Work 03/28/17 Session – Norfolk City Council


>>MR. MANAGER.>>MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL,
WE’RE GOING TO VALIDATE MAYBE A COUPLE — SOME OBJECTIVES OVER
THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS. ONE OF THEM WAS YOU WANTED TO
MEET MORE FREQUENTLY. THIS IS THREE IN A ROW, ABOUT TO
BE FOUR IN A ROW NEXT WEEK. WE’LL FINAL OUT IF YOU GET TIRE
OF SEEING US OR NOT. WE HAD SOME JUGGLING LAST TIME,
SO FEELS LIKE EVERY DAY IS TUESDAY. WE’RE ALSO GOING TO, YOU KNOW,
TONIGHT CONTINUE THE THEME OF FOLLOWING HOUSING, EDUCATION,
PUBLIC SAFETY IN TERMS OF THESE WORK SESSIONS AND MAKING SURE
THAT THE TOPICS ARE FOCUSED ON YOUR PRIORITIES AND THE THINGS
YOU ALL WANT AND MOVING TOWARD LESS PRESENTATIONS AND MORE
DELIBERATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS, AND SO TONIGHT’S THEME IS
EDUCATION. WE’LL SPEND SOME TIME TALKING
ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON LIFELONG LEARNING, AND FRANKLY, I’M GOING
TO SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME — SUZANNE PURYEAR IS GOING TO HAVE
SOME FOLLOW-UP TO THE TREAT, BUT LOOKING FOR YOU ALL TO HAVE
CONVERSATION ON WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH. NORFOLK EMERGING LEADERS,
DARRELL CRITTENDON AND WAYNE GREEN ARE GOING TO STEP UP AND
GIVE YOU A PRESENTATION AND I THINK YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT THIS
PROGRAM. NOT SURE IF THE COMMUNITY KNOWS
IT AS WELL AS THEY SHOULD AND I CAN TELL YOU, IT’S A FANTASTIC
PROGRAM. WHAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE OVER THE
YEARS IN TERMS OF BRINGING YOUNG TALENT INTO THE ORGANIZATION,
MR. THOMAS AND I WERE LOOKING AT
THE ALUMNI THAT HAVE LANDED IN THE ORGANIZATION AND THEY’RE
HAVING A REAL IMPACT ON THE ORGANIZATION, SO THAT WAS —
WE’VE GOT TWO OR THREE CLOSED — ACTUALLY THREE NOW, CLOSED
SESSION ITEMS. DEPENDING ON HOW THAT
CONVERSATION GOES AROUND LIFELONG LEARNING, IF WE END AT,
YOU KNOW, BY 6:15 OR 6:30, THEN I THINK IT’S PROBABLY — BERNARD
AND I WERE TALKING, IT’S WORTH HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE
ARB APPEAL PROCESS. YOU’VE GOT AN APPEAL OUT THERE
TONIGHT. IT’S PROBABLY GOOD — YOU
HAVEN’T HAD ONE IN A LONG TAIL AND WE’LL WALK THROUGH WHAT
WE’LL DO IF WE HAVE TIME. BEFORE WE DO ALL THAT, I WANTED
TO ASK THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CHUCK RIGNEY TO STEP. YOU’RE VOTING ON AN ITEM TONIGHT
DOWN IN OCEAN VIEW, A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT THAT WE’VE
TALKED ABOUT A LOT AS A GROUP, BUT NOT AS MUCH PUBLICLY, SO
WANT FOLKS AS HOME AND FOLKS IN THE CHAMBER TO UNDERSTAND WHAT
WE’RE DOING TONIGHT, SO ASK CHUCK TO STEP UP AND TAKE A
COUPLE MINUTES TO TALK YOU THROUGH THAT.>>GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR,
MEMBERS OF COUNCIL. JUST AN UPDATE ON THE PROJECT. AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, THE BREEDEN
COMPANY CAME IN AND MADE US AN OFFER — CAN WE — AS EVERYBODY
KNOWS, WE WERE DEALING WITH ZP DEVELOPMENT AND THE DEAL DIDN’T
GO DOWN AND WHAT WE HAVE, WE WENT OUT AND THE BREEDEN COMPANY
IS INTERESTED IN BUILDING 145-UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX ON
THE SITE AND THEY HAVE A SALES PRICE AT 1.285. THAT WAS THE FORMER SITE PLAN
AND AGAIN I WOULD CAUTION EVERYBODY THAT THIS PROJECT WILL
BE GOING THROUGH ARB AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION. THE NEW SITE PLAN AND THE
ELEVATIONS THAT THEY ARE PROPOSING ARE, AS THEY
UNDERSTAND IT, GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH ARB AND
REGARDLESS OF WHAT THIS PARTICULAR SITE PLAN MIGHT LOOK
LIKE, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY’VE GOT TO SATISFY ARB AND
THE PLANNING COMMISSION. IF YOU NOTICED THE BIG CHANGE, I
THINK, IN ADDITION TO ONE BUILDING AS OPPOSED TO THE SITE
PLANS THAT YOU SEE HERE WITH BASICALLY THREE PROJECTS —
THREE BUILDINGS, IS THEY MOVED EVERYTHING FROM THE LINE THERE
AND MOVED A LARGER AMENITY PACKAGE, THE SWIMMING POOL AND
FITNESS CENTER ON THAT OTHER SIDE OF THE LINE AND THEY HAVE
