Alexander highlighted the many updates the City is undergoing through various educational and healthcare partnerships, business and job developments, and the City's initiatives to build community, to name a few.
The Mayor showed the new renderings of the Pamunkey Resort and Casino. “This $500 million resort and casino will generate 24,000 jobs in its lifetime.” It will include a marina, 300+ room hotel, and luxury spa. The initial phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2023.
“I want to thank the Chief and the Tribe for the historic investment they are making in the City of Norfolk. As part of the design process, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe will commit more than $20 million to address shoreline resiliency and create a vibrant, sustainable living shoreline that will improve the health of the Elizabeth River and provide an exciting new attraction for our residents and tourists.”
Mayor Alexander highlighted alternative energy as an emerging sector for Norfolk and the region. “Norfolk Solar, through its initiative to install more than 1,000 solar panels at churches and businesses in Hampton Roads, installed a solar array at Wesley Union AME Zion Church in Huntersville that has the potential to generate up to 20,000 kilowatts of power per year. And the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project continues its effort to construct a 2,640-megawatt wind farm off our coast that will host 188 wind turbines and generate enough energy to power 660,000 homes and businesses by 2026.”
Alexander discussed the opening of the CHKD's $224 million children's mental health facility. “Downtown continues to evolve as a regional hub for commerce as TowneBank and CHKD partnered to purchase the Norfolk Southern Tower.”
This summer, the City introduced the new partnership between Norfolk Works and Tidewater Community College to bring a mobile welding lab to Norfolk. “Norfolk Works, the City's award-winning workforce development initiative, has continued to serve Norfolk residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Many local restaurants and shops suffered tremendously due to COVID-19 Pandemic, but the City offered help with the launch of Open Norfolk. "This community assistance program helped more than 70 businesses reopen. From Ocean View to Ghent to Downtown, our sidewalks, streets, and parking lots came to life as we worked with restaurants to create safe outdoor dining opportunities."
Mayor Alexander highlighted the resiliency of the city and local businesses who worked together through the pandemic. "I want to take this time to thank Norfolk's residents, businesses, local stakeholders, and non-profits for their patience and fortitude and Team Norfolk for the tremendous response. Because of our collective work, dedication, and sacrifices, I can state with full confidence that the State of our City is STRONG.”
Thank you to the Hampton Roads Chamber sponsors for the State of the City Series.
TowneBank is the Presenting Sponsor for the States of the City Series.
“TowneBank was honored to help local businesses through the PPP – Paycheck Protection Program. We were able to support 6,700 businesses with more than $1.2 billion of needed funding. We are now participating in the second round of PPP, which has been extended through the end of May for applications," said Charity Volman, President of TowneBank Norfolk.
Dominion Energy, the City Host Sponsor, presented a video on their Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind initiative and the positive impact it will have on the region’s economy. Paula Miller, Legislative Advisor/Senior Communications Specialist-Dominion Energy, noted the importance of bringing the wind energy message on Earth Day. "Wind energy has the potential to bring around 14,000 jobs to the Hampton Roads area, and Norfolk is also positioned to serve as a critical link in the global supply chain for this and other wind energy initiatives.”
ADP is the Norfolk Member Spotlight Sponsor. Mike Donohue, Division Vice-President and General Manager, OneADP Norfolk, shared their ADP Human Capital Management (HCM) Academy updates. This Educational Partnership with Dean Jeff Tanner and Dr. Ryan Klinger, Old Dominion University, Strome College of Business, will help bring hands-on experience with ADP's all-in-one HR Solution, Workforce Now. "ADP HCM Academy has been certified as an SHRM Academically Aligned program, students who complete the program will be eligible to take the SHRM-Certified Professionals exams immediately upon graduation, bypassing the typical 3year waiting period where students have to earn qualifying work experience.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber works to be an inspiring ignitor, impactful advocate, powerful economic partner, and regional collaborator. The Chamber is proud that the State of the City has become the premier source of regional Mayors to deliver city updates.
Thank you to all of our State of the City Sponsors
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