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

The Batten Surveys:

Resource Guide for Public Engagement:

HRCCE Presentation Handout

ASPA Hampton Roads Luncheon

The General Membership Luncheon Meeting was held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express Norfolk Airport, 1570 North Military Highway, Norfolk.

The featured speaker was Dr. David Mudarri. Dr. Mudarri is devoted to advancing public health through indoor air quality education and the development and promulgation of state-of-the-art process and tools. His discussion concerned this year’s ASPA HR theme of sustainability and efforts to help this effort through sustainable procurement initiatives.

Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration invites you to attend the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 10, 2012 (2012 Awards Luncheon Flyer) at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk (Google Maps).

Registration and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Recognition Program: 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

***** Event Registration – $25 Students – $30.00 Members & Guests. Register now (click to go to registration site)! ***** Online registration closes on Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Payment options include Credit Card (on-line) or by cash/check at the door. All attendees must register in advance. No shows will be billed.


Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D.
ASPA District 2 Representative
Professor & Executive Director, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University


Julian F. Hirst for Distinguished Public Service
Robert (Bob) M. Dyer, Ph.D. Councilman, City of Virginia Beach and Assistant Dean, Regent University

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Wie Yusuf, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Katharine Neill, Ph.D. Student, Old Dominion University

2012 Symposium – Thanks!

We’d like to thank the speakers, members, and guests who atttended the 2012 Symposium ASPA Hampton Roads Symposium (“Achieving Ethical Competency for Public Service Leadership”).

The 2012 Symposium (program; PDF) was held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Select-Norfolk Airport, with 60 people in attendance for the sessions and luncheon.

Please join us for the Annual Awards Program on May 10 at the Holiday Inn Select-Norfolk Airport!