PROPOSED A TOT LOT AND A DOG PARK ALONG WITH THE TREE
EASEMENT AREA, THE PUBLIC GREEN SPACE. EVERYTHING ALONG THAT LINE THEN
WOULD CERTAINLY SATISFY THE NAVY’S REQUIREMENTS IN WORKING
WITH THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY’RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE
DEVELOPMENT ON THAT SITE. THEY WOULD HAVE A SECURED
ENTRANCEWAY HERE AND HERE. THERE IS NO ACCESS OFF NORFOLK
AVENUE OR ANY OUTLET ON TO CHESAPEAKE BOULEVARD WITH THIS
PARTICULAR PROPOSED SITE PLAN. BASICALLY, WHAT WE WOULD THEN
PROPOSE IS THAT WE WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE
CONTRACT AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PROJECT STILL NEEDS TO GO
INTO SITE PLAN REVIEW, ARB APPROVAL AND PLANNING COMMISSION
APPROVAL FOR THE REZONING.>>THANK YOU, CHUCK. SO AGAIN, A PROJECT THAT’S
GOTTEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION IN THAT COMMUNITY OF OCEAN VIEW,
BUT REALLY NOT SO MUCH PUBLICLY AND JUST WANTED EVERYBODY TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT DOING TONIGHT. WITH THAT SAID, THE COMMISSION
ON LIFELONG LEARNING, AND IF YOU DON’T MIND POPPING UP THE
PRESENTATION FOR US, SUZANNE PURYEAR, WHO HELPED WITH US THE
RETREAT, IF YOU THINK ABOUT HOUSING AS THE THEME LAST WEEK,
HOUSING A LOT MORE THAT’S BEEN GOING ON WITH YOU ALL’S
DISCUSSIONS AND STAFF DISCUSSION AND WE WERE ABLE TO JUMP RIGHT
INTO SOME PRETTY HEAVY CONVERSATION FOLLOWING THE
HOUSING STUDY AND SOME RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE COMING
OUT OF THAT STUDY. TONIGHT IS REALLY MORE ABOUT
SHAPING STRATEGY AND REALLY MORE OF A FOLLOW-UP TO THE RETREAT. THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE’RE
MAKING TO YOU ALL AND THAT YOU ALL — WE ALREADY DISCUSSED A
LITTLE BIT AT THE RETREAT IS REALLY TO FOLLOW THE FRAMEWORK
THAT COUNCIL USED WITH THE POVERTY COMMISSION. NOT EVERYBODY AT THE TABLE WAS
HERE THEN, SO I THINK IT’S GOOD TO WALK YOU THROUGH THAT. I’M GOING TO DO IS JUST REMIND
EVERYBODY WHAT THAT PROCESS AND FRAMEWORK WAS, WHAT THAT LOOKED
LIKE. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
I’M LEARNING MADE THAT PROCESS EFFECTIVE WAS A VERY DISTINCT
TIMELINE AND AGREED-UPON SET OF MILESTONES AND WALK YOU THROUGH
A PROCESS AND MADE SURE YOU HAD A PROCESS TO BE FINISHED IN A
COUPLE OF YEARS, AND AGAIN, WE THINK THAT’S A SUCCESSFUL MODEL
THAT YOU SHOULD FOLLOW AGAIN. I’LL WRAP THAT UP AND THEN WHAT
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU ALL IS, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT OUT OF THIS
COMMISSION, WHAT’S THE ROLE OF THE COMMISSION. I’M SURE YOU KNOW THE ROLE OF
THE POVERTY COMMISSION, BUT THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PIECE TO
GIVE US DIRECTION TO SEE THAT WE COME BACK TO YOU IN 45 DAYS OR
SO WITH A LOT MORE DETAIL. SO THE POVERTY COMMISSION REALLY
PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. MOST OF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT
ESTABLISHED BY COUNCIL RESOLUTION, COMMISSION THAT SAID
WE WANT TO SEE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN A YEAR. THE ROLE OF THAT PARTICULAR
COMMISSION WAS TO, OBVIOUSLY, LOOK AT POVERTY IN NORFOLK AND
TO BRING FORWARD SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND EMPLOYMENT AND OBVIOUSLY AN END
GOAL OF REDUCING THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY IN
NORFOLK. COUNCIL DESIGNATED 34 MEMBERS
FOR THAT COMMITTEE AND WE WOULD THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE A
SIMILAR SIZE. ONE UNDERSTANDING, I THINK
PROBABLY MADE THE APPROPRIATE CONNECTION BETWEEN COUNCIL AND
THE COMMISSION, WAS YOU HAD A COUPLE OF CO-CHAIRS FROM THE
BODY THAT KERVEZ. IN THAT CASE — THAT SERVED. IN THAT CASE, MS. WILLIAMS
GRAVES AND MR. PROTOGYROU, AND
YOU HAD A DISTINCT TIMELINE. WE START THERE AND SET UP
MEETINGS, 90-MINUTE MEETINGS, AND A GOOD DEAL OF STAFF
SUPPORT. MUCH LIKE WE’RE DOING WITH YOU
ALL IN YOUR MEETINGS AND GIVE THE GROUP IF WORK AHEAD OF TIME
AND PREPARATION AHEAD OF TIME BEFORE THAT MEETING, WHETHER
