Economic development and compassionate city employees highlight the 2017 State of the City address.
"2016 was another record year for economic activity," said Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff during his address to a record crowd at the Hampton Roads Chamber State of the City Chesapeake on April 27th. Mayor Krasnoff noted the economic impact of companies such as DollarTree and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in Chesapeake and explained how a steady decline in commercial vacancy rates and an increase in women and veteran-owned companies spells prosperity for the city.
"Chesapeake," he said, "is a young city." The city was organized in 1963 and since then the population has grown steadily. An estimated 240 thousand people now reside in Chesapeake and "more people are choosing Chesapeake than anywhere else in Hampton Roads," said Mayor Krasnoff. One of the major draws to the city is the focus on education. Half of the city's operating budget is dedicated to public schools and it shows in the graduation and dropout rates. According to Mayor Krasnoff, the "on-time graduation rate is 93.1%, the highest in the area and the dropout rate is the lowest in Hampton Roads."
While the economic development and growth of Chesapeake led off his remarks, Mayor Krasnoff dedicated much of his keynote address to the employees of the city who have gone above and beyond their duties to help their fellow citizens. "Everyone stepped up to help after Hurricane Matthew, public works employees worked around the clock," said the Mayor. In addition, Mayor Krasnoff also called attention to the dedication of the fire and police forces of the city and the many achievements and compassionate acts committed by the members of their ranks. "Chesapeake's greatness starts with giving," said Mayor Krasnoff, "I believe in Chesapeake, I hope you will believe in us."
The Hampton Roads Chamber State of the City Series gives the Mayors of Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Suffolk the opportunity to reflect on the past year and outline their plan for a successful future. The next State of the Cities Series events will be the Norfolk State of the City Address on May 12th. Finishing the 2017 series will be the Suffolk State of the City Address on May 23rd. Sponsorships are available. Tables of ten can be reserved for $800.
The Hampton Roads Chamber is committed to being an inspiring ignitor, impactful advocate, and powerful economic partner of the cities of the Hampton Roads region and the State of the Cities Series is one of the key ways we meet our strategic direction.
(Pictured here: Mayor Alan Krasnoff)