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

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Joe Turner
Communications Manager

Katie Cullipher
Principal Environmental Education Planner

Rebekah Eastep
Environmental Education Planner II
Upcoming Meetings
Wed., September 6, 2017
James Room
City Center, Fountain Plaza II
700 Town Center Dr.
1st Floor
Newport News, VA 23606
Thurs., September 7, 2017
Regional Board Room
723 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, VA 23320 
Annual Regional Meetings
Thurs., September 21, 2017
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr.
Hampton, VA 23666
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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
Ten Years Later:

Ten years ago, Hampton Roads non-farm civilian employment peaked with 781,600 people on the region's payrolls. A decade later the nation has long-since recovered, but our region is still languishing in its attempt to replace the jobs lost during the Great Recession. The closure of the Ford plant coupled with a national economy showing signs of strain from the housing correction, drove Hampton Roads into recession half a year earlier than the rest of the nation. Typically, national defense spending insulates the region from the full effects of a recession, however, declines in defense spending due to reduced operations in the Middle East, followed by national budget issues resulting in sequestration, caused the region to experience recession as severe as the rest of the nation.


Change in Hampton Roads Industry Employment
(July 2007 to July 2017)
September is National Preparedness Month; Know Your Zone Before the Storm Arrives
Late-August and September are traditionally the busiest times for named storms in the Atlantic Ocean. While it's been quiet off the coast of Virginia, beginning the first week of September FEMA, and local emergency managers are launching a month-long campaign to promote preparedness.  READ MORE  
Sea Level Rise Viewing Tools
Curious about sea level rise predictions in Hampton Roads? The HRPDC Coastal Resiliency Program has created a list of online, interactive tools for viewing sea level rise and coastal flooding risks. Check out these tools to find vulnerable locations in the region, or even the potential impacts in your own backyard. Click here to explore the tools.  
Sheltering Exercises Receive Funding
The Inclusive Emergency Planning Subcommittee of the HRPDC's All Hazard Advisory Committee (AHAC) received $20,000.00 from the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition (EVHC) to complete shelter exercises in 2018 for people with real disabilities and access/functional needs both on the Southside and the Peninsula.  READ MORE
HRHC Sets Date for 11th Annual Housing Awards; Announces Poster Contest
The Hampton Roads Housing Consortium (HRHC) will honor this year's recipients of the Hampton Roads Housing Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton, VA.  READ MORE Suggestions for a Labor Day Beach Weekend
Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and the folks at offer suggestions for enjoying the cookouts and activities on the farewell to summer beach weekend.  READ MORE
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ATTENTION: Hampton Roads Disabled Community, Your Input is Needed
Groundbreaking research is being completed at George Mason University's Department of Applied Developmental Psychology to assess disability inclusion levels in our communities.  This unique survey requests input directly from adult consumers who have a disability or who are directly related to the consumer via family, caregiver or service provider relationship and focuses specifically on community involvement -  whether grocery shopping as a family or attending community-wide social events together.  The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and provides ample opportunity to share specific examples and ideas on how to possibly improve inclusion in your community.  Two main questions are addressed throughout the survey:
  1. How could your community help you feel more included or welcomed?
  2. Do you find that you avoid going out due to the community's lack of knowledge and resources?
Contact information:
AndrĂ©a N. Mascitelli, M.A., rBT 
Doctoral Candidate
Applied Developmental Psychology
Department of Psychology  MSN 3F5
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA   22030-4444
Tel: (540) 305 6919

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.