City of Chesapeake Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program

City of Chesapeake Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program

Two-year export program provides resources to support international business expansion

January 16, 2020

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., a City of Chesapeake company, into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. The VALET program assists companies in the Commonwealth that are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy. To participate, each business must meet both quantitative and qualitative selection criteria. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growing export sales. To date, 348 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

“Increasing trade and trade-related jobs in Virginia are among VEDP’s top priorities,” said VEDP Executive Vice President Jason El Koubi. “Executed by our world-class International Trade team, the VALET program has a proven track record of helping Virginia businesses increase their export sales, contributing economic growth and ensuring that Virginia remains competitive in the global marketplace.”

“The VALET program puts participating companies on the fast track to international business growth by connecting them with the necessary tools for successful international sales,” said Stephanie Agee, Vice President of International Trade. “We are excited to welcome INIT into the VALET Program and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

Currently, the VALET program has 44 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies with export planning services and assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet the companies’ international business goals. These private sector service providers contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing export plans and include attorneys, web designers, bankers, translators, accountants, and freight forwarders.

The Commonwealth of Virginia exports more than $35 billion in goods and services annually. Exports of Virginia’s products and services to the world are vital to the growth of the Commonwealth, supporting more than 257,000 jobs and generating $2 billion in annual tax revenue. VEDP offers numerous programs to assist Virginia companies with selling into the global marketplace and has a network of international market research consultants covering more than 70 countries around the globe.

INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.       

INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. develops intelligent transportation system solutions for public transit in North America. It offers system design, software and hardware development, electronics design, and system implementation services. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Chesapeake, Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.initusa.com.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade development.

For more information on the VALET Program, visit http://exportvirginia.org/services/programs-grants/

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Chesapeake’s AVMAC Awarded The 2016 Governor’s Award

We are very proud to announce Chesapeake’s AVMAC, LLC was awarded The 2016 Governor’s Award for Small Companies by the Department of Veterans Services.  The Governor’s Award is presented to companies whose Veteran hiring efforts have gone above and beyond, as demonstrated by the total number of annual hires. AVMAC will attend the Virginia Workforce […]

Kroger Marketplace Grand Opening Brings the Masses

kroger logo press Contact:

Noelle Motley

(757)367-3276 noelle.motley@kroger.com

For Immediate Release

Kroger Marketplace at Greenbrier Square to Open August 3rd

New Store Creates 280 Jobs in Chesapeake

Hampton Roads, VA – August 1, 2016 – The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional supermarket retailer, will open its first Chesapeake location. On Wednesday, August 3rd at 8 a.m., shoppers will be welcomed into the brand new Greenbrier Square Kroger Marketplace store located at 1653 Sentinel Drive.

On the morning of the grand opening, the first 500 customers will receive “Breakfast on Kroger,” gift bags which include a 18 ct. Kroger large eggs, Sara Lee bread, 1 lbs. of strawberries and other items. After the grand opening, Kroger will begin “13 Days of Giving” offering free items to the first 250 customers in the store each day.

“We can’t wait to open our doors in Chesapeake and help customers save time and money, while finding everything they need under one roof,” said Kevin Boone, store manager at the Kroger Marketplace at Greenbrier Square. “This store is an entirely new, and more efficient, layout created to make shopping experiences seamless and enjoyable every time our customers visit the store.”

The 123,587-square-foot marketplace store employs more than 320 full- and part-time workers, which includes more than 280 new hires. A portion of the new team includes existing Kroger employees who chose to transfer to the new store at Greenbrier Square.

In addition to offering grocery selections, the new store provides a unique experience to shoppers by filling over 90,000 square feet with non-grocery items, ranging from apparel to home décor. Customers can expect a variety of new and unique features, including:

  •  Non-grocery departments including sections offering a variety of products including apparel, home décor, pet supplies, baby and infant needs, toys, bedding, housewares and more.
  •  A cheese shop from Greenwich-based Murray’s, offering more than 175 varieties of cheese from all around the world.
  •  A growler station, equipped with a seating area, will rotate 12 selections of popular local and craft brews. Tastings and flights available in store.
  • An expanded wine department with more than 2,000 wine selections available, including a wine bar with eight wines on tap for in-store tastings and
  •  An integrated natural foods department offering bulk dry goods, gluten-free items and other specialty, dietary-specific items.
  •  A deli bistro that includes premium made-to-order Boars Head deli meat sandwiches, a fresh salad bar, gourmet brick oven pizza station, sushi bar and other Pan-Asian food favorites.
  •  A café seating area is accompanied by a fireplace and flat-screen televisions.
  • A full-service drive-thru pharmacy.\
  •  A Starbucks kiosk, including a seating area and free Wi-Fi.
  •  A Kroger Fuel Center, with nine fuel pumps and 18 dispensers, where customers can redeem earned fuel points on all goods purchased will open later this summer.

