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C O a s ta l Living in

Establishment of the

Hampton Roads

Fort Monroe National Monument

C O a s ta l Living in

Hampton Roads

Fort Monroe:

A Symbol of our Past, a Promise for our Future There is a history lesson that all Americans should know, but it may not have been in your textbooks. In the future, perhaps, it will be.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Just six weeks after the Civil War began, three slaves – Frank Baker, James Townsend and Shepard Mallory – escaped from behind Confederate lines and sought refuge at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Commanding General Benjamin Butler refused to return the fugitives and declared the three men contraband of war. Soon, thousands of enslaved African Americans from all over the region descended on Fort Monroe in pursuit of freedom and sanctuary. This event fundamentally changed the meaning of the Civil War from states’ rights to the immorality of slavery, and marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States.

From left, Adam Goodheart, Civil War Historian, Washington College; Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D- Va.; Mayor Molly Ward, Hampton, Va.; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Lacy Ward Jr., Director, Robert Russa Moton Museum, Farmville, Va.; and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.; watch President Barack Obama sign a Proclamation to designate Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Va., a National Monument under the Antiquities Act, in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011.

On Nov. 1, 2011, President Obama signed an Executive Order designating Fort Monroe as a National Monument. Now, this 400 hundred-year-old site belongs to all Americans, and I hope all will have the chance to know its story, and appreciate its beauty. From 1609 until September 2011, Fort Monroe was an active military base built on the site known as Old Point Comfort. Here’s a little bit about its remarkable history: In 1619, it’s where the first Africans arrived in America. Hampton is also where, in 1624, the first African-American child was born, named William Tucker. Robert E. Lee was stationed at Fort Monroe, and Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there at the conclusion of the Civil War. Edgar Allen Poe and Harriet Tubman both spent time at Fort Monroe, and Abraham Lincoln stayed there during the assault on Norfolk, VA – the last time a sitting President was actively involved in a military campaign.

Hampton is home to NASA Langley, Joint Base Langley Eustis, Hampton University and boasts 124 miles of shoreline and gorgeous beaches. Those of us fortunate enough to live here revere the water, our history and our wonderful location – but perhaps our biggest community treasure is historic Fort Monroe. President Obama’s decision to designate Fort Monroe a National Monument secures the stature of the Fort in our Nation’s history. It also ensures the Fort will remain a vibrant part of our region’s economy, as studies have shown that national parks produce jobs and other economic benefits in their localities. Hampton lost more than 5,000 jobs when the Army left the Fort in September. Now, with the work of the National Park Service and a state-led reuse plan, the campus should become a center for recreation, history, business and education. This fortress will continue to be a refuge for those who wish to revel in its natural and man-made beauty for its – and Hampton’s – next 400 years.

Molly Joseph Ward Mayor of Hampton, Virginia

Establishing the Fort Monroe National Monument

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Remarks by the President at Signing of a Presidential Proclamation


Oval Office November 1, 2011 2:00 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Well, one of the great pleasures of this job, but also one of my responsibilities, is making sure that we are preserving our nation’s treasures so that they can be enjoyed by our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren. And over the years, over 100 sites have been set aside as national monuments -- everything from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon. So today, I am continuing that proud tradition by adding another monument to the list: Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, has played a remarkable role in the history of our nation. It was the site of the first slave ships to land in the New World. But then in the Civil War, almost 250 years later, Fort Monroe also became a refuge for slaves that were escaping from the South, and helped to create the environment in which Abraham Lincoln was able to sign that document up there -- the Emancipation Proclamation. In September, Fort Monroe closed its doors as a military base. But thanks to advocacy of some outstanding citizens and historians and elected officials who are represented here, as well as the great work of our Department of the Interior and Ken Salazar and the -- all the people who have been involved in making this day possible, we are going to continue this legacy, making Fort Monroe a national monument. This is going to give an opportunity for people from all across the country to travel to Fort Monroe and trace the history that has been so important to making America what it is. It’s also going to be an incredibly important economic boost to the region. Local officials estimate that this may end up creating as many as 3,000 jobs in the region. It will add millions of dollars to the local economy in and around Hampton. And so this is a win-win. Not only is it good for the people of that region now, but it also allows us to set aside this incredibly important site for the enjoyment and appreciation of generations to come. So I want to thank everybody who’s here for the great work that they’ve done. I am looking forward to not only visiting myself but also taking Malia and Sasha down there so they can get a little bit of sense of their history. And I thank the Commonwealth of Virginia for giving us this opportunity to appreciate the remarkable history of their state but also of this country.

President Barack Obama

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The Fort Monroe Authority takes the Fort into the Future The history of Fort Monroe will play a key role in determining the future of Fort Monroe. Unlike other historic properties that reflect a period in history, Fort Monroe has played a continuous role for over 400 years in the history of our great country. As the Army now leaves Fort Monroe, this venerable fortress becomes the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia and assumes a new role that is opened to the public as a place to live, work, learn and have fun. As the Fort Monroe Authority assume responsibility for the property, the opportunities for the future stretch the imagination of adaptive re-use possibilities. To this end, the Fort Monroe Authority has adopted a clear and concise vision to preserve the property, tell the story, and become economically sustainable. The first step to implement this vision is to engage the public in a series of design meetings with the nationally acclaimed design team of Sasaki and Associates. As a result of Fort Monroe’s vast potential as a multi-use property, the master plan design team and the FMA are seeking diverse voices and opinions in helping define how this valuable resource should be utilized. Ideally, the new Fort Monroe will belong to everyone and our goal is to include everyone’s voice in the design process. Officials from Sasaki have visited Fort Monroe many times meeting with leaders, stakeholders, and the general public to hear their ideas and concerns for the property. We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and look forward to getting an even wider, more diverse collection of voices involved in the process. It is important that the master plan captures the three critical themes in our vision: 1. Preservation. We are committed to maintaining the historic, environmental integrity of Fort Monroe.; 2. Tell our story. We must educate others about the rich and diverse history of Fort Monroe, freedom over adversity and the beginning of the end of slavery.; and 3. Economic sustainability. We must generate revenue with projects that complement and enhance our community, history and environment. Over the coming months, the Fort Monroe Authority will develop a plan to govern land use opportunities, identify adaptive re-uses for existing buildings, and preserve strategic open space lands to specifically create connectivity between the two national park sites at Fort Monroe and protect important view sheds to the Chesapeake Bay from the Fort. Additionally the FMA, in conjunction with the National Park Service, is developing and implementing public programs that tell the story of Freedom. Freedom is a concept that unites us, and the history of Fort Monroe chronicles the achievements and costs in the continuing American struggle for it. The programs will deal with the major themes such as The Natural Environment, Virginia Indians, The African American Experience, The Civil War; The Defense of the Nation, and Old Point Comfort Resorts. Delivery of these programs will rely heavily on funding from private donors and sponsorships. Recent developments have created momentum toward that goal. Here are some of the Fort Monroe Authority’s accomplishments achieved thus far through partnerships and collaborations: • Secured noted historian and noted author Adam Goodheart to participate in a public forum about the Civil War. Goodheart’s book, 1861, was on the New York Times best seller’s list. Goodheart’s event will be held on May 24, 2012. • Issued a proclamation declaring May 24th Contraband Day, recognizing the role Fort Monroe played in the end of slavery by providing refuge and the ultimate freedom of three runaway slaves and thousands of other slaves during the Civil War. • Organized a summer concert series featuring local military bands. The series will culminate with a performance by the Virginia Symphony, on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Fort Monroe has left an indelible mark on many people, from military service members, to couples who’ve gotten married under our iconic gazebo, to history buffs to nature lovers. Insuring that it continues to be all those things and more is something the FMA is working hard to do. We encourage others to join us in this endeavor.

Sincerely, Glenn Oder Executive Director Fort Monroe Authority

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



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Welcome to Coastal Virginia The Coastal Virginia region is comprised of the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield/Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. All are accessible by a major interstate highway system, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and two major airports in Norfolk and Newport News both served by low fare airlines. Coastal Virginia makes a perfect vacation destination for those seeking clean beaches, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, fine arts culture, thrilling events and festivals, abundant shopping and coastal cuisine. Many people do not know where the James River ends. There is a magnificent, wide channel of water that connects the James River with the Chesapeake Bay called the Hampton Roads. The combination of the words as “Hampton Roads” was recorded as the channel linking the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers with the Chesapeake Bay in an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1755, and they are the main tributaries of the Hampton Roads. The U.S. Postal Service changed its postmark for “Tidewater, Virginia” to “Hampton Roads, Virginia” beginning in 1983. The Norfolk side has the Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. Also, the Virginia International Marine Terminals composed of Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth are very important to the area. The Hampton Roads is one of the world’s largest natural harbors — a “roadstead” or “roads,” as applied to a water channel. It is, generally speaking, between the Monitor and Merrimac and the Hampton Roads bridge tunnels. It empties into the Chesapeake Bay leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Depending on the sources of information, the Hampton Roads meets the Chesapeake Bay at points between Old Point Comfort on the north side and Sewells Point to the south. The beautiful, historic Chamberlin Hotel, with its magnificent view of the manmade Fort Wool, are mentioned as meeting points to the Chesapeake Bay, which is the largest estuary in the world. It is a busy harbor, and the radio station with call letters “WGH” means “World’s Greatest Harbor.” 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 — Hampton Roads is the place to be for business and family.

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Footnotes: 1 U.S. Census Bureau; 2010 | 2 U.S. Census Bureau | 3 U.S. Census Bureau; 2010 | 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, 2008 | 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 www.HRLiving.NE T • 5

Reprinted in its entirety from The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 01, 2011

Establishment of the


Fort Monroe National Monument BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A P roclamation

Known first as “The Gibraltar of the Chesapeake” and later as “Freedom’s Fortress,” Fort Monroe on Old Point Comfort in Virginia has a storied history in the defense of our Nation and the struggle for freedom.


ort Monroe, designed by Simon Bernard and built of stone and brick between 1819 and 1834 in part by enslaved labor, is the largest of the Third System of fortifications in the United States. It has been a bastion of defense of the Chesapeake Bay, a stronghold of the Union Army surrounded by the Confederacy, a place of freedom for the enslaved, and the imprisonment site of Chief Blackhawk and the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. It served as the U.S. Army’s Coastal Defense Artillery School during the 19th and 20th centuries, and most recently, as headquarters of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Old Point Comfort in present day Hampton, Virginia, was originally named “Pointe Comfort” by Captain John Smith in 1607 when the first English colonists came to America. It was here that the settlers of Jamestown established Fort Algernon in 1609. After Fort Algernon’s destruction by fire in

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1612, successive English fortifications were built, testifying to the location’s continuing strategic value. The first enslaved Africans in England’s colonies in America were brought to this peninsula on a ship flying the Dutch flag in 1619, beginning a long ignoble period of slavery in the colonies and, later, this Nation. Two hundred and forty-two years later, Fort Monroe became a place of refuge for those later generations escaping enslavement. During the Civil War, Fort Monroe stood as a foremost Union outpost in the midst of the Confederacy and remained under Union Army control during the entire conflict. The Fort was the site of General Benjamin Butler’s “Contraband Decision” in 1861, which provided a pathway to freedom for thousands of enslaved people during the Civil War and served as a forerunner of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Thus, Old Point Comfort marks both the beginning and end of slavery in our Nation. The Fort played critical roles as the springboard for General George B. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign in 1862 and as a crucial supply base for the siege of Petersburg by Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant in 1864 and 1865. After the surrender of the Confederacy, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was transferred to Fort Monroe and remained imprisoned there for 2 years. Fort Monroe is the third oldest United States Army post in continuous active service. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It provides an excellent opportunity for the public to observe and understand Chesapeake Bay and Civil War history. At the northern end of the North Beach area lies the only undeveloped shoreline remaining on Old Point Comfort, providing modern-day visitors a sense of what earlier people saw when they arrived in the New World. The North Beach area also includes coastal defensive batteries, including Batteries DeRussy and Church, which were used


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from the 19th Century to World War II. WHEREAS section 2 of the Act of June 8, 1906 (34 Stat. 225, 16 U.S.C. 431) (the “Antiquities Act”), authorizes the President, in his discretion, to declare by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments, and to reserve as a part thereof parcels of land, the limits of which in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected; WHEREAS the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommended that Fort Monroe cease to be used as an Army installation, and pursuant to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-510), Fort Monroe closed on September 15, 2011; WHEREAS the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Members of Congress, the Fort Monroe Authority, the City of Hampton, Virginia, and other surrounding counties and cities have expressed support for establishing a unit of the National Park System at Fort Monroe; WHEREAS it is in the public interest to preserve Fort Monroe, portions of Old Point Comfort, and certain lands and buildings necessary for the care and management of the Fort and Point as the Fort Monroe National Monument; NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by section 2 of the Antiquities Act, hereby proclaim that all lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United 8 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

States within the boundaries described on the accompanying map, which is attached to and forms a part of this proclamation, are hereby set apart and reserved as the Fort Monroe National Monument (monument) for the purpose of protecting the objects identified above. The reserved Federal lands and interests in lands encompass approximately 325.21 acres, together with appurtenant easements for all necessary purposes, which is the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected. All Federal lands and interests in lands within the boundaries of this monument are hereby appropriated and withdrawn from all forms of entry, location, selection, sale, leasing, or other disposition under the public land laws, including withdrawal from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and from disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing. Lands and interests in lands within the monument’s boundaries not owned or controlled by the United States shall be reserved as part of the monument upon acquisition of ownership or control by the United States. The lands and interests in lands within the monument’s boundaries, except for the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, are currently managed by the Secretary of the Army. The Secretaries of the Army and the Interior shall enter into a memorandum of agreement that identifies and assigns the responsibilities of each agency related to such lands and interests in lands, the implementing actions required of each agency, the processes for transferring administrative jurisdiction over such lands and interests in lands to the Secretary of the Interior, and the processes for resolving interagency disputes. After issuance of

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in Hampton, Virginia. In developing the management plan, the Secretary of the Interior shall consider the Fort Monroe Reuse Plan, the Fort Monroe Programmatic Agreement dated April 27, 2009 (and any amendments to the agreement), and the Commonwealth of Virginia Fort Monroe Authority Act. Further, to the extent authorized by law, the Secretary of the Interior shall promulgate any additional regulations needed for the proper care and management of the monument. The establishment of this monument is subject to valid existing rights. To the extent that the Commonwealth of Virginia holds any reversionary rights in any Federal lands or interests in lands within the boundaries of this monument, those rights are preserved and may operate or be exercised in due course without affecting the existence or designated boundaries of the monument. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fort Monroe Authority, which would have responsibility for such lands and interests in lands upon their reversion, have agreed in principle to then relinquish to the United States ownership or control of those lands and interests in lands, as stated in the Governor’s letter agreement of September 9, 2011. The Secretary of the Interior shall accept the relinquishment of such lands and interests in lands on behalf of the Government of the United States, at which point such lands and interests in lands, reserved pursuant to this proclamation, shall be managed by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, pursuant to applicable legal authorities, consistent with the purposes and provisions of this proclamation, and in accordance with the memorandum of agreement. Nothing in this proclamation shall affect the responsibilities of the Department of the Army under applicable environmental laws, including the remediation of hazardous substances or munitions and explosives of concern within the monument boundaries; nor affect the Department of the Army’s statutory authority to control public access or statutory responsibility to make other measures for environmental remediation, monitoring, security, safety or emergency preparedness purposes; nor affect any Department of the Army activities on lands not included within the monument. Nothing in this proclamation shall be deemed to revoke any existing withdrawal, reservation, or appropriation; however, the monument shall be the dominant reservation. Warning is hereby given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate, injure, destroy, or remove any feature of this monument and not to locate or settle upon any of the lands thereof. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth. BARACK OBAMA

