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 business

January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Partnership Snags ALLI Award

The Portsmouth Partnership has been recognized as the 2015 Alli Awards Arts Partner by the Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads for three of its affiliates' work in support of tourism, the arts, leadership, and education in the city of Portsmouth. "The Partnership's impact is felt far beyond Olde Towne's boundaries as the Partnership supports areas that touch the lives of all residents - education, the public schools, and the Portsmouth Schools Foundation.  Economic growth and the development of future leaders are the hallmark of the Portsmouth Partnership," the Cultural Alliance noted in making its presentation. The Partnership's PortsEvents affiliate, created in 2008 when the city eliminated its

Portsmouth FLAVOR

Presents: PORTSMOUTH FLAVOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 FROM 6 – 8:30 PM AT THE WOMEN'S CLUB OF PORTSMOUTH 304 Sycamore Road, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707 FOR A TASTE OF PORTSMOUTH WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS: 757 Crave on the Harbor, Dock of the Bay, Foggy Point Bar & Grill, Gosport Tavern, Homegrown, JoJack’s Espresso Bar & Cafe, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, Roger Brown’s, Still, Stove, The Bier Garden, and more... SILENT AUCTION SPONSORED BY:  LOCAL BEER AND WINE TASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT: Porte Towne Magic Jazz Band Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at door – and includes beer and wine tasting. Cash bar beyond tastings. For ticket information, go to or email

Lefcoe Grad Loves City, Grows Business and Jobs

  Tracy Link, 2015 Lefcoe Leadership grad, is a "giver." And the traits that attracted her to the Portsmouth Partnership's Lefcoe class, which fosters leadership and civic involvement, continue to propel the upward trajectory of her growing business. Her mission? Actually, she has several: grow a Portsmouth business, create jobs, and give back to the community (she serves on the boards of Safety Town and Starbase). She attacks each with the commitment and passion implied by the name of her company: Integrity Security Services.  Read more here . . .

October 20th, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

New Partnership Member Wins Business Award

 Partnership member Stephen Korving, President of North Suffolk’s Korving & Company, exemplifies the model of a young man whose personal and business lives revolve around growing and maintaining strong relationships.  Although he, his wife and their two children are Western Branch residents, he remains a stalwart Portsmouth supporter.  Stephen is a past board member of Portsmouth’s PARC, an active board member of the Portsmouth Museums Foundation and the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation, and a consistent supporter of local organizations including the Portsmouth Service League, Portsmouth YMCA, Portsmouth Lions, the Churchland and Portsmouth Rotary Clubs, and the Chamber of Commerce. A

August 11th, 2015|Categories: News, Partnership News|


2015 Lefcoe Leadership alumna Dr. Jaclyn Walker quotes Socrates as she describes the philosophy of her new creation, the M.A.N. (Men Alleviating Negativity) "All Citizens deserve a Second Chance" Foundation.  "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new," she says.  Accordingly, her organization provides services such as resume writing, classes on professional etiquette, and training on how to become readjusted to society after incarceration to convicted felons who want to work toward another chance at life. M.A.N.’s kickoff meeting was held on Friday, July 27, 2015 in the Portsmouth Partnership’s

August 11th, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Partnership, City Endorse Transportation Grant Request

The Portsmouth Partnership and Interim Portsmouth City Manager Brannon Godfrey have written in support of the City of Chesapeake’s request for grade separation at Freeman Avenue, adjacent to Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad’s soon-to-be expanded Virginia Yard facility. The unique opportunity presented by the combination of NPBL’s facility expansion and a Freeman Avenue flyover holds value for Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and the entire region. By mitigating congestion caused by the moveable lift bridge on the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch, delays of both rail and vehicular traffic in Portsmouth and Chesapeake will be reduced, as will the delay of maritime traffic

Partnership Welcomes New Members

The Portsmouth Partnership is very pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Robin Schmalbach, Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Management Group; Nicole Cox, Director of Sales, Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Conference Center; Lisa Lucas-Burke, Quality Assurance Director, Lucas Lodge; Andy Callahan, BB&T Market President for Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Western Hampton Roads; and Stephen Korving, Certified Financial Planner, Korving and Company. Also welcomed as a new Ex-Officio member is Krystyn Pecora, External Affairs Officer, 5th District Command, United States Coast Guard. The Partnership is excited to include their talents, insights, and participation.

April 16th, 2015|Categories: Partnership News|