The Chamber’s annual State of the City Luncheon was held in Chesapeake on Thursday, March 28 at noon at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Chesapeake Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff highlighted key business development initiatives, provided strategic municipal progress updates, addressed challenges and opportunities in the city, and provided a glimpse into the city’s future. Approximately 650 of the region’s business, political, and community leaders attended the event.
Mayor Krasnoff was introduced by Congressman Randy Forbes. During his speech, the mayor focused on transportation, saying, “Transportation equals jobs. Jobs equals prosperity. Prosperity equals revenue. Revenue equals world-class schools, safer streets, a better quality of life and a budget in balance. And world-class schools, safer streets, and an improved quality of life will build a more vibrant Chesapeake that future generations will proudly call home.”
“I’ve begun the push to replace the high-rise bridge on Interstate 64,” he said. The mayor added, “No matter which way you’re traveling, the high-rise bridge has turned into our version of a rush-hour HRBT.” He also discussed that the city is moving ahead on the Dominion Boulevard project and that in the Greenbrier area, they intend to complete Woodlake Drive to close the link between Battlefield Boulevard and Greenbrier Parkway.
“Our schools are fully accredited, our students are engaged, and we have the lowest dropout and highest on-time graduation rates in the region,” he said. He told the crowd that Chesapeake remains one of America’s safest cities. Mayor Krasnoff commended the city’s first responders and also thanked the men and women in our armed services for their commitment to our nation.
The city’s Department of Economic Development reports that in 2012, Chesapeake gained more than 1,100 new jobs and more than $204 million in investment, and posted a 25% year-over-year increase in activity. Small business activity also grew. The mayor explained that, almost 600 new licenses were requested from entrepreneurs starting a business in Chesapeake.
With the city celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the luncheon concluded with the mayor and members of city council members being presented with a “Happy 50thChesapeake” cake. The crowd sang Happy Birthday and Mayor Krasnoff blew out the candles.
Click here to view the mayor’s full remarks and watch the video.
Join the Chamber for the remaining State of the City Series events:
Portsmouth: Wednesday, April 3, noon at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center
Suffolk: Tuesday, May 7, noon at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center
For reservations, visit Events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com or call 757-622-2312.
Thanks to Series Sponsors: TowneBank (Presenting); Bon Secours Virginia Health Systems (Platinum); Cox Communications (Media); Farm Fresh Inc. and Optima Health (Silver).