Newport News gets grant to expand Seafood Industrial Park, dredging included

The City of Newport News, Virginia, was awarded a $640,994 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to support design work for a seafood market, as well as dock improvements and dredging design at the head of the Seafood Industrial Park.

City of Newport News

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to creating new opportunities for businesses and workers in communities across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Alejandra Y. Castillo.

“This EDA investment will provide for improvements that will make the Newport News Seafood Industrial Park more easily accessible, creating business opportunities and supporting food-based entrepreneurship in this historically underserved community.”

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“Seafood Industrial Park is home to a thriving seafood industry, which is critical to the city’s economy,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “I’m glad to see that this federal funding will help improve Seafood Industrial Park for local businesses.”

“The EDA’s investment in the Seafood Industrial Park is great news for the Newport News community. These funds will expand and create exciting opportunities for local businesses to grow the seafood industry in the region,” added Congressman Bobby Scott.

According to Newport News Department of Development Director, Florence Kingston, the design work would begin later this year and wrap up in early 2024.