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this proclamation, the Secretary of the Army, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the National Park Service, will continue to manage the lands and interests in lands within the monument boundaries, to the extent they remain in the ownership or control of the Government of the United States, until the transfer to the Secretary of the Interior is completed in accordance with the memorandum of agreement. The Secretary of the Interior shall then manage the monument through the National Park Service, pursuant to applicable legal authorities, consistent with the purposes and provisions of this proclamation, and in accordance with the memorandum of agreement. The Old Point Comfort Lighthouse shall continue to be managed by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Not later than 1 year after the date of this proclamation, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall enter into an interagency agreement that, to the extent requested by the United States Coast Guard, provides for appropriate National Park Service interpretation of the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse for the public and for technical or financial assistance by the National Park Service for building treatment and other preservation activities. Nothing in this proclamation shall limit or interfere with the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to use the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse for navigational or national security purposes. For the purpose of preserving, restoring, and enhancing the public visitation and appreciation of the monument, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a management plan for the monument within 3 years of the date of this proclamation. The management plan will ensure that the monument fulfill the following purposes for the benefit of present and future generations: (1) to preserve historic, natural, and recreational resources; (2) to provide land- and water-based recreational opportunities; and (3) to communicate the historical significance of the monument as described above. The management plan shall, among other provisions, set forth the desired relationship of the monument to other related resources, programs, and organizations in the Hampton area and other locations, provide for maximum public involvement in its development, and identify steps to be taken to provide interpretive opportunities for the entirety of the Fort Monroe National Historic Landmark and related sites

Completed in 1834, its 10-foot-thick walls encircled by a moat, Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. The historic military post was designated a national monument in 2011.

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• A political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia charged with reuse planning and management in perpetuity of Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort, Virginia, a state enclave, open to all on September 15, 2011 • Created by Act of the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 • Led by an 12-member appointed Board of Trustees • Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort includes the 1819 fortress, the largest ever built in America, 170 historic buildings, and nearly 200 acres of natural resources. • Barrier spit of land with water on three sides, totaling 565 acres • 8 miles of waterfront, 3.2 miles of beaches on the Chesapeake Bay and a 332 slip marina • Mill Creek shallow water inlet suitable for small watercraft • 110 acres of submerged lands and 85 acres of wetlands • National Historic Landmark District since 1960 • National Register of Historic Places • Numerous recreational facilities: fitness center, community activity center, bowling center, tennis and basketball courts, gymnasium, theater, former officer’s club, and numerous outdoor fields for organized sports • Five key essentials for reuse: 1. Respect the site’s historic assets 2. Open the site to the public 3. Achieve economic sustainability 4. Create an open space park 5. Allow new development within strict limits • Implemented by a small permanent staff, supplemented by professional consultants • Compliance agency for BRAC law; activities include: • Overall BRAC compliance • Community planning • Environmental engineering • Civil engineering • Historic preservation planning • Commercial and retail economics • Tourism and public relations/marketing • Interpretive and educational programs for the public • Organizational governance and management • Party to the US Army’s Programmatic Agreement (PA) under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to be implemented in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and designated Fort Monroe Historic Preservation Officer • Promoting Fort Monroe and planning the responsible stewardship of the land and landmarks through a management structure unique in Virginia


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Fort Monroe Fact Sheet

The Chamberlin Located on our nation’s newest national monument, Fort Monroe, The Chamberlin boasts a rich and colorful history. Originally built as a hotel in 1928, the building was the third in a series of grand hotels to occupy the magnificent waterfront site. The Chamberlin Hotel is fondly remembered for fabulous entertainment, including dances, receptions, and black tie events in the grand dining room, as well as elaborate Sunday brunches on the water. After undergoing a $54 million historic restoration, The Chamberlin proudly reopened its doors in 2008 as a Waterfront

After a full renovation in 2008, the historic Chamberlin Hotel at Fort Monroe reopened as a luxurious senior living apartment community.

Senior Living Community. Today, it provides residents the same breathtaking views, delicious dining opportunities, and enhanced services for health, recreation and wellness. Mirroring the traditions of the original hotel, The Chamberlin continues to open its restaurants to the public for the opportunity to dine in the famous and historic Chesapeake Room or the equally charming Channel Bistro for Lunch, Dinner or Sunday brunch. The Chamberlin also offers an array of unique indoor and outdoor venue settings, many with waterfront views. They are available for Weddings, Receptions, Business meetings or private gatherings. With its dedicated and supportive staff, uncompromised amenities and enhanced services for health, recreation, and wellness, The Chamberlin is proud of both its history and its innovation as a senior living community, restaurant and special event venue.


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introduction: Greetings


Japanese Peace Bridge, Newport News Park

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ia Beach

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,

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

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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

Our Leaders


he leaders of Hampton Roads’ cities and counties are dedicated and diverse individuals who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in their respective communities. Yet, they share a common vision and commitment for the future and recognize the value of collaboration on matters of mutual concern. And, while they may work independently to serve the needs of their constituents on some issues, they understand the interdependencies of their individual municipalities and work hard in transcending traditional boundaries to strengthen and enrich the larger economic unit, the region, to succeed together where each individually can not.

Past collaboration efforts have resulted in the consolidation of several government functions under the management of public authorities: trash disposal, sanitation, bus service, airport management and port services. Today, Hampton Roads’ leaders are addressing a myriad of regional issues by actively participating in or providing oversight to a variety of commissions, boards and committees focused on fostering economic growth, improving the region’s competitiveness in the global economy, workforce development, education, transportation/ congestion management, emergency response, water resource and storm water management, senior services, health services, cultural enhancement, and conservation coordination, to name a few.



Mayor Alan Krasnoff

Chairman Carter Borden

“In its 2011 inaugural listing of America’s best cities, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Chesapeake number 21. 24/7 Wall Street – an online investment news site – placed Chesapeake number six on its list of America’s best-run cities. In 2011, over 800 new jobs were created as a result of $163 million in business investment, marking the fourth straight year of economic growth in Chesapeake. With great schools and a talented work force, Chesapeake has become a magnet for companies looking for a businessfriendly place where we make success the rule. We’re open for business, and we want you.”

“Gloucester County’s business climate, Main Street charm, and great waterfront areas are but a few of the qualities Gloucester has to offer its businesses, citizens, and visitors. Gloucester has a great sense of place, rich traditions, wonderful business and recreational opportunities – Good Business-Good Living-Good Choice.”


Mayor Molly Joseph Ward


Mayor James P. Council “We are excited about the new revitalizing job opportunities in our City and Region, led by the repurposing of International Paper, the addition of TAK and others in the region. Franklin is abounding with new job opportunities and as a great place to live, work and raise our families. Our downtown, YMCA, Community College, Country Club, Hospital, and more, make Franklin a great place for your next home and family. 50 years old as a City and The Best Is Yet To come!”

”Hampton is attached to our history, defined by our waterfront, rooted in our diversity, powered by technology and innovation, and engaged with our community. The recent recognition of Fort Monroe as a National Monument shines a spotlight on us, and we are proud to show what an amazing place this is to live, work and visit.”

Isle of Wight

Chairman Al Casteen “Isle of Wight County is a community of excellence striving to improve the quality of life for all citizens, individuals and businesses alike. With quality educational services, a skilled work force, the lowest real estate tax rate in the region and excellent mobility, we are the hidden treasure of Hampton Roads.” 14 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

James City




“As one of Virginia’s fastest growing localities, James City County has earned a reputation as an ideal location to live and work. The County’s rich historic assets, outstanding quality of life and strong commitment to our business community and local tourism industry provide a solid foundation for a bright future in James City County.”

“The City of Poquoson is the 2010 “Best Affordable Suburb” according to Bloomberg Business Review. With approximately 80 miles of Chesapeake Shoreline, Exceptional Schools, proximity to NASA/ Langley AFB and easy access to major Hampton Roads Industry it’s easy to see why we’re a great business location. Our citizens are highly qualified, highly motivated and offer a diversity of skills. We welcome your business.”

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

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

Newport News


Virginia Beach

“As a lifelong resident of Newport News, I have seen firsthand that this City is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Newport News is a vibrant City blessed with abundant economic growth, a diverse population, an excellent educational system, rich cultural resources, and a plethora of historic and recreational attractions. Newport News is truly a place where great things are happening.”

“Our Vision provides for all sectors of the community and promotes unity. Nestled in the heart of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth continues to enjoy a renaissance that has energized not only our citizens and neighborhoods, but also businesses and visitors. Our friendly, diverse city is open for business, and we invite you to join us to Celebrate Portsmouth.”

”Virginia Beach has earned quite a reputation as a great city for business, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to the incredible lifestyle you’d expect from one of America’s favorite vacation destinations, Virginia Beach also boasts a skilled, educated workforce, strategic location, low tax rates, and a dynamic, diverse economy. We have great neighborhoods, schools, beaches, shops, restaurants, and cultural and recreational offerings and, according to “24/7 Wall St.,” we are the #1 Best-Run City in America. The Virginia Beach lifestyle is simply irresistible, and we invite you to be a part of our community. “

Mayor Gene Hunt

Mayor Linda T. Johnson

Mayor Clyde Haulman

COURTESY OF Elliott Torn,

Chairman Mary Jones

Mayor McKinley L. Price

Mayor Kenneth I. Wright

Mayor William D. Sessoms


Chairman Thomas G. Shepperd, Jr. ”York County is proud to be a part of Hampton Roads, America’s First Region. Our history of fiscal conservatism and staunch support of our private sector continues to serve us well. York County remains focused on sustainable economic development and encourages you to explore the benefits of becoming a member of our vibrant and growing community.”

Influential Forums Norfolk


“The 2010 Census Bureau reports Norfolk’s population has grown 3.6% to 242,803 - an increase of 8,400 people. With over 223,000 jobs, the highest average compensation per job in the region, and the region’s biggest drop in the real estate tax since 2005, it is easy to see why people want to make Norfolk their home.”

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

Mayor Paul D. Fraim

Chairman Dallas O. Jones

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Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance Hampton Roads Legislative Caucus Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Hampton Roads Partnership Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Opportunity, Inc. Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Virginia Maritime Association

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Commitment to the Future

Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute

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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

Pointe, Isle of Wight

Hampton Roads takes its name from the area’s first royal governor, the Earl of Southhampton, and the nautical term “road” which means safe harbor. For over 400 years, Hampton Roads has referred to the place where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers pour into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay forming the world’s largest natural harbor. Today, it is a name that also depicts a close-knit group of Virginia communities that share a rich heritage going back to Colonial times and an equally rich vision for the 21st century. Since 1983, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget has considered Hampton Roads as one Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Today, it has grown to become the country’s 34th largest metro area, just ahead of Charlotte, with 1.6 million people—and the fifth largest in the Southeastern United States. Unlike many metropolitan areas, Hampton Roads’ population nucleus is not confined to one central city, but is spread among several growing cities and counties of significant size. Therefore, Hampton Roads has come to refer not only to the harbor but the entire surrounding area. The greater Hampton Roads of today is comprised of seventeen communities—ten cities, one town and six


Community Profiles: Quality of Life

Communities Sharing a Rich Past and

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

In Chesapeake Paddle for the Border

Chesapeake, Virginia, the Commonwealth’s third largest city (by population) keeps rolling in the accolades. Money Magazine ranked this locale in the top 100 “Best Places to Live” last August. Shortly after, Parenting Magazine ranked Chesapeake 45th on its list of “Best Places to Raise a Family,” calling the city “an outdoor lover’s paradise.” Not only is this family-friendly community garnering attention nationally but its pro-business climate is getting results too. In 2010, Chesapeake’s business community invested $143 million—a six percent increase over last year—and generated 667 new jobs. Of special note, 33 existing Chesapeake companies renewed their office leases choosing to remain here thereby saving 1,846 jobs. Investment highlights by the numbers included:

Woolpert Engineering $2.3 Million Gilmerton Industrial Park $2.3 Million Scientific Research Corporation $2.1 Million Hectronic USA $2 Million

Company/Organization Investment

Chesapeake’s retail sector continued to grow with more than $54 million in new investment, creating 712 jobs. Simon Property Group and Cinemark announced plans to re-invest in Chesapeake Square Mall and open a 40,000-square-foot cinema in late 2012. Walmart has its fourth store under construction in the city’s Edinburgh area with a new Supercenter scheduled to open the second half of 2011. With a diversified industry base and high quality of life, Chesapeake is staying the course during the nation’s economic challenges.

New Cinemark Movie Theater $13.7 Million Walmart at Edinburgh $9.3 Million Burlington Coat Factory $6.7 Million Monarch Bank Corporate Headquarters $5.2 Million Strayer University $3.1 Million

Chesapeake has the largest concentration of international companies in Hampton Roads comprising 68 companies and representing 18 countries. For more information about business opportunities, visit www.chesapeakeva. biz, email or call 757-382-8040.

Did you know?

Size2 341 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 222,209 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $68,058 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Canon Information Technology Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Cox Communications, Inc., Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., Sentara Healthcare, Wal-Mart City Information (757) 382-6345 School Information (757) 547-0153

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Community Profiles: Franklin & Southampton County

Best of Both Worlds: Engaging Lifestyle & Business Location


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

QUALITY COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE Size2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) Franklin: 8,582 Southampton: 18,570 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) Franklin: $32,060 Southampton: $47,285 Government Franklin: City Council/City Manager Southampton: Board of Supervisors/ County Administrator Major Industries Southampton Memorial Hospital; ITGNarricot Industries; Ashland- Hercules; Money Mailer, LLC; Valley Proteins, Inc; Virginia Dominion Power; Bronco Federal Credit Union City/County Information Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 School Information Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692 18 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

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

In addition, 12 other colleges and universities serve the region. Residents enjoy abundant outdoor recreation activities with parks, ponds and rivers for fishing, canoeing and kayaking; hunt clubs, campgrounds, horseback riding and trails for nature walks. Both communities share a full service YMCA, and the Cypress Cove Country Club, with its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. The community is served by the Blackwater Public Library System, the Rawls Museum Arts Center, and Franklin maintains a municipal airport which accommodates corporate aircraft.


