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#757Recovery Ep. 6 features Shawn Avery, @HRWorkforceCoun dives into how they are moving forward with such high unemployment numbers. He shares how HRWC has reevaluated their services and implemented virtual tools to assist in the employment process

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Hampton Roads Alliance Announces Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development Initiative


To lead the effort, regional expert Matt Smith will join the Alliance as its first Director of Offshore Wind Business Development. This initiative is made possible largely thanks to a Department of Housing & Community Development GO Virginia grant of $529,788 that will help fund the first two years of the program. 

Tage Talks Business – Podcast hosted by Tage Counts

Podcast / radio
Alliance President & CEO, Doug Smith, joins Tage Counts on the Tage Talks Business Podcast. In the episode, he discusses his professional journey as a local leader in the 757, the Alliance's new model, our strategic plan during the pandemic, and more.

The Power List | Regional leaders assist businesses with coronavirus effects - Inside Business Special Report

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Doug Smith is among a group of six Hampton Roads business and workforce leaders recognized on a Power List of Regional leaders assisting businesses with coronavirus effects by Inside Business. When the covid-19 pandemic began in the region, the group sought to map out a concerted response to the economic difficulties many area companies would soon be facing. In doing so, they executed on the collaboration and regionalism that has been touted by leaders while often being dismissed by naysayers in recent years.

HearSay with Cathy Lewis - WHRO

Podcast / radio
Alliance President & CEO, Doug Smith, talks with Cathy Lewis on her public affairs talk radio show, HearSay with Cathy Lewis, on WHRO. Doug shares the collaborative efforts that have been made focusing on business recovery in the 757.

First COVID-19 Hampton Roads business impact survey is underway – 13News Now


Doug Smith speaks with 13New Now about the first 757 COVID-19 Business Leader Survey development and key findings from Wave 1 of businesses responses.

Peninsula Biz Buzz – Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Podcast / radio
Doug Smith, Alliance President & CEO sits down with VPCC’s Bob McKenna and cohost, Shelley Smith to discuss what the Alliance is doing to help put Hampton Roads on the path to economic recovery and success after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon to Build Two New Facilites and Create 1,500 Jobs


Amazon's new robotics fulfillment center in Suffolk and import processing center in Chesapeake will bring new jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits to the region

Alliance Welcomes Its First Chief Strategy Officer


The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes Nicole Ryf as the first Chief Strategy Officer, assisting President & CEO Doug Smith with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives around business recruitment and expansion. 

GMAX Industries Will Invest $10.5 Million in New Operations


Governor Ralph Northam today announced that GMAX Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and sourcing agent of medical disposable products for the healthcare industry, will invest $10.5 million to establish a manufacturing and distribution operation in Pretlow Industrial Park in the City of Franklin. The facility will centralize the company’s operations in-house, creating 40 new jobs.

Acesur to Invest $11 Million in Hampton Roads in First U.S Production Facility


The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) is pleased to announce Acesur, an international olive oil manufacturer, will invest $11 million to establish its first U. S. production facility in the City of Suffolk, VA.

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