Small Business Events & Outreach

Small Business Events & Outreach

EDA /IDA continued to market the e-Commerce grant program for website development for small businesses. The program has committed funding previously allocated and an additional $20,000 was approved for this year. Six businesses were assisted with grants during the year and disbursements totaled $15,895. The IDA facilitated the funding of one previously approved loan and approved a new loan for Eagle Land II, LLC to assist with the acquisition of property at 7505 Warwick Boulevard (former Daily Press newspaper production campus). Staff continued business technical assistance and awareness for Newport News citizens through speaking engagements at the Small Business Development […]

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Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

The EDA continued to support the business recruitment efforts of HREDA, and participated in the early formation of mapping out a new strategic plan. Staff participated in marketing missions to San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and Germany, calling on business prospects, site selection consultants and parent corporate headquarters of Newport News and Hampton Roads companies. HREDA also continued aggressive marketing activities with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in order to keep that group abreast of the assets and opportunities in Hampton Roads as they market Virginia to business prospects both domestically and internationally. Additionally, HREDA staff assisted Newport News with […]

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Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter was ready for operation in late December 2014. The Shelter is a joint project of the Cities of Newport News and Hampton, and the Counties of York and Poquoson. The 30,000-square-foot shelter is located on IDA-owned land leased to the City of Newport News near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Briarfield Road and will provide animal sheltering and adoption services for the citizens of these four jurisdictions.

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Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Arts Festival

In January 2014, Mayor McKinley Price and City Manager Jim Bourey, in conjunction with the EDA, hosted a fundraising luncheon in support of the Virginia Arts Festival and its Memorial Day United States Air Force Heritage of America Band concert at City Center. Band leadership briefed the group on the history and accomplishments of the band. Leadership of the Virginia Arts Festival highlighted its mission, creative productions and educational efforts throughout the Hampton Roads region.

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Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

Collaborative efforts continued to garner success, specifically with businesses in the City Center Entertainment District and our core manufacturers. Other business cluster areas of strength provided through the PCFWD included health care and customer service training for businesses. Two important sectors of our population, veterans and youth, were targeted in ongoing and enhanced programs, which seek to serve their needs and the needs of our employers.

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Airport Development & Air Service Enhancement

Airport Development & Air Service Enhancement

The Regional Air Service Enhancement (RAISE) Committee continued its efforts in support of the Peninsula Airport Commission to attract, retain and grow desirable air service. The launch of PEOPLExpress provided a surge in ridership to key markets including Boston and Newark, and proved again that the market demand is strong for these routes. While Frontier departed the market late in the year due to new ownership direction, the route track record since 2010 was a major success. Both Delta and US Airways continued to grow and show solid performance in our market.

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Newport News Green Foundation

Newport News Green Foundation

The EDA/IDA continued its policy of supporting the mission of the Green Foundation, both through financial contributions and staff support. The mission of the Green Foundation is to promote the creation and preservation of green space throughout the City of Newport News through advocacy, acquisition and assistance to others in order to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work and play. The Green Foundation has acquired 26.03 acres of land, consisting of 27 parcels, geographically located throughout the City, along the major commercial corridors. In addition to preserving its own properties throughout the City, the Newport […]

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Sister Cities of Newport News/ International Business Delegations

Sister Cities of Newport News/ International Business Delegations

Sister Cities of Newport News (SCNN), a non-profit affiliate of Sister Cities International, plays a role in supporting long-term community partnerships through reciprocal educational and professional exchange programs which foster friendships and learning. The EDA/IDA maintains an ex-officio position on the Sister Cities Board of Directors and collaborates on economic development opportunities. In 2014, EDA Board and staff representatives had the pleasure of hosting delegations from China and Germany. Both delegations featured government, education and industry executives looking to gain knowledge, share best practices and explore business opportunities. The EDA’s business and resource partners delivered presentations highlighting the regional economy, […]

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Newport News Public Art Foundation

Newport News Public Art Foundation

You could just hear the sound of minds blowing. When a delegation from Newport News stood up at the annual conference of the American Planning Association Virginia Chapter in July 2014, what you heard from the presenters was the story of how, in just a decade, we built an “open-air art gallery” that is remarkable in its quality, size, diversity and accessibility. What you heard from the audience, if you listened really hard, were echoes of amazement: “You put up how many pieces of art?” “You put them where?” “You paid for them how?” And, “The City did what?” Those […]

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Façade Improvement Grants

Façade Improvement Grants

Commercial properties in Newport News continue to receive a boost from the Façade Improvement Grant (FIG) program by providing matching funds towards eligible façade improvements. The grant has been highly successful since its debut, leveraging approximately $4.3 million in private investment and benefiting over 60 properties City-wide. Approximately $1.3 million in EDA/City funds have been committed to Newport News property owners and businesses towards fulfilling the FIG program’s mission to restore, sustain and improve commercial properties throughout the City.

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