CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Chesapeake Mayor Rick West held his annual State of the City address Thursday afternoon.
West highlighted key business development initiatives, provide strategic municipal progress updates, address challenges and opportunities and provide a glimpse into the city's future.
Additionally, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkinannounced that Perdue AgriBusiness will invest $59.1 million to expand its operations in the city.
According to Youngkin's office, the company will modernize the Chesapeake location's facilities and increase production of its high-protein soybean meal, soybean oil and hulls, which positions the company to expand its soybean crushing capability to include other high-oil content products.
Virginia competed with Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for the project.
“The City of Chesapeake is very excited about the expansion of Perdue AgriBusiness,” said Mayor West. “Perdue’s decision to choose Chesapeake for its expansion just further highlights the many advantages our city has to offer businesses, from our location to our business climate. We look forward to the continued partnership with Perdue and are proud to see their growth in the City of Chesapeake.”
The 2022 State of the City address took place at the Chesapeake Conference Center at 12 p.m.
You can watch the address above.