February 2020

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States such as La Espanola, Italica, and Villa Blanca. Acesur is committed to sustainability, giving back more than 10 times the energy it consumes through the recycling of its waste.

“The new facility in the City of Suffolk will enable the company to build on its 150-year legacy of high-quality products and dedicated service to its customers,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Hampton Roads region has emerged as a hub for the food and beverage sector, and Acesur USA will be a valuable addition to the industry.”

“Virginia was chosen due to its market proximity, progressive infrastructure investment, as well as the Port of Virginia’s proximity to the plant,” said Joseph Fairchild, Vice President of Operations and Director of Purchasing for Acesur USA LLC.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Suffolk, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $120,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity

Fund to assist Suffolk with the project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. “We are privileged to welcome Acesur to our thriving food and beverage industry sector in Suffolk,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. “We are confident that their well-respected international presence will be a complementary blend with our skilled workforce and favorable business environment.”

“We are thrilled Acesur has selected Suffolk for its U.S. production operation,” said Doug Smith, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. “Hampton Roads has long been a hub for food processing due to the availability of industry specific resources such as the Port of Virginia.” “Virginia’s food and beverage manufacturing industry is expanding, and we are working closely with the members of that business sector to ensure efficient access to world markets,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are making significant infrastructure investments to ensure safe, reliable, and consistent cargo movement to help this industry and the Virginia economy grow. We welcome Acesur USA and look forward to the opportunity to help it expand.”

Public Utilities' Annual Water

FREE events at Virginia Beach Public Library! All events are for Adults (Ages 18+)

Check out these

African American Film Series Sundays, Feb. 9, 16 & 23, 2 to 5 p.m. Central Library, 385-0150

African American Genealogy Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. Kempsville Library, 385-2627

Black History

Through Poetry & Prose Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Princess Anne Library, 385-2610

Visit for more info or call the library hos� ng the event.

Awareness Calendar Contest VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In an effort to promote water conservation among the City's youth, Public Utilities is asking teachers and parents to encourage students to illustrate different ways to use water wisely for a chance to have their artwork featured in the department's 2021 Water Awareness Calendar. All artwork should be accompanied by an official entry form and dropped off or mailed to:

Virginia Beach Public Utilities ATTN: Water Awareness Calendar Entry 3500 Dam Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Public Utilities will choose 13 winners and many other honorable mentions to have their artwork featured in next year's Water Awareness Calendar. The winners will also be honored at an official awards ceremony in the spring. The contest rules and entry form can be found at calendarcontest.

February 19-29, 2020

Join The Hampton Roads Messenger and the Business Development Alliance for the opening reception of our

African American History Month Photography Exhibits at both Bryant & Stratton College locations in Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach Campus: 301 Centre Pointe Drive, 23462 Reception: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5pm-7pm Exhibit Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm Fri 9am-3pm Sat 9am-1pm

Hampton Campus: 5030 Kilgore Avenue, 23666 Reception: Thursday, February 20, 2020 5pm-7pm

Learn what's new at HBCUs across the country at

Exhibit Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm Fri 9am-3pm Sat 9am-1pm The exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public

Email to RSVP by February 17th for either reception.

African American History Month Photography Exhibit and Reception

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