The Future of Hampton Roads (FHR) is hosting a free conference to address regional cooperation and to inspire and empower future leaders in Hampton Roads.

What: Regional Futures’ Conference
Date: April 20, 2010
Time: 2:00 to 6:30 PM, Doors open at 1:30 PM
Where:  Crowne Plaza Marina Hotel in Hampton, VA, 700 Settler’s Landing Road

Robert Puentes, Director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will focus on the basic framework and best practices needed to enhance regional effectiveness, regional competitiveness and on policies required to achieve effective unity in Hampton Roads.   A Panel discussion will follow the Puentes presentation:

  • Joe S. Frank, Mayor of Newport News will address regional governance,
  • Randy Gilliland, Hampton Roads Green Alliance will address regional green matters,
  • Willie Session, Norfolk FBI office, will address regional community law enforcement matters, and
  • Ray Taylor will address regional transportation.

FHR ( is a non-profit, all volunteer regional think tank organization composed of about 50 private citizens from all walks of life who promote effective regional cooperation.

In preparing for this Regional Futures’ Conference, Ray Taylor, President of FHR, noted: “There is more than a touch of urgency in the air. Wage scales and the rate of economic growth in Hampton Roads are not advancing as steadily as in other major metro areas in the nation”.

The Conference will conclude with regional door prizes and a cash bar networking reception. Community leaders and business professionals are encouraged to attend this prestigious event.

For more information contact: Kim Humphrey, 728-0185, or Ray Taylor, 671-7751,

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