Photo by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz. An upcoming ad campaign for Virginia Beach will feature a new song by hometown star Pharrell Williams. A city official tells the Virginian-Pilot that Williams contacted the city last year asking how he could help after the mass shooting at a municipal building in May. That led to a a multi-year plan involving the singer in tourism and economic development initiatives. As part of that, the singer will narrate two 60-second Commercials with his soon-to-be-released song, “Virginia.”
By Kathy Hieatt. Virginia Beach will be getting nearly 70 new jobs and a new official song, “Happy,” Mayor Will Sessoms announced at the annual State of the City address Wednesday. The jobs will come in the form of Haulotte Group North America – a French manufacturer of aerial work equipment and platforms, such as construction scaffolding – moving its North American headquarters here from Frederick, Md., this summer.
It’s promising 67 jobs within three years with average annual salaries of $70,000, Sessoms said. The song will come in the form of the hit tune by Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams, who Sessoms said has given his blessing and whose mother attended Wednesday’s event. She was joined by nearly 1,200 people – business and civic leaders, city department heads, council members, the mayors of Portsmouth and Chesapeake, and local members of the Virginia General Assembly – who joined in the luncheon at the Convention Center.
Pharrell Williams – Happy (3PM) (2013)
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