The Student-Practitioner/Scholar Resilience-Sustainability Research Symposium was held on March 21, 2019 from 9 am-1 pm at the Quality Suites Lake Wright-Norfolk Airport
1521 Premium Outlet Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.
The ASPA Hampton Roads Chapter Research Symposium included two panels, one for students and one for practitioners and scholars.
- Ronnie Parker, Regent University MPA, “Hampton Roads/RVA Joint Collaborative Efforts and Diversity: Creating National Recognition”
- Mechelle B. Smith, ODU PhD. Public Administration, “Social Vulnerability and Hurricane Response: Emergency Management Policy and Implementation in a Social Construction Paradigm”
- Debbie Cohen, Regent University, MA in National Security Studies, “EMP Policy, An Enhanced U.S. Electrical Grid”
- Joshua Steinfeld, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Service, Old Dominion University, Cybersecurity Federal Procurement Processes – Approaches, Challenges, and Strategies.
- Michelle Covi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice, Virginia Sea Grant Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Old Dominion University, Resilience Adaption Feasibility Tool.
- John Dano, Chief of Planning and Analysis, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, The SWIFT Program.
- Celeste Murphy, Greene, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Program Director, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, Virginia’s Coastal Future: Strategies for Sustainability
Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Virginia Beach Mayor Bob Dyer
November 15, 2018 – ASPA Hampton Roads Luncheon
Resilience – The Military Perspective
- Rear Admiral Craig Quigley – Executive Director of Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (slides)
- General Ronald Lewis – Chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber Military Affairs Committee (slides)
Featured Speakers at the September Luncheon:
Dr. Wie Yusuf is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service, Strome College of Business at ODU and is the Steering Committee Chair of the Resilience Collaborative. As a policy scholar, her focuses are on climate change and environmental policy, transportation policy, and fiscal policy. The ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODURC) is a consortium of leading scholars actively engaged in research, education, and outreach on critical issues for resilience at the community, regional, national, and global levels as a coordinated effort for resilience collaboration. [Dr. Yusuf’s presentation (PDF).]
Kyle Spencer is the Deputy Resilience Officer for the City of Norfolk and will speak about Norfolk’s resilience strategy, which contains actionable recommendations to face and respond to our current and future challenges and capitalize on our strengths and opportunities. The actions that support the strategy are diverse, but all of them are a commitment to a new way of doing business — collective and coordinated action to build resilience. [Mr. Spencer’s presentation (Google Drive link).]
The event was held at the Quality Suites Lake Wright, 1521 Premium Outlets Blvd, Building A, Norfolk, VA, 23502 on September 20, 2018 from 11:30-1:15 PM.
The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration held its Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport on Thursday – May 10, 2018.
Scholarship & Awards
- Chapter Scholarship – Linda S. Waite, Regent University
- Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service – David E. Jurgens, P.E., Director of Public Utilities, Chesapeake, VA
Topic: Building Skills for Innovation and Creativity.
On March 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we held the ASPA Hampton Roads March Symposium and luncheon at the Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport.
9:30 – 10:45 Using Data for Informed Decision-Making
Introductions by Celeste Greene
Lindsay Voter, United Way South Hampton Roads. Greater Hampton Roads Connects
Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, Center for Social Research. Quality of Life in Hampton Roads
Natasha Singh-Miller, Data Scientist, City of Virginia Beach. Open VB
Mark Barham, Information Technology Director, City of Williamsburg. Williamsburg Performs
11:00 – 11:45 Innovation in Practice: Newport News Choice Neighborhood Initiative
Introductions by Jerry Hoddinot
Karen Wilds, Executive Director, Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Britta Ayers, Manager, Comprehensive Planning, Newport News Department of Planning
11:45 Lunch & Networking
12:15 – 1:15 Capacity Building for Innovation
Introductions by Kaitlynn Benn
Bob Trahan, City of Virginia Beach, Innovation Academy Curriculum & Results
Kaitlynn Castelle and Charlie Daniels, Design Thinking in the Public SectorDesign Thinking in the Public Sector
Sorry folks! The Hampton Jan 18 roundtable discussion had to be canceled due to evening driving conditions. An Email will be going to all of those who registered.
Chuck Rigney and Mike Paris were our guest speakers at the November 2017 luncheon; they discussed Norfolk Works and other programs that Norfolk has created to foster equitable economic development. NORFOLK WORKS, launched in December 2016, is designed to champion the recruitment of diverse Norfolk talent to support business retention and expansion, align economic and workforce development efforts to acquire new business development, and, in collaboration with our workforce partners, help Norfolk citizens prepare for and connect to meaningful employment opportunities.
Chuck Rigney rejoined the City of Norfolk as Director of Development in June 2015, after serving as Director of Development in the City of Portsmouth since October 2014. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Development (including two years as Interim Director) in Norfolk, having first joined the City in June 1997. He oversees the management and operation of the City’s Development team. Chuck’s background includes prior employment with the Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council (VPEDC), where he was a Senior Business Development Manager. Before entering the economic development field, Chuck worked in commercial real estate and banking in the Hampton Roads community.
Mike Paris is a Business Development Manager with the Norfolk Department of Economic Development and is responsible for administering its workforce initiative, Norfolk Works. He also represents Development as part of the East Little Creek Task Force. Formerly, he served as an Employment Broker, Manager of the Center for Employment Resources, and as a senior employment professional for the Norfolk Department of Human Services. Mike is the previous Chair of the Norfolk Employment Task Force and the Hampton Roads Reentry Employment Committee, and is the present Chair of the Norfolk Workforce Investment Network.