In 1977, a visionary group of Norfolk business and political leaders, concerned that Norfolk was suffering from a malaise in its development cycle, met to discuss how to get Norfolk moving again. The Greater Baltimore Corporation, which was composed of the business and educational leadership of Baltimore, provided the model for the Greater Norfolk Corporation.
Norfolk, like Baltimore, was blessed with a rich talent pool of private sector leaders whose expertise could help government make better decisions and catalyze development. The desire to get something going; to encourage actual implementation of projects, coupled with the belief that the private sector had to be organized in order to be effective, provided the impetus for GNC’s formation.
Since its inception, GNC has been a partner in Norfolk’s ongoing renaissance. While GNC’s role is different today than it was at its inception, the real value of GNC remains the same. GNC continues to be blessed with a rich talent pool of private sector leaders whose expertise and resources can and do make a meaningful difference.
Today, GNC continues to play a leadership role in efforts to enhance Norfolk’s and the region’s competitiveness and quality of life. In response to the urgent necessity to diversify and grow the local economy, GNC is focused on enhancing Norfolk’s (and the region’s) entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to jump-start the development and growth of innovation based businesses and jobs.