HRSD Announces SWIFT Mentor-Protégé Program!

The SWIFT team announced its newest program to engage Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned (SWaM) businesses at SWIFT Industry Day 2024 --  the SWIFT Mentor-Protégé Program. This new initiative is part of our community commitment framework to strengthen our region’s workforce and promote economic development. Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned (SWaM) businesses are invited to complete a short form if interested in participating as a protégé: HRSD SWIFT Mentor-Protégé Program

For more information, please contact Kerwen Whatley at


Fifth Annual SWIFT Industry Day, January 25, 2024



HRSD’s fifth annual SWIFT Industry Day took place on Thursday, January 25, 2024. It was a pleasure to host nearly 300 people in person at the Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton in Newport News, Virginia.

SWIFT Industry Day is an annual opportunity to learn about the status of the SWIFT program, what’s on the horizon, and the many opportunities that exist. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the presentation, as well as presentation materials associated with each of our current projects can be found in our Virtual Open House Space.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the SWIFT Research Center, the virtual self-tour is available for you to visit: HRSD SWIFT Research Center Virtual Tour.