Making Progress

Over the past four years, …

  1. Hampton City Schools became 100 percent fully accredited.
  2. Serious crime in our City reached its lowest level since 2003.
  3. Hampton’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.1 percent to 3.3 percent.
  4. Phoebus, Coliseum Central, Downtown and Power Plant experienced a resurgence of private investment.
  5. Over $5.8 million was invested in the Olde Hampton, $10 million in Old Northampton, and $600K in Sussex communities.
  6. We are in the process of building two new neighborhood centers, one in Fox Hill and the other in Olde Hampton.

Reducing Gun Violence

Researched and implemented initiatives to reduce gun violence in our City and improve outcomes for our youth and young adults:

  • Worked with Hampton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Smith to implement the R.I.S.E. (Reach, Inspire, Support and Empower) Mentorship Program for middle school sixth grade boys.
  • Organized the “Macedonian Call,” regular meetings with members of Hampton’s faith community to partner and strategize about ways to reduce gun violence.
  • Held periodic meetings with community-based nonprofit organizations and individuals to discuss the causes and solutions to reduce violence in neighborhoods.
  • In August 2019, hosted National Convening of Cities United, a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys.

Economic Development, Resiliency and Transit Initiatives

Supported local and regional economic development, resiliency and transit initiatives:

  • Successfully lobbied the Virginia General Assembly and the US Department of Commerce for over $5.5 million in funding to support the construction of a new Virginia Tech Agriculture Research Extension Center (AREC) in downtown Hampton.
  • Hampton Roads is the second most threatened region in the country to the effects of sea-level rise and land subsidence. Approved “Resilient Hampton” proposal to address repetitive flooding in our City and protect critical infrastructure against water-related disasters.
  • Serve as Vice-Chair the Hampton Roads Coastal Resilience Subcommittee, tasked with developing a funding mechanism for implementation of flooding and sea-level rise mitigation strategies.
  • Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), which manages the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund revenues for the Hampton Roads region; determines how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.
  • Co-Chair of the Regional Advisory Panel for Hampton Roads Transit’s (HRT) “Transit Transformation Project,” whose objective is to provide “consistent and reliable service across jurisdictional boundaries, along major corridors that have the highest travel demand and connect the most people and jobs.”

Community and Business Outreach

Instituted quarterly “Town Hall” and “Business Roundtable” meetings.

Federal and Institutional Partners

Nurtured relationships with our federal and institutional partners: LAFB, NASA, VAMC, Ft. Monroe & Hampton University

  • Participated in quarterly meetings with the Base and Wing Commanders at Langley Air Force Base and representatives from NASA-Langley Research Center.
  • Met with the former Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon and at LAFB to discuss how to BRAC-proof LAFB and to base additional squadrons at Langley.
  • Participated in groundbreaking, ribbon-cutting and recognition ceremonies at NASA-Langley.
  • Participated in annual ceremonies and dedications at Hampton’s VA Medical Center.
  • Attended Hampton University commemoration and athletic events, and student activities.

Hampton’s Youth and Young Adults

Supported educational and employment opportunities for Hampton’s youth and young adults.

  • Active support of “Academies of Hampton” at all City of Hampton High Schools.
  • Active support of Verizon’s Innovation Learning Program for middle school boys at Hampton University.
  • Dedicated new workforce development center (WorkOne Center) to raise skill levels of unemployed and underemployed Hamptonians.