Why Portsmouth Is The Smart Move For Business

Portsmouth is a culturally rich and historic city in the heart of Hampton Roads. This central location allows for quick and convenient access to shipping terminals, rail yards, and the interstate. Portsmouth is well-connected to the area, as well as online. Portsmouth is a Smart City and has a fiber optic ring in place to receive high-speed internet via a transatlantic communications cable.

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We believe that Portsmouth residents that want to work, should be put to work. Portsmouth@Work is designed to get Portsmouth residents into high-paying jobs by connecting them with the employment assistance, skills training, and education they need. The initiative's goal is to help build accessibility to workforce resources and services that prepare individuals for sustainable employment opportunities that can increase their quality of life. We are dedicated to helping these residents break down the barriers that might be keeping them from either employment or a higher-paying job.

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Entertainment District

Portsmouth was selected as one of five localities in the commonwealth to welcome casino gaming for its residents. The approval has been a longtime effort of state and local legislators to develop appropriate regulations and governing bodies. In 2020, the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority and the Portsmouth City Council joined together for a development agreement with a casino gaming partner, Rush Street Gaming. In November 2020, an overwhelming majority of Portsmouth residents voted yes to allow casino gaming in the City.

In preparation for the casino development, Portsmouth designated a large Entertainment District overlay along the Victory Boulevard corridor. This area will be anchored by the future Rivers Casino Portsmouth and is set to feature entertainment venues along with numerous restaurants and eateries, as well as a variety of retail locations.

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— Rivers Casino Portsmouth officials today announced the $340 million gaming and entertainment venue will open its doors to the public on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. The casino is part of a planned Entertainment District along Victory...

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Lottery Board approves license for Portsmouth casino

The Virginia Lottery Board unanimously approved the casino facility operator’s license for the Rivers Casino Portsmouth Wednesday. It was the second casino operator’s license issued in the state; the first was awarded in April to Bristol’s Hard...

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Portsmouth gets $19 million to improve High Street

The city is getting $19.3 million in funding from the federal infrastructure bill to improve High Street. On Tuesday morning, local, state, and federal leaders celebrated the funding. The money will help pay to add in landscaped medians and wider...