In response to the urgent necessity to diversify and grow our local economy, GNC is focused on enhancing Norfolk’s (and the region’s) entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to jumpstart the development and growth of innovation-based businesses and jobs.
To that end, GNC was a champion for the establishment of the Norfolk Innovation Corridor, which connects our existing clusters of innovation, ODU, EVMS, CHKD, Sentara, downtown Norfolk & the Neon District, TCC and NSU and offers qualifying tech firms a BPOL tax abatement. A blue-ribbon steering committee has been convened to shepherd efforts to activate the Corridor.
Developing, attracting and retaining talent remains a key priority and GNC continues to advocate for the establishment of a national caliber Academic Career/Technical High School and Adult Workforce Training Center in Norfolk. GNC is also partnering with Norfolk State University on a Mentorship/Internship initiative, as well as with Visit Norfolk in an effort modeled after the successful Campus Philly initiative to promote the City of Norfolk as a University Town, with a goal of attracting the brightest students, retaining them after graduation and thereby growing the number of well-educated young adults in Norfolk and the region.