Newport News Transportation Center

Newport News Transportation Center

Through a collaborative effort between City departments, the EDA and the State, a master plan and transportation-oriented development study were produced to evaluate the impact and benefit of a multimodal station at the proposed site along Bland Boulevard. The Newport News Transportation Center will serve as an invaluable hub for local and regional transportation networks that will aid residents in their travels and draw new visitors to the area.

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Middle Ground Boulevard/City Center Boulevard

Middle Ground Boulevard/City Center Boulevard

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated extension of Middle Ground Boulevard is scheduled for completion in February 2015. With the completion of this eastwest traffic corridor between Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, at last there will be much easier connectivity to the Greater Oyster Point area and to City Center at Oyster Point, the acknowledged central business district for the entire Virginia Peninsula. The roadway is named City Center Boulevard, and runs from Warwick Boulevard to Rock Landing Drive. City Council took action in November to re-name the original Middle Ground Boulevard portion of the roadway (from Jefferson Avenue to Rock Landing […]

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US Airways Magazine Feature

US Airways Magazine Feature

The City received widespread acclaim and national publicity in a 43-page feature in US Airways magazine. The August 2014 issue showcased Newport News as an exciting place to live, work and play through a series of articles highlighting business and quality of life around the City. A variety of prominent companies (including Riverside Health System, Ferguson, ICG and Newport News Shipbuilding), business partners, educational institutions, attractions and City departments contributed to the highly anticipated edition, seen by six million travelers. In addition to funding assistance, the EDA provided extensive editorial support to the feature. It serves not only as a […]

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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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