THAT WAS DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION OR INFORMATION ABOUT POVERTY OR
SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OTHER COMMUNITIES,
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THOUGHTFUL CONVERSATION. IN TERMS OF THE STRUCTURE, YOU
HAD THE FULL COMMISSION AND APPARENTLY THEY BROKE PRETTY
QUICKLY INTO SUBCOMMITTEES AND THOSE SUBCOMMITTEES, YOU CAN SEE
THERE, WERE FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD TO ADULT WORKFORCE AND FROM
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION AND SUPPORT. THOSE COMMITTEES MADE
RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE FULL COMMISSION AND HAD SOME TOWN
HALL MEETINGS AT THE END TO CONFIRM THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT
WERE COMING OUT. OBVIOUSLY WE STAFFED THE
COMMISSION AND FOLKS FROM CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE, FROM DEVELOP
THE, HUMAN SERVICES, NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT,
LIBRARIES, AND RPOS, SO YOU HAD A LOT OF TALENT IN THE ROOM AND
THEN A LOT OF STAFF SUPPORT. OBVIOUSLY THE FINAL REPORT CAME
OUT AND SAID THESE ARE THE THINGS WE WANT TO — I WANT YOU
ALL TO WORK TOWARD AND BOTH SHORT- AND LONG-TERM
RECOMMENDATIONS. TO MY SENSE FROM LISTENING TO
YOU ALL AT THE RETREAT, FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY, LISTENING TO MY
STAFF, THIS IS A COMMITTEE PROCESS THAT REALLY WORKED
AROUND I’M NOT GOING TO TALK YOU THROUGH THE DEADLINES OTHER THAN
TO SAY PART OF WHAT MADE THIS SUCCESSFUL WAS YOU HAD A VERY
SPECIFIC TASK AND A SET OF MILESTONES TO HIT AND EVERYBODY
STAYED TRUE TO THAT AND YOU KEPT THAT CONNECTION TO COUNCIL AND
THEY REPORTED BACK IN JULY OF ’14 WITH A REPORT. AND SO AGAIN, I’LL ASK SUZANNE
TO JUMP UP — THAT FRAMEWORK OF THE COMMISSION CHAIRED BY TWO
COUNCIL MEMBERS, OF MEMBERS DESIGNATED BY COUNCIL,
APPROPRIATE STAFF SUPPORT, AND A VERY SPECIFIC ROLE, AND AGAIN,
THE ROLE HERE WAS TO EXAMINE THE NATURE OF POVERTY IN NORFOLK AND
RECOMMEND ACTIONS THAT WOULD INCREASE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
AND EMPLOYMENT AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CITIZENS AND FAMILIES
LIVING IN POVERTY.>>CAN I JUST SAY ANGELIA AND
THOSE ALSO ON THE COMMITTEE, WE THOUGHT FROM THE OUTSIDE ANYWAY,
THIS WAS A MODEL THAT WORKED. ARE THERE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT
YOU ALL FIND OR WOULD OFFER THAT YOU THINK MIGHT IMPROVE UPON
THAT MODEL?>>I THINK THE MODEL WORKED. I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN TERMS OF PUTTING THE COMMISSIONERS
TOGETHER WERE WE UTILIZED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD DEALINGS
WITH OR SERVICE OR COMMUNITIES OR INDIVIDUALS IN POVERTY, SO WE
GOT TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE BARRIERS OR ISSUES THAT WERE
PRESENTED TO THEM BY THEIR SERVICE, THE PEOPLE THAT THEY
SERVICE, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY RAN ACROSS AS
PROBLEMS AS SERVICE PROVIDERS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A
BETTER SERVICE. THE WORK GROUP WERE REALLY A BIG
PART OF THE SUCCESS OF THE GROUP BECAUSE IN ADDITION TO THE
MONTHLY MEETINGS THAT WE HELD WHERE EVERYONE CAME TOGETHER
AROUND THE TABLE, THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE BROKEN OUT
INTO WORK GROUPS, THEY MET MORE FREQUENTLY AND I THINK THE
BIGGEST PART OF THAT WAS THAT IT WASN’T JUST AN ONGOING,
NEVER-ENDING, PERPETUAL COMMITTEE. IT HAD CLEAR START —
>>YOU THINK THE NUMBER WAS APPROPRIATE? WAS IT AN UNWIELDY NUMBER OR WAS
IT ABOUT RIGHT?>>WELL, YOU HAVE THE NUMBER ON
PAPER AND THEN YOU HAVE THE NUMBER WHO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED
AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED ENDED UP
WORKING OUT VERY WELL. SOME PEOPLE SENT SURROGATES
WHICH WAS FINE BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ACTUALLY ABLE TO
PARTICIPATE THEMSELVES AND THAT WORKED WELL BUT THERE’S A LARGER
NUMBER ON PAPER THAN ACTUALLY COMMITTED TO PARTICIPATING. AND SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, WITH
