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The Lefcoe Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the Class of 2017.
The Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and pre
pare individuals for leadership roles in the City of Portsmouth.  The course was founded in memory of Vann H. Lefcoe by the Trustees of the Lefcoe Foundation.  Since our inception in 1997, we have sponsored twenty leadership courses, graduating 480 individuals who serve our community in various capacities including serving on City Commissions and actively participating in civic organizations.

Mr. Don Comer serves as the […]

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    Rain or Shine, Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concert Shows Go On

Rain or Shine, Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concert Shows Go On


For six years now the Portsmouth Partnership’s First Friday Courtyard Concert series has drawn people of all ages to the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s historic, tree-lined brick courtyard at the corner of Court and High Streets. And, most of the time, guests have enjoyed light breezes, afternoon shade, and an opportunity to view PACC’s two floors’ worth of innovative and ever-changing art exhibits. But last year and, again in 2016, First Friday events have seen more rain than sunshine. What to do? Small groups, and solo musicians like Matt Thomas or Lewis McGehee, have simply moved indoors to PACC’s […]

New Board Member Is In Step With History

 A visitor to Olde Towne Portsmouth can immediately see that the city’s original planners got it right: Lay the city out in a logical grid with a wide main street (High Street), an occasional less-wide cross street (Court and Washington Streets), with all remaining streets narrow, quaint, and shady. What has been less obvious – until today, at least – is that the 103 original squares formed by cross streets had names. Some even had names which were linked to their purpose. Church Square? Home of Trinity Episcopal Church. Market Square? That was the Kroger of its day. Courthouse […]

Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concerts Under Way

First Fridays serve as a great excuse to unplug from routine to gather with friends at the end of a work week. Free music and the availability of a cool beverage provide an informal, 3-hour backdrop where adults can re-connect, kids are always welcomed, and Olde Towne’s restaurants beckon.

While “Concerts in the Courtyard” take place under the live oaks of the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s historic brick outdoor garden, they move indoors behind PACC’s gift shop when inclement weather interferes.

This year, rainy May weather required that we reach out to Olde Towne partner Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports […]

Lefcoe Celebrates 20th Aniversary

The graduation of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Fund’s class of 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Portsmouth Partnership affiliate’s 12-week leadership program. To mark the occasion, Lefcoe trustees invited all alumni plus the speakers and presenters who have made the program possible to an April 13 gathering at Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, where TowneBank Chairman and CEO Bob Aston addressed the group.

Since its launch in 1997, the program has seen 480 individuals of all ages and all walks of life pass through its doors, each gaining a taste for volunteer service and a greater understanding […]

Lefcoe Fund-raiser Set for February 27

All too often, boys arrive at the Tidewater Youth Services Foundation’s Westhaven Boys’ Home with only the clothes on their backs. To address this, and to complement the support and treatment rendered by TYS, the Lefcoe Leadership class of 2016 is purchasing individual backpacks, each stuffed with clothing and personal items for each of the home’s young residents. Additionally, the ’16 class is scheduling several mentoring sessions, plus an event or two that’ll be just plain fun. To fund this project, the class is hosting a fund-raising event at Roger Brown’s in Olde Towne on Saturday, February 27, from […]

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Starting Block Helps To Create New Businesses

When you disembark from the Elizabeth River Ferry at the foot of High Street, one of the first sights to greet you as you head up High Street is Portsmouth’s own Colonel Crawford (actually, a statue of him) standing guard before the TowneBank building at the corner of Crawford and High. You might say that his figure marks the “starting block” of the path toward pedestrian-friendly Olde Towne’s many restaurants and shops. But now there’s more: on the second floor of the Colonel’s building you’ll now find the new space made available to Portsmouth entrepreneurs whose big ideas needn’t […]

2015 Scottish Walk? You bet!

Edgy weather has never stopped the annual Olde Towne Portsmouth Scottish Walk, and this year was no exception. As these Facebook pics show, a big crowd came, stayed, and enjoyed!

Lefcoe Class of 2016 Takes Shape

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the thirty-two Lefcoe 2016 class participants will, at the end of their workdays, file into the Partnership’s briefing room at 6:30pm to begin a new adventure, and to work toward earning their place as Lefcoe alum. They will forge new friendships as they work together to learn not only about the power of relationships and group dynamics, but also how the development, non-profit and government communities work. Trips to Portsmouth Schools’ STARBASE, plus the General Assembly and Supreme Court of Virginia are on tap, and a tilt toward the “beauty of business,” entrepreneurship and […]