Business Community Involvement
Maintaining contact with the various businesses throughout the City is the crux of business retention efforts. One of the major components of the City’s efforts along these lines is involvement at community events such as roundtable discussions and attendance at business association meetings. Staff has continued to be involved with both the Downtown Newport News Merchants and Neighbors Association and the Denbigh Warwick Business Association, providing business updates and information on upcoming events during their monthly meetings. We have also remained involved with the Copeland Industrial Park Business Association in their efforts to share information with the companies within one of our industrial parks. In addition, staff has put together area-specific roundtables for the tenants of two of our other industrial areas – Seafood Industrial Park and Oakland Industrial Park. These roundtables allow tenants within these two EDA-operated areas to share the success and challenges they are facing in their operations, while providing staff an opportunity to update tenants on programs and services available to assist them in growing their businesses.