NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The city of Norfolk received recognition for its efforts to employ veterans and keep them working.
According to a news release from the city, Norfolk received the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Gold Certification. The honor was announced during a ceremony held in Richmond last week.
Norfolk is the only municipality and the only Enterprise Organization (greater than 1,000 employees) in the Commonwealth to receive this certification.
“We appreciate the support from the Virginia Values Veterans organization to attract and retain military veterans,” City Manager Marcus D. Jones said about the honor. “My administration is committed to continuing our efforts and working with our veterans as they seek new career opportunities with the City of Norfolk.”
Since Norfolk joined the V3 in July 2012, the city has hired 170 veterans with a 96 percent retention rate.
Norfolk partners with Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia and Hampton Roads to provide an employment specialist to work directly with veterans seeking jobs with the city of Norfolk or current veteran employees seeking career advancement.