The area boasts three business and commerce parks: the 173 acre Pretlow Industrial Park in Franklin; the Southampton Business Park with 35 acres remaining; and the rail served Turner Industrial Site with an 85 acre pad ready site remaining. All are zoned for industrial development and located on, or within one mile of, the State Route 58 transportation corridor. The Port of Virginia International Terminals and the Maersk International Terminal are both only 40 miles away, offering great opportunities for distribution and advanced manufacturing facilities.


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


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Community Profiles: Gloucester


Good Business, Good Living, Good Choice

program have all added to the positive growth. The Main Street Preservation Trust ( offers programs for Village businesses; façade grants, business consultation grants, and free business workshops have helped to create a new vitality on Main Street.

Gloucester Point

Virginia Symphony on Main Street Concert 2011

Gloucester Court House Village

Size2 225 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 36,858 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $59,331 Government Seven-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries VIMS, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Industrial Resource Technologies, Sentara Healthcare, Super Wal-Mart, York River Yacht Haven County Information (804) 693-1415 School Information (804) 693-5300

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Quaint and historic, the Gloucester Court House Village offers the charm of rural living combined with urban day to day amenities. The Gloucester Court House Village has many independent businesses providing an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping and professional services. From the newly opened Jessica’s on Main, Rosemary and Wine, The Wild Rabbit, Kelsick Gardens, and Olivia’s for dining, or shopping at Anglewings Stationers, The Silver Box, Yolanda’s on Main, and Wisteria Lane Antiques you can find wonderful and unique dining and shopping experiences. Special events fill the calendar. Spring begins with the County’s Daffodil Festival and continues through the year with Gloucester Main Street Association’s ( events, Main Street Stroll, Blues & Brews, and Christmas Business Open House. In June, The Virginia Symphony -Under the Starsis presented by the Cook Foundation ( and history enthusiasts can step back in time with Revolutionary and Civil War historic reenactments presented in the Courthouse Circle. On Main Street beautification efforts from flowering lamppost baskets, decorative downtown banners and the final phase of the Main Street Improvements

From Bena and Perrin Creek to River Club on the York River, Gloucester Point has many wonderful places to live or to visit. Enjoy VIMS and Gloucester Point Beach; shop at Peebles, dine at Juan’s or Tony and Milena’s, or put in at Crown Point Marina. Events such as the Abingdon Seafood Festival and Guinea Jubilee highlight this wonderful area of Gloucester. A new urbanism, planned unit development, Coleman’s Crossing, offers a new residential environment and commercial development opportunities.

Gloucester Chamber of Commerce

The Gloucester Chamber of Commerce ( provides additional business support working through programs of advocacy, education and promotion. The monthly Business- After- Hours provide networking opportunities for its members. In 2012 a new VIP Speaker Series was introduced. Speakers include Mr. Paul Koonce, CEO of Virginia Dominion Power, and Mr. Burke King, President of Anthem. In April, 2012 a Green Vendor Fair in partnership with Rappahannock Community College-Workforce Development is planned. A highlight of the year is the October Chamber’s Wine Festival. Check out this year’s festival at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority ( supports these organizations and their programs both financially, and with EDA Directors sharing their time and talents and in 2012 the EDA have entrepreneur and business appreciation events planned. We work in partnership to create a better business and quality of life for citizens in Gloucester County. Good Business, Good Living, Good Choice.

Tops the Economy

Cypress Creek Golf Course

Courtesy of Isle of Wight County


riendly 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., which is the world’s largest ham manufacturer, providing quality ham and pork products throughout the United States and internationally. Smithfield Foods and International Paper are the county’s largest employers. In addition, the 319-square-mile county boasts of more than 350 farms where crops such as peanuts, soybeans, corn and other grains are bountiful. The James River Bridge connects the county to Newport News, making it a quick trip to Northrop Grumman Newport News or to medical, retail or business centers in the larger cities across the river. Isle of Wight is an ideal location for people wanting the hustle and bustle of city life during their work day, and the peace and tranquility of rural life at home. Discover the old world charm of Smithfield’s Main Street and Historic District featuring quaint shops and gourmet eateries. A drive around the

county is an adventure with discoveries of brightly painted barns, quaint general stores and beautifully wooded areas. Nestled within are custom homes, singlefamily and multi-family communities and unique older residences. Award-winning communities such as Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South offer a full service yacht club and 68-slip marina. The county, like its historic neighbors, has a rich Colonial heritage, including historic St. Luke’s Church which dates back to the 1600s as well as preserved Civil War forts, a historic tavern and The Isle of Wight Museum. Cypress Creek, a premier golfing community in historic Smithfield signals a new era of residential developments for the future.

Size2 316 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 35,270 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $62,298 Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries Smithfield Foods, Gwaltney of Smithfield, International Paper, Cost Plus World Market County Information (757) 357-3191 School Information (757) 357-4393

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Hamming it Up

Community Profiles: Hampton Downtown Hampton Waterfront

This is Hampton Size2 52 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 137,436 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $49,793 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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ampton is an extraordinary city in the heart of Coastal Virginia. The 400-year old settlement is multi-faceted; rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities. It tugs at the senses prompting visitors to return again and again. The nation’s oldest, continuous, English-speaking settlement in North America is dotted with historic attractions that interpret its role in pivotal American decisions and milestones. On November 1, 2011 President Obama named Fort Monroe a National Monument. With that, the former US Army installation issued an invitation to the world to visit the remarkable stone fortification built in 1834 whose walls were witness to major American turning points. You can learn about its many roles at the Casemate Museum. Or you may prefer to see Fort Monroe and Fort Wool from the water aboard the Miss Hampton II. The post Civil War legacy of historic Hampton continues at Hampton University’s historic campus, leaving one amazed at the timeless significance of both fortification

and the institution founded in 1868. The Hampton History Museum illuminates the major moments in Hampton history, from the Native American gallery depicting the lifestyle of the Virginia Indians living at Kecoughtan to the Civil War gallery’s depiction of Hampton in charred ruins. Continue your explorations at the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater, the result of Hampton’s longtime relationship with NASA. More than 100 flight simulators and hands-on exhibits allow you to take the controls and experience air and space innovations of the past, present and future. The Riverside 3D IMAX Theater presents digital feature films and documentaries on a five-story screen. Next door, the Hampton Carousel spins visitors year-round on hand-carved horses

and chariots. This Hampton treasure built in 1920 by European artisans is enclosed in a weather-protective pavilion on the downtown waterfront. Nearby, you’ll find the Hampton Maritime Center where the Miss Hampton II departs daily April – October for tours of the Hampton Roads harbor, and the Ocean Eagle for fishing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. There are many very old churches in downtown Hampton and the surrounding communities. The parish of St. John’s Church, the oldest Anglican parish in North America, was founded in 1610 and celebrated their 400th anniversary along with the city in 2010. You can visit the

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Hampton has a unique mix of growing and established industry clusters carefully designed to succeed. Their prosperity is due, in part, to local and regional assets, a highly educated workforce, competitive incentives and state-of-theart business parks. These business parks are equipped with the latest fiber-optics from Cox Communications and Verizon and are strategically located in the Magruder Boulevard Corridor in close proximity to NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. The City of Hampton also offers a variety of incentives to assist all types of businesses. Incentives include loan programs, two state designated enterprise zones and an e-commerce grant program.

The Hampton Department of Economic Development (800) 555-3930

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church sanctuary and hear a recorded introduction. The charming streets surrounding St. John’s are lined with quaint shops, restaurants, art galleries, and parks. The streets come alive with special events from April through October, including the Hampton Street Fest offered on Queen’s Way on Saturday evenings. Citywide events, such as the annual Hampton Jazz Festival, and internationally acclaimed artists draw crowds to Hampton Coliseum and to The American Theatre year-round. The American Theatre is a regional landmark known for its unique line up of live performing artists set in a historic and intimate venue. Boutique and antique shopping in Downtown Hampton and Phoebus and the locally-owned dining establishments in each district receive raves from visitors and residents alike. National favorites and still more restaurants unique to other parts of Virginia can be found at Peninsula Town Center in the Coliseum Central District. A menu of more than 70 national and regionally-owned shops is presented at Peninsula Town Center, and more than a dozen restaurants, like Bensi and Abuelos, flavor your visit with pleasing variety while Cinebistro has redefined “dinner and a movie” with first-run features and upscale dining, top shelf beverages, bowling—all complemented by an adult-only policy after 6 pm. Theme restaurants like NASCAR Sports Grille, PBR, and Luckie’s Dueling Pianos can be enjoyed at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, also within close proximity of concert and meeting venues. Like

it spicy? Then Chipotle, bd’s Mongolian, Kenji Fusion, Six Little Bar Bistro and Soya are serving up the cuisine you crave. It’s no secret Virginia and our southern neighbors serve up mouth-watering barbecue. You can experience the best at Q Barbecue and County Grill. And a visit to Hampton is not complete until you take pleasure in our decadent Chesapeake Bay seafood. After all, this is where the seafood canning process was perfected. Long known as Crabtown, Hampton’s seafood has been caught, packaged and shipped throughout the world for generations. You can eat your fill at Marker 20, Surfrider, Harpoon Larry’s, Hampton Seafood Kitchen, and Joe’s Crab Shack. The helpful travel counselors at the Hampton Visitor Center are eager to assist you in planning an excursion through the city. You’ll find them at our main center located at 120 Old Hampton Lane. We bet you’d like to sample a little of everything, so we’ve made it easy for you to do it all. Purchase the Hampton Sea to Stars Ticket, offering admission to the Miss Hampton II, Riverside 3D Digital IMAX Theater, Hampton Carousel, Hampton History Museum and the Virginia Air & Space Center. Tickets are priced at $39 adult and $25 for youth. While you’re there pick up a Hampton Visitor Guide, complete with the Hampton Day Pass Value Card, good for special values and discounts at Hampton shops, restaurants and recreation sites. There’s no shortage of fun and adventure. After all, this is Hampton! For visitor information call 800-800-2202, 757-7271102 or come to


Here in Hampton we offer the best of both worlds. Come and enjoy dynamic attractions, exceptional shopping, decadent dining, and water recreation on the Chesapeake Bay. You may never want to leave. Business or pleasure, make some historic memories. To Discover, Play and Stay 757.727.1102

For Business Opportunities 757.727.6237


Community Profiles: James City County Kingsmill Resort & Spa

Photos courtesy of james city county


ames City County has been a successful business location for over 400 years. The County was founded by the Virginia Company in 1607 as America’s first business venture. Since its inception, the County has developed a reputation for establishing, nurturing and pursuing profitable enterprises. James City County’s history is the foundation for our future: businesses, citizens and tourists still discover the same competitive advantages that convinced the early explorers to settle in this prime location. Size 143 sq. miles Population (2011 est.) 68,874 MEDIAN Household Income (2010 est.) $74,241 Government Five-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries AB InBev, Ball Metal Container, OwensIllinois, Walmart Import Distribution Center County Information (757) 253-6600 School Information (757) 253-6777

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Quality Of life

While there are many factors that contribute to an area’s success, a locality’s ability to provide a quality environment for its residents, visitors and businesses is critical. As one of America’s most historic and attractive locations, the area draws millions of visitors each year, supporting exciting hospitality and retail industries. James City County offers access to impressive attractions including Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg (The Historic Triangle) and Busch Gardens. Additionally, amenities such as the Kingsmill Resort, 16 golf courses, outlet and boutique shopping, Colonial taverns and five-star dining

experiences, make James City County a destination of choice. Residents also enjoy an award-winning public school system, a low cost of living, low crime rate and a full range of housing options, including beautifully developed neighborhoods, planned communities, historic districts and rural settings. James City County offers all of the amenities and services of a major metropolitan area, with a warm charm and appeal.


Strategically Located

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Historically Resourceful

Medical Action Industries, Inc. Headquarters

Synonymous with Shopping

James City County has long been synonymous with specialty and discount shopping, making it a visitor destination in its own right. The Richmond Road corridor, west of Williamsburg, is bustling with name-brand outlets and unique independent shops. For example, Premium Outlets is reported to be one of the busiest outlet centers in the nation. Also, one of Virginia’s shopping landmarks, the Williamsburg Pottery, has added 160,000 square feet of new shopping area, stretching over a halfmile corridor along Richmond Road. Over the past few years, New Town has added more diversity to the County. The 300 acre new urbanism development has added approximately 550,000 square feet of retail, office, and hospitality space to the County’s inventory. Developed in collaboration with the College of William and Mary, Discovery Park at New Town offers 350,000 square feet of office/ research space with a capacity of 500,000 sf. Near New Town, Monticello Avenue quickly established a reputation for quality retail. Monticello Market Place, Courthouse Commons and Windsor Meade Market Place are home to several well-known retailers, and Settler’s Mar-

Williamsburg Pottery

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

Strategically Located

James City County’s strong industrial base includes several prominent companies, including A-B InBev, Ball Metal, Lumber Liquidators, Northrop Grumman, Owens-Illinois, Smithfield Foods, and Walmart Import Distribution Center. Technology companies are also becoming prominent, including fields such as the development of smart cards, software for genetic research, telecommunications and healthcare related firms. A wide range of commercial space, ranging from single and multi-tenant industrial to Class A and B office buildings, is available within James City County. One example, Discovery Business Park, a 65-acre technology/business park adjacent to New Town, provides businesses with numerous opportunities including close proximity to the College of William and Mary and the County’s Business and Technology Incubator. James City County offers a wide variety of real estate options that can

support a broad range of companies. The general commercial and industrial base continues to expand as companies are becoming aware of the advantages that visitors and residents have experienced for years. The County boasts an exciting and varied retail industry, appealing to both visitors and residents, while a robust tourism and hospitality industry continues to support hotel, restaurant, resort and general recreation development. All of which has sustained the County’s economic strength. As the Norfolk MSA continues to expand further from the urban center, companies are finding the County to be the right place at the right time. Industrial, distribution, and technology-based companies are building and expanding on the region’s growing and diversified economy. A wide range office, industrial and flex space, Tourism and Enterprise incentive zones, strong corporate ties and a positive attitude by elected and appointed officials are resulting in noticeable business prosperity. James City County has nearly 14 million square feet of commercial space, with additional space continuing to be developed. In addition, the County’s Economic Development Authority has designed and received full site plan approval for an 80,000-square foot

New Town

industrial building that can be ready for occupancy within six months.