 

In line with Kroger’s commitment to the community, the grocer will donate a total of $6,000 to three non-profit organizations, including the City of Chesapeake’s Mayor’s Commission of Veteran Affairs, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Chesapeake Fire Department ‘Adventure Fire AIM Mentor’ program. Kroger will present each organization with a donation at the grand opening ribbon cutting event at 8 a.m. on August 3.

New this year, the Kroger Art Program, a new community arts initiative, will make its Hampton Roads debut during the grand opening celebrations as well. Located in the café seating area, an interior mural created by local artist Peter Geiger entitled ‘Bridges’, will be revealed. ‘Bridges’ captures the spirit of the Chesapeake.

An additional feature unique to the Chesapeake store includes a community room that will be dedicated to the fallen first responders in the City of Chesapeake. The room is an open-to-the-public community room that can be utilized for community meetings and other gatherings.

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About The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Mid-Atlantic division operates 121 stores in the region, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Kroger Co., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.

Dicks Sporting Goods & Field and Stream Opens in Chesapeake Under One Roof

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DICK’S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration in Chesapeake, VA

DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream retail stores
to open under one roof

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 8, 2016) – DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening a new DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream store on Friday, August 26 at Greenbrier Square in Chesapeake, VA (1501 Sentinel Drive).

The new location features a DICK’S Sporting Goods and a Field & Stream housed under the same roof. This unique shopping destination will offer the convenience of being able to purchase all sporting goods and outdoor needs at one time, in one location and at any checkout.  In addition, the DICK’S store will also be one of the first to include a new and improved footwear section designed to offer a broad selection of sports performance and casual footwear.

“We look forward to opening our new location in Chesapeake and embracing the community’s great sports and outdoor traditions,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Having two great stores under one roof allows us to offer an even greater selection of the most-trusted brands and the highest level of expertise to all athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in the area.”

A three-day Grand Opening celebration will run through Sunday, August 28. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Several special guests will make in-store appearances during the Grand Opening including Troy and Chase Landry**, as seen on the Swamp People® TV series, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Melissa Bachman*, Winchester Deadly Passion host, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday; former college football coach Frank Beamer** from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Captain Wild Bill**, star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch® from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Melissa Bachman*, Winchester Deadly Passion host, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday;  former outfielder Michael Cuddyer** from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and former Delta Force Operator, SGM(R), Kyle Lamb * from 3:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday (3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. seminar, followed by an in-store appearance).

Guests will have the chance to receive giveaways throughout the weekend, which will include a chance to open the DICK’S Sporting Goods Gift Locker or Field & Stream Locked and Loaded Prize Safe, receive free mystery gift cards and other premium items. ‡‡

Visit DICKS.com/Chesapeake for full details on the Grand Opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

*Limit one autograph per person.  Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**Wristband required for autograph.  Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity. Limit one per person. Visit DICK’S.com/Chesapeake for details.

‡‡NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase does not improve chance of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Limit one t-shirt, mystery gift card, hat, stadium bag, and/or Gift Locker/Locked & Loaded Prize Safe combination per person/day/drawing. Must be 18+ for gift card and Gift Locker/Locked & Loaded promotions.  Winners must comply with all federal, state and local laws, and must lawfully be able to possess the prize. See store or DICKS.com/Latham for details and odds of winning.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

About Field & Stream Specialty Store

Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. The store carries a wide variety of top national brands including Remington, Under Armour, Carhartt, Shimano, Yeti and many more, while also providing top of the line in-store services. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing Inc., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine.  For more information, visit FieldandStreamShop.com.

Contact: DICK’S Sporting Goods or Field & Stream – press@dcsg.com

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Sutherland Global Services Expands Operations in Chesapeake

Sutherland Global Services Expands Operations in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, VA – May 2, 2016 – Sutherland Global Services has announced the expansion of its Chesapeake, Virginia, Insurance Center of Excellence. The Chesapeake location is home to Sutherland’s 320 dedicated onshore insurance business consultants. The company plans to add 200 additional consultants at their Chesapeake location to help meet the demands of its growing insurance BPO services. Currently, 20 percent of the Center’s employees are veterans from the Chesapeake community.

