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Hampton Roads e-Newsletter
February 2017 - Vol 8, Issue 2
Communications & Education Staff

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Joe Turner
Communications Manager

Katie Cullipher
Principal Environmental Education

Rebekah Eastep
Environmental Education Planner II
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The HRPDC continually monitors events and activities that impact the quality of life in Hampton Roads. We are pleased to present the following information and analysis for your information and use.
Hampton Roads Economic Monthly
Hampton Roads Economic Indicators Continue to Disagree

While national trends in retail sales, employment, and the overall economy have improved steadily, the regional economy has featured far more turbulence as a result of changes in government spending, particularly in the Department of Defense. While U.S. employment is now 5.1% above its pre-recession level, Hampton Roads remains 1.8% below its pre-recession level. Had Hampton Roads recovered at the same rate as the nation, the region would have 54,000 more civilian jobs on the payroll than it does right now.   READ MORE

Civilian Employment Decline and Recovery Honors Local Educators with Environmental Action Awards 
At the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) meeting on February 16, 2017, recognized two local schools and educators for their commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership.  READ MORE
Weldon Cooper Center Releases 2016 Population Estimates       
school-group.jpg On January 30th, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (WCCPS) released their 2016 population estimates for Virginia, its cities and its counties. According to the data release, Hampton Roads' 2016 population was 1,727,366 up 1,589 (0.09%) from 2015. To read more and see the estimates for Hampton Roads' jurisdictions, click HERE 
February 2017 HRPDC Meeting      
Missed the February 2017 HRPDC Meeting? Click the image below to view the video recording.

HRPDC Meeting, February 16, 2017 
HRPDC Meeting, February 16, 2017
Annual Call for 2016 Recycling Rate Reporting       
Each year the Commonwealth of Virginia requires local governments to submit documented recycling and waste disposal information to determine whether mandated recycling rates have been met.  The HRPDC is collecting 2016 recycling information from the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors located in the Hampton Roads region. READ MORE
Drop Those Drips!-Make Plans for "Fix a Leak Week" 
The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year - that's enough water to wash nearly 10 months' worth of laundry. In fact, ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. March 20-26 is "Fix a Leak Week," an annual reminder to check your household plumbing fixtures for leaks.  READ MORE 
HRPDC, Regional Water Utilities Produce Source Water Protection Plan      
Hampton Roads municipal water utilities remain committed to protecting the region's drinking water sources. The HRPDC Directors of Utilities Committee recently completed the Hampton Roads Regional Source Water Protection Plan.  READ MORE 
Register to Attend - Able, Not Disabled:  Regional Conference on Persons with Disabilities     
Make sure to attend the Hampton Roads Disabilities Board's Able, Not Disabled: Regional Conference on Persons with Disabilities.

The forum will be held at the Webb Center on the campus of Old Dominion University, on March 9, 2017, from 9am-3pm.

Click HERE to register on line or HERE to download a registration form!

For Sponsorship information and opportunities, click HERE.  
Support Local Families in Need      
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The Help 2 Others program is a 501(c)(3) community-based program that assists people right here in Hampton Roads in crisis through the generosity of donations. Unfortunately, requests for support outnumber donations each year so your help is needed.

With your generous tax-deductible contribution, we could do more. Each and every donation goes directly to helping a local family in Hampton Roads that faces losing water service because a sudden crisis has temporarily left them unable to pay their bill. Could you imagine a day without water?  

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The HRPDC strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require special assistance to participate in public involvement opportunities. Contact the Communications Manager at (757) 420-8300 for more information.