The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. (ULHR) has relocated its headquarters from Portsmouth to 5700 Thurston Avenue in the Airport Industrial Park of Virginia Beach. The expansion will allow the organization to create 10 new jobs.
The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. helps minority groups and others secure economic self-reliance by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing. The non-profit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year in the region. The Urban League of Hampton Roads has assisted in saving more than 1,000 homes from foreclosure. Over the past three years, the agency has provided housing services to more than 500 people in Virginia Beach. Of those, 276 families were provided with foreclosure counseling, and 179 homes were saved from foreclosure.
In addition to the headquarters, the Urban League has operations in Norfolk, Hampton and in Virginia Beach at 875 Baker Road at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The new headquarters comprises 8,076 square feet to accommodate the agency’s current 20 employees. Urban League will create 10 new jobs with salaries that range from $35,001 to $50,000.
The Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority has authorized an Economic Development Investment Program grant of $20,000 based on the capital investment of $75,000 and the 10 new jobs.
“Urban League of Hampton Roads plays a vital role in our community, and we’re pleased the leadership has selected Virginia Beach as the location for its regional headquarters,” said Warren Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development. “The organization plays a critical role to so many people in our region. This new location will enable them to significantly expand their mission of service to the people of Hampton Roads.”
The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international business and industry that results in the creation of new capital investment and jobs that increase the per capita income in the community. The City of Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of 434,000 and is the 39th largest city in the United States. The City of Virginia Beach is recognized as the best run cities in America, by 24/7 Wall Street in 2012, and in 2011, Virginia Beach ranked number one for economic growth potential by Business Facilities. In 2012, the Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council, one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. In 2011, the Department won an Award of Excellence for its marketing efforts from the International Economic Development Council. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.