The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce was proud to continue our 2016 State of the City Series in Chesapeake on March 23. Mayor Alan Krasnoff spoke to a room full of 800 people on Wednesday at the Chesapeake Conference Center. In 2015, there were over $179 million in investments and more than 1,800 new jobs in Chesapeake. “Chesapeake has become fertile ground for growth and opportunities,” said Mayor Krasnoff.
Mayor Krasnoff opened his speech discussing the projects concerning the three major bridges in Chesapeake: the New Veteran Bridge, replacing the bridge in Deep Creek and expanding the High Rise on I-64. By 2029, there will be a $3 billion investment in Chesapeake for all the bridges being built.
The Mayor highlighted the many things that are unique about the city of Chesapeake that some people may not know. For instance, Chesapeake was rated the 10th hardest working city in America and Chesapeake was rated America’s 50th best cities for the business environment. “Companies trust Chesapeake,” stated Mayor Krasnoff. Mayor Krasnoff acknowledged Amazon Prime opening in Chesapeake. He even had an Amazon Prime delivery scheduled to arrive in the middle of his speech; his order contained a book about a gentleman who started a business in Chesapeake. “24/7 Chesapeake will be open for business, making lives simpler for people to do business,” said Krasnoff.
The Mayor recognized Chesapeake Police Officers and Chesapeake Firefighters for their service, their volunteer work, and all they are doing for the community in Chesapeake. Mayor Krasnoff also recognized the Chesapeake Public Schools, the City Council, and other individuals who invest a lot in the community with their time and efforts.
The City of Chesapeake wants a healthy lifestyle for all of its residents. They have started a community based, non-profit organization called Healthy Chesapeake. Healthy Chesapeake will have a location that offers a wide array of services, including an Olympic sized pool. All of this will revitalize Chesapeake and make a more vibrant community.
Mayor Krasnoff ended his speech by stating this year Chesapeake is about creating opportunities and building a community of choice for families and companies alike. “Our greatest strengths may be our stubbornness and a determination not to forget the past, but to learn from it.”
Thank you to our sponsors: TowneBank (Series Presenting Sponsor); Dollar Tree (City Host Sponsor); Bon Secours (Series Platinum Sponsor); GEICO (Series Gold Sponsor); Everest College, Farm Fresh, & Optima Health (Series Silver Sponsors); Cox Communications & Sinclair Communications (Series Media Sponsors); Chesapeake Conference Center (Host Sponsor); Kroger Marketplace, Norfolk Southern, & The Shopper (Bronze Sponsors);