There are so many reasons to be proud and happy to live in Hampton Roads, but for the last few weeks more and more examples crossed my desk.
Let’s take a minute and push pause on traffic and the insanity that comes with planning your Thanksgiving and holiday season and celebrate some good Hampton Roads news!
For example, did you know…
A WalletHub study recently found that Virginia is the 19th happiest state in the United States, and Poquoson, Smithfield, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake specifically are in the top ten! According to the study, Poquoson boasts plenty of happily married homeowners, Smithfieldians enjoy feeling safe, Virginia Beach soaks in the sun on more nice days than the rest of the state and Chesapeake residents love to tweet about how happy they are in their city.
The American Diabetes Association recognizes the City of Suffolk’s efforts to keep their employees healthy and happy. The ADA cheers the City’s encouragement for employees to live healthy lives full of physical activity and healthy food. Having a smoke-free policy and a staffer dedicated to employee wellness helped as well!
The American Planning Association asked voters to choose their favorite American neighborhood, and the street running through Ghent won the “People’s Choice” award for one of the Great Places in America in 2015. With the NARO, local shops and bars, and wonderful, walkable sidewalks, who can blame us for loving Colley?
A 2015 digital cities survey focused on citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. Virginia Beach tied for fifth in the largest city category for cities with populations of more than 250,000. Some initiatives that earned VB the distinction include: the VB works app that allows citizens to make requests from their phones and track the progress, improvements to the city’s data center, and Open VB, a new open data portal that lets citizen access the city’s budget and spending info.
From now until November 21st, you don’t have to avoid eye contact with your Portsmouth librarian. March in to your Portsmouth Public Library branch with undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items and get a dollar knocked off of your fines for each one. It’s called Food for Fines, and everyone benefits!
These are just a few reasons we’re proud to call Hampton Roads home. What are yours?