From February 8-10, LEAD Hampton Roads, a program of the Chamber, held a two-day program called CONNECT2CHESAPEAKE. More than 30 participants met with Chesapeake's decision makers and leaders to dialogue on topics such as community involvement, economic development, the educational system and city government. The experience offered an extensive network of contacts and relationships that facilitated both business and community initiatives.
Participants visited a variety of facilities in the Chesapeake and spoke with company/institution leaders at TFC Recycling, Atlantic Yacht Basin, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Western Branch High School, and the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. The group also met with various leaders in Chesapeake: Mayor Alan Kransnoff; City Council members; City Manager William Harrell; Greg Grootendorst, Chief Economist, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission; Steven Wright, Director of Economic Development, City of Chesapeake; and James T. Roberts, Superintendent, Chesapeake Public Schools.
CONNECT2CHESAPEAKE participants ended the two-day program with a closing reception held at Monarch Bank. With the success of Connect2Chesapeake, LEAD Hampton Roads plans to offer a similar program in the near future called CONNECT2NORFOLK.