Open for Business Since 1607

While we may not be able to predict everything the next 400 years will bring, the ingredients are right in James City County for a wide variety of future business successes. Ready-to-go business sites, a fast-track permitting process, and the commitment of County leadership to make things happen will put any business venture on the fast track to success. Proximity to Port of Virginia, a mid-Atlantic location, and overall cost of doing business have continued to encourage expansions and relocations over the years. James City County is a world- class business location that complements the area’s long established reputation as a visitor destination and well- managed community. So as you can see, we are prepared to continue making business history. After all, we have been “open for business since 1607.” For more information, please contact the James City County Office of Economic Development at (757) 253-6607 or visit us at

courtesy of Whitney Cox

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Busch Corporate Center

Williamsburg Environmental Group Building

SunTrust Bank at New Town courtesy of Guernsey, Tingle Architects

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Community Profiles: Newport News Erected in 1919, The Victory Arch is a memorial to those who have served America in war time.

Courtesy of city of newport news


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

Size2 68 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 180,719 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $50,456 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Huntington Ingalls Industries, Riverside Regional Medical Center, 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. City Information (757) 926-8501 School Information

(757) 591-4500

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Mixed Use Urban Development

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

village developed around public squares and public art. Port Warwick has blossomed into a vibrant community with just the right mix of high-quality residential, office space, unique specialty shops and fine dining restaurants. A summer concert series on central Styron Square is a local favorite. In addition to its many tree-lined traditional neighborhoods, these walkable, new urbanist communities provide an increasingly popular alternative for living in Newport News. Unique, new developments have been successfully introduced throughout the city, but the City is also committed to the revitalization and redevelopment of its waterfront in the Southeast Community.

Attractions and the Arts

Stretching between Oyster Point and Christopher Newport University is the Peninsula’s cultural corridor. Besides the world-renowned Mariners’ Museum and the Virginia Living Museum, the corridor


The Peninsula’s Anchor Where Great Things Are Happening

is home to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. Designed by I.M. Pei, the Ferguson Center continues to attract internationally acclaimed performers. Historic attractions elsewhere in the city include the Virginia War Museum, Newsome House, Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion. Outdoor amenities are also plentiful in the city, including Newport News Park, the largest municipal park east of the Mississippi River.

Shopping and Dining

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

Award Winning Education

Newport News is home to a fully accredited, award-winning, technologydriven school system. Parents can take comfort in knowing that their children have a variety of learning options, includ-

ing International Baccalaureate, magnet, career preparatory and special education programs, in a caring and supportive environment.

Diverse Career Opportunities

Since 2008, more than $1.3 billion in new capital investment and nearly 4,000 new jobs in high-paying advanced manufacturing have been announced in the Newport News business community. Long gone are the days of historical definitions of blue collar jobs in Newport News! Many will find new, highly-skilled career opportunities through the expansions of Canon Virginia, Continental and the rampup of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.’s nuclear submarine program to build two ships per year. Also, a new engineering unit has been created to supply nuclear engineering services to the civilian nuclear power industry. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., Virginia’s largest manufacturer, is a hightech company. Building nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines, more than half of the shipyard’s workforce is engaged in engineering, telecommunications, systems management and Research & Development. Public-private partnerships between the firm and the Newport

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News Economic Development Authority have resulted in the $58-million Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center, located on the downtown waterfront.

Science and Technology Headquarters

North of Oyster Point, Jefferson Lab and the Applied Research Center attract physicists, engineers and technicians from the world over. Jefferson Lab, which explores the inner secrets of the atomic nucleus, will be spending $400 million over the next ten years to expand its facilities as well as double the power of its particle beam accelerator. Top managers are attracted to opportunities in the corporate headquarters of Wolseley North America/Ferguson Enterprises, High Liner Foods, Inc., Riverside Health System and Langley Federal Credit Union, which further enrich the positive community dynamics that make the city an ideal location for business. From business and educational opportunities to entertainment and recreation, Newport News has something for everyone. It is a city of growth, where great things are happening!

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We’re a Community Defined by Resilience and Innovation. Strong businesses and hardworking

citizens all come together to make Newport News an excellent place to live and work. From the renowned Christopher

Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts to being the home of Virginia’s

largest industrial employer,

Huntington Ingalls Industries, we are a city unlike any other. Explore how our unique

urban landscape has always been a place where great things are happening.

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Community Profiles: Norfolk View of Downtown coming from Fort Norfolk

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

Active Ingredients Size2 54 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 242,803 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $42,180 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, Medical College of Hampton Roads, , Katoen Natie, AECOM, Norshipco City Information (757) 664-4000 School Information (757) 628-3843 34 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

Approximately one-third of Norfolk’s population is between the ages 20 and 34—we are a top 20 mid-sized market for young professionals who enjoy the unique assets such as one of the most beautifully vibrant downtown waterfronts on the East Coast—a friendly, clean and aesthetically delightful destination including Ocean View’s Chesapeake Bay beaches. These facts help shed insight on why there is so much excitement around The Tide, our light rail starter line. The Tide connects the medical center and downtown to 1-264 along its 7.4 mile line. Since the advent of light rail, over $600 million in transit oriented development investment has occurred. Roundtrip passenger rail connecting South Hampton Roads to Richmond and Washington D.C. will commence in December 2012, utilizing the city’s rail station at Harbor Park.

Our region’s economy is stabilized by the port and the military. The port is the gateway that opens doors for global innovation with over 95% of the world’s shipping lines calling. In 2014, the expansion of the Panama Canal will be complete, generating additional opportunities for our port. Home to the Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), Norfolk is one of the largest general cargo ports on the East Coast and one of the largest intermodal centers in the country. Our military presence contributes to a highly skilled, 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 Transfor-

mation, which represents 28 countries. Norfolk is well positioned to make our economy more accessible around the globe. Our corporate flagship, Norfolk Southern Corporation, opened the Homeland Corridor, saving more than 200 miles and up to a day’s transit time between the East Coast and the Midwest. Norfolk is a major hotspot for tourists. Home to the Virginia Zoo, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, MacArthur Memorial, The USS Wisconsin, Nauticus and the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. These attractions offer innovative programming and are constantly evolving. In 2011, the Zoo open its Asian exhibit, The Trail of the Tiger to rave reviews and over 500,000 visitors. Norfolk is known as the Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth, an acknowledgement of its leadership role in the arts and home to The Chrysler Museum of Art, and Virginia’s Symphony, Opera and Stage Company. The Chrysler Glass Studio opened in 2011 and the Virginia

Arts Festival’s new headquarters opened in 2010, The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities supports forty organizations. The Governor’s School for The Arts is consolidating its campus in the historic Monroe Building on Granby Street. Our strong educational segments and biomedical research institutes are benefiting from commercial collaboration. Innovations Research Park at Old Dominion University is in University Village, a mixed-use community of housing, retail and offices spanning 75-acres. Norfolk State University has also enhanced their campus and high-tech research opportunities. New medical investment includes Fort Norfolk Plaza medical center, a new R&D and classroom facility at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and DePaul Hospital’s 124-bed facility. Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk’s largest private employer, was ranked as the most integrated healthcare system in the nation. Norfolk’s business parks are central to

port, rail operations, Norfolk International Airport, and military installations. As a national model for successful redevelopment, Norfolk utilizes HUBZone, Enterprise and Zone areas which offer government incentives. Comprehensive plans are underway with both short- and long-term strategies. Downtown’s newest projects include Wells Fargo Center, a $180 million lifestyle complex of Class A office, retail and luxury apartments; the Colonel Samuel L. Slover Main Library which is slated to be a state-of-the-art modern high tech facility; and Tidewater Community College’s student center. Throughout the city, an explosive desire to return to urban living has resulted in over 4,000 new housing units in the last few years. Want to know more about our Active Ingredients? Contact the Norfolk Department of Development at (757) 664-4338 or visit on the web at

Active Ingredients. The World’s Largest Naval Base East Coast’s Deepest Port for Panama Canal Expansion « 2014 Heartland Corridor Opens for Double-Stacked Container Trains New Opportunities for Offshore Wind R&D Federal HUBZone and Virginia Enterprise Zone Incentives Major Transportation Initiatives & Passenger Rail Coming Engaging Collaborative University Partnerships Free Expert Business Training & Start-Up Seminars Vibrant Downtown Waterfront with Light Rail Affordable Living Plus Energizing Arts & Entertainment Scene See what’s stirring in Norfolk: Visit Our Website

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Community Profiles: Poquoson Convenient Water Access

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Poquoson Is the Place To Live. To Grow. To Work. To Play.


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

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An enviable quality of life combination consisting of low crime rates, outstanding schools, quality recreation programs and athletic facilities, a solid civic-minded citizenry, and convenient shopping opportunities for residents firmly position Poquoson for continued business prosperity and as a quality of life jewel in Hampton Roads. National awards have further highlighted Poquoson including Bloomberg Business Week’s selection of the City as “Best Affordable Suburb” in Virginia and CNBC’s inclusion of Poquoson on its U.S. list of “10 Perfect Suburbs”. The City of Poquoson is businessfriendly, intent on increasing patronage for its existing merchants and supporting sensible economic growth in its retail trade area. The City’s business corridor boasts a variety of shopping and dining opportunities framed in a relaxed setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors from neighboring localities. Poquoson’s natural market area includes approximately 40,000 people in its 3-mile trade ring and many of these patrons utilize the City’s library, DMV, and service/commercial area for their time-saving proximity and quality of offerings.

As technical innovation continues to thrive globally in the business sector, Poquoson is leading the charge for it locally. The City established its first technology zone in 2012 and it includes multi-year tax incentives for qualifying businesses. The technology zone and accompanying incentives, augmented by the City’s highly educated and technical workforce and its close proximity to NASA/Langley and Jefferson Labs, make Poquoson the natural choice for technology growth and success. The City also supports activities offered by the Poquoson Business Alliance and works cooperatively with them to promote an enjoyable and satisfying environment for customers and businesses alike. Additionally, the City works very closely with the Economic Development Authority to ensure the highest and best use of commercial property. The City of Poquoson encourages development and business prosperity. Poquoson’s attractiveness for residents, visitors and businesses alike is heightened still with its proximity to the region’s transportation corridor. I-64 and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport are typically within 15 minutes travel time. Poquoson is The Place to Be…and You’re Invited. For more information about Poquoson please contact the Parks, Recreation, Events & Economic Development Office at 757-868-3580.



Community Profiles: Portsmouth

Beyond Its History


Size2 29 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 95,535 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $45,277 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Earl Industries, Gwaltney of Smithfield City Information (757) 393-8000 School Information (757) 393-8751

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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. The City hosts one of the largest concentrations of antique homes in America. Portsmouth boasts an eclectic array of homes ranging from small Cape Cod, Victorian three-story, contemporary ranch or waterfront condominiums. New Port at Victory, a developing $400million community offers single-family homes, townhomes and condos. Singlefamily homes in the Historic Park View neighborhood have and continue to undergo significant revitalization complementing the growing downtown trend of new condos and apartments atop specialty retail shops and businesses. Residents of Hampton Roads come to Portsmouth to enjoy an array of cultural and recreational activities such as the 6,500-seat NTELOS Wireless Pavilion at Harbor Center, an outdoor waterfront performing arts amphitheater. Portsmouth is also home to the Bide A Wee Golf Course, the region’s only Curtis Strange signature course, as well as neighborhood parks, athletic fields, tennis courts, boating facilities and libraries.

Nestled in the heart of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is at Zero Mile Marker on the Intracoastal Waterway stretching from Maine to Florida, and on one of the world’s deepest natural harbors. Typical business sites are convenient to the interstate network and within minutes of any Hampton Roads city. Portsmouth also offers a variety of business sites throughout the City. Victory Village is a new 100-acre mixed-use development expected to host a minimum of 1.2 million square feet of retail, office, residential and hospitality services. Developers from across the country are targeting the City’s most desirable midtown and downtown waterfront sites for multi-million dollar retail, residential, and other projects. In keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology and Education, Portsmouth is also home to a new 32-acre Modeling, Analysis, Simulation and Technology Center. The centerpieces of the new park are Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) in Suffolk and the Tri-Cities Higher Education Center and MAST One office building in Portsmouth. Portsmouth will be at the forefront of technology and education in Hampton Roads, with Tidewater Community College’s construction of a $60-million state-of-the-art facility in the Victory Village area. The campus will be a national example of modern community college facilities. Portsmouth continues to enjoy a Renaissance of new growth and development. From its historic downtown, to its cutting edge and expanding business parks, Portsmouth has something that appeals to everyone. Whether you are looking for a quaint and unique shopping experience or want to enjoy one of the City’s many recreational activities, Portsmouth can be more than just your favorite memory. It can be your home. Come be a part of history in the making.

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Community Profiles: Suffolk


amed to the Top 100 Best Places to Live by CNN Money, Suffolk enjoys the benefits of a diversified and skilled workforce, high quality of life, proximity to the Port of Virginia, available land for development and efficient transportation access. Suffolk is also one of the fastest growing cities and is home to some of the fastest growing companies. In 2011, Suffolk’s business community invested more than $103 million - a fortyfive percent increase over the previous year – and created 980 new jobs. Twenty-six companies with diverse market interests said “yes” to Suffolk’s many advantages as they planted new businesses here during 2011, while an additional twenty-one existing businesses invested in the city’s economic position by expanding their presence in the community. Economic activity numbers were particularly high in the distribution and warehousing sector. Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is building a 350,000 square-foot distribution center, and Ace Hardware is building a 336,960 square-foot import re-distribution facility, making these two new investments among the top economic development

Hilton Constant’s Wharf

projects in the Hampton Roads region during the year. A number of small businesses expanded or opened in Suffolk as well, finding loyal customers, a supportive business climate and a vision for the future. Yes, Suffolk has proved once again it is a thriving environment for business and commercial activity that contributes to the city’s enviable position as a great place in which to live and work. Visit for the latest business updates and news releases.

Size2 430 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 84,585 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $63,830 Government City Council and City Manager Major Industries U.S. Joint Forces Command, City of Suffolk, Suffolk Public Schools, CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Obici Hospital, Sara Lee Coffee & Tea, QVC Corporation, Inc., Kraft/Planters Peanuts, Unilever/ Lipton Tea, Inc. City Information (757) 514-4040 School Information (757) 925-6750

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Community Profiles: Virginia Beach

Live the Life!

Virginia Beach Waterfront

Courtesy of City of Virginia Beach


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

MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $64,065

With 38 miles of shoreline, 14 miles of a free public beach, 79 miles of scenic waterways, 60 miles of biking trails and 208 municipal parks encompassing 4,000 acres, Virginia Beach has been recognized as being in the top 10 cities in America for the outdoors by Forbes magazine and in the top 10 greenest places to retire by U.S. News & World Report.

Government Council/Manager

Powerful Forces at Work

Size2 248 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 437,994

Major Industries Geico, Stihl, Amerigroup, Cendant/Avis Budget, AMSEC LLC City Information (757) 358-4111 School Information (757) 263-1000

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Virginia Beach is also one of the ten best cities to get a job. It has the largest concentration of military installations in the country and a variety of jobs for highly skilled workers. Employers offer competitive salaries and a wealth of professional opportunities. The city has one of the nation’s best public school systems, and the Advanced Technology Center provides opportunities for high school and community college students to earn additional training in industry-certified programs. Virginia Beach is home to Regent University and ECPI College of Technology. It also

has campuses for Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Averett University, Bryant & Stratton College, Cambridge College, ITT Tech, Kee Business College, Saint Leo University, South University, Strayer University, Techno Training Inc., Tidewater Tech, Troy State University, University of Phoenix and World College.

Rich in Culture

Entertainment offerings include the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, a 1300-seat theatre. Virginia Beach is a destination for travelers and a beacon relaxed yet sophisticated living. We invite you to learn more at or


oday, 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. Called by President Roosevelt, “the most historic avenue in all America,” Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street anchors the city as a world-renowned destination: Colonial Williamsburg. A stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street offers the inspiration of America’s premier outdoor, living museum with amenities of unique shopping, dining, entertainment and culture. Nearly a mile in length, the street’s vistas boast the historic College of William and Mary to the west and the reconstructed Colonial Capitol, home to the oldest legislative assembly in the New World, to the east. In Williamsburg, you experience the beauty and heritage of America’s “most historic avenue.” Today, historic Colonial Williamsburg sits on 301 acres with hundreds of restored, reconstructed and historically-furnished buildings, and employs more than 3,500 people who provide a year-round, comprehensive historical program to “help the future learn from the past. ” The restoration of Colonial Williamsburg began in 1926, thanks to the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Its museums, such as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum and the

DeWitt Wallace Gallery, are showpieces of art and furniture from the 17th to 20th centuries. Williamsburg is also home to the College of William and Mary— America’s second oldest college and one of the best small public universities in the nation. The College’s Sir Christopher Wren Building is the oldest academic building in continuous use in the United States. It was constructed between 1695 and 1699, before Williamsburg was founded, when the capital of the Colony of Virginia was still located at Jamestown. Chancellors of the College have included notable historic and modern figures, including the first President of the United States, George Washington, and Chancellor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. Williamsburg is often the first step for visiting foreign dignitaries on their way to Washington, D.C. Numerous U.S. Presidents have hosted summit meetings of industrialized nations on its grounds. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and his Royal Highness, Prince Philip, visted Williamsburg in May 2007 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. The city hosts special events throughout the year, including a Festival Williamsburg, Farmers’ Market, and Colonial Williamsburg’s new Revolutionary City. Mixed with the Colonial ambiance is a robust community of businesess, residences, medical care centers and upscale and outlet shopping centers.

Size2 9.0 sq. miles Population1 (2010 est.) 14,068 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $41,236 Government Council/Manager Major Industries Tourism, Restaurants, Medical, Retail, Higher Education City Information (757) 220-6100 School Information (757) 253-6777

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Community Profiles: Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Shops

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Community Profiles: York County Waterfront Dining at Riverwalk Restaurant

Courtesy of York County


or over 375 years, York County has been a desirable place to visit, live, and work... And with good reason. York County is the chosen home for families and businesses because they get everything they are looking for in one place: good schools, excellent recreational and social opportunities, low crime rates, a strong dedicated workforce, and much more.

Size 106 sq. miles 2

Population1 (2010 est.) 65,464 MEDIAN Household Income3 (2010 est.) $79,631 Government Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator Major Industries Defense Contractors Healthcare Hospitality Military Personal Services Retail County Information (757) 890-3300 School Information (757) 898-0300

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The quality of life in York County is unsurpassed. The county boasts over 200 miles of coastline with numerous access points throughout. Public marinas and boat ramps provide access to creeks and inlets, while two piers along the Riverwalk Landing retail development area are available for recreational boaters and also accommodate regional cruise ships, military ships and visiting tall ships throughout the year. Shopping, dining, and touring opportunities abound in the county; in the historic area as well as the rapidly growing Lightfoot Commercial Corridor, Route 199 Corridor, and the revitalized Route 17 Commercial Corridor. York’s public schools provide a learning environment conducive to student success. The school division has achieved the highest accreditation rating in Virginia, based on the Standards of Learning exam results, for seven consecutive years and has received several other achievement awards. For more information on business development in York County, visit

York County is a living part of a national treasure known as “America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.” Some of the Country’s most revered history took place in Yorktown, where Gen. George Washington accepted the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his British troops on October 19, 1781, an occasion celebrated annually in Yorktown. A visit to Historic Yorktown is a must for anyone who wishes to fully understand the story of our nation’s birth. Yorktown consists of 4,000 acres of battlefields, the town’s historic Main Street, complete with 18th century homes and quaint retail shops, as well as the beach, restaurants, and Riverwalk Landing retail development along the York River. Picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops, and one-of-a-kind eateries. Historic Yorktown also offers many exciting events throughout the year. For more information about historic Yorktown, visit

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New arrivals: Residential Real Estate

Homes that Satisfy Everyone’s Taste and Lifestyle

Wide Open Spaces at Sleepy Point, Suffolk

Courtesy of city of suffolk


ne of the most anxiety-ridden parts of relocating is buying a home. What home options are available? What type of home do you want? What price range can you afford? Where do you want to live? What amenities are important? These are just a few of the real estate questions that fill the minds of newcomers. Hampton Roads 2,620 square miles are filled with a seemingly countless variety of homes in a number of price ranges. But like many other areas, the Hampton Roads market has slowed, although it is still better than the state average. In 2011 18,905 homes were sold, including new construction and resale homes up from 17,790 in 2010. The median sale price dropped from $215,000 in 2010 to $196,000 in 2011, a decrease of about 8.8% that was reflected throughout the region. Although the median sale prices were higher in the Williamsburg area, the approximate decrease in sale prices is similar. At the same time the number of residential homes on the market throughout the area has increased steadily. One of the biggest impacts on median sale

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prices appears to be the distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales). The good news is that they were down 26% in the last quarter of 2011 compared with the first quarter. All economic indicators point to a slow housing market recovery during 2012 in Virginia and Hampton Roads. On the bright side Hampton Roads has preformed better than many other areas in Virginia and throughout the country. Interest rates remain at near-historically low levels, but unemployment rates and a shortfall in local, state and national government funding will slow the pace of what is now a positive residential sales recovery. The pressure on residential sales median prices in Hampton Roads reached

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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. • Getting financial affairs in order. Develop a list that includes all bank accounts (with numbers and amounts), all debts (including to whom owed and the

amount), and all income. • Determining how much can be spent on a home. Individuals may want to consider pre-qualifying for a mortgage. The Greater Hampton Roads Realtors Association (GHRRA) and the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors (VPAR) are good resources in beginning any house search. Feel free to call either association for advice on the housing market or to obtain a listing of member realtors who subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Greater Hampton Roads Realtors Association 473-9700 Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors 599-5222

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its highest level during the summer of 2006 and early 2007, and then steadily declined thru 2011. The projection is a leveling off of this decline thru 2012. It should be noted that most people who owned their home between 5 and 10 years have witnessed a solid home price appreciation with an almost doubling of the median sales price between the years 2000 and 2011. Homebuyers have a lot of options throughout the region. While singlefamily, detached homes are the most popular, there are also townhouses and a variety of condominiums to choose from. Because of Hampton Roads’ long history, new residents can choose old farmhouses with Colonial charm, as well as unique 19th-century homes built in every decade for the last 100 years. One neighborhood in Hampton, for example, features vintage Victorian homes with high ceilings, parlors, fireplaces in bedrooms and walk-around front porches. A short distance across the James River in Smithfield, are numerous, older historic homes built in the Colonial, Victorian, Federal or Georgian fashion. Hilton Village, in Newport News, is on the Federal Register of Historic Sites. Its single family and duplex stucco homes were part of the federal 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,

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he Hampton Roads region is a great place to live, work and play. And, it’s only going to get better. “With proper foresight, continuous planning and dynamic economic development, Hampton Roads will be recognized internationally as a region fueled by Innovation, Intellectual and Human Capital, Infrastructure and a Sense of Place.” This is the over-arching goal for the region’s 2010-2015 economic strategy called “Vision Hampton Roads.”

Hampton Roads has dealt with reductions in workforce within a number of firms, as has every corner of the nation during the Great Recession which began in 2007. In preparation for recovery, a group of regional organizations and community leaders collaborated together to develop “Vision Hampton Roads,” a regional plan with a five year horizon. This “Vision” employs strategies and actions which leverage regional strengths to diversify and grow the economy, positioning Hampton Roads as a leader in the global economy of today and tomorrow. In economic development today, it’s important to address who and what is Hampton Roads as a region; who lives here and why; what is the region’s business identity; and how entrepreneurs, creativity and innovation are attracted. Regions that thrive in the “new economy” will be those truly educating their workforce, cultivating innovation, investing in infrastructure and creating quality places, like Hampton Roads. “Vision” planning has placed Hampton Roads on a path to regional transformation by embedding a working process as 48 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

we think, live and act regionally. The growth rate of Gross Regional Product (GRP) for Hampton Roads was 12% for the past decade (2000-2009) and has been slightly more stable for the region than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the U.S. as a whole. This is mainly due to the large amount of income tied directly or indirectly to military and other federal installations.22 However Hampton Roads was one of the top 20 weakest performing metro areas based on unemployment, GRP and housing prices.37 Hampton Roads’ per capita income has historically been below the national average but has shown steady growth each year through this decade. In 2009, per capita income in Hampton Roads stood at $39,674 equal to the U.S. level of $39,138 it had trailed for several years.30 However, median income in Hampton Roads compares very favorably against the nation. 2011-2012 median household income was $69,900 for 2011, higher than the Virginia median household income of $61,406 and the U.S.

Strategic location, global significance

The first rule of thumb for any economic development is location, location, location. Hampton Roads, the region, is located in the southeastern coastal tidewater of Virginia in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic. It is a region that depends on a maritimerich geography including all the benefits that come with it, such as commerce derived at its ports, tourism and real estate drawn to its beaches, and the waters that allow it to be one of the most concentrated naval strongholds on the planet. Hampton Roads, the harbor, is formed by the confluence of the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers and flows into the Chesapeake Bay whose watershed covers 64,000 square miles and all or part of six states and Washington, DC. As one of the world’s biggest and deepest natural harbors, the largest in North America, Hampton Roads is home to the world’s largest naval base at Norfolk and the Port of Virginia, third largest behind Port of New York and the Port of Savannah. It is one of the busiest and fastest growing commercial ports on the U.S. East Coast

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ropolitan economy and the 34th most populous MSA in the country1 with a gross metropolitan product of approximately $76.84 Billion (2009).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.

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with products popular the world over from Smithfield Hams to Suffolk Peanuts to Chesapeake Bay crabs. Since the English settlers arrived in the early 1600s, Hampton Roads has been an enviable strategic stronghold. The region’s land area covers approximately 2,907 square miles and includes an extensive system of waterways including the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoys a temperate climate guaranteeing an ice-free harbor. The central location of Hampton Roads’ is within 750 miles of three-fourths of the nation’s population and six of the ten largest U.S. population centers. The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area (Hampton Roads MSA) is made up of fifteen cities and counties, making it the seventh largest MSA in the Southeast U.S., the second largest between Washington, DC and Atlanta and the largest coastal MSA between New York and Miami in the Eastern U.S.21 Hampton Roads is the 38th largest Met-

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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 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, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.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

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North America, and the U.S. Joint Forces Command (one of DoD’s ten combatant commands charged with transforming U.S. military capabilities). Increases in military pay and federal contracts have significantly contributed to the region’s economic growth. And defense spending continues to cushion the region in times of economic downturn.22 Thirty of the 100 largest defense firms in the world have a presence in Hampton Roads. Hampton Roads is also the home to the world’s largest concentration of U.S. Coast Guard assets. Additionally, thirteen Federal departments, administrations, and agencies are represented in the Hampton Roads region: Departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation.

Port/Maritime Sector

One of the jewels of the region is the Port of Virginia, which contributes nearly 350,000 jobs, more than $13.5 billion in employee wages, $1.2 billion in taxes and $41.1 billion in business each year to the Commonwealth.23 Naturally safe harbors in Hampton Roads have brought commerce and trade to the Hampton Roads region for centuries. Deepwater access that can accommodate today’s -and tomorrow’s- supertankers, a strategic Mid-Atlantic location and a streamlined infrastructure network have helped to make Hampton Roads a premier international port. Over 3,000 foreign and domestic vessels calling annually. In addition to the Port of Virginia, Hampton Roads’ economy is built on many port-related activities including commercial, military land-based support facilities and inland transportation, ship repair, shipbuilding, cargo terminals, cargo and cruise ships, maritime insurance and legal services, shipping line offices, mega yacht repair and maritime construction. Hampton Roads is well poised to be the dominant port on the East Coast. The 2040 Virginia Port Authority Master Plan is driven by the creation of 600 acres of land and opening of Craney Island Marine Terminal, improvements at Norfolk International Terminals and Portsmouth Marine Terminals, development at the APM Terminal in Portsmouth and enhanced intermodal rail service.

tourism/ arts & culture sector

Hampton Roads is a popular vacation destination for millions of visitors annually. Each city has its own unique attractions, events and activities. From the surf and sand of the longest pleasure beach in the world at Virginia Beach, to the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, to the convention centers spread throughout the region, Hampton Roads is an established multi-faceted tourist destination. In 2010, tourists spent nearly $3.7 billion in Hampton Roads.24 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

real estate

Economic development also depends upon the availability of suitable commercial and residential property. Hampton Roads offers a variety of real estate options at reasonable prices. According to the 2011 Market Review and Forecast, Hampton Roads’ industrial market currently encompasses almost 107 million square feet of space located in 2,866 buildings throughout the region. This includes over 23 million square feet of multi-tenant office space of which 10.5 million is rated Class A.31 The region’s industrial space vacancy rate has nearly doubled to 12.48%, and

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 reached 7% in 2011, but thanks to a strong military presence, still well under the national average.16

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sales have dragged due to the poor economy, while the total market vacancy rate for office space is holding steady at 14.5%, partly because Hampton Roads’ real estate costs are so competitive. Industrial rents have suffered proportionately with rents as low as $1.00 per square foot in outlying areas. The average sales price per square foot of industrial space (20,000-39,999) is $52.00. The average rental rates per square foot for Class A and Class B space remain flat at $21.00 and $16.00 respectively.31 New home purchases in Hampton Roads have declined 13.9% from 20092010, and the inventory of new homes is down dramatically, but overall sales prices have held steady.32

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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.

National Tourism Industry

Many factors impact the national tourism industry, including the price of gasoline, wealth effects, income effects, and overall consumer confidence. The last Economics Quarterly noted how discretionary services are often the first cut during economic downturns, as is evident in the national tourism data (a major discretionary section). Smith Travel Research, which measures a 52 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

variety of metrics for the hotel industry, showed that hotel occupancy increased by 8.1% year over year for the week of December 18-24, 2011, and has finally reached pre-recession levels. While 2009 was the weakest year, neither 2010 nor 2011 untill December had broken through the previous median occupancy rate (2000 to 2007). The national average daily room rate and revenue per room still remain below 2008 levels, indicating that the tourism industry has yet to experience a full economic recovery; however, tourism typically lags the economy wide recovery.