EVERYTHING, YOU KIND OF GET THAT ANYWAY. EXCEPT THIS GROUP.>>DAY OR NIGHT MEETINGS?>>WE DID NIGHT. WE DID EVENINGS AND WE ALSO
PROVIDED FOOD.>>ALWAYS FOOD.>>BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE —
I MEAN, IT IS. IF YOU’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO, OUT
FROM 5:30 OR 6:00 UNTIL 7:00 OR 8:00 AT NIGHT, I THINK THAT YOU
DON’T WANT THEM THERE STARVING, AND YOU DON’T WANT KFC HERE,
SOMETHING THRELS, SO WE PROVIDED — ELSE THERE, SO WE
PROVIDED LIKE 30 MINUTES AHEAD WHERE WE PROVIDED DINNER, FOOD,
WHATEVER. I THINK THAT WAS VERY HELPFUL
AND CONSIDERATE ALSO OF PEOPLE’S TIME. NOW, WHAT THEY DID IN WORK
GROUPS AS FAR AS MEETING, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THOSE MEETINGS
WERE. THEY WERE STILL IN THE
EVENINGS — [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
>>OKAY. AND I GUESS THE WORK GROUPS
THEMSELVES DECIDED ON WHAT TIMES BECAUSE THEY WERE SMALL. THEY WERE THREE, FOUR PEOPLE,
AND SO THEY DECIDED ON WHAT TIMES WERE BETTER FOR THE GROUP
AND SO –>>I WOULD ASSUME EVENING
MEETINGS WOULD BE BETTER FOR THIS GROUP AS WELL BECAUSE
YOU’LL HAVE PROBABLY REPRESENTATION FROM, LIKE,
DAYCARE PROVIDERS THAT CANNOT DO IT DURING THE DAY BECAUSE
THEY’RE WATCHING KIDS. EVEN IN-HOME, A SINGLE DAYCARE
PROVIDER, WE MAY END UP APPOINTING SOMEBODY TO FILL
THAT –>>MS. McCLELLAN.>>SO THIS WAS TWO AND A HALF
YEARS AGO, APPROXIMATELY. IN TERMS OF THE DELIVERABLES AND
HOW WE ARE TRACKING WHERE WE ARE, HOW WAS THAT DONE?>>I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE HAD
SUSAN PERRY, BUT — WELL, THERE YOU GO. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT
FOLLOW-UP?>>WE PRODUCED AN ANNUAL REPORT,
BUT THE WORK — ONE OF THE OUTCOMES OF THE REPORT WAS
(INAUDIBLE) EVERY DAY AND WE WERE TRACKING INTERNALLY.>>AS COUNCIL, WE BUDGET — HAVE
MORE OF AN IMPACT ON OUR BUDGET DECISIONS.>>IT DEFINITELY WAS PART OF THE
BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS.>>ONE OF THE THINGS IN THE
REPORT IS THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO, THIS IS WHAT IT’S GOING
TO COST. IT’S NOT JUST WHAT WE WANT TO
DO. WE ACTUALLY PUT PRICE TAGS TO IT
SO WE KNEW IF IT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD DO, A LOW-HANGING ITEM,
OR WE NEEDED TO PUT MONEY TOGETHER OVER SEVERAL BUDGET
CYCLES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.>>IT WAS A GREAT REPORT, REALLY
WELL DONE. I WAS FAMILIAR WITH IT, BUT
ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE DETAILS, SOME OF THE ITEMS OVERLAPPED
WITH EDUCATION AND SO I CAN SEE A CONTINUATION IN THIS CONCEPT
OF LIFELONG LEARNING.>>BECAUSE WE HAD EDUCATION, OF
COURSE, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD WHO WERE ON THE
COMMISSION AS WELL, AND ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT AREAS.>>AND THEN WE COULD DO ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT –>>THE REASON WHY I PITCHED THIS
COMMISSION IS ACTUALLY BECAUSE THERE WAS MORE WORK THAT NEEDED
TO BE DONE FROM THE POVERTY COMMISSION. THERE WAS A WHOLE PART ON EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND REALLY NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE ON THIS
BECAUSE WE ALWAYS WE LIE ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEM TO — RELY ON THE
SCHOOL SYSTEM TO HANDLE THAT, SO TRYING TO GET EVERYBODY TO THE
TABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE COULD EXPAND THAT OR WHAT COUNCIL MAY
END UP NEEDING TO DO TO ENCOURAGE THAT EXPANSION OF
EARLY CHILDHOOD, AND THEN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WAS ALSO
MENTIONED IN THERE AS WELL. AND HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE IN
JOBS.>>SO WE GET AN ANNUAL REPORT,
DID YOU SAY?>>YES. THE LAST ONE WAS IN JUNE OF ’15.>>I THINK THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO
CONSIDER DOING MORE FREQUENT REPORTS AND WHERE WE ARE AS OUR
TRACKING SYSTEM, SORT OF LIKE A CHECKS AND BALANCES, SO THAT WE
CAN, YOU KNOW, KNOW THAT WE HAVE THINGS MOVING VERSUS DOING AN
ANNUAL REPORT.>>OKAY. I’D ASK SUZANNE TO JUST STEP UP. THIS IS GREAT, EXACTLY WHAT WE
