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TABLE OF CONTENTS | LIVING IN HAMPTON ROADS In tr od uc tio n Map of Hampton Roads 2 Greetings 6 Governments 10
A m er ic a’s 40 0t h A nn iver sa ry Jamestown 12 ion 20 Hampton Roads: America’s First Reg
Family Health 86
M ili ta ry Li fe Military Facilities 96
Se ni or Li vi ng The Golden Years 100 Helpful Organizations 106
H ist or y & Sc ie nc e
Sp or ts & Re cr ea tio n
C om m un ity Pr of ile s
En te rt ain m en t
Historical Sites & Museums 22
Quality of Life 26
N ew A rr iv al s Residential Real Estate 58 Home Building 64 Helpful Organizations 66 Emergency Numbers 68 Did You Know 69 Quick Start Guide 70 Media 72
D in in g Restaurants 74 Publisher’s Choice 76
Ed uc at io n Learning Opportunities 78
H ea lth C ar e
Daily Diversions 108
Performing Arts & Music 112 Festivals & Events 116
Bu sin es s Economic Development 120 Economic Percolators 124 Employment Opportunities 128 Transportation 130 Small Business Boosters 134 Financial Resources 138 Meetings & Conventions 140
C om m er ci al Re al Es ta te Highlights 144
Bu sin es s G ui de Advertisers’ Directory 157
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INTRODUCTION | Greetings Welcome to Hampton Roads, America’s First Region!
hank you for reading our special America’s 400th Anniversary and 13th annual edition. In it, we have tried to capture the essence of the efforts that are transforming our history and America’s first region. When 108 European adventurers completed their arduous four-month journey across the pond from England, arriving at Cape Henry on April 26, 1697, they did not stay put. Rather, they explored the surrounding rivers and bays, stopping at what is today, Norfolk and Hampton, before eventually finding a safe haven at Jamestown. Establishing a settlement was difficult, but they persevered and gradually expanded their presence and influence, together with Native Americans and Africans, to sew the seeds for the birth of a great nation. Four centuries later, Virginia Beach and James City County remain the boundaries of Hampton Roads, America's first region. This dynamic area is comprised of 17 vibrant localities, and home to more than 1.6 million people working in industries as diverse as manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, defense and high technology. Our goal is to inspire the kind of entrepreneurship and cooperative spirit among government, industry and individual citizens that will enable Hampton Roads to record even more firsts, benefiting the community, state, nation, and the world. Our business and civic leaders are optimistic about the future, and together, we have a strong bond to promote growth and stability in the marketplace. In fact, Hampton Roads has
continued to win awards over the years, including: • #1 Region in the South for Jobs & Investment • Most Diverse and Integrated Metropolitan Area • Ranks 11th for Business Expansion • 7th Best Metropolitan Area in the Nation for Entrepreneurs • #2 Region in U.S. for Raising a Child • 6th Best State for High Tech Jobs • 6th Best Region for Recreation in the U.S. • 8th Best Metro Area in Which to Do Business by Forbes Magazine 2005 • 8th for European Investment • 13th Best Place to Do Business (up from 86th in 2004) by Inc. Magazine 2005. We hope this publication will encourage you to find out more about our wonderful communities.
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and saves 145 kilometers of highway distance to the New York/New Jersey corridor. Hampton Roads has much to offer in terms of quality of life. Residents enjoy the best of city, suburban and country living, and can take advantage of expansive shorelines, museums, opera, festivals, sports, Colonial cities and towns, state and national parks, and many retail and residential options. In addition to being a great place to live, Hampton Roads is a top place for doing business. The regionâ€™s excellent business environment is built upon its skilled labor force of almost 800,000 people. Add competitive infrastructure, six federal research labs, the expansive Port of Virginia, twelve educational insti-
tutions, 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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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 countryâ€™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
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INTRODUCTION | Hampton Roads Governments
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 very hard in transcending traditional boundaries to strengthen and enrich the larger economic unit, the region, to succeed together where each individually cannot. 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, heath services, cultural enhancement, and conservation coordination, to name a few.
CHESAPEAKE MAYOR DALTON S. EDGE “The City of Chesapeake is proud to be part of the Hampton Roads community. We are a vibrant, growing City, economically strong and one of the safest of our size in the country. I know you will enjoy your stay in Hampton Roads and in Chesapeake. We look forward to your visit and becoming your choice to live, work, play and raise a family.”
HAMPTON MAYOR ROSS A. KEARNEY, II “Hampton is committed to its neighborhoods, its schools, its families, and a healthy business environment. That’s a dynamic combination.”
FRANKLIN MAYOR JAMES P. COUNCIL "The City of Franklin is a wonderful rural, small town extension of Western Hampton Roads. Progressive, yet quaint, Franklin is a charming, beautiful place to live, work and make your home. Our business incubator facility and economic development efforts make Franklin a great place to locate and grow your business."
ISLE OF WIGHT CHAIRMAN TOM IVY “Our goal is to sustain Isle of Wight County's stature as a community of choice for people, families and businesses alike while preserving and protecting our rural heritage, our bountiful mix of natural resources and our natural beauty for present and future generations.”
GLOUCESTER CHAIRMAN CHARLES ALLEN, JR. “Gloucester County is proud of to be a part of Greater Hampton Roads. We continue traditions of farming and water-related businesses while developing the infrastructure and capacity to be competitive this year and beyond. With the charm of a small community in a global society, Gloucester is truly, “The Land of the Life Worth Living.”
JAMES CITY CHAIRMAN JOHN J. MCGLENNON “This year we commemorate 400 years since the settlement of Jamestown and our community retains the same spirit of enterprise and discovery. Our diverse heritage guides us as we move ahead with confidence.”
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NEWPORT NEWS MAYOR JOE S. FRANK “As a part of Hampton Roads, we truly are proud of our role in the history of this nation and look to the future with enthusiasm. A city of opportunity, progressive growth and innovative economic development, Newport News offers citizens wonderful recreational and cultural facilities, awardwinning public schools, and strong neighborhoods.”
PORTSMOUTH MAYOR JAMES W. HOLLEY, III “Portsmouth and the Hampton Roads region are in the midst of a renaissance. We continue to add a variety of new housing and businesses, and provide additional money to our schools and resources for our residents.”
VIRGINIA BEACH MAYOR MEYERA E. OBERNDORF “Our quality of life is second to none. We have a temperate climate, but with all the seasons. We have a healthy and robust business environment, tremendous cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as outstanding public schools. This is a place families can live, work, visit and play.”
NORFOLK MAYOR PAUL D. FRAIM “Norfolk is the business, financial, educational, cultural and medical center of a dynamic region having an impressive – even superior – inventory of assets that offer us a promising future in the global economy.”
SOUTHAMPTON CHAIRMAN DALLAS O. JONES “We’ve committed to dream boldly, plan strategically, invest sacrificially, and work faithfully to create and sustain a robust and diverse economy. Centrally-located between I-95 and the Port of Hampton Roads, Southampton County provides limitless opportunities.”
WILLIAMSBURG MAYOR JEANNE ZEIDLER "As we commemorate the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, it is important to remember that Hampton Roads is the region where free enterprise began and continues to flourish. The quality of life here continues to be a tremendous asset for citizens and businesses."
POQUOSON MAYOR GORDON C. HELSEL, JR. “Poquoson is blessed with civic-minded citizens who pro-actively join in charting the course of the City’s future. This commitment, combined with outstanding schools, low-crime rates, and a growing business community, position Poquoson extremely well as we move forward together in the 21st Century.”
SUFFOLK MAYOR LINDA T. JOHNSON "Suffolk has experienced growth in a diverse number of areas. We have seen advances in technology, manufacturing, distribution, residential and agriculture, which have poised Suffolk to become one of the crown jewels of Hampton Roads."
YORK CHAIRMAN KENNETH L. BOWMAN "York County is one of the most sought-after locations to live and work in throughout Virginia. This is due to a distinguished history of responsible leadership and extraordinary citizens who work together to create a beautiful, safe, vibrant community for raising a family, conducting a successful business or enjoying unparalleled recreational and cultural opportunities."
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AMERICA’S 400TH ANNIVERSARY | Jamestown
Jamestown Legacy by John V. Quarstein n May 14, 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 Englishmen began a settlement at the banks on Virginia’s James River. These Virginia Company of London adventurers came to the New World seeking wealth. They would initially only discover hardship, conflict, starvation, and disease. Those settlers who managed to endure established America’s first permanent English colony and in doing so, changed the world. We often wonder what would prompt people to leave their homeland to travel in small uncomfortable ships thousands of miles across a seemingly endless ocean to an unknown world. The Europeans had developed seagoing ships and sought spices and
other trade goods from the Far East. The successful overseas ventures of Spain and Portugal in America and Africa during the 1500s caused other European nations to seek their own wealth and land. The English were relative newcomers to colonialism. Their previous attempts to settle in the New World, including Roanoke Island, had failed. After defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588, England became a dynamic and wealthy mercantile nation. They wanted to establish a foothold in the New World to stop further Spanish control of overseas resources and to enrich their own nation. The English hoped to find treasures such as the gold and silver the Spanish discovered in Mexico. When James I granted the Virginia Company of London a
charter to establish a colony in the Chesapeake Bay area, the search for profit was underway. The Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, carrying 105 passengers, one of whom died en route, departed from England on December 20, 1606. The expedition was led by Captain Christopher Newport. The fleet sailed down the coast of Europe and Africa to the Canary Islands and thence to the Caribbean Islands. This route was selected due to the prevailing winds and the need to replenish their provisions. On April 10 the small squadron left the West Indies and headed north toward Virginia. The settlers reached the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on April 26. They landed and named the point of Cape Henry in honor of the eldest son King James I. They claimed the land for the King. The colonists erected a cross and gave thanks to God. This moment marked the permanent establishment of Protestantism in the New World. When Captain Christopher Newport reached the Chesapeake Bay he opened a sealed box of instructions from the Virginia Company. His orders from England established a 7-man council to manage the colony and further
dictated that Newport search for a safe port near the entrance to a navigable river where ships could anchor along the shore. Newport took his fleet up a river they named in honor of King James I. On May 13, the settlers selected a peninsula offering deep water anchorage and a good defensive position. The next day, May 14, 1607, they went ashore and began the construction of a defensive enclosure known as James Fort. The Virginia colony at Jamestown was born. Serious problems immediately emerged within the small colony. Before the fort was completed, the settlers experienced their first dead and wounded when they came under attack from the Virginia Indians. The colonists had created their colony in the midst of a powerful chiefdom of about 14,000 Algonquin-speaking Indians known as the Powhatans. This loose organization of 30 tribes was ruled by a supreme chief known as Wahunsonacock. He feared that the English had come to take his land. Consequently, conflict immediately arose between the stone-age culture of the Powhatans and the
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technologically advanced English. The Powhatans would occasionally trade with the English, but they remained wary and often very hostile. The English had other problems in the summer of 1607. The colonists were simply unprepared for the
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desperate struggle in the Virginia wilderness. An unfamiliar climate, as well as brackish water supply, and lack of food, conditions possibly aggravated by a prolonged drought, led to disease and death. The men died at an appalling rate, as George Percy noted, the colonists were carried off by “diseases as Swellings, Flixes, Burning Fevers, and by Warres, and some departed suddenly, but for the most part they died of mere famine.” Within six months of their arrival in Virginia, all but thirty-eight of the settlers had perished. The Virginia venture had problems because of a lack of focus. Many of the original colonists were ill-suited for work and had come to Virginia in search of a quick fortune. The colony 13
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The 1609 charter provided for stronger leadership under a governor, the first of whom was Lord De La Warr, who served with a group of advisors. Sir Thomas Gates replaced Lord De La Warr as governor in 1611. Gates introduced a period of military law known as the “Lawes Divine, Morall and Martiall.” These laws
Powhatan’s Trade COURTESY OF JAMESTOWN YORKTOWN FOUNDATION; JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT FILM SCENE
lacked sufficient laborers and skilled farmers. The council system of government failed to produce effective leadership until Captain John Smith became council president. He established a ‘no work, no food’ policy and provided order. He was instrumental in trading with the Powhatan Indians for food. In the fall of 1609, he was seriously injured by burning gunpowder and was forced to return to England. His departure left the colony in disarray and was known as the ‘Starving Time.’ Open warfare existed with the Powhatans, trapping the colonists within the fort. They died from starvation and disease. The population dropped from 500 to about 60. Just when the colonists decided to abandon Jamestown in Spring 1610, settlers with supplies arrived from England. A new charter had also been issued by King James I.
were strictly enforced and carried harsh punishments for those who did not obey. The order that the new system of government provided the Virginia colony enabled it to expand throughout eastern Virginia. Settlements were established on Old Point Comfort, Hampton, Henricus, and on the Nansemond River. A relative
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Late 17th-century Indian, Slave and Planter Dwellings period of peace came when Captain Samuel Argall captured Wahunsonacock’s daughter Pocahontas in 1613. Her subsequent marriage to John Rolfe resulted in peace between the two cultures. The Virginia Company of London was a commercial venture. Settlers had experimented with several industries to make the colony profitable such as glass blowing, ironworking, timber, silk, soap and potash production, and furs. By 1610 these activities had not produced an adequate financial return. Meanwhile, John Rolfe began to experiment with tobacco agriculture. Although called the ‘stinking weed’ by King James I, tobacco was in great demand in England having been popularized by individuals like Sir Walter Raleigh. While a variety of the
‘joviall weed’ grew in Virginia, it was harsh and unpalatable to the English taste. Rolfe, a smoker himself, recognized the need to improve the quality and raised a West Indian strain in 1612. Two years later he shipped four hogsheads of tobacco to London. It was an immediate success. Colonists began planting the ‘golden weed’ everywhere, including ‘the market-place, and streets, and all other spare places’ in Jamestown. The Virginia Company simultaneously began granting 3-acre plots to colonists and granting land in lieu of profits. Land ownership and tobacco created an economic boom. The rapid increase of the tobacco trade prompted colonist Ralph Hamor to write that no man had done more than John Rolfe to secure the colony’s future.
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intemperature of the weather and the falling sick of divers of the Burgesses” forced Yeardley on August 4 to prorogue the assembly. The General Assembly’s brief session achieved an important beginning and ushered in a new era in colonial government. The 27 men: the governor, 6 councillors and 20 burgesses, established a precedent for the evolution of representative political institutions
and self-government in English North America. The year 1619 also witnessed the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. They were from the kingdom of Ndongo in Angola and had been captured during war with the Portuguese. en route to Africa aboard the Portuguese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista, two English privateers, the Treasurer and White Lion,
New Church Under Construction In Fort COURTESY OF JAMESTOWN YORKTOWN FOUNDATION
Even though Jamestown was a economic enterprise, an effective governmental system was needed to ensure the success of a colony 3,000 miles away from its homeland. Consequently, when Governor Sir George Yeardley arrived in Virginia in 1619 he immediately acted to replace colonial governance with English common law and a more representative government. Yeardley, empowered by instructions from the Virginia Company of London, issued a call for an assembly to convene to serve as a court of justice as well as having the authority to enact such general laws as deemed necessary. On July 30, 1619, the first meeting of a representative body in the New World was held in the little church at Jamestown. The assembly enacted laws dealing with Indian relations and tobacco prices. After some criminal cases were resolved, “the
removed over 200 slaves. In late August, the White Lion arrived at Point Comfort with “20 and old Negroes.” They were traded for provisions and became part of the workforce for the Virginia colony. While these first Africans were probably treated as indentured servants, the need for a cheap labor force to cultivate tobacco caused the enslavement of Africans by the midseventeenth century. Even though the colony appeared ready to become a financial success, the Virginia Company of London faltered. The 1622 war with the Powhatans and misconduct of some of the Virginia Company leaders in England, prompted King James I to dissolve the Company and in 1624 named Virginia a crown colony. Jamestown continued as the center of Virginia’s political and social life until 1699 when the seat of government was moved to Williamsburg. Although Jamestown vanished as a town by the mid-18th century, it left a
powerful legacy that still has a profound influence on America. The founding of Jamestown 400 years ago sparked a series of cultural encounters that helped shape our nation and the world. The government, language, customs, beliefs, and aspirations of these Virginians are key elements of the United States of America. The Jamestown story has many meanings. It begins as a story of the Virginia Indians whose ancestors lived throughout the Tidewater area for thousands of years. Their world changed with the arrival of the English. They are eventually overwhelmed by European technology and diseases. Nevertheless, as the English struggled to adopt to the New World, they were able to introduce a cash crop that gave the colony an economic vitality and permanence. The labor-intensive tobacco industry prompted the need for expansion of land and labor which coincided with the arrival of the first Africans in
North America. The Africans brought with them agricultural techniques. Accordingly, the English gradually enslaved them due to a need for labor. While the English domination of the other two cultures clouds the Jamestown legacy, the English exploitation of land and people enabled them to bring to the New World their traditional principles of rule of law, representative government, and free enterprise.
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HAMPTON ROADS | America’s First Region Making History for 400 Years 1607
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establishing the first permanent English settlement in America—a full thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Eugene Ely is the first person to fly an aircraft off a ship’s
The first wooden boardwalk is
deck, landing on the beach
constructed in Virginia Beach.
Nathaniel Bacon leads a revolt against Virginia’s royal governor in Jamestown and surrounding areas, a full century before things really got “revolutionary” in the New World colonies.
The College of William and
Newport News Shipbuilding &
Mary, the second oldest
Dry Dock begins the business
college in America, is estab-
that continues to be one of
lished in Williamsburg.
the area’s major employers.
1767 Gosport Shipyard, the oldest shipyard in the U.S., begins the business we now know as the Norfolk Navel Shipyard.
1718 The pirate, Blackbeard, who
terrorized coastal waters, is
Hampton Institute (now
finally captured and killed,
Hampton University) is found-
his severed head displayed
ed as a school for freed slaves
for all to see in Hampton
and American Indians.
1781 General Lord Cornwallis surrenders to General George Washington in Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War and establishing America’s independence from England.
1862 The Civil War’s Peninsula campaign rages and Hampton Roads harbor is the site of the battle between the Monitor and Merrimac, the first ever between ironclad ships.
1918 Hilton Village, the nation’s
2003 The cruise industry enters
first federally-subsidized, war-
Norfolk and the city begins
housing development, is built
construction of a world-class
in Newport News.
1926 W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., join forces to
cruise terminal at Nauticus
America celebrates the 400th
while archaeologists deter-
anniversary of Jamestown in
mine a farm in Gloucester was probably the likely site of
Hampton Roads, America’s First Region.
the main village of Native American Chief Powhatan.
restore Colonial Williamsburg.
Hampton Roads provides much of the military power leading to
1928 The 4.7-mile-long James River Bridge connects the Peninsula with the
victory in the Persian Gulf War.
Southside, becoming the world’s longest bridge up to that time.
1983 In Williamsburg, President
1941 The Norfolk Naval Base and Air Station becomes the largest military installation in
Reagan greets world leaders
Langley Field in Hampton
at the Economic Summit of
becomes the center of tactical
aviation for the U.S. Air Force.
the world—a title it still holds
1971 1959 America’s first astronauts—
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., donates a major art collection to what is now the Chrysler Museum in
Gordon Cooper, Gus Grissom,
Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter,
Norfolk’s Eastern Virginia Medical School opens the nation’s first in-vitro fertilization clinic, successfully assisting with the nation’s first invitro birth the following year.
Walter Schirra, Alan Sheppard and John Glenn—are trained at Hampton’s Langley Research Center.
1960 The Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock launches the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
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HISTORY & SCIENCE | Historical Sites & Museums
Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg
Our Heritage: Still Very Much Alive 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 Triangle: 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.
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—a Powhatan Indian village, three replica ships and 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 (888) 868-7593 or visit www.historyisfun.org. 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 www.history.org. 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 229-1733. You can also visit www.nps.gov/colo/index.htm. 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, slated to open in 2007, will be home to the priceless artifacts recovered from the historic ship and a worldwide resource. Call 596-2222 or (800) 581-7245 or visit www.mariner.org. 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. Call 247-8523 or visit www.warmuseum.org. 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. Visit www.norfolkhistorical.org for information about guided tours. 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 www.transchool.eustis.army.mil/ museum/museum.html.
The Hampton History Museum features 7,000 square feet of exhibit space—helping shape Hampton’s future while 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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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Historic St. Lukes Church
Hunter House Victorian Museum
Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
Isle of Wight County Museum
St. John’s Church
Hampton Roads Naval Museum
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Jamestown Settlement Museum 1-888-593-4682
Children’s Museum ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL SITES & MUSEUMS Below is contact information on many other historical sites and markers throughout the area. Additional information can be found at www.historichamptonroads.com.
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
365-9771 (800) HISTORY
Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum
Francis Land House
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Gloucester Museum of History (804) 693-1234 24
The Lightship Museum
Moses Myers House
Nansemond Indian Museum
Naval Shipyard Museum
The James A. Fields House 245-1991 The Old Courthouse of 1750
Visitor Center at the Historic Prentis House
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Walter Reed’s Birthplace Willoughbly-Baylor House
Jamestown Settlement Galleries Ship Exhibit
Adam Thoroughgood House
Carter’s Grove Plantation
Lee Hall Mansion
(804) 693-3992 441-1526
SCIENCE: LAND, SEA & SKY 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.nauticus.org. 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 www.vasc.org.
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Virginia Air & Space Center The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is a spectacular combination of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium—all in one beautiful setting. Animals and insects native to Virginia can swim, slither, roam, fly or crawl at this museum that recently completed a $27.6-million renovation. Call 595-1900 or visit www.valivingmuseum.org.
M ADDITIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUMS Air Power Park and Museum
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Chesapeake Planetarium 547-0153 Children’s Museum of Virginia 393-5258 www.childrensmuseumva.com Cousteau Society Gallery www.cousteau.org
Edgar Cayce Visitor’s Center www.edgarcayce.org
Nauticus, the National Maritime Center 800-664-1080 www.nauticus.org Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 www.nbgs.org Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum www.vmsm.com
Virginia Zoo www.virginiazoo.org
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ampton 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 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 36th largest metro area with
more than 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 counties. Of the locales to the north of the James River, the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of York and James City are referred to as the “Peninsula,” while Gloucester is known as the “Middle Peninsula.” The communities on the other side of the river—the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton and Surry— comprise an area called the “Southside.”
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service industries, government, real estate and manufacturing, a highly trained workforce, abundant land, pro-business policies and taxes, and many natural resources. It also has a moderate climate, relatively low costof-living, abundance of residential options, access to quality health care and social services, educational and cultural opportunities, recreation and entertainment, proximity to major airports, and much more. Hampton Roads has built upon its
historic heritage as the birthplace of Colonial America to become a vibrant area with a rich culture that is poised and ready to be a center for excellence in the “New Economy.” Our leaders recognize the need for economic activity with a global focus and are committed to continual innovation and dynamic improvement. We welcome you to be a part of this adventure.
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Although the region is divided into two major areas by the water, that’s not a problem. In fact, Hampton Roads’ port—the second busiest general cargo port on the East Coast—and its waterways have made it a preeminent maritime center for both business and the military and a key factor in its robust economy. Thanks to the convenience of Hampton Roads’ many tunnels and bridges, it’s easy for its residents to live in one area, work in another and shop in a third. Many consider this to be one of the area’s advantages, i.e., to be able to reside in a more rural or award-winning suburban setting while having quick access to the wider arts, entertainment and business opportunities found in Hampton Roads’ more urban areas. Hampton Roads enjoys many other blessings: a strategic location, a variety of industry which includes a healthy mix of technology, tourism,
amilies; business; couples; singles; young; old. Everyone is looking for that special place they can go to call home, to work, to have fun, or just to rest. In Hampton Roads, that special place is Chesapeake! Chesapeake is a blend of great places you can go to find what you’re looking for. Urban residential areas blend with dynamic business districts, beautiful waterfront neighborhoods, suburban golf course communities, and expansive farms to offer a lifestyle that is hard to match. Money Magazine agrees, having recently named the third largest city in the Old Dominion as one of the best places to live in America. When it comes to safety, few cities do it better than Chesapeake. The city is regularly ranked among the five safest cities of its size in the country. An exceptional school system successfully mixes challenging academics with nationally-recognized athletic programs; the city is well represented among the ranks of professional athletes in many sports. Students also enjoy scholastic success at premier higher education institutions across the U.S. and abroad. One of the city’s most important assets is being able to provide its residents with access to some of the country’s best health care providers, whether in Chesapeake or from a multitude of facilities throughout the region. In fact, with Chesapeake General Hospital and the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Chesapeake is now the only city in America, larger than 200,000 population, that provides every resident with direct access to health care regardless of income.
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Greenbrier Country Club Recreation opportunities abound throughout the city’s 341 square miles. Miles of navigable waterways provide excellent flat water boating and kayaking. A new trail biking/ riding/walking trail system now parallels the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, giving the outdoor enthusiast some of the most impressive views in the Mid-Atlantic region. Golfing, flying, fishing and more await residents and visitors alike. Of course, it’s difficult to think of Chesapeake without also thinking of one of the most successful business communities on the East Coast. Chesapeake is recognized as one of the top American cities for attracting international business investment. A balanced array of business parks throughout the city provides a diverse mix of job opportunities with companies large and small. It’s no wonder Chesapeake has been ranked among the top 25 cities for job growth. So, find yourself in Chesapeake, and find a whole lot more!
CHESAPEAKE: Find Yourself in Chesapeake
SIZE2 341 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 218,968 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $72,329 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Cox Communications, EDS, Dollar Tree Stores, Anteon, Mitsubishi Chemical, First Data Resources, Panasonic, Canon CITY INFORMATION (757) 382-6345 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 547-0153
FRANKLIN & SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY: Where Everybody Knows Your Name or those seeking a familyoriented community, one needs to look no further than the City of Franklin and Southampton County. Franklin’s population is under 9,000 and Southampton’s is just over 17,000. Both communities are located adjacent to the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers. Franklin lies 40 miles west of Norfolk and nine miles north of the North Carolina border, while Southampton is on the western side, just 45 miles east of the Hampton Roads area. Each offers an excellent quality of life that is disappearing in many other communities.
SIZE2 Franklin: 8.75 sq. miles Southampton: 600 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) Franklin: 8,594 Southampton: 17,585 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) Franklin: $31,687 Southampton: $33,995 GOVERNMENT Franklin: Seven-member City Council with City Manager Southampton: Sevenmember Board of Supervisors with County Administrator MAJOR INDUSTRIES Southampton Memorial Hospital, Wal-Mart Super Center, Money Mailer, LLC, S.W. Rawls, Inc., Narricot Industries, Southampton Correctional Complex, Deerfield Correctional Center, Hercules/ Eastman/Geo Chemical, Birdsong Peanut Co., Chapman Lumber Co., Valley Proteins, Inc. CITY INFORMATION Franklin: (757) 562-8504 Southampton: (757) 653-3015 SCHOOL INFORMATION Franklin: (757) 569-8111 Southampton: (757) 653-2692
SMALL TOWN LIVING Franklin began as a town in 1876, with a population of 447. By 1961, the growing town became a city, increasing its boundaries to 3.92 square miles. Today, Franklin has a land area of 8.75 square miles, while still maintaining its small town feel. Southampton County officially became a county in 1749. Its large landmass of 600 square miles and it’s strategic location provide residents and businesses access to major markets on Rt. 58 and Rt. 460. Both communities are home to many of the expected shopping amenities and their close location and commute to other Hampton Roads markets provides the rest. The area also has fully developed business parks, dual rail service providers for
major industry, and advanced telecommunication systems. Residents enjoy ample outdoor recreation opportunities with parks, ponds and rivers for fishing and water sports, hunt clubs, camping, horseback riding trails, nature walks, Civil War trails, and museums. Both communities share a full-service YMCA, and the Cypress Cove Country Club, with its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. Numerous churches fill spiritual needs in the area. Health care is met by the communities’ 221-bed Southampton Memorial Hospital, and Southampton’s 90-bed health care center. Each community has a public library, and Franklin maintains a municipal airport one mile east of the City. Schools in Franklin and Southampton maintain small teacherstudent ratios and full accreditation with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Southampton Academy, a private Pre-K through 12 program, offers another academic opportunity. There are six colleges and universities in the region, as well as technical programs offering higher education to those who seek it. THE PERFECT PLACE TO WORK, RAISE A FAMILY, OR ENJOY RETIREMENT Franklin and Southampton County offer residents a cozy lifestyle where everyone knows your first name, and where small town amenities abound. Both are rapidly developing communities that give their citizens the good life, and a sense of belonging. Who could ask for anything more?
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SIZE2 217 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005) 37,787 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME31 (2005 est.) $64,922 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) 693-4042 SCHOOL INFORMATION (804) 693-5300
loucester (Gloss-ter) County, the northern most community in the Hampton Roads MSA, combines the unique attributes of an urban/rural environment. Located just north of the York River, Gloucester offers visitors and residents a glimpse of past traditions, within a changing landscape. The 217-square-mile county, one of the fastest growing communities in Virginia during the 1980s, has again begun to expand its residential and commercial wings. Historically, Gloucester saw its workforce rooted in natural resources such as seafood harvesting and silviculture. Today, while still out-migrating the majority of its 19,000 workforce to such businesses as Northrop Grumman, Canon Virginia and Colonial Williamsburg, there have been increases in industrial and commercial employment opportunities, with new and existing business expansions including Industrial Resource Technologies, Super Wal-Mart, Loweâ€™s, The Home Depot and the
Cancer Treatment Center at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. These businesses are giving the Gloucester workforce new opportunities to live and work without daily travels across the York River. Health care service for citizens is growing as Sentara Healthcare is expanding its convenient/urgent care to a more central location in the Gloucester Business Park and will include new diagnostic capabilities to support increase medical delivery practices for the Middle Peninsula region. In the past few years, Gloucester has enjoyed a revitalization of Main Street, Gloucesterâ€™s central business district. With the transformation of existing walkways, landscape and lighting, Main Street now offers an alternative to the growing major retail environment of U.S. 17. Through the work of the Board of Supervisors and the individual efforts of many citizens, Edwin Joseph, Valerie and Marty Wilcox, John Matheson and David Young, to name just a few, Main Street now offers
such new venues as a new 24,000square-foot library, Twice Told Tales, The Wild Rabbit, Jessica’s Sweet Shop, and new office condominiums, Heritage House. Gloucester Point is also creating a sense of place with the York River Yacht Haven and River’s Inn Restaurant providing boaters and tourists a great place to eat and watch the sun set below the York River. New branch bank construction has begun to change the landscape with the Southside and Colonial Virginia banks opening new Class A offices. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester Point, the leader in coastal ocean and estuarine research, continues to explore a wide range of core competencies that will
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With our central location on the eastern seaboard, Gloucester County is only minutes away from major air, sea and land transportation. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with our public amenities, skilled labor force, quality of life, and informed attitude toward new development.
Come visit, live and move your business to Gloucester. As we say, “Good business. Good Living. Good Choice.”
So, if you’re looking for the perfect location for business and family, contact Douglas Meredith, Gloucester Economic Development Authority, P. O. Box 915, Gloucester, Virginia 23061. Phone (804) 693-1415
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HAMPTON: A City On the Move
SIZE2 52 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 145,579 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $56,236 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Howmet, Langley Air Force Base, NEXTEL Communications, Science Application International Corporation, and NASA/ Langley Research Center CITY INFORMATION 311 (inside Hampton) (757) 727-8311 (outside Hampton & cell phones) SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 727-2000
stablished in 1610, Hampton, one of the oldest American settlements with a proud and rich history, is also one of the fastest growing cities in the region...a city on the move! Comprehensive and visionary master plans are being implemented across the city, creating a wave of excitement and opportunities for those relocating here.
one of the most popular activities. Hampton offers several public boat ramps and marinas and no boat tax! The city has numerous cultural treasures, a vibrant arts community, distinctive festivals and signature events. Waterfront parks, nature preserves, community centers, public golf courses all combine to make Hampton a perfect choice.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Hampton is nestled along the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, graced with miles of shoreline and breathtaking water views. Hampton has a distinct small-town feel with little traffic and an abundance of amenities. With an average commute time of 20 minutes, Hampton is literally in the heart of Hampton Roads.
BEST KEPT SECRET Hampton’s quality of life is a breath of fresh air and one of the best kept secrets on the east coast. A beautiful city with a mild climate and cost of living well below the national average, Hampton has one of the lowest crime rates in the region and was rated as one of the “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine. Hampton was also recently named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the first-ever national competition held by America’s Promise. Hampton is committed to its youth and filled with citizens passionate about their city and dedicated to making Hampton a great place to live.
SCHOOLS DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE Hampton’s impressive school division ranks #2 in the state for national board-certified teachers. The school’s parent approval rating is 20% above the national average. The school division prides itself on the individual development of every child with its many progressive programming choices offered to parents and students. Other private, parochial and exceptional institutions of higher learning also abound, including Hampton University and the nearby College of William and Mary. HAMPTON ROCKS! Hampton, at the forefront of economic development, offers exciting nightlife as well as family entertainment providing endless choices on how to spend leisure time. With its prime waterfront location, boating is
WE’RE SOLD ON HAMPTON, COME DISCOVER WHY! Hampton’s neighborhoods are rich with heritage and are as diverse as they are unique with prices, styles, and sizes to meet your particular needs. Choose from beautiful waterfront properties, convenient downtown living, exquisite turn-of-the century Victorians, charming sea cottages, new urban condominiums, or custom homes to find the perfect one to call your own.
Isle of Wight is an ideal location for people wanting the hustle and bustle of city life for their work day, and the peace and tranquillity of rural life for their home. Discover the historical charm of Smithfield’s Main Street. A drive around the county is an adventure with discoveries of brightly painted barns, quaint general stores and beautifully wooded areas. Nestled within are custom homes, single-family and multi-family communities and unique older residences. Award-winning communities such as Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South offer a full service yacht club and 68-slip marina. The county, like its historic neighbors, has a rich Colonial heritage, including historic St. Luke’s Church which dates back to the 1600s. Cypress Creek, a premier golfing community in historic Smithfield, signals a new era of residential developments for the future.
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Hamming It Up Tops the Economy
SIZE2 316 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 33,417 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $65,058 GOVERNMENT Five-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator MAJOR INDUSTRIES International Paper, Smithfield Foods, Franklin Equipment, Monette Information Systems COUNTY INFORMATION (757) 357-3191 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 357-4393
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.
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SIZE2 143 sq. miles POPULATION20 (2006) 59,994 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $81,544 GOVERNMENT Five-Member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator MAJOR INDUSTRIES Anheuser-Busch, Ball Metal Container, Owens-Brockway, Wal-Mart Import Distribution Center COUNTY INFORMATION (757) 253-6600 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 253-6777
ounded by the Virginia Company in 1607 as America’s first business venture, James City County has a 400-year history of establishing, nurturing and pursuing profitable enterprises. James City is not all about the past; tourists, citizens, and businesses still discover the same advantages that convinced the early explorers to settle here. 2007 will provide another opportunity to reflect on the many milestones and successes James City County has experienced over the centuries. • In 1697, establishing the College of William and Mary in neighboring Williamsburg, creating one of the most educated and skilled regional workforces in the 13 colonies • Establishing Williamsburg as Virginia’s colonial capital in 1699, showcasing our political and economic strength • The opening of Anheuser-Busch’s Brewery operations in 1970 and its $200-million plant modernization in 2006, testimony to the favorable business climate here • The 1998 founding of AVID Medical and its second expansion
in 2006, increasing its production capacity to $250 million and employees to 700 • Wal-Mart’s introduction of its fourth U.S. import distribution center in 2000, with expansions creating a $98 million, 3-millionsquare-foot facility employing 700 Wal-Mart associates • And most recently, in 2006, the establishment of a Technology Business Incubator to help budding entrepreneurs pursue commercial applications of new technologies Additionally, the area’s rich history and natural beauty draw millions of
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New Town visitors a year, supporting extensive and exciting hospitality and retail industries. Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg (The Historic Triangle), as well as Busch Gardens, Kingsmill Resort, 18 golf courses, the Michelob ULTRA Open LPGA tournament, outlet and boutique shopping, Colonial taverns and five-star dining experiences are popular with residents and visitors alike. All this, plus a full range of housing options, a brimming community calendar, an award-winning school system, low crime rate, and a well-run local government give James City County the amenities and services of a major
metropolitan area, but with warm charm and attitude. We may not be able to predict everything the next 400 years will bring, but the ingredients are right 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 your business venture on the fast-track to success. Our other assets include proximity to Port of Virginia, mid-Atlantic location, and overall cost of doing business which have encouraged expansions and relocations over the years. Our industrial base includes three Fortune 500 companies (AnheuserBusch, Ball Metal, and Wal-Mart Import Distribution Center). Technology companies are also becoming prominent, such as a pioneer of smart cards, a developer of software for
genetics research, and telecommunication and heath care related firms. A wide range of commercial space, ranging from multi-tenant industrial to Class A and B office is available. An 80-acre technology park, next door to our Technology Business Incubator, with ties to the College of William and Mary, is being developed in the centrally-located New Town mixeduse development. James City County has truly become 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, James City County is prepared to continue making more business history. After all, we have been “open for business since 1607, now that’s an American success story.”
