The theme of the Suffolk State of the City event earlier this week was “be inspired,” and it was easy to be just that while listening to Mayor Linda T. Johnson’s speech.
Inspiration is abundant in Suffolk, and it can come from numbers like the 712 new jobs and more than $114 million in capital investment — including nearly 1.2 million square feet in new and expanding businesses — that Suffolk has seen in recent years.
The inspiration can also come from greater fiscal stability and a higher credit rating than the city had back in the mid-2000s, when city leaders made a commitment to clean up their act.
But to most people, numbers are a jumble. That’s why Johnson made sure to mention plenty of people in her speech, too.
In addition to the business numbers, she mentioned businesspeople like Corey and Jnel Duncan, Richard Chaing and Thomas Vandiver.
The Duncans own The Catering Place, the 2018 Suffolk Small Business of the Year winner from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Chaing owns Suffolk Executive Offices, which garnered a “Top to Watch” award from the Chamber this year. And Vandiver is founder and co-owner of The Neighborhood Harvest, which Johnson announced will soon expand its operations.
The stories of real business owners tell the story of Suffolk like numbers just can’t do. Read the full article here.