WANTED, YOU ALL THINKING THROUGH AND TALKING THROUGH THIS AND
REALLY THE CONVERSATION NOW IS GIVE US SOME DIRECTION. AT THE RETREAT WE TALKED ABOUT,
YOU KNOW, SIT BEFORE SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL AND THE ADULT
LEARNING, WHAT IS IT A LIFELONG LEARNING COMMISSION NEEDS TO
ACCOMPLISH. SUZANNE IS GOING TO FOLLOW UP
HER WORK AT THE RETREAT.>>THANK YOU. MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL,
THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR ALREADY STARTING
THE DISCUSSION. THINGS I’VE HEARD, THAT THERE
SEEMS TO BE SOME GENERAL INTEREST IN FOLLOWING THE MODEL
OF THE POVERTY COMMISSION BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME
SUCCESSES, A NUMBER OF SUCCESSES THAT WERE A RESULT OF THAT WORK. RECOGNIZING THAT THERE’S SOME
OVERLAP OR POTENTIAL OVERLAP BETWEEN THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF
THE POVERTY COMMISSION AND SOME OF THE WORK YOU ALL WANT TO
CONTINUE TO DO AROUND EARLY EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT. I HEAR YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF A
VERY BROAD, DIVERSE REPRESENTATION IN THE COMMISSION
AND THERE IS A TIME LIMIT, A SUNSET TO IT. SO WHAT ELSE ARE YOU ALL
THINKING THAT THE ROLE OF THIS COMMISSION WOULD BE? WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO
ACCOMPLISH AT THE END OF THIS 12 MONTHS, 18 MONTHS?>>I KNOW THERE’S BEEN SOME
DISCUSSION ABOUT NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN
THIS AND WHAT THIS COMMISSION CAN DO OR NOT DO WITH NORFOLK
PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I BELIEVE THAT THERE’S A
DELICATE BALANCE THERE. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO DO ANYTHING
THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, BUT THE
COMMISSION SHOULD IN A SENSE, THEY HAVE TO HAVE A GENERAL
UNDERSTANDING OF HOW NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS WORK, LOOKING AT
DATA AND THEIR GOALS, WHERE THEY’RE LOOKING TO GO, AND
POSSIBLY ASSIST THEM WITH SOME AREAS OF RECOMMENDATIONS OR
THINGS WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPANDING PRE-K.
I KNOW THAT THERE’S BEEN SOME CONVERSATION THAT THE IDEA IS
NEVER TO TAKE OVER THE SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING. IT’S TO WORK ALONG WITH THEM. INCOME IN FACT, THERE SHOULD BE
SCHOOL PERSONNEL AS PART THEREFORE COMMISSION AS WELL SO
WE’RE — AS PART OF THIS COMMISSION AS WELL SO WE’RE
HELPING AND ASSISTING BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES
NECESSARY AND THERE MAY EVEN BE A GROUP THAT BREAKS OFF OF THIS,
A SUBCOMMITTEE THAT LOOKS AT SALARIES OVERALL FROM WHAT EARLY
CHILDHOOD, WHAT DAYCARE HOMES MAKE, WHAT CHURCHES PAY THEIR
PEOPLE, WHAT TEACHERS MAKE IN NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMPARED
TO OTHER PLACES, WHAT COLLEGE PEOPLE MAKE IN THIS AREA IF
WE’RE INVOLVING COLLEGES. THAT COULD BE ONE BRANCH, BUT
IT’S NOT TO TELL THE SCHOOL SYSTEM YOU NEED TO PAY YOUR
TEACHERS MORE OR THE COLLEGES HAVE TO PAY THEM MORE. JUST TO SAY THIS IS DATA THAT
WE’VE COLLECTED THAT MAY IMPACT THAT. THAT WOULD BE PROBABLY AN
EXTREME EXAMPLE, BUT MOEFRS IT WOULD BE — MOST OF IT WOULD BE,
I THINK, JUST WORKING IN PARALLEL WITH OUR UNIVERSITIES
AND SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND COLLECTING
THAT DATA, GETTING THAT DATA TOGETHER AND SEEING WHERE WE’RE
GOING, WHAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE UPON.>>I AGREE. ALSO, I THINK THAT WE NEED TO
RECOGNIZE THAT THE 21st CENTURY HIGH DEMAND JOBS AND TO MAKE
SURE THAT OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OR INITIATIVES ARE
IN LINE AND IN SYNC WITH WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR AND
THAT’S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VOCATIONAL AND CAREER TECHNICAL
EDUCATION AND THE HIGH DEMAND JOBS, SECURITY AND
MANUFACTURING, HEALTHCARE. MRS. GRAVES AND THEN
MRS. JOHNSON.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE INCLUDE IS A DEFINITION OF
DIVERSITY IN THAT WE DON’T JUST LOOK AT WHITE PEOPLE AND BLACK
