Nearly 200 people attended today’s monthly Central Business District Association luncheon at The Westin in The Town Center of Virginia Beach. Divaris Real Estate served as one of the sponsors for this event, which featured Councilman Jim Wood, member of the Hampton Roads Transportation District Commission, and William Harrell, President of Hampton Roads Transit. Both speakers addressed the future of local transportation and the extension of Light Rail into Virginia Beach, a topic very near and dear to our hearts.
After analyzing the studies thus far, the City has found that residents’ top three concerns are highway congestion, building a competitive economy and reducing crime. So, what’s the most effective way to improve the number one problem? – Expanding transit and improving highway conditions. By helping alleviate the rising congestion, the City will create a long-term sustainable environment for business and advancement. “Transit is a catalyst for development,” Harrell said. Wood explained “The City doesn’t have a project in, it’s simply a study … The next steps are very important and so is feedback.” He encouraged everyone to send emails to HRT or visit www.gohrt.com and comment on the articles and posts. Check out the HRT site for news, updates and customer alerts.
Also at the luncheon, our own Alex Divaris, co-founder of CBDA’s “next generation” group, the CBDX, presented a check for $27,829 to Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads (JA). The money was raised from the 4th annual CBDX Casino Night, which was held last February at the Sandler Center. On hand for the occasion were Kevin Will and Adrianna Rivera, President and Vice President of JA, respectively, as well as Glenn Davis, Chairman of On Call Holdings International, who served as the lead sponsor of Casino Night. JA empowers young people to own their economic success with work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and inspires children to dream big and reach their full potential. Next year’s 5th annual CBDX Casino Night has been scheduled for February 15, 2014 at the Sandler Center.