“Sutherland’s decision reinforces the confidence and trust companies have in Chesapeake’s fiscal integrity,” said Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff.  “We’re very pleased that Sutherland will add 200 new jobs to our community. Sutherland has a 29-year history of solid business practices and a global footprint in 19 countries, and choosing Chesapeake is one more example of the company’s ability to see opportunities and pick winners.”

Sutherland joins a growing list of Chesapeake-based companies that seek out the competitive advantages of the city’s central location, talented workforce and global access to customer markets.

For more information about job opportunities at Sutherland’s Chesapeake facility, click here:  www.sutherlandglobal.com

About Sutherland Global Services

Established in 1986, Sutherland Global Services is a global BPO and technology-enabled services company offering an integrated set of back-office and customer facing front-office services that support the entire customer lifecycle. It is one of the largest, independent BPO companies in the world serving marquee clients in major industry verticals. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States, Sutherland employs over 38,000 professionals and more than 60 locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.sutherlandglobal.com.

Contacts

Sutherland Global Services

Chris Grandis, VP PR & Corporate Communications

571-286-7322, chris.grandis@sutherlandglobal.com

 

Chesapeake Economic Development Department

Steven Wright, Director

757-382-8040

Published Press Release

MDT Expands in Chesapeake

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2016

MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC. HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING

CEREMONY FOR NEWLY EXPANDED FACILITY ON JUNE 22ND

CHESAPEAKE – Manufacturing and Design Technology (MDT), Inc., will celebrate its recent expansion by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today — Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. — at 1033 Cavalier Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23323.

Manufacturing and Design Technology Inc. designs and manufactures high precision parts, sub-assemblies, tooling and complete machines requiring a high level of engineering and manufacturing skills.  Currently, MDT exports about 40% of its current production to Europe, Canada, South America and Asia. Demand for MDT services and products has increased over its 34 years in business.  This expansion will accommodate their growing customer base.

MDT Inc. purchased their 9,000 sq. ft. facility in 2008 and recently completed a 12,000 sq. ft. addition, which encompasses state-of-the art building design features.  The newly expanded facility offers much needed additional floor space for the assembly area.  It will also allow MDT Inc. to invest in larger machines to increase their manufacturing capabilities.  Currently, MDT Inc. has 25 employees and plans to add 10 new jobs in the near future.

MDT Inc. made it one of its missions to bring manufacturing back to the US. “We talk a lot about reshoring with our customers and it seems to have taken hold. Many of our customers are welcoming our efforts in this area and providing us with opportunities to demonstrate our ability to provide them high tech solutions at a competitive cost, with short lead times,” said Gary Marxrieser, President.

“Manufacturing and Design Technology, Inc.’s decision to expand in Chesapeake further anchors their growing operations here and adds to our substantial manufacturing base,” said Steven Wright, Director, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development.  “This announcement is a win-win for our businesses and community at-large.”

Contacts:

Gary Marxrieser                                                                                Steven Wright

Manufacturing and Design Technology, Inc.                              Director, Economic Development

1033 Cavalier Boulevard                                                                  City of Chesapeake

Chesapeake, VA  23323                                                                     757-382-8040

757-485-8924

Published Press Release

AMCs Organization Management Group, Catapult announce merger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: J. Michael Reitelbach

757-473-8701

mreitelbach@ManageGroup.com

July 22, 2016

AMCs Organization Management Group, Catapult announce merger

CHESAPEAKE – Chesapeake-based Organization Management Group Inc. (OMG) and Catapult, Inc. of Richmond announced their merger today, leveraging 33 years of management expertise and specialized administrative services as an association management company (AMC) to the associations, societies, and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations they serve.
The combined AMCs will operate as Organization Management Group, said OMG founder and President J. Michael Reitelbach, CAE RCE IOM, and will serve 30 organizations through a talent pool of 50 seasoned association professionals.

 

“The strengths, talents and resources of Catapult and OMG will complement each other to benefit all of our partner associations,” Reitelbach said.

 

Catapult, founded by President Trace Carson in 2000, brings to the AMC partnership a staff of seven and a diverse array of 11 associations at the local, state and national levels. Carson will serve as senior vice president of the newly merged company.

 

“OMG has the reputation of being the premier AMC in the state, and I’ve known Mike and some of the other senior vice presidents for a number of years through the Virginia Society of Association Executives. I’ve always admired and respected them as people and as a company. We’re excited to be a part of the OMG family,” Carson said.

