|2010: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: Vision Hampton Roads - Public-Government Awareness & Policy|
The ‚ÄúOperations-Tactical Component‚ÄĚ of the Plan of Action will address the implementation of specific actions that will have the greatest short term impact on maintaining and growing the three (3) pillars of our regional economy and nurturing those regional assets that have the most realistic chance of diversifying our economy: Public-Government Awareness & Policy.
A recurrent and resounding theme from citizens during the public comment period to accomplish the Vision and see results was: ‚ÄúGet the local governments, industry, state and federal government to work together like every other metropolitan area‚Ä¶.One simple phrase E pluribus unum (Out of many, one) seems to apply here,‚ÄĚ said one respondent.
And via our social media platforms, another resident added, ‚ÄúThe old expression ‚ÄėUnited we stand, divided we fall‚Äô comes to mind. So does ‚ÄėGreater than the sum of its parts.‚Äô Except, right now, from where I stand, we feel like stray parts strewn across a garage. What I like about the Hampton Roads Partnership is they feel like the organization trying to put it all together.‚ÄĚ
The Hampton Roads Partnership has been characterized as a convener, a facilitator, an organization effective in laying the foundation for regional success. Many of the regional successes achieved during the Partnership‚Äôs existence are a result of the relationships formed and strengthened through the organization‚Äôs work. These relationships extend beyond the board members to include: other community organizations and industry; local elected officials; and state executive and legislative levels of government. The Partnership is credited for helping to foster a change in thinking and acting with regard to successful regional cooperation.
Public-Government Awareness & Policy Objectives-Strategies-Actions
Identified by Federal Sub-committee:
Action 1: Enhance and coordinate political engagement among local elected leaders, the Hampton Roads Caucus of the General Assembly, the Governor and his staff and the Virginia Congressional Delegation in order to retain organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal Government in Hampton Roads.
Action 2: Enhance and coordinate political engagement to increase the awareness and appreciation of our federal and military assets by local elected leaders, the Hampton Roads Caucus of the General Assembly, the Governor and his staff and the Virginia Congressional Delegation in order to attract and expand organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government in Hampton Roads.
Action 3: Build relationships with key business and political leadership at Local, State and National levels in order to achieve public awareness and appreciation of the economic value of the Federal assets in the region to the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.
Action 4: Build Congressional, state and local awareness/engagement of value of non-military Federal assets in order to achieve public awareness and appreciation of the economic value of the Federal assets in the region to the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.
Identified by Port & Maritime Sub-committee:
Action 1: Ensure government at all levels maintains sound fiscal policies and economic development tools that support the Port in order to maintain the Port as an economic engine for the Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.
Action 2: Build advocacy coalitions of local, state and federal political leadership by focusing on the distinct needs and interests of each level of government in order to gain public support and appreciation of the economic value of the Port of Hampton Roads to the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.
Identified by Tourism, Arts & Culture Sub-committee:
Action 1: Educate the community, including business and political leaders, about the economic impact of tourism, arts and culture in Hampton Roads thereby resulting in additional support for tourism, arts and culture in order to create sustainable regional tourism and a diverse arts and culture experience that is consistently funded, well coordinated and fully appreciated by the community.
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