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					August 2009

Hampton is a Hotspot for Young Professionals
The City of Hampton was recently named one of the top 20 hot spots for
young professionals to live and work as ranked by Next Generation Consulting
(NGC). The ranking was based on seven indexes: earning and future job growth,
educational opportunities, vitality, ability to get around town, after hours
activities, cost of lifestyle and social capital. Hampton ranked number 20 on
the list in the “Mighty Micro” population category of 100,000 to 200,000.

“We are extremely honored to receive this distinction,” said Mayor Molly Joseph
Ward. “Hampton prides itself on being an affordable community with numerous
 career opportunities and a vibrant social scene for young professionals.”

NGC has studied workplace preferences of 20 to 40 year olds since 1998. This particular study used 45 measures of the seven
indexes to determine the best cities for young professionals.

Come Tweet with us @hamptonvabiz
Social networking has entered the mix in the City of Hampton Department of Economic Development’s
marketing. The popular micro blogging site, Twitter, is being used to inform followers of recent media
coverage, programs, news announcements and more!

About Twitter: It is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users
to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140
characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users
who have signed up to receive them.

Visit www.twitter.com to register for an account and follow us at @hamptonvabiz.

Target Rolls Out the Red Carpet
The new Target at Peninsula Town Center hosted a grand opening ceremony on
July 21. Mayor Molly Joseph Ward, City Councilmen George E. Wallace and
Ross A. Kearney, II cut the honorary Target logoed ribbon.

Guests were greeted inside by live music, refreshments and a fully stocked
143,000 square foot store. The new location is more than 20,000 square feet
larger than the previous Hampton location and offers a pharmacy, Starbucks
and fresh grocery section.

Other recent openings at the Peninsula Town Center include Lenscrafters and the Chapman Apartments. Soon to open
restaurants include: Chipotle, Five Guys and The Pub.

City of Hampton Department of Economic Development                                                            (757) 727-6237
One Franklin Street, Suite 600, Hampton, VA 23669                                                        www.hampton.gov/ed
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Hampton Economic Development eNews                                                                                     Page 2

Hampton Teen Center Nearing Completion
The former Sentara Fitness Club at 300 Butler Farm Road is approaching the end of its
transformation into the new Hampton Teen Center. An Open House will be hosted
on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., giving the public an opportunity to tour the facility.
An official grand opening celebration will take place on Aug. 29 from 1-5 p.m.

The two-story, 30,000 square foot teen haven houses amenities including a running
track, food court, lounge, meeting areas, recording studio and cyber cafe.

The Center will be open daily from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3-11 p.m.
Fridays; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call the Coalition For Youth
at 728-3280.

2009 Black Expo - The Power of E
The Fifth Annual Virginia Black Expo will focus on The Power of E -- E-Commerce,
Energy, Education and the Environment. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August
22, 2009 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th
Street.

Attendees will experience informative seminars and workshops, more than 150 exhibitors
and vendors, a nationally known keynote speaker—entrepreneur George Fraser, celebrity
entertainers—Hollywood actor Morris Chestnut, a book fair, health fair, youth activities and
live entertainment.

Guests can also learn how to do business with the cities in Hampton Roads and the Virginia Port Authority at a special workshop
from 10-11 a.m. This session is being offered free of charge and will be held in meeting room 2CD of the convention center.

Expo admission is $12 (ages 13 & up); $6 for children (ages 6-12); and free for children ages 5 and under.

NASA Breaks Ground for Green- Certified Building
On the 92nd anniversary of its founding,
NASA Langley Research Center broke ground
on July 17 for its first U.S. Green Building
Council’s LEED-certified building. This is one
of six new buildings to be constructed in the
Center’s “New Town” program.

NASA Langley is partnering with the U.S.
General Services Administration (GSA) on
the design and construction of a 70,000 square
foot cost effective, highly efficient, adaptable
and sustainable administration building.

Langley’s “New Town” project includes construction of six new buildings, renovation of two buildings and demolition of 10
obsolete buildings. Construction cost for this first building is $23 million and is expected to bring an 85 percent reduction in
energy use compared to existing office space at the Center.


City of Hampton Department of Economic Development                                                            (757) 727-6237
One Franklin Street, Suite 600, Hampton, VA 23669                                                        www.hampton.gov/ed

				
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