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Regional Connectivity Ring  

– Hampton Roads wins the Grand Prize in 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) envisions a Regional Connectivity Ring (RCR), which will be used to connect five Southside cities - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake - to the transatlantic cable landings, as the foundation for smart region development and digitally-empowered communities. The Hampton Roads Regional Connectivity Ring



► NASA Langley Research Center, America's first civil aeronautics laboratory, tests and develops new aeronautic equipment

► The National Institute for Aerospace was founded by a consortium of large universities to conduct leading-edge aerospace and atmospheric research and train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

► Old Dominion University offers degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering

► The Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center is one of the world's leading research centers for computer modeling, simulation and visualization with more than 60 partners from industry, government & academia.

► The National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation, a joint effort between Old Dominion University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School, is focused on creating collaborative commercial opportunities between companies and the healthcare industry.

► Navy Information Dominance Forces organizes, mans, trains, and equips all navy information dominance capabilities.<.p>

► In 2014 Norfolk State University was selected as the lead institution in a $25 million cybersecurity education and workforce pipeline initiative. The University is to lead a consortium consisting of thirteen historically Black colleges and universities, the Department of Energy National Laboratories and a public school district. Vice President Joe Biden made the announcement on a visit to Norfolk State where he met with cybersecurity students and held a roundtable discussion with employers and students about cybersecurity. The National Nuclear Security Administration chose NSU as the lead institution, in part because of its academic infrastructure in information assurance and cybersecurity. NSU offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in computer science with an emphasis on information assurance. They also offer an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity. NSU has been recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a national center of excellence in information assurance education since 2009.

► Old Dominion University has established a Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCSER) to promote cybersecurity research and education in an interdisciplinary setting. The Center serves as a multiple-discipline hub of expertise in the international fight against internet-based crimes. Beginning in Fall 2015 ODU offers a cybersecurity major in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity, a cyber systems security graduate certificate in the engineering program, and a cybersecurity online graduate certificate in computer science.

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Jared Chalk
Interim Economic Development Director 

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