Our Mission Statement:
To participate in the Economic revitalization and development of the City of Norfolk by marshaling the resources of the private sector in support of the City and its agencies.
The plan that was developed and is currently being implemented focuses in part on developing, attracting and retaining talent and calls for the establishment of a national caliber Career/Technical High School modeled after the Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, MA, and the creation of a STEM-oriented Governor’s School for Innovation & Entrepreneurship modeled after the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, VA. Both initiatives remain a work in progress.
The plan also calls for the establishment of the Norfolk Innovation Corridor stretching along the Elizabeth River from Old Dominion University to Norfolk State University, encompassing the EVMS/Sentara/CHKD medical complex, downtown Norfolk and the area adjacent to Harbor Park, emulating the innovation district phenomenon that has catalyzed economic surges in cities like Durham, Chattanooga, Nashville and Boston. At GNC’s request, Norfolk City Council in July of 2016 designated the Corridor a “technology zone” under state law, thereby qualifying start-up tech firms locating there to receive certain City tax incentives.
Another key element of the plan envisions the establishment of an Innovation Center or headquarters space for the district modeled after other successful models in Austin, Chattanooga, Durham, Nashville and Washington, D.C. GNC continues to collaborate with the City and regional partners in identifying appropriate downtown space that will serve as the region’s innovation headquarters.
In addition, the plan recognizes the importance of placemaking and calls for taking the Elizabeth River Trail to a new level, with the goal of making it the most iconic riverfront trail in America and a magnet for attracting and retaining talent. To that end, GNC recently assisted in establishing the Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, which has embarked on a campaign to raise $4 million in the First Phase of making that vision a reality.