Newport News is a City built on a good fight. Home to the world’s strongest ships and even stronger people, our City leaned into our resilient roots when the novel coronavirus reached our shores. While the journey has not been easy and the stakes are tremendously high, the people of Newport News have banded together to protect our neighbors and businesses from the unpredictable devastation caused by COVID-19.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and 2020 necessitated some pretty creative thinking. Luckily, our City is full of dreamers and doers who thrive on challenge. So rather than fall back when the world was shutting down, Newport News leapt ahead, with major progress on facilities and programs dedicated to innovation.
The pandemic is proof that we live in an increasingly globalized world, which has its strengths and weaknesses. Thanks to resilient leadership and teamwork, Newport News is emerging from 2020 stronger than ever, with many new investments and developments that are bringing global attention, jobs and opportunities to our community.
While Newport News is home to many national and global businesses, it’s the local, small businesses that make our City what it is today. They provide the local color and create an economy that keeps local dollars local. And though 2020 provided tremendous challenges, the City continued to drive programs forward to support small businesses and make Newport News even more vibrant.
In a year where the natural thing to do would be to stand still, Newport News continued to transform the community in so many ways. With an eye to the future, the City made significant progress on redevelopment projects that will create more opportunity, prosperity and community for all.
Progress and prosperity in Newport News come from strong partnerships between public organizations, private investors, and all levels of government. And while 2020 was challenging, the leaders of Newport News continued to work tirelessly to advance investment and development projects in the City.
While much of the world shut down, progress continued near the Newport News waterfront. From new businesses to the evolution of longstanding industries, a variety of projects continue leading the way to a stronger, more prosperous and more connected City.