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. While 2008 Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) in Hampton Roads declined more quickly than the nations, this reflects a decline from a strong

2007 related to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Overall, the regional RevPAR has not grown as quickly as that of the nation, only growing 16.5% since 2002 while the nation grew 41.5% (Virginia’s RevPAR grew 37.2%). Room supply grew more quickly in Hampton Roads, growing by 18.4% since 2002, versus only 13.8% growth in the nation.

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. Williamsburg, Newport News & Hampton, and Norfolk have all seen RevPAR decline since the onset of the recession, though 2007 was a banner year for Williamsburg tourism which contributes to their steep decline in RevPAR. Both Chesapeake/Suffolk and Virginia Beach have increased RevPAR since 2007, and Chesapeake/Suffolk accomplished this slight increase in revenues while adding significantly to its room supply (room supply increased by 41% since 2007). 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

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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. Tourism employment in the region has increased from 9.8% of the workforce in 2007, to 11.7% of the workforce in 2011. The total expenditures estimated by the Virginia Tourism Corporation account for 4.6% of the gross regional product in 2010, or $3.7 Billion. Regional efforts to market Hampton Roads as a destination are coordinated through the Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance. Visit on the web

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ampton Roads is a diverse region of nearly 1.6 million citizens that includes urban, suburban and rural communities. Compared to Virginia and the nation as a whole, the population of the Hampton Roads region has grown at a relatively slow pace and tends to be younger, more diverse than the population of the U.S.1 One exception is Suffolk, which has experienced a huge 32.8% increase in population over the past decade. One factor contributing to Hampton Road’s prosperity is its workforce. The region offers a fairly large civilian labor force consisting of approximately 825,000 people.29 The area is also home to approximately 160,000 active duty military and civilian personnel, increasing the estimated total labor force to nearly one million strong. The large military presence also gives the area a unique advantage: with an annual average of 13,000 exiting military personnel and over 30,000 military spouses,5 Hampton Roads has a continuously replenishing labor force.

Education is serious business

Employers demand workers who can think critically and solve problems. Workforce development facilities for career and technical training, professional development and re-employment services include those operated by the region’s community colleges, Virginia Employment Commission, public schools, the military and the private sector. An average of 79% of area high school graduates elect to continue their education at two-year or four-year institutions of higher learning or through one of the region’s many vocational programs. The public workforce development system’s close working relationship with the region’s educational institutions ensure the local workforce has the skills needed to help keep area businesses and industries competitive. Existing programs, particularly those in fields related to high-growth industries and occupations, have been shown to lead to improved employment and earnings outcomes. More than 106,000 students are enrolled in Hampton Roads’ thirteen colleges and universities and three community colleges. Most of these students are permanent residents, available for part- or 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


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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 In 2010, Hampton Roads hosted the 4th

Annual International MODSIM World. Bioscience includes research developed at local colleges, universities and federal labs as well as commercial entities and extends to organ replacement, marine science and medical devices. Over 1,200 jobs paying an average of $65,000 annually exist in Hampton Roads.28 Hampton Roads is home to innovative research and development with internationally-recognized facilities including: NASA Langley Research Center, the nation’s first civil aeronautics laboratory leading and advancing the American aerospace industry since 1917; the Department of Energy’s unique Jefferson Lab; Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute, the latest, most precise cancer-fighting technologies; 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.

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

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Planning Ahead hen publicly ranking prioriThe Hampton Roads Transportation ties during development Planning Organization, the intergovernof “Vision Hampton Roads,” mental body responsible for planning the region’s 2010-2015 economic transportation in Hampton Roads, is roadmap, port and maritime business, developing its 2034 Long Range Plan. quality of life improvements, the mili- Also, a Transit Vision Plan for Hampton Roads is in process and proposes that an tary, high-tech, small business and the integrated, high-capacity transit system environment were selected as chiefly will help address some of the region’s important. However, more important social, environmental, and economic challenges interrelated to land use and than all of these was transportation. sustainability and will address bicycle “Transportation and connectivity and pedestrian projects as well. is the key to being competitive. It relates to quality of life improvements, Roads, Tunnels, Bridges and Ferries tourism, port, etc. We must have Because of the abundance of waterstrong transportation for all of this ways, the Hampton Roads’ transportation network is heavily dependent on and utito work,” said one citizen. Hampton Roads has its transportation issues as does any metropolitan region. When working together as a region to improve mobility within tough budgets on all levels, congestion mitigation is the answer, including development of public-private partnerships to add new and/or improve existing bridges and tunnels, growing the use of telecommuting, enlisting technology, considering transit-oriented development and identifying funding models, especially for development of high-speed rail and enhanced intercity rail.

lizes a number of methods to get around the water surrounding its communities. It is an effective but aging transportation system. In fact, Hampton Roads has more tunnels connectiong its communities than any other region in the U.S. Tunnels, bridges and ferries enhance Hampton Roads residents’ ability to go from one area to the other and beyond. Hampton Roads’ interstates form a big loop or beltway around the region. The inner loop follows I-64 east and I-664 north. The outer loop follows I-64 west and I-664 south. Due west of the region are the

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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 BridgeTunnel 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. A 15-minute ferry that connects the Scotland area in Surry County with the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown is maintained by the state, providing highway commuters a very affordable highway alternative. Per capita vehicle miles traveled has remained relatively stable over the last 10 years, suggesting that commuting distances are relatively short.39

public transit service

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bus services, HRT’s other services include a ferry connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, paratransit service, and TRAFFIX, a program providing alternatives to the one-person-per-car commute. In 2011, HRT launched “The Tide,” Virginia’s first light rail system that runs in Norfolk and serves as a starter line for a future regionwide intercity rail transit system. Williamsburg Area Transit provides bus transportation throughout Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and area shopping locations to the west while the Bay Transit Company, which is a service of Bay Aging, provides bus service on weekdays to all residents in the ten counties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, including Gloucester and Mathews Counties. Norfolk’s Greyhound Bus service provides intercity connections nationwide.

Rail/Intermodal Service

Hampton Roads is served primarily by two Class I freight rail giants, CSX and Norfolk Southern. The ports create a perfect entry location for these railways for cargo distribution throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Efficient connections with other rail systems and motor carriers provide easy and affordable access to the rest of the U.S. Additionally, more than 50 common freight carriers serve Hampton Roads, and UPS maintains a local terminal. • Norfolk Southern, headquartered in Norfolk, links the entire region to markets in 22 Eastern states, Washington, DC, and Ontario, Canada, via 21,000 miles of track. The railroad provides transportation services for agricultural, industrial and raw products and intermodal service to Norfolk International Terminals. Hampton Roads rail trade is expected to grow significantly by 2035, largely the result of the planned rail improvements along the Heartland Corridor to the Midwest. The Heartland Corridor rail project is expected to cut a day and a half off the existing 235 mile trip between Chicago and Hampton Roads and allow double-stack trains. • CSX operates on 23,000 miles of track in 23 states, Washington, DC, Montreal and Ontario, Canada. It offers a Rail-to-Truck Transshipment Facility in Newport News and an intermodal terminal in nearby 56 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

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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

Air service

The region’s two major airports, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport

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


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,

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linking Hampton Roads and the rest of the U.S. to more than 250 ports in 100 countries. Hampton Roads has a well-deserved reputation for providing efficient, modern cargo handling and year-round transportation. The Port Authority has forecasted healthy growth during the next 10 years based on the opening of a widened Panama Canal in 2014 and enhanced rail connections with Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor and CSX’s National Gateway. The Port of Virginia, the third busiest general cargo port on the East Coast with 50-foot deep channels and an ice-free harbor, is home to some of the largest and fastest container cranes in the world. The three marine terminals that compose The Port of Virginia handled more than one million containers in 2011. 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 two years.

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ducation has been the cornerstone of life in the region for more than 300 years. Over 86,000 students are enrolled in the region’s colleges and universities which include two of the most prestigious and oldest educational institutions in the nation: the College of William and Mary and Hampton University. This is in addition to the students enrolled in campuses sponsored by institutions outside of the area or those enrolled in the many technical and speciality schools located within the region such as ECPI College of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Since its founding in 1693, The College of William and Mary has compiled a remarkable list of “firsts” among American universities, including the first honor system, first full faculty, first to become a university, and the founding of Phi Beta Kappa. William and Mary has helped to educate four U.S. presidents, four signers of the Declaration of Independence, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, governors and many others in public service. According to a recent U.S. News and World Report poll, William and Mary is ranked 6th among all public universities for 2011. The Princeton Review ranked it 6th, as well. William and Mary offers 36 degree programs for undergraduates and 14 for graduates in the arts, sciences, business,

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education and law. A number of special programs are also available including specialized seminars for freshman, undergraduate research, and study abroad in more than 10 countries. Founded in 1878, Hampton University was one of the nation’s first schools of higher education for freed slaves. The school was established to train selected young men and women to “go out and teach and lead their people,” and to build a viable industrial system on the strength of self-sufficiency, intelligent labor and solid moral character. Today Hampton University welcomes students of all races and creeds, offering 38 bachelor’s degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and doctoral or professional degrees in nursing (Ph.D.), physics (Ph.D.), physical therapy (DPT) and pharmacy (Pharm.D.).

Old Dominion University in Norfolk is the largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. It also sponsors the Peninsula Graduate Engineering Center at the Hampton Roads Center in Hampton. This advanced engineering education facility opened in 1986 for employees of many of the area’s high-tech firms. In Newport News, Christopher Newport University offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, science and technology. 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

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. 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 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. 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 William and Mary Williamsburg 221-4000 Gloucester 804-684-2000 A public university, established in 1693, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Evening MBA program in Oyster Point offered one evening a week. ECPI General Virginia Beach Newport News

1-800-986-1200 490-9090 838-9191

Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk 446-5200 A private medical school that does not own a hospital. This regional institute reaches into all corners of the Hampton Roads community through its partnerships with regional hospitals, clinics, institutions and physicians. 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. George Washington University Hampton Roads Center Newport News 269-4949 Has offered graduate degree programs in education administration, human resource development, engineering management and tourism administration for over 35 years. Hampton University Hampton


An historically black university, that is privately-endowed, co-educational and nonsectarian. Newport News Apprentice School Newport News 380-2682 College-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees. Norfolk State University Norfolk


Founded in 1935, this public university is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the United States. Old Dominion University Norfolk


The largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. Paul D. Camp Community College Serving Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Suffolk, & Southampton County 925-6300 A comprehensive community college offering more than 50 degree and certificate programs and an array of workforce/ customized training that can be delivered at any college or workplace based upon the needs of the employers in the region. Peninsula Higher Education Center Hampton 766-5200 Advanced engineering facility sponsored by Old Dominion University. Rappahannock Community College Gloucester (804) 758-6700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupationwww.HRLiving.NE T • 59

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1977 and was given university status in 1992. Virginia Wesleyan College, a four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. With a 13 to 1 student-faculty ratio, Virginia Wesleyan is small by design, believing that a liberal arts education is best achieved in a setting where students and faculty know each other well. Virginia Wesleyan offers 39 majors, 70 student organizations and 19 intercollegiate sports. The college also offers night and weekend courses through its Adult Studies Program. Visit for more information. Norfolk State University, founded during the Great Depression, is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the nation. Today, it offers 50 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also includes the Dozerty National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Science whose primary goal is to address the severe shortage of minority scientists. 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. Thomas Nelson Community College offers high-quality comprehensive educational programs and services including 35 associate degrees, one diploma and 38 certificate programs. Its 11,400 students can transfer their credits to most four-year universities with no loss of credits. Thomas Nelson is in educational partnership with a variety of local businesses including

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al, technical and workforce development. Regent University Virginia Beach


Interdenominational evangelical Christian university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, communication and arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership studies and psychology and counseling. St. Leo College Fort Eustis (NN) Langley Air Force Base (H)

887-0655 766-1812

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

873-3100 382-9900

Private university specializing in information technology and business-oriented courses for working adult students. Under-graduate and graduate programs in addition to online courses. Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton 825-2700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. Tidewater Community College Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach 822-1122 Offers comprehensive programs to meet the educational needs of area citizens, business and industry. Troy University Ft. Eustis (NN), Ft. Monroe (H), Langley Air Force Base (H) Norfolk

766-3611 451-8202

Offers graduate degrees in a variety of areas including business management and administration, human resource management, education, and criminal justice. University of Virginia Hampton Roads Graduate Center Hampton 552-1890 Offers two masters of education, six masters of engineering and a doctorate in educational administration.

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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


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 Newport News


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


Offers professional training in massage therapy and holistic studies. 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.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Fort Eustis (NN) 887-0980 Langley Air Force Base (H) 764-2662 Naval Station Norfolk Base 440-5078 Offers a comprehensive program in aircraft maintenance and repair. Riverside School of Health Careers Newport News 240-2200 Cooperative program between Riverside Regional Medical Center and Christopher Newport University offering advanced training in nursing and associated health occupations. Virginia School of Hair Design Hampton 722-0211 Has offered the latest training in hair design and care for over 40 years.

Public Schools In 1997, Virginia’s public schools began to implement Standards of Learning, or SOLs. In an effort to provide clear, measurable goals for all, students and schools are judged by their students’ performance on exams, which are given in grades three, five and eight and at the end of high school courses. Students must pass a certain number of the tests to earn a high school diploma. Schools who have a high percentage of students failing the SOLs can lose their state accreditation. Hampton Roads’ public schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education numerous times for excellence. Almost all public school systems have formed partnerships with area businesses to give students first-hand experience and knowledge about the business world. All school systems teach grades kindergarten through high school. To enter students in public schools, parents must provide: 1. academic transcripts/reports (or have them forwarded from the previous schools); 2. up-to-date health and vaccination records/statements; 3. birth certificates; and 4. proof of residency. 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. ARCP/Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Hampton 896-6461 Mental and physical handicaps, residential and day programs. Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind Hampton 247-2050 Residential and day programs. New Horizons Regional Education Center Hampton, Newport News


Hampton Roads Seventh Day Adventist K – 8 722-1221

Atlantic Shores Christian School PK – 6 479‑1125 Greenbrier Christian Academy PK – 12 547‑9595 Mount Pleasant Christian K – 8


Stonebridge School K4 – 3


Tidewater Adventist Academy PK – 12 479‑0002

Franklin-Southampton County

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.

