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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 days ago
The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is facing a workforce shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an estimated 3.5 million vacancies likely by 2026. In addition to Virginia being the No. 1 state in defense spending, Hampton Roads is “well-positioned” in the war for talent with roughly 14,000 service members transitioning out of the military annually and about half remaining in the region. The Alliance, along with its peers at the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance recently spoke with Business Facilities on how Hampton Roads is ensuring the current workforce is prepared for the future, and looking for opportunities to create a resilient aerospace and defense industry in the years ahead.
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced yesterday that Katoen Natie Norfolk Inc., a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company and subsidiary of Katoen Natie, will invest $59.9 million to expand in the City of Norfolk! The company will add a 450,000-square-foot warehouse, a rail yard, and expand its existing rail spur to meet increased demand. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia and South Carolina for the project, which will create 76 new jobs.

Parent company Katoen Natie is an international logistics service provider and port operator founded in 1854 and headquartered in Belgium. Katoen Natie is present in 35 countries on five continents, employing 15,000 worldwide. The Alliance worked with the City of Norfolk, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and The Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia.

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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
DOMA Technologies (DOMA), a USA-headquartered software and digital transformation company, will invest $3.7 million to expand in the City of Virginia Beach, creating 307 new jobs. The company’s new 69,000-square-foot headquarters facility will house nearly 500 total employees within the next three years. DOMA Technologies was founded in Virginia Beach, Va. in 2000 as a cloud-based document management company that realized a need for a holistic approach to document management and emerging cloud technology. Congratulations to our partners at the City of Virginia Beach and VEDP on this exciting announcement!

Jared Chalk

Chief Business Development Officer

Jared Chalk joined the Alliance in September 2022 as Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, Jared leads the organization’s business development and investor relations efforts, bringing his considerable experience attracting and retaining companies to the region’s leading economic development organization.

Jared previously served as the Director of the Norfolk Department of Economic Development since 2018. He worked for the City of Norfolk for nearly 17 years in a variety of roles, including in the Office of Budget and Management, City Manager’s Office, and the Department of Development. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Department of Development has received three awards from the International Economic Development Council including two gold awards for the department’s multi-year economic development program and the public-private partnership with the Greater Norfolk Corporation to create the Norfolk Innovation CorridorSome of the recent signature projects Jared worked on include the development of the Hilton Main Hotel and successfully attracting both ADP and IKEA to Hampton Roads and bringing Simon Premium Outlets to the former Lake Wright Golf Course. He was also instrumental in the decision for the Headwaters Resort and Casino to locate in Norfolk. He led the effort to the retain the North American headquarters of CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics and was pivotal in bringing the country’s eighth-largest fiber internet company, MetroNet, to Norfolk making Norfolk a “gigabit city” in the process. Most recently, he worked with the EDA to acquire Military Circle Mall which has positioned this entire corridor for redevelopment. He helped stand up a new workforce development program designed to align economic and workforce development efforts, champion the recruitment of diverse talent to support business attraction, retention, and expansion, and collaborate with workforce partners to help residents prepare for and connect to in-demand employment opportunities.

Jared is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on numerous boards and organizations throughout the region and was named to Virginia Business’s Top 500 Power List in 2021 and 2022. He is also a 2019 graduate of Lead Hampton Roads and made Hampton Roads’ Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 People to Meet in Virginia lists in 2020. Jared is a Hampton Roads native, and he and his wife reside in Norfolk.

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