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Continued growth at Virginia’s port is attracting business and fueling Hampton Roads' economy

When millions of Americans ramped up their online shopping as lockdowns dragged on, ports around the nation were overwhelmed with container ships. The Port of Virginia found itself in the right place at the right time, able to absorb a ton of that...

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Mills Marine & Ship Repair, the first African American owned ship repair company in the nation, expands operations in Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth, VA – February 13, 2024 – Mills Marine & Ship Repair, a leading name in maritime services, proudly announces the grand opening of its fabrication facility and training center in Portsmouth, Virginia. This 1.24-acre property is set to be...

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PORTSMOUTH@WORK Career Resources Are Pathway to a Better Life

Since April 2023, as Portsmouth manager of Workforce Development, Nahla Saleh has been working to help individuals obtain a better way of life through fulfilling employment. Saleh oversees the initiatives offered through the Portsmouth@Work career...

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PORTSMOUTH, VA – Feb. 1, 2024 – Fresh from celebrating “A First on Victory,” one full year as Virginia’s first permanent casino, Rivers Casino Portsmouth is announcing another FIRST for Virginia. Rivers Casino Portsmouth, in collaboration with 13...

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Hampton Roads Workforce Council Presents the Norfolk-Portsmouth Hiring Expo Series

WHAT: In partnership with the City of Norfolk and the City of Portsmouth, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council presents the Norfolk-Portsmouth Hiring Expo Series. Designed to connect employers with quality candidates in Hampton Roads, this two-day...

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Virginia Companies Expand into Global Markets through Commonwealth’s Trade Accelerator Program

RICHMOND—Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that 16 companies across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program and 13 companies have joined the...

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WHAT: In celebration of its first anniversary, Rivers Casino Portsmouth will host a special internal event to recognize the contributions of Team Members. Over 600 of these Team Members have been employed with the casino since its grand opening on...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Virginia’s First Permanent Casino

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Jan. 20, 2024 – Rivers Casino Portsmouth today marked its first year on Victory Boulevard as Virginia’s first permanent casino with a historic Time Capsule Ceremony. The Saturday morning celebration featured remarks and time...

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Portsmouth seeking vendors for Bloom Market, a new pop-up shop and business incubator

Things are really starting to bloom in Olde Towne Portsmouth as the new year kicks off. Bloom Coworking has partnered with the city’s economic development authority and Portsmouth Partnership to create Bloom Market, a pop-up shop and business...