tHRive Spoke to Virginia Beach City Council to Vote in Favor Light Rail Expansion
Virginia Beach City Council voted 9 to 2 in favor of executing the Light Rail agreement. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Staff and Young Professionals Group, THRIVE, lobbied hard to ensure this outcome.
Virginia Beach City Council voted 9 to 2 in favor of executing the Light Rail agreement with the Commonwealth Tuesday night. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Staff and Young Professionals Group, THRIVE, lobbied hard to ensure this outcome.
DeAndre Coke, Vice-Chair, Regional Engagement for THRIVE, testified on behalf of the millennials in the community who are in favor of Light Rail extending to Town Center. Coke cited a recent survey conducted by tHRive. The poll consisted of a single question asking, “Do you support light rail expansion into Virginia Beach?” The response was an overwhelming 92.52% “Yes, I support the expansion.”
The poll was administered on THRIVE’S website. It included 361 respondents from tHRive's current pool of 1,172 members. The results yielded a 2.97% confidence interval at a 99% confidence level.
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman for Governmental Affairs Glen Robertson also testified to City Council in support of Light Rail. Robertson spoke on behalf of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the business community. Vice Chair Robertson communicated a message that linked the history of a significant number of challenging decisions made by previous City Councils to the present day decision on the Light Rail extension.
The capacity crowd in the City Council Chambers was approximately split 60 percent in favor of Light Rail and 40 percent in opposition to the extension.
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is proud to play a role in setting the conditions for a better quality of life and pro-business environment for the region.