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.

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

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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• Computer Center

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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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Rush Street Gaming Casino Approved By Voters in Portsmouth, Virginia

A great new place to work and play is coming to Portsmouth, Virginia. Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming will develop and operate the latest addition to its growing portfolio of gaming and entertainment venues—Rivers Casino Portsmouth.

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Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality, & City of Portsmouth to Celebrate Progress at Superfund Site

A great new place to work and play is coming to Portsmouth, Virginia. Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming will develop and operate the latest addition to its growing portfolio of gaming and entertainment venues—Rivers Casino Portsmouth.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Promises Local, Private-Sector Minority Owners

Portsmouth, VA, and Chicago, IL—September 3, 2020—Portsmouth’s casino development partner, Rush Street Gaming, is making good on its earlier commitment to pursue local, private-sector minority owners for the new casino planned for Victory...