Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority will have a scheduled meeting on September 17, 2020 at 3:00pm. The location for the meeting has been changed to Liberty Executive Park II, 1301 Executive Boulevard, on the 2nd floor, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320.

Please visit our website for all updates and future meetings.

For questions or additional information, contact Steven Wright at (757)-382-8040.

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Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority will have a scheduled meeting for Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 3:00 pm.

The location of the meeting has been changed to Chesapeake City Hall at 306 Cedar Road, Human Resources Training Room on the 4th floor, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322.

Please visit our website for all updates and future meetings.

For questions or additional information, contact Steven Wright at (757)-382-8040.

Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority will have a scheduled meeting for Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 3:00 pm.

The location of the meeting has been changed to the City of Chesapeake’s Council Chambers located within City Hall.  The Council Chambers are located on the first floor of the City Hall Municipal Building.  The address is 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake Virginia 23322.

Please visit our website for all updates and future meetings.

For questions or additional information, contact Steven Wright at (757)-382-8040.

June EDAC Meeting (Economic Development Advisory Committee)

The June Economic Development Advisory Committee’s meeting will focus on transportation projects located in the City of Chesapeake. Our guest speaker will be Bob Crum, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

We look forward to you joining us via Zoom on Friday, June 12th, at 10:30 a.m. for an informational meeting.
If you would like to submit a question ahead of the meeting, please send your questions to research@cityofchesapeake.net

You must register in advance in order to join the EDAC Meeting.  

Click HERE to register

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvfuusrjMjH9dBP9HgkQBR3vgbOJcVD7YY

May EDAC Meeting (Economic Development Advisory Committee)

In lieu of meeting in person, join Chesapeake Economic Development as we host a meeting for the Chesapeake Business Community. Our guest speaker will be Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President & Director of Infrastructure & Economic Development at McGuire Woods Consulting who will be giving a Virginia General Assembly update.

We look forward to you joining us via Zoom on Friday, May 8th, at 10:00 a.m.

If you would like to submit a question ahead of the meeting, please send your questions to research@cityofchesapeake.net

You must register in advance in order to join the EDAC Meeting.

Click HERE to register for the May EDAC Meeting, or copy the link below and paste it into the search bar of your internet browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpf-itqz4qGdSiAG1uoKguK9TIwKp2U2Jl

April EDAC Meeting (Economic Development Advisory Committee)

In lieu of meeting in person, join Chesapeake Economic Development as we host a meeting for the Chesapeake Business Community. During this meeting, we will hear from the City Manager, Christopher Price. Additionally, Joey Barnes from Virginia Community Capital will speak to how his institution can help businesses affected by COVID-19. Our third guest, Jim Carroll from the Small Business Development Center for the Hampton Roads region, will discuss the details of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and other programs offered by the Small Business Administration.

We look forward to you joining us via Zoom on Friday, April 17th, at 11:00 a.m. for an informational meeting.

If you would like to submit a question ahead of the meeting, please send your questions to research@cityofchesapeake.net

You must register in advance in order to join the EDAC Meeting.

Click HERE to register for the April EDAC Meeting

Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, is canceled.

Please visit our website for all updates and future meetings.

 

For questions or additional information, contact Steven Wright at (757)-382-8040.

A Message to our Business Community from the City of Chesapeake’s Economic Development Director Steven Wright

Dear Chesapeake Business Community,

The Economic Development Department understands that the Coronavirus will present significant challenges to many of our businesses. The department, as well as the entire City of Chesapeake, is committed to providing assistance to those affected. While the Chesapeake Economic Development Office will be closed to the public through March 27, 2020, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and are taking direction from City leadership. Below are several communications and resources that can help. If you need to get in contact with our department, please call 757-382-8040 or email staff directly.

Letter from the Chesapeake Health District
The Chesapeake Health District has provided a letter with resources and recommended steps of action for our business community. Please read that letter here.

EDAC
Until further notice, all EDAC’s have been canceled. Please visit our website (www.chesapeakeva.biz) and monitor email for updates on when the next meeting will be.

Business Resources
Our department will be maintaining a web page with all relevant business resources available as a result of COVID-19. Please visit that web page here: www.chesapeakeva.biz/covid19

City of Chesapeake Updates
For all City-related updates please visit: http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/

We encourage you to utilize these resources and please visit the websites daily as the latest information will be posted as we receive it.

