Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting


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


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.

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.

Until further notice, all EDAC’s have been canceled. Please visit our website ( 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:

City of Chesapeake Updates
For all City-related updates please visit:

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”.

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.”

Chesapeake 20th Annual Golf Classic

Join Chesapeake Economic Development for the 20th Annual Business Appreciation Golf Classic on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Chesapeake Golf Club.
Registration begins at 8:00 am – Shotgun start at 9:00 am – Captain’s Choice.

For additional Sponsorship & Registration information, please contact Sherry Barnette. or visit our page at

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

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

To see the full press release from VEDP, please click here.

Notice of Economic Development Authority Meeting Change

thumbnail of Meeting Change Notice for December 12, 2019

The Economic Development Authority will have a scheduled meeting for December 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm. The location of the meeting has been changed to MBP Office at 676 Independence Parkway, Suite 220, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320. For additional information, please contact Steven Wright at 382-8040.

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

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Noelle Motley


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.


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