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ewport News is transforming itself for the 21st century. Proud of its shipbuilding heritage, Newport News looks toward a future that includes high-energy physics and urban lifestyles. Newport News, Virginia’s hi-tech hometown, balances successful economic activity and livability. Northrop Grumman Newport News, Virginia’s largest manufacturer, is a transformed high-tech company. Building nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines, an increasing share of the shipyard’s workforce is engaged in engineering, telecommunications, systems management and R&D. Public-private partnerships between Northrop Grumman and the Newport News Economic Development Authority (NNEDA) have resulted in the $58million Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center, located on the downtown waterfront, and three other Downtown office buildings for Northrop Grumman engineers. A new federal courthouse and U.S. Navy townhouse-style housing are the latest projects transforming downtown Newport News. Newport News is creating dynamic opportunities for its citizens through a number of forward-looking developments. City Center at Oyster Point, a mixed-use, urban scale development, will place up to one million square feet of Class A office space in the center of Oyster Point, the business center for the Virginia Peninsula. A 256-room Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, more than 200,000 square feet of mixeduse, high-end retail and two new parking garages are now open at City Center. The Point, 54 high-amenity
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Great Blue Heron at Newport News Park
NEWPORT NEWS: The Peninsula’s Anchor
SIZE2 68 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 179, 899 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $52,537 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Northrop Grumman Newport News, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Dan Daniels Distribution Center), Canon Virginia, United Parcel Service, Ferguson Enterprises/ Wolseley North America, Jefferson Lab, Siemens VDO Automotive CITY INFORMATION (757) 369-3410 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 591-4500
condominiums facing City Center’s retail district, is now under construction. Nearby Port Warwick is an urban village developed around public squares and public art. Stretching between Oyster Point and Christopher Newport University is the Peninsula’s cultural corridor. Besides the world-renowned Mariners’ Museum and the Virginia Living Museum, the corridor is home to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and the Ferguson Center for the Arts, designed by I.M. Pei. The Center had a stellar opening season replete with internationally acclaimed performers. Nearby, Riverside Regional Medical Center is completing its $300-million expansion and renovation. Historical attractions include the Virginia War Museum, Newsome House, Endview Manor and Lee Hall Mansion. North of Oyster Point are Jefferson Lab and the Applied Research Center, Canon Virginia, Symantec, Siemens, the Wolseley North America/Ferguson headquarters and the Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport. Wolseley joins Icelandic USA, Specialty Foods Group and others with headquarters operations in the City. The Patrick Henry corridor, anchored by Patrick Henry Mall, is the Peninsula’s retail downtown, with Jefferson Commons as the newest addition. Further north, are Oakland Industrial Park and Fort Eustis, both with expanding employment. Still more growth is about to occur at Asheton, a new legacy community, and Patrick Henry Place, a mixeduse neighborhood of condos and townhouses in the middle of the booming Patrick Henry corridor.
orfolk is a celebrated seaport of celebrity status in global trade and military circles. As a business, cultural, educational, financial and medical center, Norfolk is a great place to work, live and raise a family. In 2007, Norfolk celebrates its 325th and America’s 400th anniversaries with a plethora of events. One not to miss is Sail Virginia when the world's navies will rendezvous in tall ships in honor of the mariners who established the colony. It is no wonder we are home to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet of the world’s largest Naval Station, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic and NATO’s North American headquarters. New on the horizon is The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center with the most contemporary and security-focused Customs & Border Protection area of any cruise terminal in the nation. The Light Rail, a 7.5 mile line running from the medical center thru downtown to I-264 is expected to be operational in late 2009. In the past several years, Norfolk has made incredulous strides in revitalization. Several billion dollars of new diversified investment including commercial real estate, residential, tourism and hospitality, and institutions have brought change city-wide. An explosive desire to return to urban living has resulted in energizing residential development, much along Norfolk’s river and bay waterfronts. Norfolk’s tax abatement program for rehabilitation of residential, commercial and industrial properties has enticed many property owners to reinvest with commendable results. This arts and cultural hub is home
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NORFOLK: A Global City In A Global Economy
SIZE2 54 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 231,954 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $45,640 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at EVMS, BAE Systems, Norfolk Southern, Sentara Health System, Bank of America, USAA, U.S. Navy, Cruise Ship Port CITY INFORMATION (757) 664-4000 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 628-3843
to Virginia’s Opera, Stage Company, Symphony, Ballet and the world renowned Chrysler Museum, Nauticus, National Maritime Center, USS Wisconsin, Virginia Zoological Park and Norfolk Botanical Garden, next to the Norfolk International Airport. Norfolk’s international reputation has attracted the North American Headquarters of three shipping companies—CMA CGM, Maersk Line Limited and Zim-American. Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company, is a great source of pride. Norfolk is also the worldwide headquarters for Operation Smile and Physicians for Peace. Norfolk’s medical and educational institutions benefit commercial collaboration and technological advances. The new state-of-theart Sentara Heart Hospital joins Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and numerous institutes devoted to cutting-edge medical research. Norfolk’s educational institutions are growing, too. Norfolk Public Schools was recently recognized as the top urban school district in the U.S. Old Dominion University Village’s mixeduse development includes student housing, retail, and offices and surrounds the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Norfolk State University’s high-tech R.I.S.E. center complex will serve student, corporate and micro-business needs. Tidewater Community College is undergoing a major expansion. Virginia Wesleyan University continues to grow as the only private, four-year college in South Hampton Roads. In Norfolk, “Life is celebrated daily.” Come celebrate with us.
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Back River, Poquoson
POQUOSON: Fiercely Proud and Civic Minded
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SIZE2 16 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 11,811 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $88,844 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Seafood CITY INFORMATION (757) 868-3000 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 868-3055
erived from the Indian word “Pocosin,” which literally means “low lands,” Poquoson is bordered on nearly all sides by water and consists of approximately 50% designated wetlands. Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge is within its confines and represents a unique and protected salt marsh along the Chesapeake Bay. Although the abundant fishing and agricultural opportunities first attracted settlers to Poquoson, it is a myriad of quality of life attributes which has sustained it for nearly 400 years and made it one of the most desirable areas to live and work in the Hampton Roads area. An enviable quality of life combination consisting of low crime rates, outstanding schools, a solid civicminded citizenry, and convenient shopping opportunities for residents, firmly position the “Bull Island” City for continued prosperity and as a jewel of Hampton Roads.
The Poquoson City School System routinely rank as one of the finest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a number of Poquoson students and clubs compete with much success in statewide and national competitions each year. Poquoson residents are extremely proud of their city and vest themselves in its future through their participation in civic clubs, citizenled beautification and neighborhood watch committees, and a positive working relationship with City government. Resident volunteerism in Poquoson is the common rule not the exception. From grocery stores to antique and specialty shops, Poquoson boasts a variety of shopping opportunities framed in a relaxed, unhurried setting, making it a perfect day trip for visitors from neighboring localities. The festive highlight and salute to Poquoson’s coastal history takes place each 3rd weekend in October, in the form of the regionally recognized and highly anticipated Poquoson Seafood Festival. Food vendors, artisans, water related and other historic displays, children’s activities, along with national and regional musical entertainment, draw approximately 50,000 people to Poquoson over a three-day period. Enhancing Poquoson’s attractiveness for residents and visitors alike is its convenient proximity to other Hampton Roads localities. Additionally both I-64 and the Newport News/ Willamsburg International Airport are typically within 15 minutes travel time.
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PORTSMOUTH: Expanding Beyond Its History
SIZE2 33 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 100,169 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2005) $48,480 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
ounded in 1752, this historic seaport city offers year-round festivals, five museums, including the Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, unique shops, galleries and restaurants offering a variety of seafood and other cuisine. Olde Towne Portsmouth also boasts one of the largest concentrations of antique homes in America. Not only does this maritime city have much to offer visitors, it is also an ideal family environment. Whatever your fancy may be in a home—small Cape Cod, Victorian three-story, contemporary ranch, or waterfront condominium—you’ll find it in one of the city’s many neighborhoods. The Myrtles at Olde Towne, a 246-unit apartment community, was completed in 2005 and offers residents the modern conveniences of new construction within walking distance of the downtown shopping and dining district. The first phase of New Port at Victory Village, a $400 million community with plans for 1,628 single-family homes, townhomes and condos, is nearly sold out.
Quality of life is important in Portsmouth, where residents find an array of concerts and cultural and recreational programs at the 6,500seat NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center, an outdoor, waterfront performing arts amphitheater; High Street Landing; neighborhood parks; athletic fields; golf courses; tennis courts; boating facilities and libraries. Nestled in the heart of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is at the 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. In addition to being home to Norfolk Naval Shipyard (one of the country’s longest operating shipyards), Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth (the nation’s oldest continuously operating hospital), and the U.S. Fifth District Coast Guard Command, Portsmouth also offers attractive business sites in PortCentre Commerce Park and Victory Village. Victory Crossing Shopping Center, a 500,000square-foot retail center anchored by Lowe’s and Farm Fresh continues to attract new retailers. Plans are also underway for several new high-rise towers on the downtown waterfront that will include new retail, residential and office components. The city’s energy and momentum continue to grow as new attractions thrive in Portsmouth’s dynamic downtown...including the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, the NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center and the Ocean Marine Yacht Center. Portsmouth cherishes its colorful past and looks forward to an exciting future. Come and be a part of history in the making.
uffolk is a dynamic mix of town and country living, preserving nearly four centuries of history in a quaint historic downtown, with a prospering business community and unparalleled southern hospitality. The largest city in Virginia, Suffolk’s 430 square miles are overflowing with attractions and activities. The city's rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century, when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails. Suffolk’s small town charm and big city amenities are a rare combination. Our downtown offers a rich blend of historic attractions, art studios, small shops and a wide variety of dining establishments. The new Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and the Main Street Jazz Restaurant offer unique entertainment and meeting venues. Other popular attractions include Riddick's Folly House Museum, a 21-room Greek-Revival mansion that served as headquarters for the Union army; Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, home to an HOscale model of Suffolk in 1907; and the Suffolk Museum, a gallery featuring changing exhibits and art classes. Suffolk has adopted a managed growth land use plan, the 2026 Long Range Comprehensive Plan. This strategic land use plan has helped us attract a variety of new manufacturing and office projects, including some of the countries most progressive high-tech firms producing advanced computer simulations to
help business, government, and the Department of Defense predict and plan for the future. Building on a solid technology infrastructure which includes the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), new and expanding information technology companies include Raytheon, MITRE Corporation, and Alion, who all support evolving modeling & simulation technologies. Industrial, office and retail sites of all sizes remain available throughout the City. New commerce park sites are available in locations such as Bridgeway Commerce Park and the MAST Center Corporate Research Park in northern Suffolk, and Suffolk Industrial Park and Godwin Commerce Park near downtown Suffolk. Some 7,000 acres within the City are currently zoned or masterplanned for commercial or industrial use. From small business opportunities to multi-million dollar expansions, companies have discovered Suffolk’s affordable land, convenient location, and enthusiastic city support. Add it all up and Suffolk appeals to people of all ages and interests, which makes living and doing business in Suffolk very hard to beat. Indeed, as the saying goes, “It’s a good time to be in Suffolk.” Visit www.YesSuffolk.com for the latest business updates and news releases.
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SUFFOLK: It’s a Good Time to Be in Suffolk
SIZE 430 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 79,362 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $58,439 GOVERNMENT City Council and City Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES U.S. Joint Forces Command, CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Obici Hospital, Sara Lee Coffee & Tea, QVC Corporation, Inc., Kraft/Planters Peanuts, Unilever/ Lipton Tea, Inc. CITY INFORMATION (757) 923-3620 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 925-6750
Although tourism and conventions have brought in billions of dollars in business, Virginia Beach is more than just one long beach. The city has been one of the fastest growing in Virginia. Its primary attraction is its livability. For twelve consecutive years, Virginia Beach has had the lowest crime rate in America for cities its size. Its schools are frequently named among the best in the country. It also has some of the finest parks and recreation systems in the Virginia Commonwealth. In addition to tourism and conventions, Virginia Beach’s diverse economy includes: retail and wholesale trade, the military, agribusiness, construction and real estate, and national and international business and industry. So whether you call it by its full name, “Virginia Beach,” or its shortened name, “Vah Beach,” welcome to one of Hampton Roads’ shining stars and the leading city of the Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News metropolitan statistical area, also known as the Hampton Roads MSA. Throughout the year, there are numerous art and music festivals to attract the young and old, making it the home of “Virginia Beach Music.”
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SIZE2 248 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 438,415 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $69,558 GOVERNMENT Council/Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Geico, Stihl, Amerigroup, Cendant/Avis/Budget, Time-Life, SAIC/AMSEC CITY INFORMATION (757) 427-4111 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 263-1000
eyond the surf and sand of this popular resort city, Virginia Beach has combined business, industry and related resources with a pleasant lifestyle for any season. As Virginia’s most populous city, it offers an abundance of shopping, concerts at the amphitheater and other recreational activities making it an appealing place to live, work, visit and play. From a wide selection of cityoperated corporate parks to plenty of privately-developed business, industrial and commercial centers, firms seeking to relocate or establish new enterprises here will find a very conducive business climate. Located on Hampton Roads’ coastal plain, Virginia Beach lays claim to a 50-block boardwalk, 38 miles of Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay beaches. Its history dates from 1607 when Capt. John Smith, founder of the first Englishspeaking colony in America, initially landed at Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry and proclaimed, “Heaven and Earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitations....”
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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 discerning businesses and families the opportunity 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 worldrenowned 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 terminate with the historic College of William and Mary to the west and the reconstructed Colonial Capitol, early 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 comprehensive, year-round 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 the best small public university 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 current 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. In January 2006, Virginia inaugurated its first Governor since Thomas Jefferson in 1779 in Williamsburg, when Timothy M. Kaine became Virginia’s 70th Governor on January 14, 2006, at Virginia’s Colonial Capitol in Williamsburg. The city hosts special events throughout the year, including a Farmers’ Market, Festival Williamsburg, and Colonial Williamsburg’s new Revolutionary City. Mixed with the Colonial ambiance is a robust community with a wide selection of business and residential areas, as well as schools, medical care centers and shopping facilities.
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WILLIAMSBURG: Colonial Charm with 21st-Century Vibrancy
SIZE2 9.0 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 11,751 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $54,356 GOVERNMENT Council/Manager MAJOR INDUSTRIES Tourism, Restaurants, Hospital, Retail, Higher Education CITY INFORMATION (757) 220-6100 www.williamsburgva.gov SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 253-6777
boaters and accommodate regional cruise ships, military ships, and visiting tall ships throughout the year. The County operates many neighborhood parks and recreational fields. New Quarter Park, which is over 545-acres, includes three miles of walking trails with scenic lookout spots, five miles of mountain bike trails, two half-court basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, two playgrounds, and picnic shelters. Shopping, dining, and touring opportunities abound in both the historic areas as well as the newly developed Lightfoot Commercial Corridor and the revitalized Route 17 Commercial Corridor. Coming to the Route 199 corridor in late 2007 is the Marquis, a lifestyle center that will feature 40-50 stores including Target, Best Buy, JC Penney, Kohls, and many more upscale retailers. Phase one of the development will cover over 150 acres of land adjacent to Water Country USA and Interstate 64.
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Fishing and relaxing along the York River waterfront
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SIZE2 106 sq. miles POPULATION1 (2005 est.) 63,100 AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME3 (2005 est.) $83,796 GOVERNMENT Five-member Board of Supervisors with County Administrator MAJOR INDUSTRIES Naval Weapons Station/ Cheatham Annex, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, US Coast Guard Station Yorktown COUNTY INFORMATION (757) 890-3300 SCHOOL INFORMATION (757) 898-0300
n 2005, Money Magazine named York County as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America! One visit to this beautiful and thriving community will show you why. York County enjoys a booming economy, a highly ranked school system, low crime rates, and an abundance of recreational activities. York County was named one of Money's top 100 "Best Places to Live in America" in large part due to the county's excellent school system. Yorkâ€™s public schools provide a learning environment conducive to student success as evidenced by student achievement on standardized tests. All 18 traditional schools meet the state's highest accreditation standard. The quality of life in York County is unsurpassed! The county offers over 200 miles of coastline with numerous access points throughout. Public marinas and boat ramps provide access to creeks and inlets. Two piers at the Riverwalk Landing retail development are available for recreational
Yorktown Beach COURTESY OF YORK COUNTY
Last year’s celebration of the 225th anniversary of America's pivotal Revolutionary War victory was a huge success, with an estimated 48,000 people in attendance. The four-day event, held October 19-22, 2006, included various activities such as a military parade, tactical demonstrations, reenactments, an art show, a waterfront festival, tall ships display, and a spectacular fireworks show over the York River. The Yorktown 225th event was a signature event of America's 400th Anniversary, which will occur in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement, and features 18 months of events. Historic Yorktown offers many exciting events throughout the year. The Celebrate Yorktown Committee presents a free summer concert series, the Virginia Symphony Concert each Labor Day weekend and
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Ballard Street the Yorktown Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Eventful Affair, and Illumination. The York County Historical Committee hosts the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Other annual events include the Watermen's Heritage Celebration and York Town Tea Party, Fourth of July Celebration, and Yorktown Day. Also, Riverwalk Landing hosts several
events including the very popular "Shagging on the Riverwalk" beach music concert series, "Rhythms on the Riverwalk" fall jazz concert series, and the Memorial and Labor Day weekend celebrations. For information about seasonal special events in historic Yorktown, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.
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Welcome to Hampton Roads! As a native of Newport News, I am very proud to welcome you to the most talked about region of Virginia. Living between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach is where you want to be — a land of a thousand opportunities for new business and employment opportunities, not to mention the friendly people and caring communities that will greet you upon your arrival to this dynamic area. As a member of several area chambers of commerce, my mission is to promote a positive first impression to as many people as possible. Be a part of the excitement!
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ne of the most anxietyridden 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 areas, the Hampton Roads market has slowed, although it is still better than the state average. In 2006, 26,740 homes were sold, including both new construction and existing homes, down from 28,000
sold in 2004. But, the average price for a home sold in 2006 was $276,104, up from $258,714 the previous year. However, real estate is unique to its local community and the Hampton Roads area continues to outpace the national averages. There has been no “bubble burst,” as seen in other areas of the country. And while it’s currently a buyer’s market, the frenzy of the previous couple of years has calmed. Sellers who price their homes competitively can still sell them in a reasonable amount of time. 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
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Homes In a Variety of Types, Locations and Price Ranges from. Because of Hampton Roads’ long history, new residents can choose old farmhouses with Colonial charm, as well as unique 19thcentury 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 60
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. Experts expect to see the strong housing market to continue. Even though higher interest rates are anticipated, it should not affect homes sales in Hampton Roads to
any significant degree. That’s due in large part to the fact that the region has a large number of defense contractors as well strong government spending that creates a “defense-driven economy” which keeps new residents coming to the area. While home sales are not expected to slow down significantly, home prices have started to level off, with increases in 2005 being considerably less than the 20%-plus experienced in many areas during 2004. 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. RESIDENTIAL TAX RATES (TAX RATE PER $100 OF ASSESSED VALUE)
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In the Market for Your Dream Castle? esidential construction throughout the Hampton Roads region continues to be strong. And, as in other metropolitan areas, the average price level for all types of housing has increased, reflecting a jump in land and construction costs as well as the inability to keep up with demand. As a result, new homebuyers in three quarters of Hampton Roads’ cities typically pay above the $250,000 price point for a single-family home. Single-family, detached homes continue to be the most popular form of new construction housing in Hampton Roads. However, the condominium market is also booming—the number of condominiums has increased substantially in the last two years. Areas experiencing the highest number of
new home sales include Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and James City County. THE PERFECT SPOT The cities and counties that comprise Hampton Roads provide a varied assortment of environments from woods to water, from urban to suburban. And, property is available in all municipalities. However, as indicated above, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and James City County are the most popular locations for homebuilding. If you’re looking for property on the water, either beachfront or lake/ riverfront, you’ll be more likely to find it in Chesapeake, Suffolk or in Isle of Wight, York or Gloucester Counties. However, even the more populous areas may offer water views if
you want to live in one of luxury highrise condominiums that can be found in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Virginia Beach. Planned communities have increased in popularity in recent years and seem to be springing up everywhere. These communities maintain and enhance the natural environment, have amenities such as restaurants and recreation facilities, and encourage clients to give input to the building plans. Some of the most prominent communities include Riverfront, Harbor View and Hillpoint in Suffolk; Providence Point and Edinburgh in Chesapeake; Eagle Harbor, Gatling Pointe and Cypress Creek in Isle of Wight County; The Spectrum at Willoughby Point and Broad Creek in Norfolk; City Center and Port Warwick in Newport News; Towne Square in Virginia Beach; Kingsmill, Ford’s Colony and Colonial Heritage in James City County; and Riverwatch in Gloucester County. Inspired by the style and designs of Charleston, South Carolina, Towne Square in Virginia Beach offers 340 homes in a wide array of architectural options—from one-of-a-kind, singlefamily condominium designs to stylish townhome condominiums and the uniquely creative Carriage Homes condominiums. Complementing the Towne Square homes is a community that features sidewalks bordered by brick, iron fencing creating entryways and roadways which interconnect each neighborhood in the community. At the center of the community is a 1,500-square-foot clubhouse,
complete with kitchen, exercise and other recreational amenities. Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg is another one of the planned communities. This 695-acre, gated golf community for active adults age 55 and older features single family and townhomes ranging from the $200,000’s to $400,000’s. Once fully developed, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by worldrenowned Arthur Hills will wind its way through its neighborhoods. There will also be a full practice facility including putting green and driving range. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool with an expansive terrace, tennis courts and more than three miles of walking/ biking trails. Residents wishing to exercise indoors can use the community’s fitness center—an 8,500square-foot facility featuring an indoor heated pool with whirlpool, aerobics/exercise room with state-ofthe-art equipment, locker rooms, golf pro shop and snack bar. Residents can also enjoy dancing and social gatherings at the 25,000-squarefoot, elegantly appointed Heritage Clubhouse which features a grand ballroom, fine and casual dining, card and billiard rooms, a library with computer stations, woodworking shop, arts and crafts room plus a full-time activities director. Edinburgh is Chesapeake’s new premier, luxury community. It is located in the southern part of the city and has beautiful waterfall and waterscape features designed into the community spaces. Homeowners here also enjoy extra-large, 1/2- to 3/4-acre homesites including some lakefront lots.
