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757 Is More Than an Area Code
757 is much more than an area code!
It’s 17 municipalities connecting under one regional brand. It’s 1.7 million residents creating regional pride and a sense of place to compete with markets across the nation. It’s inclusive and rooted in what is undeniable about us, our tremendous assets, our diversity, our history, our military, our Port, our culture.
I am proud and humbled to serve as both the president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber and as a board member for the United Way of South Hampton Roads.
I am proud and humbled to serve as both the president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber and as a board member for the United Way of South Hampton Roads. These two roles give me a front row seat to the intersection of business and community.
For 72 years, Virginia has remained a right-to-work state, guaranteeing that no person can be required to, as a condition of employment, join or pay dues to a labor union.
For 72 years, Virginia has remained a right-to-work state, guaranteeing that no person can be required to, as a condition of employment, join or pay dues to a labor union. Virginia is one of 27 states that have passed right-to-work laws. In anticipation of the 2020 General Assembly session, it’s important to remember that keeping Virginia a right-to-work state will support the business community.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
The observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15. The monthlong observance was enacted into law Aug. 17, 1988.
Thousands of able-bodied workers have vanished from the labor market as a result of our generation’s worst public health crisis. It is imperative that employers take notice and take action.
WHEN THE Virginia health commissioner declared the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency in 2016, the epidemic was wreaking havoc on families and communities across Virginia. Though many communities in the commonwealth responded with exemplary efforts by law enforcement, innovative medical practices and public education, the dimensions of the crisis were still unfolding and the economic impact was growing.
Welcome regional brand discussions with open minds
WHEN WORD bubbled up late last year that area corporate and business leaders planned to give regional branding another go, it brought forth a response that is as close to unanimous as they are likely to receive in this grand undertaking.
P4 - A “Win-Win” for Businesses and Military Bases
As a nation that has been at war for nearly 18 years, one of the most important concerns for military leaders is sustained training and readiness. Therefore, it is no surprise that the preponderance of Department of Defense funding goes to combat readiness. An unintended result of these budget priorities has been the shortfall of available funding for maintenance of real property at bases at home and overseas. This reality has sparked military installation leaders to question the necessity of running such facilities as golf courses, horse stables, storage facilities, and lodging properties. Perhaps now is the ideal time to let private companies run these operations, allowing military funding to go to improving combat readiness.
Recognizing Service and Heroism
Hampton Roads is truly blessed be built on such a large foundation of military members and first responders throughout the region who each display a profound professional readiness to help the community every day. These are the local heroes who make it possible for the business community to function and thrive properly by knowing that our region is safe and protected. Through their grueling careers, they practice values that coincide with those of the Hampton Roads Chamber including excellence, selfless service, leadership, diversity, and integrity.
This is a historic year in the history of the Commonwealth. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia, which continue to define America. The founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619 shaped the democratic process we continue to enjoy today. However, 2019 also marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America.
This is a historic year in the history of the Commonwealth. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia, which continue to define America. The founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619 shaped the democratic process we continue to enjoy today. However, 2019 also marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America. While Hampton Roads is blessed to be filled with so much history and to be at the heart of our nation’s birth, we must recognize how the actions of our founders have left a tarnished legacy and created systemic challenges in our society that 400 years later we are still working to overcome. In the midst of Black History Month, in the midst of a Virginia cast in horrid tumult and portrayed on a national stage for its errors and its often ugly history, the Hampton Roads Chamber sees this as a strategic turning point and a catalyst for our future. We cannot change our history but we can and must learn from it and focus on a better future, one of equality and inclusivity.
Honor King and make holiday day of service
As we reflect on the holiday that honors the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., we should think about the indelible legacy he left in his actions and his words. He often said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” This year, on what would have been his 90th birthday his words and legacy are as relevant as ever. To honor Dr. King this day should not just be a day off, but should be one of reflection and a “Day of Service” to others through civic, community and intentional service projects. As a business leader and a man of faith, I constantly think about how I can serve others through my role at the helm of the Hampton Roads Chamber. While the Chamber means business it also must serve as in inspiring ignitor and impactful advocate in our community. Our advocacy efforts occur not just at the legislative level but also in recognizing inequalities, issues, challenges and concerns within our community and driving positive change.
Regionalism Not Partisanship
757 Is More Than an Area Code
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