VMA2020: Celebrating A Century

If you think we live in interesting times today, then think back to 1919. That year and after a long struggle, women finally earned the right to vote. Prohibition, which began in Virginia in 1916, became the law nationwide in 1919.

That year that Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Versailles Treaty that ended World War I. It was during that war that Norfolk Naval Shipyard grew to accommodate 11,000 employees, and Sewell’s Point became the site of what would become the largest Naval Base in the world.

In 1920, with the oceans now safe for commercial shipping, the Panama Canal six years old and trade resuming in abundance, 56 business leaders here in Hampton Roads came together to form the Norfolk Maritime Exchange. The goal? To promote, protect and encourage international and domestic commerce through Virginia’s Ports.

Nearly a century later, that organization is now the statewide Virginia Maritime Association representing hundreds of companies engaged in the maritime industry in the Commonwealth.

What does VMA2020 Mean to You?

Share your story with us as a sponsor!

Thank You to All of Our Current 2020 Sponsors!

Learn about their journey by clicking on logos below!

Presenting Sponsors

Centennial Sponsors

Visionary Sponsors
Great Lakes Dredging McAllister T PArker Host

Milestone Sponsors

"1920" Sponsors
COlonna's Shipyard

Upcoming VMA2020 Events

May 9 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM 99th Annual Maritime Banquet dinner and speaker More Information.

“I saw Sea-Land on the side of a box in Appalachia, VA... about as far west as you can get and I pointed out that it had come from the port of Hampton Roads. That was evidence of how important the port was to the entire state."
- Former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton

Have a Question? Contact us!

Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
(757) 628-2678

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