Norfolk’s The Spectrum at Willoughby Point, located at the mouth of Hampton Roads Harbor, offers spectacular panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Elizabeth and James Rivers. This planned community includes 294 condominium residences, 30 townhomes, and four loft apartments, plus 22,000 square feet of retail space and 95 boat slips. In addition, amenities include a waterfront pool, a clubhouse, a fitness center, and a library. In addition, Norfolk’s Broad Creek, built in 2005 and located a mile and a half from downtown, is an 87-acre, 600-home community that features luxury townhomes, single-family detached homes, villas and mansions, surrounded by parks and ponds, as well as walking, jogging and bike trails. All residences in Broad Creek have wireless, highspeed internet. Riverwatch in Gloucester is yet another planned community that features 3,175 feet of river frontage looking across nearly a mile of the Piankatank River. What makes Riverwatch’s 375 acres unique is the master planning which carefully integrates meticulously landscaped common areas, quiet, winding streets, homes nestled on large wooded lots, recreational amenities located right on the riverfront and over 50 acres of conservation land and natural open space. Gatling Point is a riverfront community situated at the confluence of the James and Pagan Rivers in Isle of Wight County. It features a full-service yacht club, a 68-slip marina, a riverfront swimming pool, tennis courts and a bike trail, and
has been awarded “Community of the Year” three times. “Castles” in this community range in price from $200,000 to over $800,000. HOME-BUILDING ASSISTANCE If you are building your dream castle, an excellent first step is to contact the Tidewater Builder’s Association (TBA) or the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association (PHBA). Builders belonging to these associations take great pride in doing professional, high-quality work and in staying up-to-date with current building technology and materials. In addition to home building, these associations assist people with home enlargement and remodeling. As an alternative to the homebuilding experience, the organizations for the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity work in partnership with families in need to provide decent, affordable housing. Volunteers from local church groups, contractors, builders and other businesses have donated time, services, materials and money to build many low-income homes in recent years. Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
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NEW ARRIVALS | Helpful Organizations Anonymous Crime Reporting
Choose Life Now
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men
COURTESY OF CITY OF SUFFOLK
Missing Children & Runaway Service National Hotline (800) 786-2929
Bon Secours Medical Center
Community Outreach s a resident of Hampton Roads, youâ€™ll have a wide array of organizations and services that can help if you or a loved one need assistance. Not only can these groups help you, they can also offer opportunities for you to help others.
M ADDICTION SERVICES Al-Anon (888) 425-2666 Alcoholics Anonymous 24-Hour Addictions Referral Network Families Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous
COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARDS Mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services Chesapeake Franklin-Southampton Co. Hampton Newport News Norfolk Portsmouth Williamsburg
548-7000 562-2208 245-0217 245-0217 441-5300 393-8990 220-3200
(800) 577-4393 (800) 736-9805 875-9314
National Alcohol/Drug Treatment & Referral (800) 622-4357
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT Peninsula Community Foundation
COUNSELING/ CRISES/CRIME ASSISTANCE 1-800-THERAPIST (800) 843-7274 American Pregnancy Center of Metropolitan Richmond (804) 673-2020
Peninsula Crisis Pregnancy Center
Virginia Society for Human Life
Youth Crisis Network
EMERGENCY SERVICES American Red Cross 486-1908 Franklin-Southampton Co. 562-3355 Gloucester County (804) 693-5554 Hampton 838-7320 James City County 253-0228 Newport News 838-7320 Poquoson 898-3090 Portsmouth 393-1031 Smithfield 838-7320 Suffolk 539-6645 Tidewater (Norfolk, Eastern Chesapeake, Virginia Beach) 446-7700 Western Chesapeake 393-1031 Williamsburg 253-0228 York County 898-3090 Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fifth Coast Guard District
Help & Emergency Response Center
FINANCIAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE Gloucester County Department of Housing (804) 693-2850 Housing Partnership
Office of Human Affairs Fair Housing Rights Hotline 245-5642
HEALTHCARE/DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS & SERVICES AIDS-HIV 220-4606 American Cancer Association
American Diabetes Association
Lupus Foundation of America
Social Security Rights Center
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Hampton Roads 549-7437
American Lung Association
Spina Bifida Association of Tidewater 473-8125
American Parkinson Disease (800) 908-2732
Tidewater Association for the Hearing Impaired 481-1826
Autism Society of America Tidewater Chapter 461-4474 Breast Cancer Newport News Suffolk
382-6348 727-1401 591-4838 683-2816 427-4769
National Kidney Foundation
YOUTH SERVICES 4-H Clubs Chesapeake Hampton Newport News Norfolk Virginia Beach
American Heart Association
Alzheimer’s Groups Hampton Roads
York County Volunteer Association
IMMIGRATION SERVICES U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (800) 375-5283
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Clubs Hampton Roads
Downtown Hampton Child Development
EDMARC Hospice for Children
Girl Scout Council
LEGAL SERVICES/ADVICE Better Business Bureau 531-1300
Kids ‘N Grief
827-2430 (804) 693-8819
ProLiteracy Worldwide (888) 528-2224
Child and Family Services
Cerebral Palsy of Virginia
Obici Cancer Support Group
SENIOR SERVICES See Senior Living: Helpful Organizations.
Disabled American Veterans
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Chesapeake Retired Senior Volunteer Program 382-8178
Louis Eggleston Center
Goodwill Industries of Hampton Roads
March of Dimes
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless
Salvation Army of Hampton Roads
Volunteer Hampton Roads
Cancer Hampton Gloucester
National Marrow Donor Program Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(800) 627-7692 838-9351
VOLUNTEER SERVICES Food Bank of Virginia Peninsula 596-7188
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Safehaven LITERACY PROGRAMS Kirn Memorial Library 664-7323
Crisis Hotlines CONTACT (Peninsula) CONTACT (Southside)
se these following numbers or dial “911” or “0” (operator) in any emergency and state the exact location, including the county or city, where help is needed. NOTE: These numbers should be used for emergencies only.
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American Red Cross Franklin-Southampton Co. 838-7320 Gloucester County (804) 642-9478 Hampton 838-7320 James City County 253-0228 Newport News 838-7320 Poquoson 898-3090 Portsmouth 393-1031 Smithfield 838-7320 Suffolk 539-6645 Tidewater (Norfolk, Eastern Chesapeake, Virginia Beach) 446-7700 Western Chesapeake 393-1031 Williamsburg 253-0228 York County 898-3090
838-1960 622-1126 723-7774 1-800-838-8238
Foreign Language Bank
National Response Center & Terrorist Hotline (Voice & TYY/TDD) 1-800-424-8802 Poison Center (Voice & TYY/TDD)
OTHER HELPFUL NUMBERS Time of Day 331-1616 Weather Peninsula Southside
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424-6800 925-2432 1-800-582-8350 Southeastern Virginia
U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue U.S. Marshal Service U.S. Secret Service
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HAMPTON ROADS TRIVIA • Virginia Beach was the site where the first English colonists came to shore in the New World. • Warships have been launched from Hampton Roads’ shipyards since 1848. • Four people who later became President of the United States took classes at the College of William and Mary including George Washington, James Monroe, John Tyler and Thomas Jefferson who later founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. • York County was originally known as Charles River County but was renamed in 1643 in honor of England’s Duke of York, who later become King James II. • Ft. Monroe, in Hampton, is the largest stone fort in the country and the place where Confederate
President Jefferson Davis was jailed after the Civil War. • Walter Reed, the army physician who discovered that yellow fever was carried by mosquitoes, was born in Gloucester County. • Smithfield, in Isle of Wight County, is home to Fortune 500, Smithfield Foods, Inc., the country’s largest hog producer and processor, the fifth-largest beef processor and the fourthlargest turkey marketer. • The Williamsburg Pottery is Virginia’s top tourist attraction with over five million shoppers per year. • Over 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on the 50-foot-deep Port of Hampton Roads, which handles an average of 55.1 million tons of cargo annually, making it the East Coast’s second busiest port.
CLIMATE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AIR WATER January 40°F 47°F February 42 48 March 49 48 April 57 48 May 66 58 June 75 67 July 79 73 August 77 76 September 72 72 October 61 67 November 52 60 December 43 53 MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RAINFALL AVERAGE RAINFALL MAXIMUM IN A YEAR MAXIMUM IN A MONTH SNOWFALL AVERAGE MAXIMUM IN A YEAR MAXIMUM IN A MONTH CHRISTMAS SNOWFALLS
105°F on August 1, 1980 -3°F on January 21, 1980 45.74 inches annually 67.99 inches in 1979 15.51 inches in September, 1979 9.3 inches annually 28.2 inches in 1962 24.0 inches December, 1958 6 since 1891
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72 Golf Courses in Hampton Roads • Over 70,000 boats are registered in Hampton Roads. • The Intracoastal Waterway, the 3,000-mile, toll-free waterway that provides sheltered passage for commercial and leisure boats along the U.S. Atlantic coast to Florida, begins in Hampton Roads. • Virginia Beach is the largest municipality in Hampton Roads in terms of residents (440,098) and is visited by three million people each year.1 • With 400 square miles, Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia. • The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator facility in Newport News, which is a 7/8-mile race track for atomic particles was built 25 feet underground on an ancient seabed, took 25,000 cubic yards of concrete to build, the equivalent of 12 miles of concrete trucks lined up end to end. 69
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NEW ARRIVALS | Media
Staying in Touch, Chillin’ Out ampton Roads’ many media options ensure you stay connected 24-7. In fact, the media is one of the most vibrant industries in Hampton Roads. In addition to access to the major television networks, Hampton Roads is home to the nationally broadcast, Christian Broadcasting Network. Residents also have access to several small independent television stations: WPEN, TV-51, 62 & 68; WPXV, TV-49; and WGBS, Genesis TV-7. Another independent station and a public station are located across the James River. Several cable-TV companies, including Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Insight Communications, offer dozens or more channels, depending upon the municipality.
Currently, there are three daily newspapers—The Daily Press that focuses on the Peninsula, the Virginian-Pilot that focuses on the Southside, and the Suffolk NewsHerald. There are also a variety of community gazettes that provide insightful neighborhood news, such as the Chesapeake Clipper, Sun (Suffolk), Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg), Portfolio (Virginia Beach), Poquoson Post, Tidewater News (Franklin and Southampton County) and Yorktown Crier. These periodicals are published twice weekly or on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. There are also a variety of special publications such as Hampton Roads Monthly News and Entertainment, that cover arts, entertainment, special events, senior living and other areas of
special interest. In addition, two new publications hit Hampton Roads in 2005: Having Church, a free bimonthly publication that addresses Christian and cultural issues, and Military Spouse, an addition to the several military publications that focus on a large local and national market—military families. While almost 30 FM stations provide the usual variety of music, another 16-plus AM stations offer stimulating talk shows using national as well as local personalities.
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DINING | Restaurants
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Delectable Dining for Anyone’s Tastes ith over 2,400 restaurants to choose from, you’re bound to find lots of options that suit your tastes when you’d rather eat out. Be it formal place settings or newspapers on metal cafeteria tables, be it chopsticks or ornate silverware, Hampton Roads offers food from around the world. Given our proximity to the bay, it’s not surprising that Hampton Roads is known worldwide for its exquisite seafood. Our dozens of commercial seafood processors help ensure that the seafood is the freshest possible. Most of the area’s restaurants have seafood as part of their fares, but many establishments specialize in finfish, oysters and crabs.
Raw bars provide undersea delights as nature intended. Chefs enhance their flavors with broiled, sauteed, baked and fried dishes. And, it should go without saying that the cornerstone of our seafood fare is crabcakes. Another popular regional item is barbecue. Beef and pork barbecue are roasted and pit-cooked. Patrons can dine in on barbecue or take the succulent delight away in quart containers. Dining out is a popular part of life in Hampton Roads. Our international trade via the ports and the worldwide backgrounds of our population and military community ensure that we have food from all corners of the world, in addition to regional
American dishes. From Europe to Asia, from South America to Africa, these dishes feature an endless variety of meats, vegetables, fruits and spices. Our Asian restaurants feature authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Their food preparation staffs are often natives of the respective countries. Diners interested in European cuisine can enjoy German, Greek, French and Italian fare, featuring a host of delectable main entrees, salads, side dishes and desserts. Aside from the seemingly endless variety of foods, dining can be an experience at several restaurants with unique ambiances. Colonial Williamsburg, for example, features several restored taverns providing the food and entertainment of the 1600s and 1700s. No matter what type of personal dining preferences you have, it can surely be found in Hampton Roads’ restaurants.
Far More Than Mere Sustenance Experience fine dining at its best at the Magnolia Dining Room located in the Colonial Heritage Club. Here you’ll discover the culinary designs of our renowned, award-winning Executive Chef, William Berning. He believes that a true chef knows all aspects of food, from picking mushrooms to creating pastries. He believes it’s these little things that separate a good meal from a remarkable one. From wine pairing dinners to exquisite Sunday brunches you’ll find a unique dining experience that rivals the best resorts. Call today for reservations and find out for yourself how remarkable a meal can be. 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 • 757-645-2000 • www.colonialheritageclub.com
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DINING | Publisher’s Choice AMERICAN REGIONAL 99 Main 99 Main Street Newport News 599-9885
CHINESE The Imperial Palace 4878 Princess Anne Road Norfolk
Jamestown Pie Company City Center 11800 Merchants Walk, Suite 100 Newport News 596-3888
Alexander’s On The Bay 4563 Ocean View Avenue Norfolk
Mr. Lui’s Chinese Restaurant 1915 Pocahantas Trail Williamsburg 253-0990
The Light 315 William Styron Square North Newport News 599-5800
Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant 11137 Warwick Boulevard Newport News 599-6474
COLONIAL TAVERNS Christiana Campbell’s Tavern Waller Street 229-2141 Williamsburg 1-800-TAVERNS
Colonial Heritage Club 6500 Arthur Hills Drive Williamsburg County Grill & Steakhouse 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown
The Dining Room at Ford’s Colony Country Club 240 Ford’s Colony Drive Williamsburg 258-4100 Mike’s Place 458 Warwick Village Newport News
Painted Lady 112 E. 17th Street Norfolk
Smithfield Inn 112 Main Street Isle of Wight
King’s Arms Tavern Duke of Gloucester Street 229-2141 Williamsburg 1-800-TAVERNS Shield’s Tavern Duke of Gloucester Street 229-2141 Williamsburg 1-800-TAVERNS CREATIVE ORIGINAL Bray Dining Room Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg 253-8299
Salacia Hilton Oceanfront 3001 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach
Swan Terrace The Founder’s Inn 5641 Indian River Highway Virginia Beach
Todd Jurich’s Bistro 150 W. Main Street Norfolk
Town Point Club 300 World Trade center 101 West Main Street Norfolk
Vintage Tavern 1900 Governor’s Point Drive Suffolk
DELI Atlanta Bread Company 675 Phoenix Drive Virginia Beach
Steinhilber’s Thalia Acres Inn 653 Thalia Road Norfolk 340-1156
Blue Talon Bistro 420 Prince George Street Williamsburg
The Trellis Cafe, Restaurant & Grill Duke of Gloucester Street Williamsburg 229-8610
Bobbywood 435 Monticello Avenue Norfolk
The Whaling Company 494 McLaws Circle Williamsburg
Cafe Europa 319 High Street Portsmouth
Coastal Grill 1427 N. Great Neck Road Virginia Beach
FRENCH 99 Main 99 Main Street Newport News
Fat Canary 410 Duke of Gloucester Williamsburg
Le Yaca Village Shops at Kingsmill, Route 60 Williamsburg 220-3616
White Hall Restaurant 1325 Jamestown Road Williamsburg Williamsburg Lodge 301 S. England Street Williamsburg
Chowning’s Tavern Duke of Gloucester Street 229-2141 Williamsburg 1-800-TAVERNS
The Melting Pot 12233 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 3 Newport News 369-9500
Schlotzsky’s Deli 2111 Coliseum Drive Hampton 11831 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
INDIAN Rajput 742 W. 21st Street Norfolk ITALIAN Al Fresco 11710 Jefferson Avenue Newport News Aldo’s Ristorante 1860 Laskin Road Virginia Beach Fellini’s 3910 Colley Avenue Norfolk IL Giardino Restorante 910 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach Isle of Capri 39th & Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach Mitty’s Ristorante Omni Hotel 1000 Omni Boulevard Newport News
Musasi Restaurant 49 W. Queens Way Hampton 625-4634
Sushi Yama 11745 Jefferson Avenue Newport News MEXICAN Guadalajara Restaurante Mexhicano 509 Hilltop Plaza Virginia Beach Luna Maya 2000 Colonial Avenue #7 Norfolk Rey Azteca 10530 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
Rosalita’s 11295 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
Sterlings 245 Granby Street Norfolk
JAPANESE Hayashi Sushi & Grill City Center 11820 Merchant’s Walk Newport News
Japan Samurai 12233 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
The Outback Steakhouse 12258 Jefferson Avenue Newport News 249-3637 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 205 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach
Vivo Cucina 741 First Colonial Road #107 Virginia Beach 422-8999
PRIME RIB AND STEAKS Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse 116 Brook Avenue Norfolk 222-9191
Primo 116 Bistro Italiano 116 West Washington Street Suffolk 923-0116
Schlesinger’s Chophouse 1106 William Byron Square Newport News 599-4700
SEAFOOD 456 Fish 456 Granby Street Norfolk
Berret’s Seafood & Taphouse Grill 1995 Boundary Street Williamsburg 253-1847 Bone Fish Grill 340 Oyster Point Road Newport News
Kincaid's Fish, Chop & Steak House MacArthur Center Norfolk 622-8000 Lynnhaven Fish House 2350 Starfish Road Virginia Beach
Pisces 115 North Main Street Suffolk
Rivers Inn & Crab Deli Shark’s Creek Marina Gloucester (804) 642-9942 Rudee’s On the Inlet 227 Mediterranean Avenue Virginia Beach 425-1777 Smithfield Station 415 S. Church Street Isle of Wight
THAI Thai Erawan 2900 Hampton Highway, Suite Q Yorktown 766-2748
Kappo Naro Seafood & Sushi 550 Oyster Point Road Newport News 249-5395 77
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Education for the 21st Century 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 EmbryRiddle 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 the top-ranked, small public university and ranked second in the nation in efficiency (combination of quality and cost). And, in August 2005, Newsweek magazine repeated the compliment by declaring the College of William and Mary “the hottest small college in the
nation based upon its academics, appeal and focus on students.” William and Mary offers 36 degree programs for under-graduates and 14 for graduates in the arts, sciences, business, education and law. A number of special programs are also available including specialized seminars for freshman, under-graduate research, and study abroad in more than 10 countries. Founded in 1878, Hampton University was one of the nation’s first schools of higher education for freed slaves. The school was established to train selected young men and women to “go out and teach and lead their people,” and to build a viable industrial system on the strength of self-sufficiency, intelligent labor and solid moral character. Today Hampton University welcomes students of all races and creeds, offering 38 bachelor’s degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and doctoral or professional degrees in nursing (Ph.D.), physics (Ph.D.), physical therapy (DPT) and pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Old Dominion University in Norfolk is the largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. It also sponsors the Peninsula Graduate Engineering Center at the Hampton Roads Center in Hampton. This advanced engineering education facility opened in 1986 for employees of many of the area’s high-tech firms. In Newport News, Christopher Newport University offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate
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• 300-acre campus • Nearly 1,400 students • A student-faculty ratio of 13:1 • 39 majors throughout the liberal arts and sciences • 19 NCAA® Division III athletic teams • 70 student clubs and organizations • Financial aid is available! Interested? Visit us online at www.vwc.edu
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Christopher Newport University programs in business, science and technology. Although CNU was originally commissioned as a twoyear branch of the College of William and Mary, it eventually became a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting college. It gained full independence from William and Mary in 1977 and was given university status in 1992. Virginia Wesleyan College, a four-year, co-ed, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church, specializes in programs designed for adults who have been out of school for several years and now wish to further their educations. Named the “Best Southeastern College” by the Princeton Review, Virginia Wesleyan offers 39 majors through two convenient programs— day classes, and adult studies for night and weekend schedules. Norfolk State University, founded during the Great Depression, is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the nation. Today, it offers 50 academic pro80
grams 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 Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley and Siemens. Troy University is a public institution with 60 campuses worldwide, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business management, business administration, human resource management, education, and criminal justice. Its campuses in Hampton Roads are located in Norfolk, and at three bases: Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, and Langley. 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.
M COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Bryant & Stratton College Virginia Beach 499-7900 Two-year private college offering A.A.S. degree programs in paralegal, medical, business and technology fields. Christopher Newport University Newport News 594-7000 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 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
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Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk 446-5600 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.
workplace based upon the needs of the employers in the region. Peninsula Higher Education Center Hampton 766-5200 Advanced engineering facility sponsored by Old Dominion University. Rappahannock Community College Gloucester (804) 758-6700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. Regent University Virginia Beach 226-4000 Washington, DC 806-734-3688 www.regent.edu 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) 887-0655 Langley Air Force Base (H) 766-1812 A Catholic institution providing educational services on military installations for working adults and members of the United States military community.
Hampton University Hampton 727-5000 An historically black university, that is privately-endowed, co-educational and nonsectarian. Newport News Apprentice School Newport News 380-3809 College-level technical training for qualified students who are or will be employees. Norfolk State University Norfolk 823-8600 Founded in 1935, this public university is one of the largest predominately black institutions in the United States. Old Dominion University Norfolk 683-3000 The largest institution of higher learning in Hampton Roads, offering 65 undergraduate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and 21 doctorates. Paul D. Camp Community College Serving Isle of Wight County, Suffolk, & Southampton County 569-6700 A comprehensive community college offering more than 50 degree and certificate programs and an array of workforce/ customized training that can be delivered at any college or
Come Visit and See Peninsula Catholic High School What You Will Find: Challenging Academic Curriculum • Honors and AP Courses with outstanding AP test scores • Student Teacher Ratio: 14:1 • Small classes and dedicated faculty • Academic Support Program • Fine Arts Program—Art, Drama, Music • 100 points above state and national average in SAT scores • Extracurricular Activities, Sports, Clubs, and Organizations • Leadership and Service Opportunities • Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available
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Strayer University Newport News 873-3100 Chesapeake 382-9900 Private university specializing in information technology and businessoriented courses for working adult students. Undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to online courses. Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton 825-2700 Public, two-year institution offering transferable associate degrees and occupational, technical and workforce development. Tidewater Community College Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach 822-1122 Offers comprehensive programs to meet the educational needs of area citizens, business and industry. Troy University Ft. Eustis (NN), Ft. Monroe (H), Langley Air Force Base (H) 766-3611 Norfolk 451-0152 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. Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Graduate Center Hampton 363-3930 Offers a doctorate in educational administration, a career-integrated master of business administration program and five masters of science degrees in engineering. Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk 455-3200 A four-year, co-educational, liberal arts, institution related to the United Methodist Church, specializing in programs for adults who have been out of school for several years. 82
PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS If you’re contemplating a career change, check the list below of several of the many specialized programs available in Hampton Roads.
M Alpha College of Real Estate Newport News 873-8884 Offers courses in the principles of real estate. American Spirit Institute Williamsburg 220-8000 Offers professional training in massage therapy and holistic studies. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Fort Eustis (NN) 887-0980 Langley Air Force Base (H) 764-2662 Offers a comprehensive program in aircraft maintenance and repair. Johnson & Wales University Norfolk 853-3508 Offers professional training in the culinary arts and restaurant management. Riverside School of Health Occupations 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 specific details about what school a child will attend and what records are needed. Refer to New Arrivals in Hampton Roads-Quick 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.
ARCP/Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Hampton 896-6461 Mental and physical handicaps, residential and day programs.
Greenbrier Christian Academy PK – 12 547-9595
Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind Hampton 247-2050 Residential and day programs. New Horizons Regional Education Center Hampton, Newport News
Mount Pleasant Christian K–8 482-9557 Stonebridge School K4 – 3
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.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Hampton Roads has numerous private schools for pre-kindergarten through high school. Many of these school are religiously affiliated. A recommended first step is to call the school for information about grades, curriculum, tuition and schedules. The following list highlights some of the private schools in the region.
CHESAPEAKE Atlantic Shores Christian School PK – 6 479-1125
Tidewater Adventist Academy PK – 12 479-0002 FRANKLINSOUTHAMPTON COUNTY Rock Church School K – 12 562-3878 Southampton Academy Lower School (PK – 6) Middle School (7-8) Upper School (9-12)
653-2512 653-7273 653-7273
GLOUCESTER COUNTY Gloucester Montessori School 1–3 (804) 693-6455
SCHOOL STATISTICS CHESAPEAKE
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY
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 2,261 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 2,802 17:1
14 17,081 13:1
Spending per Student
WILLIAMSBURGJAMES CITY COUNTY
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
Lighthouse Worship Center K–5 (804) 642-3703 Ware Academy PK – 8
HAMPTON Bethel Christian School Daycare, K – 12
PORTSMOUTH Alliance Christian School PK – 12
Orcutt Baptist School PK – 6
Joyous Sound Education PS – 6
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School K–7 596-2754
Montessori Preparatory School 2 1/2 – 5 years 484-7229
Calvary Covenant School K–6 262-0062
Parkview Christian Academy/Child Development Center K–3 826-4074
Portsmouth Catholic Elementary PK – 8 488-6744
Gloria Dei Lutheran School PK – 5 851-6292
Peninsula Catholic High School 8 – 12 596-7247
Hampton Christian High School 7 – 12 838-7427
St. Andrew’s Episcopal K–5
Hampton Christian School & Preschool 2 1/2 – 4 years 838-5635
Summit Christian Academy (Lower School) K4 – 6 599-9424
Hampton Roads Seventh Day Adventist K–8 722-1221
Trinity Lutheran School PK – 8
Portsmouth Christian School K4 – 12 393-0725 SUFFOLK First Baptist Christian School PK – 7 925-0274 Nansemond-Suffolk Academy PK – 12 539-8789 VIRGINIA BEACH Atlantic Shores Christian PK – 12
Cape Henry Collegiate PK – 12
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 9 – 12
Chesapeake Bay Academy K – 12 497-6200
Greenhill Farms Academy K–5 853-0111
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater PS – 8 424-4327
Holy Trinity School PK – 8
Kempsville Presbyterian PS – K
Norfolk Academy 1 – 12
Norfolk Christian School PK – 5
St. John the Apostle PK – 8
Denbigh Christian Academy PK – 6 874-8661
Norfolk Collegiate School K – 12 480-1495
St. Matthew’s School PK – 8
Hampton Roads Academy 6 – 12 249-1489
Trinity Lutheran School PS – 5
Star of the Sea School PK – 8
Hampton Roads Montessori School 4 – 6 years 873-8950
The Williams School K–8
Virginia Beach Friends School 3 – 12 428-7534
Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188 Mary Atkins Christian School 4–6 838-2355 St. Mary Star of the Sea School PK – 8 723-6358 ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY Isle of Wight Academy 3 – 12 357-3866 James River Christian Academy K – 12 357-3707 NEWPORT NEWS Denbigh Baptist Christian School K – 12 249-2654
Holloman Child Development & Education Center Daycare, PK – 6 838-3188
Warwick River Christian School PK – 5 877-2941 NORFOLK Calvary Christian School System K3 – 12 480-4400 Christ The King School PK – 8 Faith Academy School PK – 8
Norfolk Christian School K3 – 12
WILLIAMSBURG Holloman Child Development & Education Center 838-3188 Daycare, PK – 6 Walsingham Academy Lower School: Upper School: PS – 12
Williamsburg Christian Academy PK – 12
YORK COUNTY Holloman Child Development & Education Center 838-3188 Daycare, PK – 6 Summit Christian Academy (Upper School) 7 – 12 Living Word Academy K–9
CHILD CARE Finding the right childcare provider can be difficult and frustrating for families with small children. You need to know that your child is safe while you work. You need to know that you can trust the provider to appropriately supervise your child. Depending upon the situation, you may also want this time to contribute to your child’s learning. Hampton Roads has an abundance of good daycare centers and childcare options. Many of them are academically driven, offering special
programs designed to keep children’s minds engaged in educational activities. The issue is finding the program and provider that’s right for your child. FINDING THE RIGHT PROVIDER Fortunately, you don’t have to do this from scratch. The Hampton Roads Planning Council offers childcare resource and referral services to help parents evaluate the best setting for their children and find appropriate, quality providers. The Planning Council is a not-for-profit, community-based planning corporation. It licenses and trains child care providers among other things as part of carrying out its mission to manage human services to improve the quality of life in Hampton Roads’ communities. The Council’s Child Care Answer Line (CCAL) makes searching for a child care provider easy. CCAL staff will counsel with you over the phone and forward a listing of potential providers and guidelines for evaluating them for a nominal fee. To reach the Child Care Answer Line, call 627-3993. HomeCare is another program of the Planning Council that offers parents support in recruiting, hiring and training in-home childcare providers. Under this program,
parents are assigned a counselor who can help them to determine the type of care needed, provide a list of state-licensed caregivers and assist them in interviewing and evaluating prospective providers. In Virginia, to be licensed by the state, caregivers must complete an application process that includes health screening, background checks, training and monitoring systems. 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.
M INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE For numbers of community Parks and Recreation departments, see New Arrivals in Hampton Roads: Quick Start Guide.
M The Planning Council 622-9268 www.theplanningcouncil.org Statewide Information Services (800) 230-6977
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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.
The flagship medical provider on the Peninsula is the Riverside Health System (RHS) which offers acute, long term, mental health, ambulatory, rehabilitative, preventive and home health services. RHS is currently completing a five-year, major re-design of the main hospital complex and has recently opened a new 37,000-square-foot Emergency Trauma Center with 42 private treatment areas. Still to come is the Central Tower that will include a new operating suite, critical care units, new mother/baby unit and day surgery suite. Beyond its main hospital in mid-town Newport News, Riverside has built an extensive system of service facilities throughout the Peninsula: a satellite hospital in Gloucester, ambulatory surgery center
in Williamsburg, two convalescent centers, two retirement communities, health and fitness centers, and specialty centers for day surgery, walk-in care, hearing, women and mental health. And, RHS has recently purchased 350 acres in Williamsburg with plans to put in a nursing home and possibly another hospital. Sentara CarePlex Hospital is one of the newest hospitals in the area. It is part of the Sentara Health Care System that serves both the Peninsula and the Southside. This comprehensive health care system includes: Sentara Norfolk General (a tertiary hospital), four other community hospitals, numerous urgent care centers, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and insurance products, a mental health management company, out-patient diagnostic centers, nursing homes and over 3,000 world-class physicians. Norfolk General recently opened two new facilities, Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, which will provide genetic testing in hopes of early disease detection. Sentara’s new heart hospital, which opened its doors in 2006, now has the region’s first 64-slice CT scanner that can diagnose heart disease within seconds, thus avoiding invasive heart catheterization procedures. Sentara also has plans to build a medical village in Virginia Beach that will be visited by as many as 7,000 patients, employees and visitors daily once completed in 2011. In addition, Virginia’s first air ambulance, Nightingale, which makes its home base at
Sentara’s Norfolk General Hospital, celebrates 25 years of service this year. 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 4,500 people. High touch met high tech in September 2003 when the hospital opened its 42,000-square-foot 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. Hampton Roads Bon Secours Health System also includes the Maryview Medical Center in Midtown Portsmouth which opened a new $16.5-million heart institute in November, 2005, and the DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk. The system also includes several MedCare centers providing urgent and primary care, and the Ambulatory Surgery and Diagnostic Center in Suffolk, 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 General Hospital, 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 88
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Diagnostic Center of Chesapeake and the area’s only in-patient Women’s Unit. For specialized needs such as acute care for children or for serious trauma or burns, 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 Nightingale helicopter service. In addition, the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond is just a 90-minute drive northwest.
Mary Immaculate Hospital 2 Bernardine Drive Newport News 886-6000 Mary Immaculate Hospital is a 115-bed facility located in the Denbigh section of Newport News. For the past 50 years, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters at Mary Immaculate have successfully carried out their mission to treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit. The hospital is well known for its Women’s Services such as The Birthplace, which offers a unique birthing experience. Other specialities include a Heart Center, Orthopedics and Surgical Services. 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.
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.
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 This 576-bed hospital is the Peninsula’s most comprehensive medical facility, combining the most recent computerized medical technology with a healing environment. The Medical Center offers many speciality services. The Emergency Department and Level II Trauma Center respond to more than 57,000 emergencies annually. The Heart Center takes advantage of the newest technologies in the field from medical and interventional cardiology services to open heart surgery and cardiac rehab. Riverside Birthing and Family Health Services provide progressive birthing options for parents. 2,800 babies are delivered every year and the 18-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s expertise is always available when a new baby needs a helping hand. The nationally-accredited Regional Cancer Treatment Center provides sophisticated care and the Oncology Intensive Care Unit is the only Peninsula facility that provides stem cell and autologous bone marrow transplants. Riverside’s diagnostic testing encompasses a range of on-site testing including MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, EKG, cardiac testing and digital mammography.
one of the nation’s only electronic ICUs for uninterrupted monitoring of critically ill patients; and surgical equipment so sophisticated it listens and responds to doctors’ orders. 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 301 Monticello Avenue Williamsburg 259-6000 This 139-bed acute-care hospital specializes in medicine, surgery and obstetrics. It features complete diagnostic and imaging services, cardiac care center, cancer treatment center, pediatrics and orthopedics. Other services include home health, emergency services, community health education and technologicallyadvanced diagnostic center that opened in August of 2003. The hospital helps sponsor the ASSIST (A Special Service Involving Stricken Travelers)
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program. Volunteers assist ill and injured travelers with many needs such as transportation and lodging. 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
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Route 17 Gloucester (804) 693-8800 This 71-bed hospital provides a wide range of medical services to the community on the Middle Peninsula. Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton 736-1000 This new, 194-bed hospital has revolutionized health care on the Peninsula. Within its glass walls are some of the most advanced medical technology available. A fiberoptic backbone spans the complex, 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;
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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
Eastern Virginia Medical School www.evms.edu 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.
Chesapeake General Hospital www.chesapeakehealth.com 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—
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Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com 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. Today, it averages 125 births per year. Other centers associated with Bon Secours DePaul include the Bon Secours Cancer Center, DePaul Vascular Center, the Joint Center, the DePaul Spine Center, the Sleep Center, the Senior Health Center, the Wound Care Center and the DePaul Center for Birth.
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.
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com 336 High Street Portsmouth 398-2200 With a staff of over 400 physicians, this 364-bed facility provides emergency, orthopedic, pediatric care and comprehensive cardiac services, which were enhanced in 2005 with the opening of the Bon Secours Columbia Heart Institute. Its technologicallyadvanced diagnostic inpatient and outpatient services include MRIs, CT scans via a new 16-slice CT scanner, nuclear medicine, mammagraphies and digital-ready x-rays. The Maryview Center also features a Family Birth Center, Spine Center, the Maryview Center for Physical Rehabilitation, the Marta Davis Cancer Center and the Maryview Joint Center.
Naval Medical Center www.nmcp.med.navy.mil 620 John Paul Jones Circle Portsmouth 953-5000 This facility is one of the Navy’s three teaching hospitals and the oldest and largest naval hospital in the country. It occupies a 112-acre site on the Elizabeth River and includes the Charette Health Care Center and a new 360-bed acute care facility that is the most modern in the Navy. The Naval Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of health care for military health care beneficiaries. Sentara Bayside Hospital www.sentara.com 800 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach 363-6100
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room, additional surgical suites, critical care unit and offices for all outpatient services.
