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Hampton Roads e-Newsletter
April 2017 - Vol 8, Issue 4
Communications & Education Staff

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Joe Turner
Communications Manager

Katie Cullipher
Principal Environmental Education

Rebekah Eastep
Environmental Education Planner II
Upcoming Meetings

Tues., May 2, 2017
Hampton Roads Community Foundation Board Room
World Trade Center
101 W. Main Street,
Suite 4500
Norfolk, VA 23510
Director of Utilities
Wed., May 3, 2017
700 Town Center
Newport News, VA 23606  

Thurs., May 4, 2017
Regional Board Room
723 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, VA 23320
Thurs., May 18, 2017
Regional Board Room
723 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, VA 23320
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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
The Numbers and the Narrative:

A point that frequently gets lost when new data becomes available is that data helps to tell/reveal the story, but it is not the actual story; there is no better illustration than some of the most recent changes in the U.S. gross domestic product over the past three quarters.

It is easy to pay attention to only the headline GDP, and see that the nation saw slow growth in the 2nd quarter (+1.7%), sped up in the 3rd quarter (+3.5%), and then slowed down again in the 4th quarter (+2.1%). However, when you break down GDP into its individual components (see the bars in the chart below), the narrative becomes quite a bit more complicated. READ MORE

U.S. GDP Growth, Percentage Contribution by Category

New Stormwater Training Resources - Geared for Coastal Communities      
There are unique challenges to administering illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE) programs in the Coastal Plain, including submerged outfalls and drainage systems with two-way flow from tidal and groundwater influences.  HRPDC staff partnered with a team of consultants to produce first-of-its-kind stormwater training resources designed for coastal conditions. READ MORE

Identifying Illicit Discharges in the Coastal Plain 
Identifying Illicit Discharges in the Coastal Plain
Tracking and Eliminating Illicit Discharges in the Coastal Plain 
Tracking and Eliminating Illicit Discharges in the Coastal Plain
askHRgreen Launches Rainy Day Sidewalk Messaging Campaign       
April showers bring May flowers and a sprinkling of magically appearing outdoor messages, thanks to the region-wide "Write as Rain" sidewalk campaign from Launched in April on sidewalks, streetscapes and thoroughfares throughout Hampton Roads, the motivational campaign will reveal a bevy of good-to-know "green" messages that only become visible when wet. READ MORE

Give Local 757-Give Water       
We use water every day without ever thinking twice about it, but for some people in Hampton Roads, losing residential water service is a harsh reality. The Help to Others (H2O) Program is a community-based program that assists people in crisis through the generosity of donations. 100% of every tax-deductible donation goes directly to helping a local family here in Hampton Roads keep the water flowing.  READ MORE 
H2O Logo
Staff Performs Clean-up To Celebrate Earth Day 2017
On Friday, April 21, staff of the HRPDC and HRTPO celebrated Earth Day by hosting a community litter cleanup in Chesapeake. Staff members were invited to spend an hour outside cleaning up litter that had accumulated around the nearby bus stop, along the roadway, and in the parking lots and canal surrounding the regional offices. READ MORE 
April HRPDC Commission Meeting       
Missed the April 20th meeting of the HRPDC? Watch the video via the link below.

April 2017 HRPDC Meeting
April 2017 HRPDC Meeting

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.