November Presentation and Luncheon

Our guest speaker for the November luncheon was Latiesha D. Handie, Executive Director of the Hampton Diversity College. “The Hampton Diversity College (HDC) is a multi-level and interactive educational program that concentrates on increasing knowledge on the value of diversity, unity, and inclusion in contemporary workplaces and in our community.” The HDC is an exciting municipal program, working actively with the community, public agencies, and the public sector. Since its inception, the HDC has achieved numerous national accolades for innovations and diversity in local government.

2015 ASPA Hampton Roads Awards Luncheon

The Annual Awards Luncheon – during Public Service Recognition Week – was on May 7th from 11:30 to 1:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk at 1570 North Military Highway. It was with great pleasure and honor that ASPAHR announced this year’s public service awards. ASPAHR presented the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service in public administration, the Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Service in Academia and Practice, the George Robert House, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service, and the ASPA HR student scholarship. This year’s recipients are well-deserving and are an impressive group of individuals.

2015 Annual Awards Winners

  • JJames Rogers - Hirst 2015ULIAN F. HIRST AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE: James Rogers – Director, Neighborhood Development, City of Norfolk
  • Susan Perry - House 2015GEORGE ROBERT HOUSE, JR. AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Susan White Perry – Management Analyst III, City of Norfolk
  • Melinda Da Silva Matos Scholarship 2015ASPA HR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Melina de Silva Matos, Old Dominion University

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2015 ASPA Hampton Roads Symposium

“Building Bridges: Working Towards Collaborative Governance and Non-profit”

The annual symposium was held on Friday, March 20, at the Holiday Inn Select (Norfolk Airport, 1570 North Military Highway – Norfolk, VA 23502).


Economic Development Perspective – Economic Development professionals from Hampton Roads city’s discussed individual and collaborated efforts in economic development. Panelists:  Leonard Sledge, Director, Economic Development, city of Hampton; Ben White, Assistant Director of Economic Development, City of Chesapeake; Chuck Rigney, Economic Development Director, City of Portsmouth; Chris Morello, Administrator of Development Projects, City of Newport News Department of Development.

Collaboration & Public-Private Partnership – Experts answered questions from a moderator and the audience on collaboration and public-private partnership. Panelists: Dr. John C. Morris, Professor of Urban Studies and Public Administration at Old Dominion University; Retired Rear Admiral Bill McCarthy, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Old Dominion University. Moderator: Tonya Neaves, Adjunct Prof., George Mason University.

Lucnheon Speaker – Christine Morris, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk

January ASPA HR General Membership Event

Our January membership evening event was on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Marker 20, 21 East Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669.

BOARD_SledgeLeonard Sledge, Director, Economic Development in Hampton was our guest speaker. Mr. Sledge became the Economic Development Department Director in June 2013. A Hampton native, he was a member of the city’s economic development authority and worked full-time as the Director of Economic Development at the College of William and Mary before taking the city position. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s in industrial engineering.

Public Service Awards Luncheon

In honor of Public Service Week, the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.


Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Public Service
Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk City Manager

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Dr. John C. Morris, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Michael Thompson, Old Dominion University

Joint Holiday Event

holidayThe Joint Holiday meeting for ASPA, COMPA, and NFBPA was held on December 11th from 6 to 9 PM.

In addition to dinner & networking, we had a City Managers’ Forum with James M. Bourey, City Manager of Newport News; Marcus D. Jones, City Manager of Norfolk; James K. Spore, City Manager of Virginia Beach; and Selena Cuffee-Glenn, City Manager of Suffolk. We truly appreciate the time the City Managers provided us, as well as their collective advice and encouragement.

November ASPA HR Luncheon

ASPA HR held its November luncheon on Thursday, 11/21. Our speaker was Glenn Oder, the Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA), who provided an enlightening update on the status of Ft. Monroe.

The FMA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created to preserve, protect, and manage Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort after the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) closure in September 2011. The Authority is governed by a 12-member appointed Board of Trustees and is charged with promoting Fort Monroe and planning the responsible stewardship of the land and landmarks through a management structure unique in Virginia.

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September 19th Luncheon

Todd Solomon speaksTodd Solomon, the interim Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement (HRCCE) spoke to our chapter on “Citizen Involvement in Regionalism: How Civic Engagement Benefits Past and Future Regional Initiatives.”   As a background for those who may not be familiar with the center, it is a non-profit that was created in 2008 based on a future of Hampton Roads study group.

Ray Ransom and Valerie WalkerThe center was created to increase the ability of Hampton Roads citizens, governments and institutions to work together to strengthen the region economically and to enhance our quality of life.  Todd discussed several of their recent projects to include the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Urban Crescent Project, the Urban Land Institute Reality Check, and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) Envision HR Project. They are now planning a regional project on “Sea Level Rise.” They will be asking citizens to identify their issues, discuss solutions and trade-offs, prioritize the results and create and action plan to move forward.  He also discussed some of the work they are doing with the Kettering Foundation and the International City Management Association.

Stephen Gordon, Stanley Skinner, John DunningTo learn more about HRCCE view please visit their website at

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HRCCE Presentation Handout