PEOPLE AND RICH PEOPLE AND POOR PEOPLE. THAT WE LOOK AT OUR LATINO
POPULATION, THAT WE LOOK AT OUR ASIAN POPULATION, THE POSSIBLE
NEED FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITIES, FOR OUR
CITIZENS AND OUR RESIDENTS, AND SO THAT WE ARE COMPLETELY
INCLUSIVE OF ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT LIFELONG LEARNING. SOME SIMPLE THINGS AS
ACCLIMATING TO THE CITY, CITY SERVICES, CITY RESOURCES FOR
THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE ENGLISH AS THEIR FIRST NATIVE LANGUAGE. SO THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT
I WOULD LIKE INCLUDED.>>MRS. JOHNSON.>>WE ALSO DISCUSSED THAT WE
WERE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS’
INITIATIVES AND PRIORITIES WERE AND ALIGN THEM WITH THE CITY’S
INITIATIVES AND PRIORITIES, ALONG WITH TAKING A LOOK AT THE
STATE. WHEN WE DO OUR LEGISLATIVE
PACKAGE, WE’RE MORE IN LINE WITH WHAT THE STATE IS DOING AND WHAT
IS COMING DOWN, THE STATE PIPELINE. I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALSO
INCLUDE NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS LEGISLATIVE PACKET AND HOW THEY
FEEL ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS AS FAR AS THEIR PRIORITIES. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT — A
COMPARISON OF OUR ALIGNMENT WITH NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE
STATE, SO ALL THREE AGENCIES.>>OF THE HIGH DEMAND JOBS, THE
21st CENTURY LEARNING, THE STATE HAS PUT EMPHASIS, AGAIN, ON
THOSE HIGH DEMAND AREAS AND WITH TEACHERS AND THE BUSINESS
COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION EXPERTS TO ENSURE THAT WE MEET THE
DEMANDS FOR THE EMPLOYERS. SO THAT’S VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL,
CAREER EDUCATION. GETTING OUR CITIZENS
CERTIFICATION THAT THEY NEED SO THEY CAN ENTER INTO THE MARKET. A LOT OF THOSE JOBS DON’T
NECESSARILY REQUIRE A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE, BUT THEY DO REQUIRE AN
INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATION OR SOME TYPE OF
INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATE AND THESE ARE HIGH-PAYING JOBS. SO IF WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
LIFELONG LEARNING, WE HAVE TO INCLUDE THAT 21st CENTURY
LEARNING INITIATIVE IN THERE.>>AND ALSO THE BUSINESS
DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR — WE’RE FOCUSED ON STEM, BUT WHAT AREA
OF STEM AND STEAM, I THINK IT’S CALLED, IS THE ENGINEERING PART. WE’RE NOT DOING SO WELL WITH THE
ENGINEERING PART OF A STEM. WE’RE MISSING OUT ON THAT PART
AS FAR AS THE BUSINESS WORLD IS CONCERNED, AND THIS IS VERY
IMPORTANT TO THEM THAT WE ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF THE
ENGINEERING. WE’RE NOT DOING WELL WITH THAT.>>ANDRIA.>>AT A HIGH LEVEL, 50,000-FOOT
LEVEL, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE WANT OUT OF THIS. WHAT WE WANT IS WE WANT PEOPLE
WHO WANT TO LIVE IN NORFOLK BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO GET
GREAT EDUCATION FOR THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR KYS. THEY’RE GOING TO BE WELL
PREPARED FOR THEIR JOBS. COMPANIES ARE GOING TO WANT TO
LOCATE HERE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE — AND THEN
FROM THERE, WE GET INTO THE LOWER STUFF AND WHAT ARE THE
DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT TOUCH THAT, OUR HIGHER EDUCATION, OUR
PRESCHOOLS, CHURCHES –>>AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT WE
DID WITH THE POVERTY COMMISSION. WE LOOKED AT WHAT WE WERE TRYING
TO — WHAT WE LOOKED AT AS WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AND
THEN WHO ARE THE PEOPLE, WHO ARE THE INDUSTRIES WHO PARTICIPATE,
IF YOU WILL, OR WORK IN THAT ENVIRONMENT OR HAVE — CAN HAVE
SOME INPUT. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID WITH
THE POVERTY COMMISSION.>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>I WOULD JUST ADD TO THAT,
THAT I THINK YOU ALSO WANT EDUCATORS IN THE ROOM. ALTHOUGH YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
