Around the Region: November/December 2016
2016 may be winding down but our localities haven't missed a step. Economic development success is happening around the region and we are here to share it!
In November, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that MAXIMUS will invest $1.87 million to establish a new customer service center in the City of Hampton, creating 189 new jobs. Hampton competed against Texas and Pennsylvania for this project. The government services contractor will lease 42,000 SF and is expecting to be up and running by January 2017.
In Portsmouth, the MLK Expressway is open for traffic. This new, toll-free expressway connects VA-164 the MLK Freeway to Interstate 264 and provides a direct route for drivers between the Downtown and Midtown tunnels. This project, completed by Elizabeth River Crossings, was the third leg of a 3-part project to improve traffic across regional chokepoints. It is expected to reduce commute times significantly for those traveling to areas of Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and beyond.
In December, the City of Newport News welcomed Elite Airways to the Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). Elite Airways will provide six direct flights a week to New York/Newark and Islip/Long Island, beginning in March 2017. The company also plans to add direct service to Florida later in the spring.
Less than 24 hours later, the City of Newport News announced the development of a 95,000 SF office building in Brooks Crossing. Newport News Shipbuilding will occupy 80,000 SF of the space to house over 600 engineering and design-related jobs. The remaining 15,000 SF of the building will be used by the Newport News EDA for STEM initiatives.
Also in December, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore joined ADP, Inc. for a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally celebrate the opening of the company’s new facility in Norfolk. Earlier in 2016, ADP selected Norfolk as the location for a new regional customer service center, creating over 1,800 jobs for Hampton Roads. The newly renovated building, 2 Commercial Place located in the downtown business district.
In Suffolk, Governor McAuliffe announced that craft coffee brand, Peet’s Coffee will invest $58 million to establish their first East Coast facility. The 175,000 SF roaster will produce a variety of coffee products and create 135 new jobs for the region. The City of Suffolk worked alongside the Alliance; the Port of Virginia and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to successful compete for this project against five other mid-Atlantic states.