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There’s a lot happening in Portsmouth and our momentum keeps growing! Read the latest news & press releases from Portsmouth Economic Development – we cover project announcements, business openings, development news, and more.

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RIVERS CASINO PORTSMOUTH ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2023 AT 3:00 P.M.

— 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...

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Skanska Seals Virginia Offshore Wind Port Deal

Swedish construction and development company Skanska has penned a contract with the Virginia Port Authority for the redevelopment of the Portsmouth marine terminal for use as an offshore wind staging port.

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Officials Celebrate New Virginia Development

A 50-unit development is bringing new housing opportunities to downtown Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Unveils New Restaurants and Amenities

Roy Corby, general manager of Rivers Casino Portsmouth, unveils restaurants and amenities that will be available when the casino opens in early 2023. (Photo: Business Wire)

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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...