to the world’s largest naval base, the Atlantic Fleet of the U.S. Joint Forces Command; Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic; and the North American Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Allied Command Transformation, which represents 28 countries. Norfolk is well positioned to make our economy more accessible around the globe. Our corporate flagship, Norfolk Southern Corporation, opened the Homeland Corridor, saving more than 200 miles and up to a day’s transit time between the East Coast and the Midwest. Norfolk is a hotspot for tourists. Home to the Virginia Zoo, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, MacArthur Memorial, The USS Wisconsin, Nauticus and the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. These attractions offer innovative programming and are constantly evolving. In 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. A new $84 million Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center includes creative arts as well as recreation. Our strong educational segments and biomedical research institutes are benefiting from commercial collaboration. Innovations Research Park at Old Dominion University is in University Village, a mixed-use community of housing, retail and offices spanning 75-acres. Norfolk State University has also enhanced their campus and high-tech research opportunities. New medical investment includes Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza, a new R&D and classroom facility at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Sentara Leigh’s $126 million expansion. Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk’s
largest private employer, was ranked as the most integrated healthcare system in the nation. Norfolk’s business parks are central to port, rail operations, Norfolk International Airport, and military installations. As a national model for successful redevelopment, Norfolk utilizes HUBZone, and Enterprise Zone areas which offer government incentives. 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 5,000 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 www.norfolkdevelopment.com.
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