THOSE OTHER THINGS, I MEAN, THAT REALLY IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT, LITERACY, ALL THAT. AT AN EVEN HIGHER LEVEL, YOU
KNOW, I TALKED ABOUT THIS FOR SEVERAL MEETINGS. WE ALL MOUTH THE WORDS ABOUT
REGIONALISM, BUT YET, SOMEHOW WE’RE NOT DOING IT. I THINK THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE
FOR US TO DO THIS AND FOR US TO REACH OUT TO OTHER COMMUNITIES
AND SEE WAYS WE CAN START. WE HAVE THE GO VIRGINIA AND ALL
THE NAMES THAT COMES FROM AND THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY
FOR US TO START WITH THAT, SO I’D REALLY LIKE TO SEE US USE
THAT AS KIND OF — USE THAT AS KIND OF AN OVERARCHING.>>MR. SMIGIEL AND THEN
MRS. GRAVES.>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO
SAY, TERRI. WITH GO VIRGINIA, I DON’T KNOW
IF THIS COMMISSION WILL ACTUALLY HELP US WITH MAKING AN ARGUMENT
TO GO AFTER SOME FUNDING FOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT.>>AND IT WILL BE TWO
COMMUNITIES, RIGHT?>>WE’LL HAVE TWO COMMUNITIES OR
TWO UNIVERSITIES, TWO SOCIAL SYSTEMS. SO MAMIE ASKED EARLIER ABOUT
WHAT THE STATE IS DOING AND WHAT THE STATE IS PUTTING EMPHASIS ON
IS, AGAIN, THE 21st CENTURY WORKPLACE, AND THE DATA THAT WE
HAVE RECEIVED THAT THAT WORKPLACE WILL REQUIRE ONE
GRADUATE SCHOOL, TWO BACHELOR’S DEGREES, BUT SEVEN INDIVIDUALS
WITH AN ASSOCIATE OR INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED
CERTIFICATION. THAT’S WHAT THE NEW 21st CENTURY
WORKPLACE LOOKS LIKE AND THE LIFELONG LEARNING, PART OF IT IS
RECOGNIZING WHAT INDUSTRIES ARE LOOKING FOR IN — THAT WE HAVE
THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES AND RESOURCES IN PLACE. MRS. GRAVES.>>I THINK WHEN WE HAD A
CONVERSATION ABOUT HOUSING AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE MEDIAN
RENT LEVEL OF HOUSING, MARTIN MADE A VERY INGENIOUS IS THE
WORD THAT COMES TO MIND, BUT MAY NOT BE THE ONE I’M THINKING
OF — COMMENT ABOUT HOW DO WE RAISE THE INCOME LEVEL OF OUR
RESIDENTS. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO LOWER THE
PRICES OF HOUSING AND LOWER THE PRICING OF RENT, HOW DO WE —
AND THAT GOES TO WHAT TERRI JUST SAID ABOUT EDUCATING — HAVING
AN EDUCATED CITIZENRY, HAVING EDUCATED RESIDENTS, SO IF PEOPLE
HAVE BETTER SKILL SETS, THE IDEA THAT IS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET
BETTER JOBS SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD NICER QUALITY
HOUSING, MORE EXPENSIVE HOUSING, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO INDICATE,
AND THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE GETTING A QUALITY EDUCATION ALL
IN THAT SAME ENVIRONMENT. SO IT KIND OF ALL TIES TOGETHER
TO, LIKE, WHAT YOU SAID.>>MS. GRAVES, ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT THE GOVERNOR OFTEN CITES AND YOU’VE HEARD IT,
CYBERSECURITY JOBS THAT’S AVAILABLE. ALL YOU NEED AS
INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATION AND THAT JOB —
ANNUAL SALARY IS $95,000. ELECTRICIAN, 47,000. NETWORK SUPPORT SPECIALIST,
65,000. WELDERS, 40,000. PHARMACY TECHNICIAN, 32,000. DENTAL ASSISTANT, 36,000, AND
INDUSTRY MECHANIC, 45,000.>>I NEED TO DITCH GRAD SCHOOL.>>SO THE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED
CERTIFICATION OR THE CERTIFICATE IS GOLDEN. THAT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO BUILD
THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND SO — MRS. McCLELLAN.>>I SUGGEST WE LOOK AT ALWAYS
THE FRAMEWORK OR LENS WITH TECHNOLOGY IN MIND. I THINK NORFOLK SHOULD BE THE
MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CITY IN THE STATE AND AS WE
THINK ABOUT LEARNING ALL OF THE JOBS YOU MENTIONED, EVEN THE
WELDER, THEY ALL REQUIRE TECHNOLOGY TO COME TO THE TABLE
IN SOME FORM OR FASHION. NOT NECESSARILY A DEGREE, BUT A
COMPETENCY WITH CODING, COMPUTERS, AND TECHNOLOGY. IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE REALLY
NEED TO CONTINUE TO STRESS IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO WITH
REGARD TO THIS. WE CAN PROVIDE ONLINE LEARNING