Steven Wright

Amazon to Bring State-of-the-Art Facility to Chesapeake’s Western Branch Business District

Amazon to Bring State-of-the-Art Facility to Chesapeake’s Western Branch Business District

(Chesapeake, VA) March 10, 2020—The City is pleased to announce that Amazon will be bringing a 650,000 square foot import processing center to the Western Branch Business District. A first of its kind in the State of Virginia, this operational facility will employ 500 people full-time, with industry-leading pay and benefits from day one.
This latest announcement comes almost a year and a half after Amazon announced its’ plans to locate a second North American headquarters in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. Alicia Boler Davis, Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, cited the Commonwealth’s diverse workforce as being a vital component in the company’s ability to serve their customer base. The commitment to workforce development is evident in Amazon’s investment of over $700 Million in up-skilling training. For example, Amazon’s Career Choice pre-pays up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. This unique program has provided tuition assistance to over 25,000 employees in fields such as game design, visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.
This project exemplifies the benefit of state, regional and local partnership. In addition to the location in Chesapeake, Amazon also announced plans to bring a fulfillment center to the City of Suffolk along the Portsmouth Boulevard corridor. Thanks to the leaders at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the Port of Virginia, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), the City of Suffolk and the City of Chesapeake, Amazon will create 1,500 jobs in the 757.
Rick West, Mayor of Chesapeake, states, “The City of Chesapeake is extremely pleased to welcome Amazon to our ever-growing family of local, national, and international businesses. This new facility will serve as the East Coast Hub for the beginning of Amazon’s supply chain, just as Chesapeake serves as the hub of South Hampton Roads. This significant investment showcases Amazon’s confidence in Chesapeake, and we’re committed to helping them rise up and leverage all our City has to offer”.
Chesapeake City Manager, Christopher Price, states “We are excited to welcome Amazon’s newest location to the City of Chesapeake. The company’s operation compliments our City’s long term strategy of bringing daytime employment opportunities to the Western Branch Business District. We applaud Amazon’s up-skilling programs and commitment to continuing education. We also want to thank all state, regional and local leaders for their assistance in bringing this important project to our City”.
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PRESS RELEASE: Total Fiber Recovery to Invest $49 Million and Create 68 New Jobs

Mixed Paper Recycling Company, Total Fiber Recovery, Plans to Invest $49 Million and
Create 68 New Jobs in the City of Chesapeake

(Chesapeake, VA.) February 28, 2020 — Oregon-based, Total Fiber Recovery (TFR) will invest $49 Million and create 68 new jobs with an average salary of $48,000 in the City of Chesapeake. Led by CEO of Bulk Handling Systems, Steve Miller and President, Eric Herbert, TFR brings together decades of experience from the paper and recycling industries. A unique and proven technological process of purifying and pulping recovered fiber will be established at this new location. The recovered fiber will then be shipped and utilized domestically and internationally to paper plants where it will be created into new products.

Chesapeake beat out locations in both Maryland and South Carolina with the assistance from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), The Port of Virginia and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA). Governor Northam granted $200,000 from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund (COF) to assist Chesapeake and Virginia in winning this competition.  Additionally, the City of Chesapeake will provide a $200,000 grant from its Economic Development Investment Program (EDIP). The project also qualifies for incentives from The Port of Virginia’s Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Total Fiber Recovery will also be receiving state-funded assistance for skilled labor training as a result of the 68 new jobs the project will bring.

With plans to open in 2021, TFR will begin to process 300,000 tons of mixed paper per year. Steven Wright, Economic Development Director with the City of Chesapeake, states “This project was a big win for the City of Chesapeake. We are excited to have a sustainable company such as Total Fiber Recovery in our City.  Their significant capital investment and job creation speaks to this City’s robust economic health”.

Mayor of Chesapeake, Rick West, states, “Chesapeake residents and businesses have always taken a leading role in the push to ‘go green,’ and we are extremely pleased that Total Fiber Recovery has chosen our City as their new home. The opportunities this facility opens, not only in terms of new jobs and capital investment, but also to enhance our environmental stewardship, will pay dividends for years to come.”