This 158-bed primary care facility features a contemporary care environment for general medical/surgical and ambulatory services. Bayside offers a comprehensive gastrointestinal health program, neuroscience services, diagnostic services and Sentara Heart, a cardiac diagnostic center. It also features a 44,000-square-foot wing that includes an expanded emergency
Sentara Leigh Hospital 730 Kempsville Road Norfolk 466-6000 This 250-bed hospital features all private rooms and specializes in orthopedic, gynecological, general and urological services. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 600 Gresham Drive Norfolk 388-3000 This 664-bed tertiary care facility is located on a large medical campus that includes Eastern Virginia Medical School, The Children’s Hospital for the King’s Daughters and the newly opened Sentara Heart Hospital. Norfolk General is regionally and nationally known for many of its highly specialized services such as the Sentara Cancer Institute, high-risk pregnancy center, in-vitro fertilization, trauma services, microsurgery and reconstructive surgery. The region’s only dedicated heart
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hospital is carrying on the cardiac program for which Norfolk General gained national recognition in 2004 as having one of the top 40 in the nation. Norfolk General is also the home-base for Nightingale, Virginia’s first air ambulance which celebrated its 25th anniversary in February 2007. Nightingale’s flight pattern includes a 125-mile radius, flying as far north as Washington, D.C., as far south as Ocracoke Island, as far east as the Eastern Shore, and as far west as Charlottesville. In addition, Norfolk General’s School of Nursing has teamed up with Old Dominion University to offer a new virtual classroom to nursing students on the Peninsula. The distance-learning program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2007. Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital www.obici.com 2800 Godwin Boulevard Suffolk 934-4000 Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital, which was dedicated in 2002, actually encompasses three functional buildings carefully designed to provide a patient-centered environment. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission of Health Care, this hospital has approximately 225 physicians who are committed to providing a healing environment and quality services in a wide range of specialties. Departments include medical, surgical, intensive care, physical rehabilitation, neurology, obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics and behavioral medicine. Obici provides an array of sophisticated diagnostic testing including Cardiac Testing, a Sleep Disorders Center, MRI technology, and breast care and cancer care that are among the foremost in Southeastern Virginia. Obici also operates the Heartburn Treatment Center, the area’s only center dedicated to the treatment of such ailments as acid reflux disease. Recent additions include a new Pain Management and Wound Care Resource Center. 91
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 1060 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach 395-8000 This 274-bed tertiary care hospital is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of sophisticated services including open heart surgery and cardiac care; a Level II Trauma Center; the Coastal Cancer Center in affiliation with the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia; the Tidewater Perinatal Center for high risk pregnancies and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It also offers innovative technology in the areas of orthopedics and neurosciences with a dedicated nursing wing for services including stroke treatment, total joint replacements and trauma surgery. Other specialties encompass a Diabetes Center, an accredited Sleep Disorders Center and a variety of wellness programs including community education classes, support groups and health screenings. Southampton Memorial Hospital www.smhfranklin.com 100 Fairview Drive Franklin 569-6100 Established in 1963, Southampton Memorial Hospital is a 221-bed, non-profit facility committed to finding innovative ways of improving health care services. The hospital offers specialties in over 27 different fields, including women’s services, senior care, psychiatry, urology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, obstetrics, long term care and more. In addition, SMH provides 24-hour home health care, hospice and community counseling services, and operates it’s East Pavilion long-term care facility that services 116 residents. There, patients have access to Lakeview Medical Center’s satellite facility that provides cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and rheumatology treatments. MENTAL HEALTH CARE Bon Secours Behavioral Medicine Center at DePaul www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com 150 Kingsley Lane Norfolk 889-4300 92
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The Behavioral Medicine Center at DePaul provides partial hospitalization and outpatient group and individual counseling services. The medicallysupervised, senior-focused outpatient program is designed for individuals who do not require 24-hour psychiatric care, but still need more intensive therapy than can be provided in a traditional outpatient setting. Bon Secours Maryview Behavioral Medicine Center www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com 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, adolescents and children. Eastern State Hospital 4601 Ironbound Road Williamsburg 253-5161 Now part of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse
Services system, the 760-bed facility provides community-focused mental health care. Pines Residential Treatment Center www.absfirst.com There are three campuses associated with the Pines Residential Treatment Center—the Brighton and Crawford Campuses, located in Portsmouth, and the Kempsville Campus located in Norfolk. Each offers residential programs for severely emotionally disturbed youth ages 4 to 21 and juvenile sex offenders. These programs are designed to address the behavioral, emotional, psychological, substance abuse and educational difficulties that are impeding and interfering with their developmental progress. 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.
Sentara Obici Behavioral Medicine www.obici.com 2800 Godwin Boulevard Suffolk 934-4786 The Behavioral Medicine Center at Sentara Obici Hospital offers confidential inpatient treatment for individuals 18 years and older who are experiencing mental health problems and in need of acute psychiatric care. The center provides seven-day, twenty-four-hour programs tailored to the needs of each patient. Psychiatristdirected teams of registered nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and other health care professionals deliver the care needed to address each patient’s needs. Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center www.absfirst.com Virginia Beach 496-3500 The Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center is a freestanding hospital offering acute psychiatric and substance abuse services for children, adolescents and adults. Specialized programs include dual diagnosis treatment, substance abuse rehabilitation, detoxification and the women’s program. Adult partial hospitalization is also available for psychiatric and substance abuse patients. One of the hospital’s unique components is a Mobile Assessment Team that can be triaged to local hospitals, emergency rooms, medical offices, schools and businesses for on-site crisis evaluation. SPECIALIZED/ NON-ACUTE CARE Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com 5818 Harbour View Drive 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 digital mammography and diagnostic radiology, and non-evasive vascular imaging. Other programs and services include pulmonary rehabilitation, a gastroenterology center and the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters 601 Children’s Lane Norfolk 668-7000 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 www.jonesinstitute.org 601 Colley Avenue Norfolk 446-7100 1744 Sir William Osler Drive Virginia Beach 965-3549 The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine is the largest and 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 www.laketaylor.org 1309 Kempsville Road Norfolk 461-5001 Considered to be one of the best sub-acute care facilities on the East Coast, this 296-bed facility is also one of the few in the state licensed to provide both nursing and sub-acute care. It typically provides care for patients who are too well to warrant hospital care but who are unprepared to return home because of respiratory, stroke, orthopedic, cancer or neurological illness. Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Specialists of Hampton Roads, Ltd. 751 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard Newport News 596-1900 This practice specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, arthritis
surgery, total knee and hip replacements, arthroscopic surgery, fracture treatment, hand and foot surgeries, MRI and Dexascan (bone density and body fat analysis). Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News 928-8000 This 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 Fitness and Therapy Works 300 Butler Farm Road Hampton 865-6224 This outpatient physical therapy facility is located in the Sentara Hampton Health and Fitness Center. It was established to optimize the relationship between physical therapy and fitness. The positive, energetic environment allows patients to rehabilitate injuries in surroundings that are conducive to a healthier lifestyle. Sentara Heart Hospital 600 Gresham Road Norfolk 388-8000 This $94.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, opened in February, 2006 on the Norfolk General Hospital campus. It is the region’s only dedicated heart hospital enabling heart patients to receive comprehensive services-from diagnostics and interventional cardiology to open-heart surgery and transplantation-all under one roof. The new hospital showcases excellence in heart care building on Norfolk General’s successes in developing one of the best heart programs in the nation. The facility has 112 licensed inpatient beds and 45 pre/post procedural rooms—all private. It also features 5 “smart” voice-activated cardiac operating rooms, the region’s only cardiac eICU® offering round-theclock electronic monitoring of heart patients, 6 cardiac catheterization labs, and 3 electrophysiology (EP) labs. In addition, the hospital has the region’s 93
first 65-slice CT scanner, which enables doctors to diagnose heart disease within seconds and avoid invasive heart catheterization procedures. Sentara Medical Group Williamsburg, Virginia Sentara Medical Group plans to open a 50,000 square foot building in Williamsburg’s growing New Town development in late 2007. The new facility will house Williamsburg Community Urgent Care, Williamsburg Family Practice, Treyburn Internal Medicine, Williamsburg Pediatrics, Adolescents and Sports Medicine, occupational health services, a Coumadin Clinic, expanded diagnostic and laboratory services, administrative offices, and specialty physician practices. These physicians and health services will support the medical needs of the residential and business communities. Sentara Port Warwick 11803 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, Virginia 594-1920 This 72,000 square-foot health facility includes the region’s first free-standing emergency department—available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. It also features an imaging center that provides CT screening, mammography, ultrasound, x-rays and bone densitometry as well as access to a variety of primary care and specialty physicians. In addition, Sentara Port Warwick II, an outpatient surgery center in the campus’ second building is staffed by highly skilled, board-certified surgeons well-versed in minimallyinvasive surgeries that reduce recovery times from weeks to sometimes days. The third phase, Sentara Port Warwick, III, is scheduled to open in fall 2007. This building will comprise 22,615 square feet in a two-story building, and will include a cancer, complete with access to cancer diagnosis, treatment and caring support, as well as a center for clinical research. 94
Sentara Princess Anne 1950 & 1975 Glenn Mitchell Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 507-0000 In fall 2006, Sentara opened Sentara Princess Anne, a 72-acre comprehensive health campus that provides 24hour emergency care, advanced imaging, a retail pharmacy, full service laboratory, a cancer center, and primary care and specialty physician offices. Located in one of Virginia Beach’s fastest growing areas, this center should significantly cut commute times for health services to thousands of nearby residents. W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center 844 Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake 312-6800 This new Surgery Center, designed for patients who will have their procedure and return home the same day, offers many advantages. Its awardwinning design is one of the most patient-friendly in Hampton Roads providing a soothing atmosphere that is an alternative to traditional hospitals. All patient rooms have windows, for example, many of which overlook an outdoor pond and fountain area. Even the four operating suites have windows for natural lighting. Family member needs have also been taken into account, with a spacious, comfortable waiting area that boasts two workstations with phones. Procedures that can be performed in the Surgery Center include orthopedic, gynecologic, ENT, plastic, podiatry and general surgery cases. 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.
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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 249-9300 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 627 Pilot House Dr. Newport News 594-3480 7516 Hospital Rd., Rte. 17 Gloucester (804) 693-8888 1025 Hobbs Hole Dr. Tappahannock (804) 443-0500 Offers aqua arthritis classes, babysitter training, childbirth classes, CPR classes, Dietcise, Dynamom, group exercise classes, kickboxing classes, lifeguarding classes, Pilates, racquetball lessons, Smokeless™, Spinning™, Summer Fit Camp, swimming lessons, tae kwan do, tennis lessons, water aerobics, Yoga, cardiotheater, cardiovascular fitness equipment, climbers/ steppers, elliptical cross-trainers, free weights, strength equipment, Lifecycles, rowers, treadmills, weight equipment, body composition screening, exercise consultations, fitness coordinators, fitness testing, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, personal training, registered dieticians, sports-specific training, total body conditioning, indoor and outdoor basketball, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor tennis, indoor track, indoor volleyball, racquetball, locker rooms/towels, nursery, saunas, summer
memberships, whirlpools, and more. Not all services are available at all sites. Please call for more information. Sentara Hampton Health & Fitness Center 300 Butler Farm Rd. Hampton 766-2658 Offers aerobics, basketball, dietary counseling and weight management, indoor pool, indoor track, massage, personal trainers, racquetball, sauna, volleyball and whirlpool. Features complete cardio-fitness center. Child care provided. Total Fitness 6120 Jefferson Ave. Newport News 827-0629 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 547-9622 Hampton 722-9044 South Hampton Roads 624-9622 James City County 247-9622 Portsmouth 399-5511 Newport News 245-0047 Norfolk 622-9622 Suffolk 934-9622 Virginia Beach 456-9622 Williamsburg 247-9622 York County 867-3300 Offers aerobics, free weights, indoor pool, indoor track, Lifecycles, Nautilus equipment, racquetball, rowers and stair climbers. Features Cybex and three gyms. Child care provided.
Ask-a-Nurse Peninsula 595-6363 Gloucester County (804) 693-6368 Isle of Wight County 357-6368 Assesses medical symptoms, answers health information questions and provides physician referrals. Free and confidential 24-hour, 7-days-a-week service.
REFERRALS American Board of Medical Specialties www.abms.org 1-866-275-2267, (866-ASK-ABMS) Verifies doctors’ board certification.
Sentara Healthcare 1-800-736-8272 Refers specific doctors—who have chosen to be in the service—on a rotational basis. Refers services of bilingual doctors. Also refers programs offered by the hospital and community support groups.
Bon Secours Health Resource Center 886-6886 Mary Immaculate Hospital. 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.
MILITARY LIFE | Military Facilities
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The Military: A Key Part of Our Community for Nearly 400 Years 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 militaryrelated 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 Langley Air Force Base, nestled between Hampton and Poquoson, opened in 1916 as an experimental air station for testing airplanes and dirigibles as part of the military power. Since then, Langley pilots have taken part in all conflicts in which the U.S. has had a role. From the 1940s, it has been home to the Tactical Air Command (TAC). The 1st Tactical Fighter Wing was established at Langley in 1946. Pilots with this Wing were the first to have a confirmed aerial kill in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Langley is also home to the Air Force’s new Air Combat Command, a consolidation of TAC with the Strategic Air Command, formerly headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Renovations were recently completed to provide hangars for the F-22 Raptors, the most stealthy and expensive jets in Air Force history, which are now flying operations out of Langley. Its 8,800 military and 2,000 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of approximately $624 million. Fort Eustis, the Peninsula’s largest military installation located in northwestern Newport News, opened in 1918. Since 1942, its 8,228 acres have been home to the Army’s Transportation Center, a key part of the Army’s mission to ensure that troops, trucks, tanks, ships and other supplies reach combat sites in a efficient and timely manner. It has also been a key processing point for reservists going to and from Iraq. The installation’s 9,516 military and 2,407 civilian personnel draw a
combined annual payroll of $765.7 million. Fort Monroe, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads, has been home to a myriad of Army activities and programs. For more than 300 years, it has served as a coastal artillery post and watch site for potential enemy invasions. Since 1823, the fort has been continuously occupied. Fort Monroe, along with Fort Wool in Hampton Roads, served as vital stepping stones for Union troops in the Civil War and as coastal artillery and observation posts in World Wars I and II. Today, Fort Monroe is home to the headquarters of TRADOC, the Army’s consulting arm for developing battle plans, commands and services for the 21st century. Its 1,541 military and 2,151 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of $195.1 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 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 98
Station, one of the country’s Master Jet Bases, which houses F-14 Tomcats and other planes assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.
M 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
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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. Fort Monroe (Hampton) This is one of the country’s oldest military installations and the Headquarters for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. The base has military roots that date back to 1607 and is the only active duty military base with a moat. The base also is home to the new Joint Warfighting Center and The Casemate Museum. Fort Story (Virginia Beach) Established in 1914, Fort Story is a sub-installation for Fort
and civilian personnel work on the 11,500 acres of this base, maintaining missiles and other ordinances for the Atlantic Fleet.
Eustis. It is home to the 11th Transport Battalion which conducts amphibious operations. It is also the Army’s only training center for logistics-over-theshore (LOTS).
Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (Newport News) The Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding command at Northrop Grumman Newport News is where Navy personnel work with shipyard personnel in building and refurbishing ships and submarines. Northrop Grumman has a backlog of carriers and submarines that will ensure work for the Navy for several years.
Langley Air Force Base (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. Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek (Norfolk) This is the largest amphibious base in the world and home to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Forces. Little Creek is also home to Naval Special Warfare Group Two, the East Coast home of the SEALS, and the Armed Forces School of Music.
Naval Station Norfolk (Norfolk) Home to Headquarters Atlantic Fleet, COMNAVBASE Norfolk is the world’s largest U.S. naval base. Components of the base are scattered throughout Hampton Roads. Approximately 80 naval ships are homeported in the Norfolk area.
Naval Weapons Station (Yorktown) This is the Navy’s premiere weapons facility. Over 3,000 military
Oceana Naval Air Station/ Dam Neck Annex (Virginia Beach) This base is the most sophisticated and critically important air station in the U.S. Navy. It is home to 19 squadrons of F-14 Tomcat fighters and F/A-18 Hornets—collectively about 290 aircraft. The base employs about 10,000 military and 5,300 civilian personnel. The Dam Neck Annex, also part of the Oceana facility, is home to the Fleet Combat Training Center, which trains over 1000 students each month. Dam Neck employs another 3,700 military and 1,100 civilian personnel. The combined annual payroll is $1 billion. US Coast Guard Training Center (Yorktown) This is the Coast Guard’s key training facility. More than 7,000 Coast Guard and foreign troops are trained here each year. Its 626 military and 227 civilian personnel draw a combined annual payroll of $40 million.
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COST OF LIVING The cost of living in Hampton Roads is considerably less than other Metropolitan Statistical Areas (e.g., the cost-of-living index for Hampton Roads is 97.1 compared to 140.0 for Washington, D.C. or 203.9 for New York).18 There are no local income or intangible property taxes and the area’s sales tax is among the lowest anywhere, at 4.5%.
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HOUSING In addition to typical housing options, there are a considerable number of retirement communities across Hampton Roads. And, when the Baby Boomers reach age 65 starting at 2010, there will be even more options to choose from depending upon your needs and desired lifestyle. Active Adult Communities Communities for older adults who enjoy living in a quiet, more compact, low-maintenance, secure residential environment. They usually offer patio homes, condominiums and townhomes. There are a number of excellent active adult communities within Hampton Roads. Colonial Heritage, located in Williamsburg, is a premier development that was recently named Community of the Year. This gated community for adults age 55 and over features single family and townhomes with amenities that include a championship golf course, elegant clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, athletic club and much more. Atlantic Shores, in Virginia Beach offers residents equity ownership in apartments or private villas.
There’s the mild, four season climate of Williamsburg, Virginia. You’ll Enjoy fine and casual dining at the elegant 25,000 sq. ft. Heritage Clubhouse. The Athletic Club features indoor and outdoor pools. Beautifully designed low maintenance homes feature spacious first floor master suites. The developer is Lennar, one of the most respected homebuilders for active
The beauty of historic Williamsburg, Virginia and the charm of small, college town living create an unsurpassed quality of life.
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*To be eligible for a Colonial Heritage Discovery Package, at least one guest in your party must be 55 years of age or better and all guests must be at least 18. Rates are the same for one or two people and are subject to change without notice. All reservations are subject to availability with a two-night minimum requirement. This price includes tax. Cost does not include travel. Notice of cancellation must be given 48 hours in advance to avoid a charge equal to the cost of one night’s room accommodations, including tax. A two hour presentation with a New Home Consultant is required. Reservations are confirmed only after full payment is guaranteed. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions and restrictions which may include using designated lenders and closing agents. Lennar reserves the right to change or withdraw any offer at any time. Photos depict comparable Lennar Corporation communities. Artist’s rendering based on current development concepts, which are subject to change without notice. ©2007 Lennar Corporation, LennarSM and the LennarSM and Colonial Heritage logos are U.S. registered service marks of Lennar Corporation. The Proffers and Master Plan for Colonial Heritage provide for the establishment and location of public walking trails and greenways within Colonial Heritage. Access to and rights to use recreational amenities within Colonial Heritage may be subject to payment of use fees, membership requirements, or other limitations. Occupancy restricted to at least one person 55 years of age or older, and no one in permanent residence under 18 years of age is allowed. Certain exceptions may apply as provided in the governing documents for Colonial Heritage. This is not an offer in states where prior registration is required and void where prohibited by law.
