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Sen. Frank Wagner Addresses VSRA Membership

Senator Frank Wagner speaks to the VSRA Membership
Senator Frank Wagner speaks to the VSRA Membership

The March VSRA General Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel. The featured Guest Speaker was Senator Frank Wagner of Virginia's 7th District.

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Congressman Bobby Scott to Speak at April VSRA Membership Meeting

Congressman Robert "Bobby" Scott, U.S. House of Representatives (VA-3)
Congressman Robert "Bobby" Scott, U.S. House of Representatives (VA-3)

The next VSRA General Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel in the Holley Ballroom (1st Floor). The featured Guest Speaker will be Congressman Bobby Scott of the United States House of Representatives.

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Featured Article: Allfirst Utilizing Incumbent Worker Grant to Train Existing Employees

Steve Cook, Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Opportunity, Inc.
Steve Cook, Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Opportunity, Inc.

In June 2016, Opportunity Inc., in partnership with Tidewater Community College, received a $150,000 grant to develop customize training for businesses to help support their incumbent workforce.  The Hampton Roads Incumbent Worker Innovation Grant (IWT) provides employee training for small to medium-sized business in high-demand areas such as Warehousing and Logistics, Advance Manufacturing, and Transportation as well as Energy, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Construction trades.  Congratulations to Allfirst, LLC - the first recipient of the grant. 

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Featured Article: Why Civility is a Matter of Safety

Gretchen LeFever Watson, Ph.D, President, Safety & Leadership Solutions
Gretchen LeFever Watson, Ph.D, President, Safety & Leadership Solutions

As a psychologist who helps businesses improve their safety and quality outcomes, I often find myself talking about the importance of respectful interactions. People working in industrial companies often think I’m referring to touch-feely, full-and-puff stuff that doesn’t really matter. So I’m happy to see research that provides evidence to which every man and woman can relate.

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2017 11th Annual Tradesperson of the Year Awards - NOW OPEN for Nominations!

Premier Sponsor
Premier Sponsor

NOMINATE THE BEST of your best Tradespeople now!  The Junior awardee has less than 5 years in trade experience, the Senior 5 years or more in trade experience.

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11th Annual Ship Repair Virtual Lego Competition


The 11th Annual VSRF Virtual LEGO Competition was held at Nauticus on March 23. The event broke all records, and was by all accounts a tremendous success. 22 teams and 162 students competed; adding in teachers, chaperones, technical advisors, judges, and volunteers, all told there were nearly 300 people in attendance!

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New VSRA Member Companies

Five new member companies and one reinstated member joined VSRA in the month of March, bringing the membership total to 253. Please join us in welcoming:

ARS Recycling Systems, LLC

Craft and Technical Solutions, LLC

1st Choice

Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc.

Structure Repair Services LLC 

SEMAC dba ICE Tek

Click below for more information on our newest VSRA Members!

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Writers Welcome! Please contact Kathy Bryan, Communications Committee Chairman, at (757)366-9300, or kbryan@shipyardstaffing.com, if you would like to submit an article.

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