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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 Square?

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 be

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

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|

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|

Portsmouth Partnership Supports Redistricting Reform

The Portsmouth Partnership adopted a resolution supporting redistricting reform in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Learn more about this very important issue by visiting OneVirginia2021.  Go a step further by signing the petition and contacting your legislators. RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF REFORMING VIRGINIA’S REDISTRICTING PROCESS JANUARY 22, 2015 WHEREAS, the process of redrawing congressional and state legislative districts in Virginia is conducted by members of the majority party of the General Assembly under authority granted by Article II, Section 6 of the Virginia Constitution; and WHEREAS, Virginia’s historical practice of redistricting by the majority party in each legislative chamber is an

January 28th, 2015|Categories: News, Partnership News|

Partnership’s Farmers’ Market is Business Incubator!

THE TERM “BUSINESS INCUBATOR,” for most of us, conjures images of quirky urban spaces where casually-dressed young techies huddle over smart devices and foot-tall cups of Starbucks coffee. But the 30 or so vendors at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market contend that they, too, share an incubation space with a vibe all its own: their weekly market at Court and High Streets. Their stalls are, after all, the ultimate “temp space;” their revenue provides investment for their businesses’ growth, and their customers’ testimonials provide the most credible brand of advertising out there. “I STARTED MY BUSINESS OUT OF MY HOME over