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Residents benefit from a wide variety of services and amenities, including 24-hour on-site professional health care and security. The Villas of Smithfield in Isle of Wight County and the Villas of Oxford in Poquoson are other active adult community options. These communities feature award-winning ranch condominiums that provide “single-story living,” a variety of condominium services plus a number of amenities. Independent Living or Retirement Communities Rented or purchased units in housing communities for active adults who want to enjoy a carefree lifestyle without the worries of home maintenance. Many such communities offer a variety of amenities including central dining areas and meal programs as well as a wide range of activities that may include scheduled transportation, shopping trips and organized gatherings. These facilities typically offer little health care and may not accommodate residents who develop chronic health problems. There are usually minimum age restrictions to become a resident. Hampton Roads has more than 40 independent living communities— including a number that permit pets. The recently opened Victory Square Senior Apartments in Portsmouth, Talbot Park Commons in Norfolk, Jamestown Commons in Virginia Beach, Lake Prince Woods in Suffolk, Colonial Harbor in Yorktown and the Arbors at Port Warwick in Newport News are just a few of the examples of 102
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independent living housing options located in the region. Assisted Living Communities that provide assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and taking medications. The amount of assistance depends upon the resident’s needs. Seniors are able to maintain their independent lifestyle, choosing only the services they need. Many Assisted Living Communities have licensed nurses on staff or available should the need arise. There are numerous assisted living options throughout Hampton Roads’ communities. Many like Leigh Hall in Norfolk, Bay Lake in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake Place in Chesapeake provide access to a broad range of social activities and have licensed nurses on staff or on call should a resident require special care.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities Facilities that offer seniors an independent lifestyle and a private home under most conditions or medical needs. Residents typically sign service contracts guaranteeing lifelong shelter and access to health care services in return for an entry fee, and, in some cases, additional on-going monthly payments. This assures residents that their housing and medical needs will continue to be met if they become sick. Many Continuing Care Retirement Communities have requirements based on age, financial assets, income and physical health. The Westminster-Canterbury in Virginia Beach is one of the Southside’s premier continuing care facilities. Its luxurious condominiums and villas—all directly on the Chesapeake Bay—offer residents a variety of activities and services as well as a full continuum
Simply put, LifeCare at The Chesapeake offers a choice of apartment or cottage living, financial security, and peace of mind knowing that your future health needs can be met all under one roof. Life at The Chesapeake is dinner with friends, an evening of entertainment, cycling in the park, time for your hobby and personal fitness, and so much more. To see A LifeCare Retirement Community how we put the “life” in LifeCare, call us today at (757) 223-1650. 955 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, VA 23601
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of medical services. Patriots Colony in Williamsburg is a continuing care community primarily for retired federal service or military officers. Other examples of continuing care facilities include Warwick Forrest in Newport News, Lake Prince Woods and Lake Prince Center in Suffolk, and Harbor Edge, currently under construction in Norfolk. Alzheimer’s Care/Specialty Care Communities Special units or free-standing communities designed to sensitively care for those with Alzheimer’s or memory-related disorders. While other senior living environments may be appropriate for residents in early and even mid-stages of this disease, transfer to an Alzheimer’s care unit will be required as the
disease progresses unless there is a specialized dementia unit associated with the individual’s current residence facility. (NOTE: Many of these Alzheimer’s care communities operate as part of Assisted Living or Independent Living facilities.) While there are some freestanding Alzheimer’s care units within Hampton Roads, such as Eden Pines in Hampton, most tend to be associated with a nursing home or one of the assisted or continuing care communities. Morningside of Williamsburg, Province Place of Maryview in Norfolk or Dominion Village in Chesapeake are just a few of the more than 30 facilities in Hampton Roads that provide this type of care. A number of websites provide listings and other helpful information about senior living choices in the
region. Some of these web sites include: • www.alternativesforseniors.com, • www.eldercarelink.com, • www.newlifestyles.com, • www.seniorhousingnet.com, • www.seniorlistings.com, and • www.senioroutlook.com. HOME CARE Hampton Roads also has a number of available resources that can provide assisted living services for seniors wishing to remain in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. There are over 40 agencies and organizations that provide options for home care services for all Hampton Roads’ residents. For information on home health care service providers, contact local hospitals or the Senior Services of 103
Southeastern Virginia at 461-9481 or visit its website at www.ssseva.org.
Northampton Convalescent Center Hampton 826-4922
Eastern Virginia Virginia Beach
NURSING HOMES For those seniors who are no longer able to live independently and need more medical assistance and/or attention than can be provided in the home, nursing homes may be the appropriate option. Nursing homes provide services for those requiring long-term nursing or convalescent care. These hospital-like facilities have attendants that provide 24hour supervision and administer medications, prepare special diets and provide the care and treatments prescribed by a doctor. The average cost of nursing home care in Hampton Roads is $3,500 or more per month depending upon the area. There are over 50 nursing care facilities within Hampton Roads. Most of these facilities accept Medicare and Medicaid. Below is a partial listing of the nursing homes located throughout the region.
Riverside Convalescent Center Hampton 722-9881
Beverly Manor of Portsmouth Portsmouth 393-6864
Riverside Regional Convalescent Center Newport News 875-2000
Bon Secours Maryview Nursing Care Center Suffolk 686-0488
Ruxton Health of Williamsburg Williamsburg 229-4121
Chesapeake Health Care Center Chesapeake 547-9111
Sanders Healthcare Gloucester
George Washington Health & Rehabilitation Chesapeake 485-5500
St. Francis Nursing Center Newport News 886-6500 Tandem Health Care Williamsburg
Woodhaven Hall Williamsburg
Nansemond Point Suffolk
York Convalescent Center Yorktown 898-1491
Riverpoint Rehab & Healthcare Virginia Beach 340-0620
SOUTHSIDE FACILITIES Autumn Care of Great Bridge Chesapeake 547-4528
Autumn Care of Suffolk Suffolk
Coliseum Park Nursing Home Hampton 827-8953
Bakers Home for Adults Franklin
James River Convalescent Center Newport News 595-2273
Bay Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Center Virginia Beach
Beth Sholom Home of
Riverside Convalescent Center Smithfield 357-3282
Beacon Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Virginia Beach 340-6611
Norfolk Health Care Center Norfolk 626-1642
Autumn Care of Portsmouth Portsmouth 397-0725
Lake Taylor Hospital - LTCU Norfolk 461-5001
Walter Reed Convalescent & Rehab. Center Gloucester 804-693-6503
The Chesapeake Newport News
Newport News Nursing & Rehab Center Newport News 249-8880
Heritage Hall Virginia Beach
Autumn Care of Norfolk Norfolk
Harbour Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Center Norfolk 623-5602
PENINSULA FACILITIES Bayside of Poquoson Convalescent Center Poqouson 868-9960
The Newport Newport News
Sentara Nursing Center Hampton
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A Day On the Chesapeake Bay Sentara Nursing Center Chesapeake
Sentara Nursing Center Portsmouth
Sentara Nursing Center Virginia Beach
Tandem Care of Norfolk Norfolk
Village at Woods Edge Franklin
thing new, such as computer skills, writing or painting. If you’re an art lover or history buff, you’ll enjoy visiting the many regional and community museums and historical sites throughout the area. There are also numerous possibilities for volunteering or participating in groups involved in almost every hobby imaginable. If you’re a senior that enjoys more recreational pursuits, you won’t have to look far. Each city in the region provides recreational centers for citizens of all ages. If you’re an active
Virginia Beach Health Care Virginia Beach 481-3500 Westminister-Canterbury Virginia Beach 496-1100 Windermere Nursing Home Virginia Beach 496-3939
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ENJOYING YOUR LEISURE TIME Finding something to do in their spare time is never a problem for Hampton Roads’ seniors. If you’re one who believes you’re never too old to learn, you’ll find Hampton Roads’ universities and colleges enjoy having students with life experience in their classes. Many offer courses where there is no grading system to entice participants to learn some-
mature adult, you’ll be interested to know that there are more than 360 public tennis courts and 60 golf courses scattered throughout Hampton Roads, for example. Then there are the miles of beaches and water activities our residents enjoy throughout the spring and summer. Conversely, if your idea of the “good life” is to sit back and be entertained, you’ll want to take advantage of the many venues that feature nationallyrecognized entertainers or the chance to watch professional sports, including baseball, hockey, NASCAR racing and soccer. There are also opportunities to enjoy the many festivals and events that occur throughout Hampton Roads all year long. When you consider all of these options, you’ll have to agree the possibilities for enjoying your golden years are almost endless—regardless of your preferences. Please refer to other sections of Living in Hampton Roads for more specific information about the various educational, recreational and cultural pursuits available to residents in Hampton Roads.
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SENIOR LIVING | Helpful Organizations
Resources for Seniors 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 its website at www.ssseva.org. 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.
Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads www.cc-hr.org
Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office CARE Program/Elderly Victim Assistance Program Chesapeake 382-8824 Christopher Center
Disabled American Veterans Norfolk 461-4938 Elder Care Resource & Referral 627-3993 www.theplanningcouncil.org
HELPFUL ORGANIZATIONS FOR SENIORS Alzheimer’s Group 459-2405
Endependence Center Inc. Norfolk
American Association of Retired Persons www.aarp.com 481-7438
File of Life
Food Stamps & Fuel Assistance
Family Management Services, Inc. Fairfax (703) 352-3013
Foster Grandparent Program
Franklin Downtown Development
Medicare General Information Eligibility
Mobile Meals of Norfolk
Friends of the Elderly Norfolk
Peninsula Agency on Aging
Peninsula Aging Network
Institute for Learning in Retirement at Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Virginia Beach 368-4160 Jewish Family Services of Tidewater
Meals on Wheels Newport News Norfolk Portsmouth Suffolk Virginia Beach Williamsburg
873-0541 892-5200 673-5025 934-4911 306-2721 229-9250
Retired Senior Volunteer Programs of the Peninsula Newport News 595-9037 Portsmouth 393-9333 Suffolk 539-6385 Senior Centers Chesapeake Hampton Historic Triangle Newport News Norfolk Ocean View York County
382-8178 727-1601 259-4181 591-4850 625-5857 441-1767 898-3807
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia www.ssseva.org
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(800) 633-4227 (800) 772-1213
Sentara Living Williamsburg www.sentara.com
Social Security Administration General Information (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 664-6300 Portsmouth 405-1800 Suffolk 923-3000 Virginia Beach 437-3200 United Seniors Association
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads www.volunteerhr.org 624-2400 Virginia Center of Aging
SPORTS & RECREATION | Daily Diversions And, don’t miss the special waterrelated events listed under “Festivals and Events,” such as the Hampton Cup Regatta, East Coast Surfing Championship, In the Water Boat Show, etc.
M MARINAS Bay Point Marina Norfolk
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Bluewater Yachting Center Hampton 723-6774
Public Ferry and Water Taxi Between Portsmouth and Norfolk
Enjoying the Good Life hen it’s time to play, there are plenty of areas and attractions to pursue, especially those associated with our many waterways. The temperate climate makes the water an inviting treat almost year-round. As a result, our waters are brimming with sailboats and motorboats with almost every area boasting excellent boat-launching facilities. If you’d rather have someone else at the helm, you can sit back and enjoy the many sightseeing cruises. You can ride on Carrie B, a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that operates daily out of Norfolk’s Waterside and Portsmouth’s North Landing, or on the American Rover, modeled after a Chesapeake Bay cargo schooner that
operates daily from Nauticus in Norfolk. Other choices include themed cruises aboard the Spirit of Norfolk, a luxury yacht that cruises the historic Elizabeth River, the Elizabeth River Ferry that goes between the Norfolk and Portsmouth waterfronts, and the Miss Hampton II, which tours the Hampton Roads Harbor from the downtown Hampton riverfront. The newest attraction is the Venture II Whale Watching Cruises, that operate from downtown Hampton, offering deep sea fishing, whale watching, seasonal foliage cruises and even special winter holiday tours. If fishing is a passion, you can head for a pier, the surf or charter or launch your own boat on a host of lakes, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean.
Constant’s Wharf Public Park and Marina
Customs House Marina Hampton
Dandy Point Boat Ramp Hampton
Dare Marina Yorktown
Deep Creek Lock Park Chesapeake
Elizabeth River Boat Landing Chesapeake Great Bridge Locks Park Chesapeake
Harbor Side Marina & Restaurant Suffolk 484-8700 Lynnhaven Marina-Boatel Virginia Beach
Marina Shores Marina Virginia Beach
Route 17 Boat Ramp Chesapeake, US 17 just north of Ballahack Road. Boat access to Dismal Swamp Canal. Salt Ponds Marina Resort Hampton
Scott’s Creek Marina, Inc. Portsmouth
Smithfield Station Smithfield
Little Island Pier Virginia Beach
Sunset Yachting Center Hampton
Rudee Inlet Fishing Center Virginia Beach 422-5700
Tidewater Yacht Marina Portsmouth
Seagull Fishing Pier Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Willoughby Harbor Marina Norfolk 583-4150 York River Yacht House Gloucester (804) 642-2156 FISHING Gloucester Pier Gloucester Harrison’s Boat House and Fishing Pier Norfolk 587-9630 James River Bridge Fishing Pier Newport News 247-0364 Lake Meade & Cahoon Bait and Tackle Suffolk
Virginia Beach Fishing Center Virginia Beach 491-8000 PLACES TO PLAY IN THE SAND AND SURF: BEACHES One of the area’s largest attractions is its beaches—especially for the younger crowd. Virginia Beach’s 50-block boardwalk and 38 miles of public ocean and bay beaches make it an extremely popular destination for those loving the sun, sand and surf. Nearby is another Virginia beach that is popular with swimmers: Sandbridge. This beach is a bit
more peaceful and a favorite location for surfers, kayakers and windsurfers. Buckroe Beach in Hampton is the biggest beach area on the Peninsula. This was once a boardwalk amusement park. However, today there are grassy open areas occupying this space next to the beach where sun lovers picnic and relax. Currently, there are plans in the works to redevelop Buckroe Beach into a recreational area that will be more beneficial to the community.
M OTHER AREA BEACHES Gloucester Point Beach Gloucester Grandview Beach Hampton Huntington Park Newport News
Bring Your “A” Game Experience the Arthur Hills masterpiece that is the Colonial Heritage Club. This 18-hole beauty is sculpted from 175 incredible acres of gently rolling Virginia countryside and offers a challenging yet playable par-72 championship course. Undulating fairways and elevated greens give this course its unique character with every hole offering a new and exciting experience. Prior to your round you can sharpen your skills at our practice facility with grass tee driving range, short-game area and manicured putting green. Or, if you are in need of a little more help, contact one of our PGA teaching professionals for a lesson. Colonial Heritage is a course you’ll always enjoy, no matter how you play. For tee times please call the Pro Shop at 757-645-2030.
6520 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 • 757-645-2030 • www.colonialheritageclub.com
golf courses can be found at www.hamptonroads.com.
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Downtown Hampton Waterfront King-Lincoln Park Newport News Ocean View Beaches Norfolk Salt Ponds Beach Hampton Yorktown Beach Yorktown A BIRDIE IN THE HAND: GOLF Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and it is burgeoning in Hampton Roads. Golf-course developers say the region —particularly the area surrounding Williamsburg in James City County —is on its way to becoming a premier East Coast golf destination. It is also the area where the Ladies Professional Golf Association Michelob Lite Classic is broadcast nationally each May, drawing LPGA members from around the world. Hampton Roads’ residents have a choice of sixty golf courses, over 44 of which provide professional quality courses to play year-round. Information on the area’s many 110
DRIVE FAST, TURN LEFT: NASCAR Langley Speedway is a .395mile low banked (4.5 degrees) asphalt oval track featuring the best in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and NASCAR Short Track Series action every Saturday night during the spring and summer. The track is located in Hampton. Call 865-7223 or go to www.langleyspeedway.com for more information.
M TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME The Norfolk Tides, the Minor League farm team for the Baltimore Orioles, play in Harbor Park in Norfolk, a new stadium built just for the team. You can see ships coming and going beyond the outfield at this excellent ball park. Harbor Park offers group rates and various party packages. Call 622-2222 or visit www.norfolktides.com. Our NCAA baseball team, the Peninsula Pilots enjoy an extremely enthusiastic, loyal following for their games in the War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. A family of four can have a full day of entertainment, plus souvenirs for less than $30. Call 245-2222 or check out www.peninsulapilots.com for more information.
M PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET: HOCKEY The Norfolk Admirals, part of the American Hockey League,
play exciting, fast-paced hockey October through April at the Norfolk Scope in downtown Norfolk. For additional information, call the front office at 640-1212 or visit www.norfolkadmirals.com.
M DON’T BE CAUGHT FLAT: SOCCER Our professional soccer team, the Virginia Beach Mariners, has made itself into one of the best in the A-League. They play at the new Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Phone 622-2222 or visit their website at www.hamptonroadsmariners.com. The region’s professional soccer team for women, the Hampton Roads Piranhas, has played in Hampton Roads for over ten years with impressive results including winning the 2004 Division Championship. You can watch them play from May to August. For more information, call 572-1592 or visit www.hrpiranhas.com.
M ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM: COLLEGE SPORTS College sports fans can watch local team competition ranging from football, basketball, soccer, golf, sailing, field hockey and tennis at most of the area’s colleges. Contact each college for specific event information.
M DO IT YOURSELF: PARKS & RECREATION All Hampton Roads cities and counties have parks and/or beachfronts for recreation and relaxation. For example, the Colonial National Park, the York River
State Park in James City County and Newport News Park (the largest municipal park east of the the Mississippi River) provide fishing, hiking, boating and horseback activities. Buckroe Beach in Hampton provides a venue on the Chesapeake Bay. Sandy Bottom Nature Park, one of the area’s most beautiful natural preserves, features hiking trails and a beautiful visitor’s center. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is situated on and around the strip of coastline in Virginia Beach. It’s operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and offers 8,000 acres, the majority of which is a refuge for a wide assortment of wildlife including snow geese and ducks, as well as endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles and bald eagles. For active sports enthusiasts, there are hosts of programs at area recreation centers, YMCAs, YWCAs and community centers, as well as a variety of community groups for runners, bicyclists, tennis players, etc. For contact information on Hampton Roads parks, see Quick Start Guide: New Arrivals.
M LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW: WINTER RESORTS While Hampton Roads enjoys a very temperate climate with only a little snow each winter, it is within a day’s drive of several resorts in the middle and western part of the state that feature facilities for various winter sports, for those who love the snow. Bryce Ski Resorts 1-800-821-1444
Massanutten Village 1-800-207-MASS Wintergreen
WILD RIDES & GREAT SHOWS: THEME PARKS One of the Peninsula’s most popular attractions, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, is just three miles east of Williamsburg. This 360-acre entertainment park has been voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for twelve consecutive years by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Here, you can experience Alpengeist, the world’s tallest, most twisted inverted roller coaster. In Spring 2005, Busch Gardens debuted “Curse of DarKastle” as the latest addition to its stellar lineup of thrill rides. Curse of DarKastle transports guests through a grand Bavarian castle frozen in time. Never before has a combination of innovative technology, state-of-the-art, motion-based engineering, and visual projection come together to deliver such an incredible theme park ride. Call (800) 406-2244 or visit www.buschgardens.com. Nearby is Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest, state-ofthe-art family water play park. Its largest attraction, “Hubba Hubba Highway,” permits guests to “cruise” down a river through drenched coconut trees and cool geysers. The park offers surf and gift shops, dining establishments, locker rental, bathhouse facilities and free use of life vests and inner tubes. Visit www.watercountryusa.com or call (800) 343-7946.
Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is another fun spot featuring 19 acres of family fun including 15 water slides, a onemillion-gallon wave pool and other attractions of interest. Call 422-4444 or visit www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com.
M DAY TRIPS You could be busy for years just going to all of the attractions, festivals and events within the Hampton Roads. However, a lot of residents also enjoy “day trips” to scenic areas and interesting sites nearby and out of the region. Following are just a few of many enjoyable excursions. The Outer Banks A 130-mile stretch of open sandy beach off of North Carolina’s northern coast Virginia’s Eastern Shore Across the Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel, featuring wildlife refuge, shops, galleries, fishing, etc. James River Plantations Area west of Williamsburg features a string of historic homes and plantations Great Dismal Swamp A 109,000-acre wildlife refuge between southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina Museum of the Confederacy The world’s largest collection of artifacts and images from the Civil War in downtown Richmond Monticello Thomas Jefferson’s masterpiece home located in scenic Charlottesville
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ENTERTAINMENT | Performing Arts & Music
Everything to See, Hear and Enjoy ampton Roads has an unending variety of arts and entertainment, as well as a variety of venues across the region.
