Friday, January 28th, 2022

C Shopper Columns


When looking for a city with a thriving business environment and an abundance of events to attend, one might think of a large metropolitan area such as New York or Los Angeles.  In reality, however, one needs to look no further than our own beautiful city of Chesapeake. Read further to learn more about some exciting business highlights and thrilling events that the city will be offering this holiday season.

Chesapeake, Virginia Business Update
Chesapeake is a great place to do business!  Here are a few interesting facts about our city:
Chesapeake is within 750 miles of two-thirds of the nation's population.
Chesapeake has a diverse business economy with companies from 19 different nations.
Chesapeake has a motivated and capable workforce, replenished each year by approximately 30,000 exiting military service members and graduating college students.
Chesapeake is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Commonwealth, with 353 square miles of land.
When it comes to commercial Real Estate, Chesapeake offers nearly 6,500 acres zoned industrial, over 18 million square feet of constructed office and industrial space, and more than six million square feet of retail space, including two regional malls.

The City Managers Forum
One exciting upcoming event is the City Managers Forum, organized by the Hampton Roads Chamber, which will be hosted at the Chesapeake Conference Center on December 2 at 12:00 pm. The moderator is Steve Romine from Williams Mullen Law Firm and the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional Board Chairman. The panelists include the City Managers from the following cities: Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News.

The Priority Toyota Cancer Center
Another exciting bit of news is that Chesapeake Regional Healthcare recently completed a cancer center addition, doubling its footprint and making it the first completed project on a list of expansions planned for the hospital.  The Priority Toyota Cancer Center offers imaging, treatment, physical therapy, palliative care, outpatient services, and patient navigators.  Previously, the cancer center was named the Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center, honoring the former mayor when it opened in 1995.  The name has changed to the Priority Toyota Cancer Center, and a tribute to Oman's legacy is in the new lobby.

Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade
The Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade will take place on December 4, 2021. This 38-year-old tradition is the result of a partnership between the Chesapeake Rotary Club and the City of Chesapeake. Rotarians Anthony Draper and Lindsey Elliott are serving as co-chairs of this year's parade sponsored by Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The parade begins on Mt. Pleasant Road and Battlefield Boulevard and ends in front of City Hall on Cedar Road.  The festivities, which will include food vendors, will kick off at 6:00 pm.
We are lucky to live in a beautiful city with a thriving economy and a small-town feel that offers so many family-friendly events. May everyone have a happy holiday season and remain thankful for living in a wonderful city like Chesapeake, Virginia.