Mary Atkins Christian School 4 – 6 838-2355 St. Mary Star of the Sea School PK – 8 723-6358

Isle of Wight County Isle of Wight Academy PK – 12


Newport News

Rock Church School K – 12


Denbigh Baptist Christian School K – 12 249-2654

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

653-2512 653-7273 653-7273

Denbigh Christian Academy PK – 6 874-8661

Gloucester County Gloucester Montessori School 1 – 3 (804) 693‑6455

Hampton Roads Academy 6 – 12


Hampton Roads Montessori School 4 – 6 years 873-8950

Lighthouse Worship Center K – 5 (804) 642‑3703

Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188

Ware Academy PK – 8

Orcutt Baptist School PK – 6

(804) 693-3825


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

Hampton 874-4444

Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188

Bethel Christian School Daycare, K – 12


Parkview Christian Academy/Child Development Center K – 3 826-4074

Calvary Covenant School K – 6


Peninsula Catholic High School 8 – 12 596-7247

Gloria Dei Lutheran School PK – 5


St. Andrew’s Episcopal K – 5


Summit Christian Academy (Lower School) K4 – 6


Trinity Lutheran School PK – 8


Hampton Christian High School 7 – 12 838-7427 Hampton Christian School & Preschool 2 1/2 – 4 years 838-5635

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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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York County

Warwick River Christian School PK – 5 877-2941

First Baptist Weekday School PK – 4 925-0274


Nansemond-Suffolk Academy PK – 12 539-8789

Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188

Calvary Christian School System K3 – 12 480-4400


Christ The King School PK – 8


Atlantic Shores Christian PK – 12

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

Faith Academy School PK – 8


Cape Henry Collegiate PK – 12

Greenhill Farms Academy K – 5


Norfolk Academy 1 – 12


Child Care



Norfolk Christian School K3 – 12

Chesapeake Bay Academy K – 12



Norfolk Collegiate School K – 12

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater PS – 8 424-4327


Trinity Lutheran School PS – 5

Kempsville Presbyterian PS – K



The Williams School K – 8

Norfolk Christian School PK – 5



St. John the Apostle PK – 8


St. Matthew’s School PK – 8

420-2455 428-8400

Alliance Christian School PK – 12


Joyous Sound Education PS – 6

Star of the Sea School PK – 8


Virginia Beach Friends School 3 – 12 428-7534

Montessori Preparatory School 2 1/2 – 5 years 484-7229 Portsmouth Catholic Elementary PK – 8


Portsmouth Christian School K4 – 12 393-0725

Suffolk First Baptist Christian School PK – 12 539-3163

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Williamsburg Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188 Walsingham Academy Lower School: Upper School: PS – 12 Williamsburg Christian Academy PK – 12



Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 9 – 12


Living Word Academy K – 9

229-2642 229-6026


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

Finding the Right Provider Fortunately, you don’t have to do this from scratch. The Hampton Roads Planning Council offers childcare resource and referral services to help parents evaluate the best setting for their children and find appropriate, quality providers. The Planning Council is a not-for-profit, community-based planning corporation. It licenses and trains child care providers among other things as part of carrying out its mission to manage human services to improve the quality of life in HamptoRoads’ communities. The Council’s Child Care Answer Line (CCAL) makes searching for a child care provider easy. CCAL staff will counsel with you over the phone and forward a listing of potential providers and guidelines for evaluating them for a nominal

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 Chesapeake

FranklinSouthampton County



Isle of Wight County

Newport News


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

(804) 693-5300




Elementary Total # of Schools Total Enrollment Student Teacher Ratio

28 17,336 15:1

5 1,788 12:1

6 2,695 12:1

24 10,335 13:1

5 2,870 12:1

31 15,812 13:1

Secondary Total # of Schools Total Enrollment Student Teacher Ratio

16 22,044 13:1

4 3,558 12:1

4 3,602 14:1

11 12,674 12:1

4 2,649 17:1

14 17,081 13:1

Spending per Student







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WilliamsburgYork County James City County





Virginia Beach








Elementary Total # of Schools Total Enrollment Student Teacher Ratio

37 19,310 13:1

2 1,053 15:1

16 8,321 13:1

12 6,393 13:1

55 33,911 15:1

8 3,964 12:1

10 5,207 15:1

Secondary Total # of Schools Total Enrollment Student Teacher Ratio

15 17,401 12:1

2 1,507 14:1

8 8,172 12:1

6 6,880 13:1

25 42,393 12:1

6 5,015 12:1

11 7,200 14:1

Spending per Student








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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

Health Care: Family Health Education: Learning Opportunities 21st-Century Medicine delivered with Old-fashioned Doctor-Patient Relationship


rom births to broken bones, from care for accidents to serious illnesses, our residents can have it all at the area’s many fine health centers. That’s because all of the latest tools, such as mammography, magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) and specialized oncology and litho-tripter services, are in place at our 19-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 1916, the Riverside Health System (RHS) has evolved from a small hospital in Newport News, Virginia, into one of the most progressive and comprehensive non-profit healthcare organizations in the nation. A voluntary Board of Trustees governs each major facility within the overall system. Riverside operates 931 acute-care inpatient beds in three acute-care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital and Virginia’s largest physical rehabilitation hospital. Over 45% of all inpatients at Riverside are Medicare recipients. The inpatient market share for Riverside is approximately 40% with variance within specialty areas. The flagship of the organization is Riverside Regional Medical Center, providing a regional cancer care center, the area’s only open-heart surgery program, the region’s only Level II Trauma Center and a Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery Center operated jointly with the University of Virginia. The medical center is also the Center for Medical Education on the Virginia 64 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

Peninsula, 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. Riverside also provides nine long-term care facilities throughout eastern Virginia, totaling 1,028 beds with skilled, intermediate and home-for-adult services. As with the hospital division of Riverside, the convalescent centers are woven throughout the service area with strong emphasis on the traditionally underserved rural communities. Despite a challenging public-based reimbursement structure, over 80% of patients cared for in the convalescent centers are Medicare and Medicaid recipients, thus assuring quality care to individuals who would otherwise be unable to access it. Additionally, Riverside has created three vibrant continuing care retirement communities, two wellness centers, an extensive array of outpatient facilities, a progressive corporate physician organization, the region’s leading home care organization, and a joint venture with the region’s leading insurer—along with a Foundation designed to support diverse community initiatives. Riverside provides millions of dollars in quantifiable benefits for the indigent citizens of our community.

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 children, Hampton Roads citizens can go to Eastern Virginia Medical School or the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the only hospital in Southeastern Virginia devoted exclusively to children. For the most critically injured victims, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital features a Level I trauma center and the Nightingale helicopter service. In addition, the Medical College of Virginia

in Richmond is just a 90-minute drive northwest.

Acute Care-Peninsula Langley Air Force Base Hospital Langley AFB 764-6833 This 50-bed facility offers comprehensive care exclusively to military personnel and their dependents. Mary Immaculate Hospital 2 Bernardine Drive Newport News


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. 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 Boulevard Newport News 594-2000 Riverside Regional Medical Center is a 510-bed facility located in Newport News and is the Virginia Peninsula’s leading medical center. The medical center offers challenging jobs for more than 2,500 dedicated people. Nearly 550 physicians in 40 separate areas of specialty practice medicine at Riverside. Assisting this staff are 300 volunteers whose primary focus is helping others. www.HRLiving.NE T • 65

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The remarkable attribute of this organization is that while carrying out this significant charity care mission, we maintain a AA bond rating, and are recognized as being among the most stable healthcare organizations in America. Recognized nationally for quality and innovation, Sentara has a history of bringing medical advances first to the region such as robotic surgery, cancer improvements, and heart and other surgical procedures. Sentara was first in the nation to pioneer lifesaving electronic ICU (eICU®) This comprehensive health system is comprised of 10 hospitals in Virginia, including the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and dedicated heart hospital at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Other community needs are met through its nursing and assisted living facilities, advanced imaging centers, outpatient care campuses in the region, array of awardwinning health plans, home health and hospice services, rehabilitation facilities, and nearly 400 world-class physicians of Sentara Medical Group. Sentara is also known for its compassionate care and service to the community, especially for the area’s less fortunate. For years, Sentara has touched the lives of thousands of people who are uninsured or underinsured. In 2011, Sentara provided more than $214.5 million in community benefits. Of that, more than $183.2 million was provided in uncompensated patient care. Community benefit provided by our hospitals Martha Jefferson Hospital and RMH Healthcare are tallied separately. Sentara also replaced Nightingale air ambulance with a new state-of-the-art helicopter. The $7.2M Eurocopter EC-145 was partly funded by donations from local governments, corporations, foundations and individuals of that exceeded $3.5M. Nightingale operates at a yearly deficit of up to $600,000 due to a high percentage uninsured patients, and Sentara maintains the service as part of its not-for-profit commitment to the community. Recently the Sentara Neurosciences 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

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Preparing for the future, Riverside is in the midst of a redesign and expansion, to meet the needs of our community well into the 21st century. A Level II Emergency/Trauma Center, consisting of 42 private treatment rooms allows the staff to treat any emergency. Riverside has partnered with LifeEvac to provide air ambulance service to bring the most critical patients to our trauma center quickly. Riverside’s mobile PET/CT scanner, multiple MRIs and CTs are key diagnostic tools used at our new, nationallyaccredited Cancer Care Center, designed to heal the spirit as well as the person. Riverside’s use of the DaVinci robot for prostate surgery has improved the lives of many patients. Riverside’s Radiosurgery Center is operated in partnership with the University of Virginia Health System. The GammaKnife and Synergy S are used to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain and body with a focused team of radiation rather than traditional surgery. The Riverside Heart and Vascular Center provides emergency heart care, openheart surgery, interventional cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation so our patients can get back to a normal way of life as quickly as possible. Due to great patient outcomes, Riverside was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care. Birthing and family health services provides progressive birthing options, a pediatric unit and a neonatal intensive care unit to care for babies that need advanced care at birth. Combining the latest technology, an aesthetically-pleasing environment and talented people creates the perfect setting for Riverside to improve health and save lives. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Route 17 Gloucester (804) 693-8800 Riverside Walter Reed Hospital was opened on the birthday of its namesake, September 13, 1977, and is part of the Newport News-based Riverside Health System. Since 1977, RWRH has grown into a diverse and comprehensive community hospital, providing state-of-the-art technology through a professional and caring staff. RWRH provides a full range of primary and secondary services including inpatient, outpatient, wellness and 66 • Coastal Virginia 2012-13

home-based services. The Intensive Care Unit and its Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified unit is comprised of 7 beds. The Medical/Surgical Unit has 60 beds, including 16 private rooms, with Cardiac Monitoring (Telemetry) available throughout the unit. Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton


The 200-bed hospital has revolutionized health care on the Peninsula. Most recently, the hospital opened the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex in 2010, the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital and adjoins the main hospital where some of the area’s most advanced medical technology is available. A fiberoptic backbone spans the campus, enabling simultaneous computer transfer of life-saving information. This and other groundbreaking technology support the following: filmless, digital diagnostic imaging for faster, clearer test results; one of the nation’s first electronic ICUs for uninterrupted monitoring of critically ill patients; and surgical equipment so sophisticated it listens and responds to doctors’ orders. This hospital gained national stroke certification, sleep lab accredication and is a certified chest pain center--all advancing care for Peninsula residents. And, the future is even more exciting because every inch has been built to accommodate new advancements as they become available. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg 984-6000 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, the Senior Health Center, the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, the Wound Care Center and the DePaul Center for Birth. Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center 336 High Street Portsmouth 398-2200 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

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center 736 Battlefield Boulevard 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. Eastern Virginia Medical School 825 Fairfax Avenue Norfolk 446-5600 One of the medical centers of the Eastern Virginia Medical School is today’s foremost leading reproductive program and was the site of the nation’s first in-vitro fertilization clinic. Other centers within the school include: the Center for Pediatric Research, the Diabetes Institute, the Center for Ocular Pharmacology, the Sleep Disorders Center and the Voice Center for individuals experiencing speech and swallowing problems. Naval Medical Center 620 John Paul Jones Circle Portsmouth

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 Boulevard Virginia Beach


Formerly an acute care hospital, Sentara Independence provides a 24/7 Emergency Department and outpatient services, including physical therapy. Sentara Leigh Hospital 730 Kempsville Road Norfolk


This 250-bed acute care hospital features all private rooms and specializes in orthopedics, gynecology, ophthalmology, outpatient hand surgery and urology. It also offers specialized care through its certified primary stroke center, joint replacement services, family maternity care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, expert breast care through the Comprehensive Breast Center, and the lifesaving eICU®. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 600 Gresham Drive Norfolk 388-3000 This 555-bed tertiary care facility is located on a large medical campus including a leading medical school, children’s hospital, and Sentara Heart Hospital, which consistently ranks among the nation’s top 50 heart programs by U.S. News & World Report. Expert breast care is provided through the Comprehensive Breast

Center. As the first hospital in Hampton Roads to achieve Magnet status, Norfolk General is distinguished for nursing excellence and offers superior care through regionally- and nationally- known services such as the Sentara Cancer Institute, advanced imaging capabilities, a specialized level II nursery, eICU®, and minimallyinvasive 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 Boulevard Suffolk


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

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a daVinci robotics surgical program, the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, the Family Birth Center, Spine Center, Maryview Center for Physical Rehabilitation, Martha Davis Cancer Center and the Maryview Joint Center.

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Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Glenn Mitchell Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 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.

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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. Eastern State Hospital 4601 Ironbound Road Williamsburg

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.

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Now part of the Virginia Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services system, the 760-bed facility provides communityfocused mental health care. Riverside Behavioral Health Center 2244 Executive Drive Hampton 827-1001 This 185-bed facility provides psychiatric and chemical dependency services to children, adolescents and adults. The center offers the immediate options often demanded in crisis situations. It also provides mental health care at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center Virginia Beach 496-6000

Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View 5818 Harbour View Boulevard Suffolk 673-5800 This facility includes an outpatient surgery and a diagnostic center which includes western Hampton Roads’ only open MRI unit as well as CT and diagnostic radiology and non-invasive vascular imaging. Other programs and services include In-Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center, a gastroenterology center, the Bon Secours Center for Colon and Rectal Diseases, the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, Mid-Atlantic Hearing and Balance Center, primary care and specialist offices, a full-service emergency department and The Millie Lancaster Women’s Center.

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

neurological illness.

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.

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).


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


Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News 928-8040 This 75-bed facility offers long-term physical rehabilitation by a multidisciplinary team for victims of stroke, head/spinal chord injuries, trauma and other illnesses. RRI helps patients to make full use of their abilities so they can return home with the highest possible level of independence. Sentara BelleHarbour 3920 A Bridge Road Suffolk


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

Sentara Heart Hospital® 600 Gresham Drive Norfolk


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” voiceactivated cardiac operating rooms, the region’s only cardiac eICU® offering round-the- clock electronic monitoring of heart patients, 6 cardiac catheterization labs, and 3 electrophysiology (EP) labs. In addition, the hospital has the region’s first 64-slice CT scanner, which enables doctors to diagnose heart disease within seconds and avoid invasive heart catheterization procedures. Sentara Medical Group Virginia Beach, Virginia


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

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

Orthopedic & Spine Center 250 Nat Turner Boulevard Newport News

diagnostic services, physical therapy and complete women’s care as well as laboratory testing.