 

OMG will continue to be headquartered in Chesapeake.  With the merger, Richmond staff and operations will continue in place to serve their partner associations.  OMG staffers also serve organizations on site in Colonial Heights, Newport News and Onancock, Virginia, as well as on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  OMG’s government relations division, Legislative Strategies Group, will also maintain its Richmond offices.

 

Association management companies specialize in managing associations and not-for-profit organizations, providing leadership and professional management services through experienced staff, best practices and shared resources. Because AMCs manage multiple association and not-for-profit partners, their experience and knowledge base are broad and substantial, positioning AMCs as the preferred choice for full-service and specialized management services.

 

OMG is a Charter Accredited AMC through the AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the association management company industry. AMCI accreditation is recognized and supported by the American Society of Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership, and is based on the American National Standards Institute Standard of Good Practices for the AMC industry. OMG, founded by Reitelbach in 1999, achieved its third re-accreditation in 2015. Learn more at www.ManageGroup.com.

 

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Headshots: Trace Carson, J. Michael Reitelbach

 

Published Press Release

600 New Jobs Coming to Chesapeake- Dollar Tree Expands

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 3, 2016

 

Office of the Governor

Contact: Brian Coy

Email: Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

 

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Contact: Vince Barnett

Phone: (804) 545-5815

Email: vbarnett@yesvirginia.org

 

Dollar Tree, Inc.

Contact: Randy Guiler

Phone: (757) 321-5284

Email: rguiler@dollartree.com

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces 600 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake

 

~ Dollar Tree, Inc. to invest $110 million to expand its headquarters ~

 

CHESAPEAKE – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Dollar Tree, Inc., an American chain of discount variety stores, will invest $110 million for development of its corporate headquarters in the City of Chesapeake. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will retain 825 jobs and create 600 new jobs over the next six years.

 

“This is a tremendous project for the City of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at today’s event. “Dollar Tree has been an outstanding corporate citizen for 30 years in Virginia and these 600 new jobs are a testament to the business climate, location and workforce the Commonwealth has provided. This project further solidifies Dollar Tree’s commitment to Virginia, and we are thrilled to see their headquarters grow and create hundreds of well-paid jobs. Ensuring our businesses succeed is key for building a new Virginia economy, and Dollar Tree continues to be a significant part of those efforts.”

 

“Dollar Tree has been an excellent corporate partner based in Hampton Roads,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The company has continually made a strong commitment to invest in Virginia and its citizens, and I am pleased that the Commonwealth was able to assist with this most recent expansion. I congratulate the company with respect to the continued growth that it is experiencing and commend also the City of Chesapeake for this exciting win.”

“Dollar Tree has seen tremendous growth over the past 30 years,” said Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser. “We have grown from a small company to a leading retailer with more than 14,000 retail stores across North America.  To facilitate our continued growth, we are investing in the expansion of our corporate facilities. Chesapeake will be our center of growth for services shared across the entire corporation. We are appreciative of the support we have received from the City of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are excited about this development and the opportunity to create more jobs, as we grow our business.”

 

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Chesapeake and Chesapeake Economic Development to secure this project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $4 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Chesapeake with the project. The Governor also approved $5.3 million in funds from the Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant (VEDIG), which was established as a self-funded program of performance-based incentives that the Commonwealth awards to exceptional economic development projects with large numbers of employees and very high wages relative to average wages for that particular area. The company will receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Dollar Tree will also be eligible to receive funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

 

“Dollar Tree’s decision to grow its headquarters and operations is an announcement most communities dream of,” said Chesapeake Mayor Alan P. Krasnoff. “The long-term relationship we’ve built with Dollar Tree has turned a dream into a welcome reality, and when Dollar Tree succeeds as a company, Chesapeake succeeds as a city.”

 

“It is always good news when a business invests in Virginia,” said John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “It’s especially satisfying when a Virginia-based company like Dollar Tree — and major user of The Port of Virginia — chooses to reinvest in Virginia. Dollar Tree’s decision to expand in Chesapeake highlights the pro-business environment in Hampton Roads and Virginia and the ancillary-type jobs that the port market creates. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Dollar Tree and working with this long-time corporate citizen to continue building jobs and investment in the Commonwealth.”

 

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, and Family Dollar. To learn more about the company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

 

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Chesapeake Celebrates VA Business Appreciation Month in May

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Honolulu taps INIT for smart card, mobile ticket system

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