He remains one of the most beloved and recognizable international marketing logos. w w • 61

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Science: Land, Sea & Sky

Military Life: Military Facilities

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

Norfolk Naval Station, the world’s largest naval base

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

Military Bases & Activity

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

Camp Peary

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

Cheatham Annex

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

Coast Guard Atlantic Area

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

Fort Eustis Army Base

(Newport News) Ft. Eustis is home for the Army Transportation Center, the 7th Transportation Group, 8th Brigade and the Army Transportation Museum. Fort Eustis is also the home to the James River Reserve Fleet, which is a “mothballed” fleet of ships under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Maritime Administration. The fleet is anchored in the James River opposite the Fort. TRADOC, the army’s consulting arm for developing battle plans, commands and services for the 21st century and the

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

Langley Air Force Base

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding

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

Oceana Naval Air Station/ Dam Neck Annex

(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.

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.

Blue Angels flying over Norfolk naval base

U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Steven Siberski

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

(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.

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

Naval Weapons Station

USARMY paratroopers in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

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Business Guide: Advertisers’ Directory

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Downtown Hampton Waterfront

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

Economic Development Chesapeake, City of

Business Development Port Warwick Foundation

676 Independence Parkway Suite 200 Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-8040 (See our ad–page 16)

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

601 N. Mechanic Street Franklin, VA 23851 (757) 562-1958 (See our ad–page 17)

191 Walt Whitman Avenue Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 223-0284 (See our ad–page 35)

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Dining, Recreation & Shopping Riverwalk Landing PO Box 612 (for mailing) 425 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (See our ad–page 39)

Historical Sites Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown PO Box 1607 Williamsburg, VA 23187 (757) 253-4838 (See our ad–page 59)

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Franklin & Southampton County

Suffolk, City of

442 W. Washington Street Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 514-4040 (See our ad–page 28)

Virginia Beach, City of 4525 Main Street, Suite 700 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 385-6464 (See our ad–page 29)

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Gloucester County

4410 East Claiborne Square Suite 211 Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 826-6351 (See our ads–page 3 & page 19)

Newport News, City of

Real Estate/ Residental Century 21 Nachman Realty

6489 Main Street Gloucester, VA 23061 (804) 693-1415 (See our ad–pages 20-21) 2400 Washington Avenue 3rd Floor Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 926-8428 Toll-Free 1-800-274-8348 (See our ad–pages 22-23)

Poquoson, City of

500 City Hall Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662 (757) 868-3588 (See our ad–pages 26-27)

720 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606 Toll-Free 1-800-539-8014 (See our ad–page 31)

Greg Garrett Realty

(757) 873-1002 or 1-800-GARRETT Serving all of Coastal Virginia! (See our ad–Inside Front Cover)

shipbuilding & repairs

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries 4101 Washington Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 757-380-2000 (See our ad–Back Cover)

Travel & Tourism

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau Hampton, City of 1919 Commerce Drive Suite 290 Hampton, VA 23666 757-722-1222 (See our ad–page 18)

Historic Yorktown

PO Box 532 (for mailing) 301 Main Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (757) 890-3500 (See our ad–page 39)

Norfolk, City of

810 Union Street, Suite 409 Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-6510 (See our ad–pages 24-25)

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