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Sentara Port Warwick 11803 Jefferson Avenue at Loftus Newport News 594-1000 Sentara Port Warwick is the Peninsula’s only comprehensive outpatient campus. Located on 15 acres, this threebuilding complex includes a 24-hour freestanding emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, advanced imaging center, the region’s first comprehensive breast center including a high-risk breast program, an advanced vascular treatment center, and an outpatient surgery center staffed by board-certified surgeons wellversed in minimally-invasive surgeries that reduce recovery times. Primary and specialty physicians, a laboratory, hyperbaric medicine, Virginia Oncology’s cancer center and endovascular suite offer a full complement of outpatient services to Peninsula patients. Sentara St. Lukes 20209 Sentara Way Carrollton 542-1000 Now open near the intersection of Brewers Neck Boulevard (Route 258) and Route 10 is Sentara St. Luke’s, a new, two-story, 52,000 square foot health care campus. Among the services available on campus are: Sentara Urgent Care, Sentara Family Medicine Physicians (formerly Smithfield Medical Center), Advanced Imaging Services, Smithfield Therapy Center (formerly Smithfield Physical Therapy), laboratory services, and physician specialists ranging from OB/GYN to cardiology, gastrointestinal care and ophthalmology. W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center 844 Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake 312-6800 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

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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.

Fitness/Wellness Centers Gymnasiums, athletic clubs and sports centers are scattered throughout Hampton Roads. The following are just a sampling of the physical fitness centers in the region. For additional information, consult your physician or the Yellow Pages. Bally Total Fitness Peninsula & Southside locations 1-866-402-2559 (40BALLY) Bon Secours ParCourse Fitness Trail 2 Bernadine Drive 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


Obici Physical Therapy and Wellness Route 10/Godwin Boulevard Suffolk 934-8572 Riverside Wellness & Fitness Centers 12650 Jefferson Ave. Newport News 875-7525 7516 Hospital Rd., Rte. 17 Gloucester (804) 693-8888 Offers 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 train-

ing, 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 medically-managed fitness and rehabilitation. Total Fitness 6120 Jefferson Ave. Newport News


Offers 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

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Offers aerobics, free weights, indoor pool, indoor track, Lifecycles, Nautilus equipment, racquetball, rowers and stair climbers. Features Cybex and three gyms. Child care provided.

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Referrals American Board of Medical Specialties 1-866-275-2267 (866-ASK-ABMS) Verifies doctors’ board certification.

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Ask-a-Nurse 595-6363 Toll-free 1-800-675-6368 Assesses medical symptoms, answers health information questions and provides physician referrals. Free and confidential 24-hour, 7-days-a-week service provided by Riverside Health System. Bon Secours Health Resource Center Mary Immaculate Hospital 886-6000 Refers specific doctors—who have chosen to be in the service—on a rotational basis. Also refers programs offered by the hospital and community support groups. Available business hours only. Sentara Healthcare


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.

Make Concepts Easy. Use the Arts! For over half a century, Young Audiences of Virginia has enhanced the teaching process through interactive workshops & performances for public, private & home school associations. Visit, call 800-314-ARTS or join us on Facebook to learn more. Serving Schools & Young Summer Camps Audiences in Virginia of Virginia

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Riverside Cancer Care Center in Newport News

Senior Living: Helpful Organizations

Resources For Seniors A

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

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Helpful Organizations for Seniors Alzheimer’s Group 459-2405 American Association of Retired Persons 1-888-687-2277 Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads 456-2366 Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office CARE Program/Elderly Victim Assistance Program Chesapeake 382-8824 Christopher Center 495-4185 Disabled American Veterans Norfolk 461-4938 Elder Care Resource & Referral 627-3993 Endependence Center Inc. Norfolk 461-8007 Family Management Services, Inc. Fairfax (703) 352-3013 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 Norfolk 362-2302 GoldenCare Program for Seniors 856-7030 Goodwill 627-7733 1-800-Goodwill Great Atlantic Travel & Tour 422-9002 Institute for Learning in Retirement at Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Virginia Beach 368-4160 Jewish Family Services of Tidewater 489-3111 Magnolia Manor Assisted Living 357-0732 Meals on Wheels Newport News 873-0541 Norfolk 892-5210 Portsmouth 673-5000 Suffolk 934-4911 Virginia Beach 306-2721 Williamsburg 229-9250 Medicare General Information 1-800-633-4227 Eligibility 1-800-772-1213 Mobile Meals of Norfolk 892-5210

Peninsula Agency on Aging Peninsula Aging Network Retired Senior Volunteer Programs of the Peninsula Newport News Portsmouth Suffolk

873-0541 345-6277 595-9037

Riverside Adult Day Services Newport News 875-2033 Riverside Ask-A-Nurse Program


Riverside Convalescent Centers The Gardens/WF 875-2000 Patriots Colony 220-9000 Hampton 722-9881 Smithfield 357-3282 West Point (804) 843-4323 Riverside Lifeline Personal Emergency Response Hampton Roads


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

Sentara Village Chesapeake 261-4050 Norfolk 892-5200 Virginia Beach 306-2800 Social Security Administration General Information 1-800-772-1213 Newport News 873-3914 Chesapeake/Norfolk 858-6198 Portsmouth 465-4896 Social Services Departments Chesapeake 382-2000 Hampton 727-1800 Newport News 926-6300 Norfolk 664-6000 Portsmouth 405-1800 Suffolk 923-3000 Virginia Beach 437-3200 United Seniors Association 1-800-951-0017 VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads 624-2400 Virginia Center of Aging (804) 828-1525 Warwick Forest CCRC/Assisted Living/Convalescent Center Newport News 886-2000

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Patriot Colony at Williamsburg CCRC/Assisted Living/ Convalescent Center 220-9000

Military Life: Military Facilities

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.

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

Military Bases & Activity

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testing airplanes and dirigibles as part of the military power. Since then, Langley pilots have taken part in all conflicts in which the U.S. has had a role. From the 1940s, it has been home to the Tactical Air Command (TAC). The 1st Tactical Fighter Wing was established at Langley in 1946. Pilots with this Wing were the first to have a confirmed aerial kill in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Langley is also home to the Air Force’s new Air Combat Command, a consolidation of TAC with the Strategic Air Command, formerly headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Renovations were recently completed to provide hangars for the F-22 Raptors, the most stealthy and expensive jets in Air Force history, which are now flying operations out of Langley. Its 8,800 military and 2,000 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of approximately $624 million. Fort Eustis, the Peninsula’s largest military installation located in northwestern Newport News, opened in 1918. Since 1942, its 8,228 acres have been home to the Army’s Transportation Center, a key part of the Army’s mission to ensure that troops, trucks, tanks, ships and other supplies reach combat sites in a efficient and timely manner. It has also been a key processing point for reservists going to and from Iraq. The installation’s 9,516 military and 2,407 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of $765.7 million. Across the port of Hampton Roads from the Peninsula in Norfolk, is the Norfolk Naval Station, the world’s largest naval base. More than 60,000 military and 10,000 civilian personnel work on the

Camp Peary

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

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. (Hampton) The Air Force’s largest major command, the Air Combat Command and the Ninth Air Force’s 1st Fighter Wing, is located at this base. Fighter jets from Langley fly homeland security patrols over the nation’s capital daily.

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

Naval Weapons Station

(Virginia Beach) This base is the most sophisticated and critically important air station in the U.S. Navy. It is home to 19 squadrons of F-14 Tomcat fighters and F/A-18 Hornets—collectively about 290 aircraft. The base employs about 10,000 military and 5,300 civilian personnel. The Dam Neck Annex, also part of the Oceana facility, is home to the Fleet Combat Training Center, which trains over 1000 students each month. Dam Neck employs another 3,700 military and 1,100 civilian personnel. The combined annual payroll is $1 billion.

Oceana Naval Air Station/ Dam Neck Annex

(Yorktown) This is the Navy’s premiere weapons facility. Over 3,000 military and civilian personnel work on the 11,500 acres of this base, maintaining missiles and other ordinances for the Atlantic Fleet.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

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

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

Naval Station Norfolk

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

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

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History & Science: Historical Sites & Museums

Our Heritage Still Very Much Alive

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

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Costumed historical interpreters depict the daily lives of the people who lived through these events two and three centuries ago. This is all done in faithfully re-created settings—three replica ships, a Powhatan Indian village, and a Colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement; and a Revolutionary War encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. At these living museums, you can grind corn, steer with a whipstaff, try on English armor, enlist in the Continental Army or assist with farm chores. Call 253-4939 or toll free 1-888-868-7593 or visit Colonial Williamsburg is the restored Capital of Colonial Virginia, where history lives so “that the future may learn from the past.”You can explore the nation’s history and learn what it means to be an American while visiting more than eighty original buildings, restored to their 18thcentury grandeur. See how the people lived, from the richest to the poorest. Play the games the children played, watch craftsmen at work, and sample some Colonial fare. While Colonial Williamsburg’s sites are open year round, many people choose to visit in December to enjoy the Grand Illumination, an annual spectacle of light and music for residents and visitors alike. Call 1-800-HISTORY or visit on the

web at The Colonial National Historical Park stretches from the York River to the James River and is home to Yorktown and the Yorktown Battlefield, site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown Battlefield is administered by the National Park Service, and is part of the Colonial National Historical Park which includes Jamestown and the Colonial Parkway, which connects the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. For more information, call the Park’s headquarters at 898-3400, or visitor information at 898-2410 or 2291733, or visit The Mariners’ Museum, one of the largest international maritime museums in the world, features more than 35,000 maritime items, including ship models, the August Crabtree collection of miniature ships, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, intricately carved figureheads and working steam engines. The Mariners’ Museum is also the custodian of the artifacts and archives of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The USS Monitor Center is a home to the priceless artifacts recovered from the historic ship and a worldwide resource. Call 596-2222 or 1-800-581-7245 or visit www.mariner. org.

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The Casemate Museum, located in Hampton, opened in 1951 to display the cell in which Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned after the Civil War. Since then, the museum has expanded to depict the history of Fort Monroe and the Coast Artillery Corps. Call 788-3391. The Virginia War Museum in Newport News traces U.S. military history from 1775 to the present. Several times each year, reenactors stage encampments on the museum’s grounds. Visit www. or call 247-8523. Called the best-preserved War of 1812 site in America, Fort Norfolk is the last of 18 forts built along the Maritime Frontier at President Washington’s request in 1794. This fort, which changed hands twice during the Civil War, is located on Front Street in Norfolk. For information about guided tours, visit on the web at In western Newport News, just inside the front gate of Ft. Eustis, is the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. This museum occupies six acres and is the only museum in the United States devoted to the history of U.S. Army transportation of troops and supplies. Call 878-1115 or visit


Get close to 174 years of our nation’s history again and again with one ticket to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Pass offers year-round access to the story of colonial America, from the first permanent English settlement in 1607 through America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781. Experience world-changing events of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia through film, gallery exhibits and living history in re-created settings of a colonial fort, Powhatan Indian village and three replica ships at Jamestown Settlement, and at the Yorktown Victory Center, re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. A single visit combination ticket also available.

Williamsburg, Virginia • • (757) 253-4838

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The Newsome House Museum

museum/museum.html. The Hampton History Museum features 7,000 square feet of exhibit space— helping shape Hampton’s future while also preserving its past. This beautiful building on Old Hampton Lane is the newest jewel in Hampton’s historical crown. Call 727-1610. Riddick’s Folly, in Suffolk, is just one place in the region on the National Register of Historic Places. This Greek Revival home was built in 1837 by Mills Riddick. It has four floors, 20 rooms, 16 fireplaces and a rich Civil War history that includes being occupied by Union General Peck and his soldiers. Today, it is home to a number of permanent and changing exhibits. Call 934-1390.

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Gloucester Museum of History

Additional Historical Sites & Museums

Below is contact information on many other historical sites and markers throughout the area. For additional information visit Adam Thoroughgood House Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum Boykin’s Tavern Carter’s Grove Plantation Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum

460-7588 437-8432 365-9339 1-800-HISTORY 294-3439


TOLL FREE: 1-800-722-2849 NATIONWIDE

44 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23669

722-2840 • 722-2849 ●


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Endview Plantation Fighter Factory Fort Boykin Fort Wool Francis Land House Gloucester Museum of History Hampton Roads Naval Museum Hill House Historic St. Lukes Church Hunter House Victorian Museum Isle of Wight County Museum Jamestown Settlement Museum Lee Hall Mansion The Lightship Museum Lynnhaven House Moses Myers House Nansemond Indian Museum Naval Shipyard Museum Nelson House Newsome House Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Rosewell House Seaboard Station Railroad Museum St. John’s Church The James A. Fields House The Old Courthouse of 1750 Tugboat Museum Visitor Center at the Historic Prentis House Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Watermen’s Museum Walter Reed’s Birthplace Willoughby-Baylor House

887-1862 539-8440 357-2291 727-1102 385-5100 (804) 693-1234 322-2987 393-0241 357-3367 623-9814 356-1223 1-888-593-4682 888-3371 393-8591 460-1688 333-1086 255-7001 393-8591 898-2410 247-2360 393-8591 (804) 693-2585 923-4750 722-2567 886-7777 357-5182 627‑4TUG 923-3880 393-8031 887-2641 (804) 815-1660 441-1526

Some of Hampton Roads’ most popular museums are dedicated to science. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, is a fun and exciting 120,000-square-foot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits including interactive computer and video displays, films on a giant screen, live sea creatures in an exotic aquarium, touch pools and shark petting. The permanent exhibits are complimented by various national-caliber traveling exhibits that appear throughout the year. The Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built, is berthed next door. Call 664-1000 or visit www. The Virginia Air and Space Center is a dynamic part of the Downtown Hampton skyline. It is the official visitors’ center for the NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base and chronicles the history of aviation and aerospace research and development,

much of which was done here in Hampton Roads. There are over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as historical aircraft—including the Apollo 12 command capsule and a full-sized model of the original plane the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, NC. The 300-seat IMAX theatre presents state-of-the-art films on a screen three stories high. Next door is Hampton’s Carousel Park where you can ride a restored 1920 carousel from the former Buckroe Amusement Park. For information and IMAX movie times, call 727-0900 or visit The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is a spectacular combination of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium, all in one beautiful setting. Animals and insects native to Virginia can swim, slither, roam, fly or crawl at this museum that recently completed a $27.6-million renovation. Call 595-1900 or visit

Additional Science Museums Air Power Park and Museum 727-8311 Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum


Chesapeake Planetarium


Children’s Museum of Virginia 393-5258 Cousteau Society Gallery


Edgar Cayce Visitor’s Center 428-3588 Nauticus, the National Maritime Center


Norfolk Botanical Garden


Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum Virginia Zoo

385-3474 385-(FISH) 441-2374

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