Chamber Hosts Delegation from India

Chamber Hosts Delegation from India

(from left) Chris Gullickson, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; Steve Cook, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; Janis Weisberg, President, Norfolk Sister City Association; Dr. Krishna Diwakar, medical college professor in Kochi; Rati DiWalker, Psychologist; Cdr. Jose Manjooran, head of the Delegation developer and Sister City Committee Chair in Kochi; Joy Jacobs, spices factory and medical college director; Carol McCormack, CEO of the United Way of South Hampton Roads; Jack Hornbeck, CCE, Chamber's President & CEO. On September 12, the Chamber hosted four members of the Kochi, India Delegation who were visiting Norfolk at the invitation of the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA).  Kochi is the eighth and most recent Sister City to join the NSCA.  The group participated in Kochi Week, a weeklong tour with NSCA highlighting Norfolk’s historical, educational, commercial, medical, civic and cultural institutions.  

(from left) Steve Cook, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and Chris Gullickson, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance The Chamber’s President & CEO, Jack Hornbeck, CCE, along with Chris Gullickson and Steve Cook of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), and Carol McCormack, CEO of the United Way of South Hampton Roads, all gave a comprehensive presentation of the local cooperative efforts that enhance economic growth in the area as well as the regionalism and volunteerism which play vital roles in Hampton Roads` progress. 

Dr. Krishna Diwakar, medical college professor in KochiDr. Krishna Diwakar, a medical college professor in Kochi, gave a presentation highlighting life in Kochi and the economic growth that has occurred there in the past several years. 

While in Norfolk, the group visited Mayor Paul Fraim’s office, the Port of Virginia, Old Dominion University, and many other groups and organizations.

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