The Hampton Roads region has been defined by water for thousands of years; however, how it works with water continues to evolve. As water challenges arise in our region the business community cannot idly sit by. Instead, we must "engage in efforts to improve our resilience and coastal adaptation – whether through developing new technology, training local residents for jobs for the resilience economy, or collaborating with local government,” said Bryan Stephens, President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber.
To aid in this effort, The Hampton Roads Chamber and Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal, will host a new annual economic development initiative, the Hampton Roads Resilience Forum, on August 22 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Norfolk Waterside Marriot. RISE, a non-profit organization created to promote resilience innovations, is leading the development of the inaugural program, and Old Dominion University is its presenting sponsor.
This regional forum will bring together experts in business, science, technology, engineering, and water management to jumpstart conversations among the community and local stakeholders about the economic benefit and necessity of implementing resilience initiatives, as well as discuss ideas for new innovations and practices. The forum will facilitate community discussion of ideas and input for use in further developing regional public policy. Attendees will also be updated on local, national and global resilience projects that could be adopted in the Hampton Roads region.
Inside Business Publisher, Mike Herron explained; “There are a number of critical resilience initiatives underway in Hampton Roads; our goal for the forum is to build on these projects. The forum will generate community collaboration and support for these resilience programs and initiatives and help develop new ideas. We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Hampton Roads Chamber to help further stimulate the economic development of resilience technologies and services across our region.”
The program is designed as a community conversation. Speakers and panelists will present relevant examples of work already being done within their areas of expertise, while reviewing relevant opportunities and challenges. A networking luncheon will follow.
As an impactful advocate for the business community of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Chamber works to lead efforts shaping public policy and private perceptions on resilience and other key issues that impact the regional economic prosperity. The Hampton Roads Chamber means business when it comes to leading the exploration of resilience for our region.
Further information can be found at www.insidebiz.com/resilience or by contacting Priscilla Monti, Senior Vice President, Programs and Communications, Hampton Roads Chamber (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ski Miller, Inside Business Advertising Manager (email@example.com)