Portsmouth selects Charles Rigney as director of economic development
Charles E. “Chuck” Rigney has been appointed as Portsmouth’s director of economic development. Rigney brings more than three decades of economic development experience to the city. He comes to Portsmouth from Norfolk where he was the assistant director of development.
Rigney has been involved in new development and business expansions throughout Norfolk’s business and industrial parks. He has facilitated small business deals at urban redevelopment sites, including the Chelsea Business District and the Norfolk & Western Railroad Line Historic District, homes to microbrewers Smartmouth and O’Connor Brewing.
Rigney worked as Norfolk’s interim economic development director from September 2011 to September 2013.
He begins his position in Portsmouth on Nov. 3.