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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Virginia’s First Permanent Casino

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Jan. 20, 2024 – Rivers Casino Portsmouth today marked its first year on Victory Boulevard as Virginia’s first permanent casino with a historic Time Capsule Ceremony. The Saturday morning celebration featured remarks and time...

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Portsmouth seeking vendors for Bloom Market, a new pop-up shop and business incubator

Things are really starting to bloom in Olde Towne Portsmouth as the new year kicks off. Bloom Coworking has partnered with the city’s economic development authority and Portsmouth Partnership to create Bloom Market, a pop-up shop and business...

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FY24 Business Investment Grant Check Presentation

On September 28, 2023 the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority presented twelve new and existing Portsmouth based small businesses with funding support through the EDA’s Business Investment Grant program’s initial round of FY 24 awarded...

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Portsmouth Marine Terminal handles first offshore wind components

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Port of Virginia is making strides toward becoming the primary logistics center the Mid-Atlantic’s growing offshore-wind energy industry. Last week, the port received its first shipment of components for Dominion...

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Hampton Roads Delegation Attends Workforce Readiness Mission to Germany

STUTTGART, Germany – (Jul. 27, 2023) – The Hampton Roads Alliance, Hampton Roads Workforce Council, and Virginia Beach Economic Development hosted Presidents and officials of universities, community colleges, and technical colleges from Hampton...

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Portsmouth to reinvent Innovation District

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — For over 30 years, Daniele Cutler has lived in Portsmouth and watched the area near downtown and along the High Street corridor transform. “A lot of buildings here that have been something and were changed to something else,...

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Portsmouth Mayor focuses on growing business in State of the City Address

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover delivered the State of the City address Friday at Rivers Casino, highlighting its success and others in the city, along with future plans to bring new businesses, grow offshore wind and...

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Governor Youngkin Announces $1.5 Million in Grants Through the Port Host Community Revitalization Fund

RICHMOND, VA –  Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced $1.5 million in Port Host Communities Revitalization Fund awards for the cities of Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth in advance of his international trade mission to Taiwan, Japan and...

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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Continues Commitment to Environmental Sustainability Ahead of Earth Day

PORTSMOUTH, Va.—April 18, 2023— Rivers Casino Portsmouth was recently awarded the 2023 Two Green Globes® certification for New Construction from the Green Building Initiative (GBI) — an international nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing...