Our very own Travis Harger presented at the Digital Tools for Government Communicators Confernece this morning is Washington DC. His presentation discussed the use of visual content marketing in government communications. Way to go, Travis!
Check out this great shot of Sally Noona networking at the CMP Conclave in Baltimore, MD. Each year the Convention Industry Council puts on an educational program for recipients of the Certified Meeting Professional designation to receive continuing educational units to keep their certification in good standing. Great job, Sally!
City Manager Dave Hansen opened the meeting with his usual enthusiasm and passion for the City of Virginia Beach
Thanks to Public Works, Public Utilities and Parks and Landscape Services for their response to Tropical Storm Hermine and the 13” rain event that followed.
Announced new Deputy City Manager Ron Williams who will start November 7th. Member Update announcement of Ron Coincidently, our own Bryan Miller received his MBA from Regent the same time as Ron.
Performance Report with City Council – Dave spent a considerable amount to time discussing all of City Council’s projects. A number of important areas were brought up by Council that didn’t fall under one of their specific goals and Dave has dedicated a special office to achieving these for the organization. The new office, STIR will be led by former Management Services Director Catheryn Whitesell. Office will be located on Northlanding Road across from Building 1.
Strategy Formulation – hang up operations periodically to think strategically
Transparency – Open Data project sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropy
Innovation – Open a process to encourage innovative thinking
Resilience – stepping beyond disaster or emergency planning. Getting back on our feet.
Former Deputy Director of Management Services, David Bradley, has replaced Catheryn as Director.
Mid-Year Council Review for 2016 – Be a cheerleader for your organization by recognizing staff achievements
Veterans Care Center
City Manager transition
Employee Salary adjustments
City View Project (mixed use development at Burton Station
High level of citizen satisfaction with City services
Council pleased with services City is providing to citizens
Major road projects
Entrepreneurial and Business Academy in City’s Public Schools
City facilities funded and moving forward
ViBE street improvements
Kempsville Recreation Center
Bond re-financing – lowest rate in history of the City of Virginia Beach
Old Capt. George’s Pungo Ferry Road Park
Formation of Lynnhaven Business Association (Hilltop through Lynnhaven Parkway) – Area between Oceanfront and Town Center
Major Council Discussions
Development Services Center
Event homes and short term rentals such as Air B&B
African American Cultural Center
City Hall – Goals & Outcomes
Storm water management and flooding
Small Business Development
Police Retention, recruitment, workforce development
Affordable workforce housing
All day kindergarten
College of Health Sciences (Virginia Beach Campus at ODU)
Filed house in the resort area
Sand replenishment (Croatan as an example)
Croatan Beach Study
ITA update study
Monthly water bill option
Relocation of Admiral De Grasse statue from Ft. Story
Dave also provided a long list of expected outcomes by the January 2017 Council Retreat. Many were related to the items stated above.
Encourage everyone to remind staff about taking the opportunity to help the United Way
Reminder of Open Enrollment
Member Survey coming out soon
Performance appraisal due dates
National Flood Insurance Program – In short, the City provides considerable services to FEMA which allows for discounted flood insurance premiums to homeowners. If you own a home in a flood zone, you’re probably required to carry flood insurance. Home owners insurance does not typically include flooding.
Navigational Dredging Projects
Beach replenishment through hydraulic dredging
Navigational mechanical dredging in neighborhoods
Paid for by homeowners through special assessment on real estate taxes
Maintains high values for waterfront neighborhoods
Flu Season is coming – Get a free flu shot at Birdneck Elementary October 15th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Elections November 8th. Expect lines. Long ballot
Hurricane is brewing in the ocean, we’re not out of the woods yet
New budget analyst Ernie Austin was introduced (he’s CVB’s new analyst too)
EMS Chief Ed Brazel introduced new members of his staff
Last week, Teresa Diaz gave the “Power of Tourism” presentation to the Bayside Chapter of AARP. This presentation, one of many offered by the CVB Speakers Bureau, is a tool the CVB Communications Unit is using to promote advocacy for tourism among Virginia Beach residents. Subject matter experts from all of the divisions of the CVB are available to speak to local groups and organizations. If you have an idea of a group who may be interested in hosting one of our speakers, contact Teresa at Ext. 6631
Photo: Teresa and Bayside AARP Chapter President Bob Jones
Check out the pictures below from M&C’s Bike Giveaway in DC. The client was the recipient of the beach cruiser giveaway from ASAE’s Springtime 2016 Expo in DC (4/28/16 Walter Reed Convention Center). She was selected based on the potential business opportunities that currently exist for the city.