Alliance At Work: May & June 2019
In May and June 2019, the Alliance hosted five prospect visits in Hampton Roads, three of which visited Hampton Roads for the first time. The Alliance is continuing to work diligently with these companies to secure these prospects for the region.
In addition to these prospect visits, on Friday, June 14th, the Alliance hosted a familiarization tour of Hampton Roads for a group of Japanese business executives which included 13 companies and representatives from the Japan Embassy and the Japanese External Trade Organization. Coordinated by VEDP, the event started with an overview of the Hampton Roads region presented by Chris Lemmon, Executive Vice President of the Alliance, and a tour of the Port of Virginia. Company tours were arranged at Usui International, Yupo Corporation and Canon Virginia. Hampton Roads is proud to be home to 19 Japanese companies and the Alliance was excited to have the opportunity to showcase the region to this important group of potential investors.
On May 30th, the Alliance hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. The luncheon sold out with more than 150 public and private stakeholders from across Hampton Roads attending and celebrating the Alliance's recent successes and new initiatives. This year's meeting featured a keynote speech from global communications executive, Guillermo Mazier of Conway, Inc.
MAY MARKETING ACTIVITY
The Alliance arranged for meetings with site location consultants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Four communities (Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight County) participated along with The Port of Virginia. The team nurtured existing relationships with contacts and provided updates about the region to the consultants. The week ended with a networking reception hosted by the Alliance and The Port of Virginia with consultants, developers and port customers at Canoe Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Alliance also traveled to Switzerland, Germany and Italy alongside the Transatlantic Business & Investment Council (TBIC). This mission trip resulted in seven meetings with corporate decision makers. The Alliance also had the opportunity to speak with over 20 Swiss CEOs at a luncheon held at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. An introduction of the Hampton Roads business community and the area’s assets were shared by Lemmon.
JUNE MARKETING ACTIVITY
The Alliance partnered with the Port of Virginia to promote Hampton Roads at Transport Logistics 2019 in Munich, Germany. A total of 22 meetings were held with exhibitors that were vetted by PM&P, the Alliance's European consultant. Transport Logistics is the world's leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management and has been taking place in Munich since 1978. Also part of Transport Logistics is Air Cargo Europe, an industry gathering for the international air freight industry.
The Alliance attended Select USA, a foreign direct investment conference, which is held annually in Washington DC. In addition to a robust program of speakers and breakout sessions, there was an exhibit hall featuring booths for all the U.S. states as well as consultants.
Amy Parkhurst, Senior Vice President of Business Development, conducted a mission to Baltimore, Maryland alongside the City of Suffolk. This mission was a result of 310 Ltd's ongoing efforts to generate leads in the Alliance's targeted sectors. The group met with one company in the data center industry and another in food processing.
Lemmon conducted a mission to Northern California, where he held meetings and conference calls alongside the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.