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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2016


Joe Turner   

Communications Manager  

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Tel: (757) 420-8300

Fax: (757) 523-4881

HRPDC Assembles Regional Leaders, Stakeholders for Discussion on Poverty in Hampton Roads
Purpose Built Communities to provide keynote address at Regional Anti-Poverty Forum  
Chesapeake, VA - The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has invited Hampton Roads' elected officials, chief administrators, and community stakeholders to a discussion regarding poverty in Hampton Roads' 17 jurisdictions:
Regional Anti-Poverty Forum  
November 21, 2016 
9:00 am 
Hampton Roads Convention Center 
Hampton, VA
"This anti-poverty forum was born out of a roundtable discussion with our region's chief administrative officers and police chiefs," said HRPDC Executive Director, Robert Crum. "Following that discussion, we saw the importance of addressing poverty in a regionally coordinated manner and the importance of bringing all community stakeholders to the table to discuss this issue."

To help frame the discussion, the HRPDC invited Purpose Built Communities, a Georgia-based non-profit organization that is working with cities across the country to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by helping local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods and bring together the vital components necessary for holistic community revitalization. Purpose Built Communities' President, Carol Naughton, a leader in comprehensive community revitalization for more than 20 years, will provide the keynote address.

Following the Q&A with Purpose Built Communities, the city of Norfolk's Dr. Susan Perry, Special Assistant to the City Manager, Poverty Reduction and Community Initiatives, will provide an overview of Norfolk's plan to reduce poverty and the activities already underway in that city.

Please join us for this important discussion.


About the HRPDC:
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's seventeen local governments. Planning District Commissions are voluntary associations and were created in 1969 pursuant to the Virginia Area Development Act and a regionally executed Charter Agreement. The HRPDC was formed in 1990 by the merger of the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission and the Peninsula Planning District Commission.  The HRPDC represents over 1.7 million people in the 17 localities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, and York.