PERFORMING ARTS The Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre is one of Hampton Roads’ largest entertainment venues. Its total capacity is 20,000— 7,500 reserved theatre-style seats under a pavilion and another 12,500 general admission seats on the surrounding lawn. Here, sell-out crowds watch top name entertainers from April through October. Call 368-3000 or visit www.verizonwirelessamphitheatre.com. Virginia Beach will also be home to the soon-to-be-opened Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, a professional-quality facility that will
showcase local, regional and national performing artists. Located in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, it will seat 1,200 attendees. Norfolk’s Scope is another popular venue for sports and entertainment. This indoor facility accommodates 10,000 spectators for hockey and 25,000 for music concerts. The Hampton Coliseum is the Peninsula’s premier entertainment facility. This indoor facility brings in a variety of performers, including popular and jazz music groups, circuses and ice shows, and accommodates 25,000 people. Performers such as Luther Vandross, Garth Brooks, Cher, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus have performed there. Residents and tourists can enjoy a wide array of national and worldrenowned artists at the newly completed Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. In addition, the Center partners with the Virginia Ballet, Virginia Musical Theatre, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company; and offers classes in dance, painting, photography, and pottery, to name a few. The Center has transformed many spaces into intimate meeting rooms, galleries and year-round exhibit rooms. Its theater can seat just over 500 attendees—small compared to other venues, but guarantees that everyone in the room has a good seat. Another popular outdoor venue is on the waterfront in Olde Towne, Portsmouth. The nTelos Pavilion at Harbor Center has featured nationallyacclaimed entertainers such as Aretha
Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Nora Jones and James Brown throughout the spring and summer months. NTelos accommodates 6,500 and offers a variety of covered sections, VIP boxes as well as a beautifully landscaped lawn seating area. Hampton Arts presents internationally renowned great performers to the Peninsula. Ballet, contemporary dance, classical performers, world music, jazz and theatre delight audiences year round. Regional theater, dance and music lovers enjoy the intimate, acoustically brilliant, beautifully restored American Theatre in the historic Phoebus section of Hampton. Hampton Roads’ colleges and universities are also increasingly active in the performing arts. Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary is a popular location for entertainment programs, including the renowned summer Shakespeare Festival presented each July and August by the College. Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton recently opened a new venue, as did Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News. CNU’s new $50-million Ferguson Center for the Arts, designed by I.M. Pei, opened in 2004 and is featuring nationally-known entertainers each month such as Tony Bennett and Tom Jones. Old Dominion University’s Ted Constant Convocation Center, which seats 10,000, is yet another university featuring music concerts. A discussion of Hampton Roads’ arts and entertainment venues and attractions would be incomplete with-
out mentioning various convention centers, such as the new Hampton Roads Convention Center, and the various artist groups that perform throughout the region. Hampton Roads is home to the nationallyacclaimed Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony. It also has a variety of professional and community groups that excel in dance, music and theatre, giving residents countless opportunities to experience the performing arts at their best. The following lists just a few of the areaâ€™s entertainers.
The Virginia Chorale www.vachorale.com
Peninsula Community Theatre
Virginia Opera www.vaopera.org
Poquoson Island Players
Tidewater Musical Theatre
Virginia Symphony 892-6366 www.virginiasymphony.org
Virginia Musical Theatre www.vmtheatre.org
Old Dominion University Theatre
Virginia Stage Company www.vastage.com Virginia Beach Pavilion Theatre
Wells Theatre www.norfolkscope.com
Yoder Barn Heritage Theatre
THEATRE Broadway Under the Stars
Broadway at Chrysler Hall www.sevenvenues.com
Commonwealth Theater 282-2823 www.commonwealththeatreco.org Courthouse Players (804) 725-4169 www.courthouseplayers.org
Young Audiences of Virginia www.yav.org MUSIC Cantada Chorus www.cantadachorus.org Harrison Opera House www.norfolkscope.com
DANCE Academy of Ballet
Chamber Ballet www.chamberballet.org 397-8390 627-9545
Old Dominion University Dance Theatre
Tidewater Dance Theatre www.ah5678.com
Virginia Ballet Theatre 622-4822 www.virginiaballettheatre.com
Peninsula Concert Band
Little Theatre - Norfolk 627-8551 www.norfolk-little-theatre.org Little Theatre Portsmouth Little Theatre Virginia Beach Mystery Dinner Theatre
Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra www.vbso.org
Virginia Childrenâ€™s Chorus
Tidewater Winds 480-0953 www.homestead.com/tidewaterwinds Virginia Beach Chorale www.vachorale.com
Virginia Chorale Society www.vachoralsociety.org
Community Dance Company of ODU 683-5455 www.odu.edu/al/cdp/dancehome 340-1534
Music in Motion
CNU Players www.cnu.edu/theatercnu
Hurrah Players www.hurrahplayers.com
Williamsburg Symphonia 229-9857 www.williamsburgsymphonia.org 877-9326
Portsmouth Community Concerts
York River Orchestra
Crispus Attucks Theatre
Hampton University Players & Company 727-5236 www.hamptonu.edu/arts-edu
Williamsburg Choral Guild
Norfolk Chamber Consort 440-1803 www.ncconsort.org Peninsula Youth Orchestra
Yorktown Chorale www.yorktownchorale.org
William & Mary Orchesis Dance Group www.wm.edu/dance
KEY VENUES American Theatre 722-2787 www.theamericantheatre.com Chrysler Hall www.norfolkscope.com
Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts 229-8535 www.evspa.org 113
Ferguson Center for the Arts (CNU) www.cnu.edu
Hampton Coliseum 838-4203 www.hamptoncoliseum.org The NorVa www.thenorva.com
nTelos Pavilion www.harborcenter.com
Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall 221-2660 http://www.wm.edu/theatre/ theatrehome.html Sandler Center for the Performing Arts www.vbgove.com/dept/arts/ sandlercenter Scope www.norfolkscope.com Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts www.suffolkcenter.org
Ted Constant Convocation Center (ODU) 683-5762 www.constantcenter.com Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre 368-3000 www.verizonwirelessamphitheatre.co m/vabeach Virginia Beach Pavilion (800) 822-3224 www.vbgov.com/dept/cvd/ pavilion-cc.asp Willett Hall www.willetthall.com
I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT: VISUAL ARTS If you love art, you’ll be glad to know Hampton Roads offers many exciting galleries and museums. The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk on the waterfront of the Elizabeth River is acknowledged to be one of the top museums in the country. Its premier, permanent collection consists of more than 30,000 114
pieces that span more than 5,000 years of art history. It also sponsors renowned changing exhibits and special programs throughout the year including lectures, films and tours to complement the permanent exhibits. Take a journey through time at the Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Galleries, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the founding of America’s first permanent English colony in 1607. 30,000 square feet of galleries display more than 500 artifacts that trace Jamestown’s beginnings, the first century of the Virginia colony, and the convergence of three cultures: the Powhatan Indians, the Europeans, and the Africans. A new introductory film, historical interpreters, and outdoor recreations of the colonists’ fort, three ships, and a Powhatan village bring 17th-century Virginia to life. The Contemporary Art Center in Virginia Beach is dedicated to presenting the significant art of our time and has become a destination for contemporary art lovers throughout Virginia. Its changing exhibits feature both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Several outstanding museums and cultural organizations have their homes in the Historic Triangle. Colonial Williamsburg hosts the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, the DeWitt Wallace Gallery, Bassett Hall, and Carter’s Grove. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of American folk art in the country. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is home to an extensive collection of American and English
antiques, including furniture, textiles, tools, firearms, ceramics, silver, pewter and clothing from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The Muscarelle Museum of Art, on campus at the College of William and Mary, has an internationally renowned collection of over 3,500 paintings, sculptures and works on paper representing art created by Western and other cultural groups. The museum also presents changing exhibitions and classes.
M GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum 220-7670 www.history.org Andrew Gallery/College of William & Mary www.wm.edu/ andrewsgallery Artists Gallery www.theartistsgallery.org
Arts Center of the Portsmouth Museums
Blue Skies Gallery www.blueskiesart.com
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Carter’s Grove Plantation
Charles H. Taylor Arts Center 727-1490 www.theamericantheatre.com Chrysler Museum www.chrysler.org
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia 425-0000 www.caco.org Courthouse Galleries 393-8543 www.courthousegalleries.com d’ART Center www.d-artcenter.org
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum 229-1000 www.history.org Falk Gallery (CNU)
Gallery on Merchants Square www.galleryonmsq.com
Gallery on the York
Hampton University Museum 727-5308 www.hamptonu.edu/museums Hermitage Foundation Museum 423-2052 www.hermitagefoundation.org Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Galleries www.historyisfun.org
Mathews Art Gallery (804) 725-3326 www.mathewsartgallery.com Muscarelle Museum of Art 221-2710 www.wm.edu/muscarelle Nancy Thomas Gallery www.nancythomas.com Old Dominion University Gallery www.metonym.org
Peninsula Fine Arts Center 596-8175 www.pfac-va.org
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Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Galleries Riverview Gallery www.riverviewgallery.com
Shooting Star Gallery 934-0855 www.shootingstargallery.net Smithfield Cultural Arts Center
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (804) 340-1400 www.wmfa.state.va.us Wise Memorial Art Gallery 823-8844 www.nsu.edu/academics/ finearts/WiseGall ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Each of Hampton Roads’ communities have local visual and performing arts groups which sponsor exhibits, performances and festivals showcasing outstanding local and national talent. Whether you prefer to be a spectator or want to be actively involved, Hampton Roads truly offers something for everyone. For detailed information, consult the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads at 889-9479, www.culturalli.org or the local newspapers, and don’t forget what a resource you have in your local visitors center!
GENERAL INFORMATION Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism (804) 693-2355 www.gloucesterva.info Hampton Convention & Tourism 800-487-8778 www.hamptoncvb.com Isle of Wight Visitor Center
Newport News Visitor Center 888-493-7386 www.newport-news.org Norfolk Visitor Convention Bureau www.norfolkcvb.com Poquoson Information www.ci.poquoson.va.us Portsmouth Visitor Information Center www.portsva.com Suffolk Visitor Center www.suffolk-fun.com
Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center 800-VA-BEACH www.vbfun.com Virginia Tourism Corporation www.virginia.org
Williamsburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 229-6511 (includes Williamsburg, Yorktown, and James City County) www.visitwilliamsburg.com 115
ENTERTAINMENT | Festivals & Events MAY 7th Regiment of the Continental Army Encampment 693-0014 AFR’AM Fest Norfolk
Asian Fest Norfolk
Beach Music Weekend Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
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Chesapeake Jubilee Chesapeake
Harrison Opera House
Festivals and Fun ampton Roads’ residents love parties—and Hampton Roads’ cities and counties host large festivals which draw both local and national performers and artists. These programs feature national artists such as Darryl Worley, Chicago, and Fighting Gravity, plus a variety of local artists, crafts people and performers. Here is a listing of some of Hampton Roads’ outdoor festivals and events. Additional information can be found on the Cultural Alliance Clearing House Calendar at www.culturalalliance.org or in the Virginian-Pilot at www.welcomehamptonroads.com and in the Daily Press at www.dailypress.com.
APRIL Atlantic Coast Kite Festival Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 Auto Super Show Virginia Beach Civil War Weekend Daffodil Festival Gloucester
(800) 822-3224 923-3880 (804) 693-2355
Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Festival Newport News 594-8752 Historic Garden Week Hampton Roads (804) 644-7776 Spring Craft Show Virginia Beach
Children’s Festival of Friends Newport News 926-1400 Festival by the Fountain Newport News
Festival Williamsburg Williamsburg
Greek Festival Norfolk
International Azalea Festival Norfolk (800) 822-3224 Jamestown Day Jamestown
Jamestown Landing Day Jamestown
Mariner’s Museum Military Salute Newport News Neptune’s Spring Wine Tasting Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 Olden Days Festival Isle of Wight County
Outdoor Spring Fling Suffolk
PANorama Caribbean Music Fest Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
USA Judo National Senior Championship Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Patriotic Festival Memorial Day Weekend Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Virginia Arts Festival Hampton Roads
Pungo Strawberry Festival Virginia Beach 721-6001
Virginia Beer Festival Norfolk
JUNE American Indian Festival Chesapeake
Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival Norfolk
Blackbeard Festival Hampton
Boardwalk Art Show Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 Civil War Reenactment
Greek Festival Newport News
Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton
Latin Festival Virginia Beach
Symphony Under the Stars Chincoteague Island
Great American Picnic & Fireworks Norfolk
July 4th Celebration–Mount Trashmore Virginia Beach 427-2990
Lord Cornwallis Occupies Williamsburg (800) HISTORY
Norfolk Jazz Festival Norfolk
Norfolk Harborfest Norfolk
Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival Surry County 294-3625
North American Sand Soccer Championships Virginia Beach
Old Town Lantern Tours
Road to Independence
Seawall Festival Portsmouth
Summer Celebration Wine Festival Newport News Viva Elvis Virginia Beach
888-3371 (800) 822-3224
JULY 4th of July Stars in the Sky Newport News 926-1400 Chincoteague Pony Swim & Auction 118
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Yorktown Civil War Weekend Yorktown 898-2410
Franklin-Southampton County Fair Franklin 562-3765 Hampton Cup Regatta Hampton
King-Lincoln Music Festival Newport News 926-1400 Latino Festival Norfolk
Nansemond Indians POW WOW Suffolk 923-2360 Seawall Art Show Portsmouth
Stars & Stripes Explosion Festival Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Soul Music BeachFEST Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Stars & Stripes Spectacular Suffolk 923-2360
SEPTEMBER American Music Festival Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Tidewater Winds Concert & Fireworks Chesapeake 382-6411 TodiMusicFest Portsmouth
Watermen’s Heritage Festival Yorktown 887-2641 AUGUST East Coast Surfing Championships Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224
Blues at the Beach Virginia Beach
Boardwalk Weekend Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 County Fair Isle of Wight County
Denbigh Day Newport News
Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Chesapeake 382-6411
Phoebus Days Hampton
Guinea Jubilee Gloucester
Poquoson Seafood Festival Poquoson
Hampton Bay Days Hampton
Heritage Day Festival Southampton County
Naval Air Station Air Show Norfolk 427-3580 Neptune Festival Virginia Beach
Rendezvous, Mile Marker One Portsmouth 393-2525 Revolutionary War Reenactment Newport News 887-1862 Seafood & Beach Music Festival Norfolk 441-2345 Symphony Under the Stars Portsmouth 382-6411 Umoja Festival Portsmouth
Williamsburg Scottish Festival Williamsburg 865-0115 OCTOBER African-American Festival Virginia Beach 498-0230 Drivers Day Festival Suffolk
Endview Plantation Civil War Ghost Walk Newport News
Fall Festival of Folk Life Newport News
Fleet Week Concert Norfolk
October Brewfest Virginia Beach
Oyster Point Oyster Roast Newport News 926-1400 Peanut Festival Suffolk
DECEMBER Christmas Parade Williamsburg
Grand Illumination Williamsburg
Town Point Wine Festival Norfolk 441-2345
Grand Illumination Parade Norfolk 623-1757
Virginia Children’s Festival Norfolk 441-2345
Hampton Holly Day Parade Hampton 727-8311
Yorktown Victory Celebration Yorktown 253-4838
Holiday Music Festival Portsmouth
Yorktown Reenactment Yorktown
Holiday Parade & Grand Illumination Suffolk
NOVEMBER Celebration in Lights Newport News Chesapeake Heritage Arts Festival Chesapeake
Chick-Fil-A Holiday Lights at the Beach Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 Grand Illumination & Parade Portsmouth 623-1757 Indian River Christmas Craft Show Chesapeake
100 Miles of Lights Hampton Roads
“Star of Wonder” Holiday Planetarium Show Newport News 595-1900 Veteran’s Day Newport News
Veteran’s Day Parade Virginia Beach
Winter Wonderland in Olde Towne Portsmouth
Hometown Holiday Parade Virginia Beach (800) 822-3224 Hollydazzle Newport News
Lighted Boat Parade Hampton
ONGOING EVENTS Almost all Hampton Roads’ municipalities have regularly scheduled concerts or other types of entertainment at specific locations throughout the spring and summer months. Check with the city’s or county’s parks and recreation division or website for the time and location of these ongoing events. Looking for more events? Try the following city event planners.
M EVENT PLANNERS Beachevents 425-3111 www.beacheventsfun.com Festevents www.festeventsva.org
HamptonEventMakers 727-1540 www.hamptoneventmakers.com 119
BUSINESS | Economic Development
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largest, deepest natural harbor on the East Coast, making it an ideal port location for domestic and international commerce.
Cruise Norfolk Terminal
Rock-Steady Economic Growth onsistent, positive economic growth takes vision, planning, commitment and a lot of effort to accomplish. Judging by Hampton Roads’ continuing, rock-steady economy, community leaders have been doing a lot right to drive the region’s economic engine. Why does Hampton Roads enjoy a continuing, robust economy? Simply put, it’s because Hampton Roads provides what’s important to the business community as well as its workers. The keys to Hampton Roads’ success is having the right mix—strategic location, industrial diversity, occupational variety, skilled, diverse workforce, requisite infrastructure and real estate, pro-business climate, attractive costs of living and doing business, access to
amenities, and a variety of natural assets. STRATEGIC LOCATION Hampton Roads is located within the Atlantic coastal plain in the southeast corner of Virginia. Due to the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers, this area has been an enviable strategic point since the English settlers arrived in the 1600s. Today, this central location puts it within 750 miles of threefourths of the nation’s population and two-thirds of U.S. industrial activity. Its sixteen cities and counties make up the fifth largest MSA in the Southeast U.S., and the second largest MSA between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.1 Hampton Roads has the
INDUSTRY DIVERSITY Hampton Roads has a rich and varied commercial climate. While the military and defense-spending are still significant economic forces, economic security is not directly dependent on defense-related industry but rather distributed among many sectors of the economy. Today, Hampton Roads’ economic base includes a healthy mix of technology, tourism, service industries, government and real estate. There are also a stable manufacturing sector and a significant agriculture sector. Industry groups targeted for additional growth over the next few years include ports and distribution, information and technology, modeling and simulation, technical services and tourism. Today’s largest private employers range from shipbuilding, health care and meat processing to telecommunications, manufacturing and broadcasting. Many major U.S. companies have a presence or are headquartered in Hampton Roads including Northrop Grumman, Smithfield Foods, Inc., Ford Motor Company, International Paper, Inc., Cox Communications, Sara Lee, Geico Direct, SAIC, MCI Worldcom, Verizon, Unisys Corporation, Gateway 2000, etc. In addition, over 180 firms representing 25 countries maintain facilities in the region. These foreign-based firms include BASF, Siemans, Stihl, Sumitomo Machinery, Zim-American
Israeli Shipping, Canon, Panasonic, Volvo Penta, Liebherr, Mareva, Inc., Mitsubishi Chemical, Nedlloyd, and Lindab. Maersk is another international company being added to this list as it completes its $500-million, 560-acre port facility that will accommodate some of the largest ships in the world. JOBS The diversity of Hampton Roadsâ€™ industries brings a variety of job opportunities and occupations. This means well-educated residents with stellar credentials can find positions within the region to match their ambitions. This is also true for those who do not pursue advanced degrees. There are job opportunities within our various industries for all segments of the society. As a result, the regionâ€™s unemployment rates,
currently at 3.8%, are typically well under the national average which is currently at 5.4%.4 The on-going prospects are good, too. According to a recent Old Dominion University report, civilian employment is expected to increase in 2007, fueled by expansion in tourism, retail sales and port cargo traffic. WORKFORCE Hampton Roadsâ€™ workforce is notable in several ways. First, it represents a fairly large labor pool. Out of a population of 1.6 million, there are over 895,000 people available for employment. This includes a civilian labor force of 799,900 plus 95,230 active duty military personnel.4,5 Of those available to work, over 769,300 are employed.4 With 15,000 military personnel exiting active duty annually
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY SECTOR16 GOVERNMENT
TRADE, TRANSPORTATION & UTILITIES 143,300 PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS
EDUCATION & HEALTH CARE
LEISURE & HOSPITALITY
CONSTRUCTION & MINING
and over 40,000 military spouses, Hampton Roads has the benefit of a constantly replenished labor supply. Coupled with supply is the attractiveness of the cost of labor within the region, which is slightly less the U.S. average.
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