From the earliest efforts of the Portsmouth Industrial Foundation onward, the Portsmouth Partnership’s focus on economic development was evidenced by the kinds of community investments that it made. The following investments, made between 1993 – 2003, were in addition to the $2,500,000 in earlier business loans made by the Partnership, outlined in the “History” section of this site:
Greater Portsmouth Development Corporation $ 173,100
Lindab reloation incentive 50,000
Fresnel Lens acquisition 10,000
Olde Towne Business Association 9,375
Economic Development Business Appreciation 8,759
Lefcoe Leadership Fund 4,000
Portsmouth Historical Survey 2,500
In time, however, the Partnership’s board saw the need to reach out beyond support for general economic development, and to find the means to actively support the specific works of Portsmouth’s many non-profits. As a result, a new affiliate was formed.
Founded in 2003 with $100,000 in seed money from the Portsmouth Partnership, the Portsmouth Partnership Foundation was created to support both worthwhile projects and non-profits within the city of Portsmouth. Today, an Advisory Committee of Lefcoe alumni reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Partnership’s Executive Committee for final approval. Since 2003, PPF grants have included the following:
Bon Secours Maryview Foundation (Heart Institute) $10,000
Portsmouth Museums Foundation (Children’s Museum expansion) 20,000
Elizabeth River Project 2,500
Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library (Churchland computers) 18,309
Hampton Roads Arts Trust feasibility study 1,000
Lefcoe Alumni Association SAIL Award 3,500
Mile Marker Zero Rendezvous 5,000
Portsmouth Community Foundation (Pokey Smokey II) 5,000
Portsmouth Economic Development Dept. – Business Appreciation 1,276
Portsmouth Economic Development Dept. – Job Fair 1,000
Portsmouth Public Schools – Porte Towne Magic 3,000
Portsmouth Schools Foundation 2,000
Seeds for a Healthy Watershed 1,787
Starbase Victory 5,500
Tidewater Community College – Portsmouth Public Schools scholarship 25,000
Todi Music Fest 8,500
Urban Arts Center 3,000
Portsmouth Museums Foundation (Winter Wonderland) 2,000
The Portsmouth Partnership board has been pleased and gratified by the PPF’s focus, its performance, and its ability to tap the expertise of Lefcoe Leadership Alumni in identifying and addressing the needs of Portsmouth’s non-profit organizations.
Every 4th, 5th and 6th grader in the Portsmouth Public School System attends Starbase, a week-long program focusing on the environment, geo-spatial concepts, and the principles of flight. Here, 6th graders work toward the final day of class, when each will launch his or her very own rocket.
“Innovator grants” of $500 each, provided by the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, enable teachers to put new ideas and opportunities in front of their students. Here, students design and construct a scale model of a whale.
A grant to the Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library paid for the computers in the Technology Training Room of the new Churchland Branch Library.
Fund-raisers like those held at Mario’s Italian Restaurant fuel grants made to the Urban Arts Center, above, and the Children’s Museum of Virginia, below.