THAT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OF OUR KIDS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO AREN’T
IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND MAKE THAT A PART OF EVERYTHING THAT
WE DO AS A COUNCIL. CONTINUOUSLY SEND OUT
INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE OPERATE, FOR EXAMPLE.>>AS YOU KNOW, IT’S CONSISTENT
WITH THE APPROACH TO YOUR STRATEGIC WORK AND THE EDUCATION
SUPPORTED BY STRUCTURE AND RESILIENCE, SO WE’VE NOT HEARD
FROM MR. THOMAS OR MR. RIDDICK. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT — DO
YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS?>>ANGELIA ALREADY CALLED ME A
GENIUS. I SHOULD PROBABLY KEEP MY MOUTH
SHUT. NO, I’M GOOD.>>I MISSED THAT.>>YOU HAVE TO PAY CLOSE
ATTENTION. MR. RIDDICK? YOU GOOD? ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.>>CAN I JUST GO REAL FAST —
>>YOU GO AHEAD.>>SO THAT WE — YOU WANT TO
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND, WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, WHAT YOU
WANT THE COMMISSION TO DO. WHAT’S THE CHARTER AND THAT IS
TO REALLY LOOK AT LIFELONG LEARNING IN ITS BROADEST SENSE
SO THAT YOU HAVE ALY TER RAT, WELL-EDUCATED — A LITERATE,
WELL-EDUCATED, SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO
LIVE, WORK, PLAY. WE HEARD THAT THE COMMISSION
ITSELF SHOULD BE TRULY DIVERSE AND THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES
TO PERHAPS ALIGN WITH STATE EFFORTS, THE EFFORTS OF THE
NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND OF THE REGION. AND WE LOOKED AT SOME OF THE
ISSUES TO DRILL DOWN ON PARTICULARLY ARE AROUND EARLY
CHILDHOOD, 21st CENTURY WORK SITES, THE IDEAS THAT PEOPLE CAN
MAKE LIVING WAGES WITH JOBS THAT HAVE INDUSTRY-WIDE CERTIFICATION
THAT FEEDS INTO YOUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS, AND HOW YOU
CONTINUE TO BUILD IN THE COMPONENT OF TECHNOLOGY IN ALL
YOU DO. ANYTHING THAT I MISSED? ANYTHING TO ADD? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>SUZANNE, THAT WAS GREAT.>>I THINK WE HAVE SOME NEXT
STEPS REALLY QUICKLY. THERE WE GO. I’LL LEAVE THEM FOR —
>>WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS TAKE THE NEXT MONTH AND TAKE
WHAT YOU ALL TOLD US, FRAME IT UP INTO WHAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE
A RESOLUTION THAT WE BRING BACK TO YOU ALL ON THE 9th OF MAY
WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO MAKE THIS LOOK JUST LIKE THE
FRAMEWORK THAT YOU HAD WITH THE POVERTY COMMISSION AND INCLUDED
IN THAT WOULD BE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR
VALIDATION OF THAT AS PART OF THAT RESOLUTION. ALL RIGHT.>>I HAVE A QUESTION. SO I ASSUME THAT THE UNIVERSITY,
ODU, NORFOLK STATE, VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, WE ALL WANT THEM TO
HAVE — ARE YOU GOING TO LOOK FOR SPECIFIC NAMES OR ARE YOU
GOING TO ASK THOSE UNIVERSITIES TO APPOINT SOMEBODY TO — JUST
SO WE HAVE AN IDEA, DO YOU WANT US TO RECOMMEND SPECIFIC PEOPLE
FOR THIS OR JUST THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULD HAVE
REPRESENTATION?>>I THINK YOU CAN DO BOTH. IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC PEOPLE YOU
THINK WOULD BE TALENTED FROM OLD DOMINION OR NORFOLK STATE OR
WHEREVER, LET US HAVE THOSE. WE’LL VET THEM AND SORT OF GET
THEM ON A LIST AND TRY TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT’S
WELL-BALANCED.>>I DO THINK IT WOULD BE WELL
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED. YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW MANY CAME
VERSUS HOW MANY WERE INVITED, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES THE NAMES WE
KNOW ARE PRETTY BUSY AND SOMEBODY ELSE —
>>I THINK LETTING THE SCHOOLS ESPECIALLY, ON THE COMMUNITY
LEVEL, LETTING THEM PARTICIPATE AND THE OTHER PIECE TO THAT ALSO
IS WE’RE LOOKING AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, HAVING A STUDENT
PARTICIPATE AS WELL, SO A STUDENT FROM TIDEWATER, A
STUDENT FROM NORFOLK STATE A STUDENT FROM OLD DOMINION, TO
PARTICIPATE IN LIKE AN INTERN LEVEL OR SOMETHING BECAUSE
THEY’RE THE END USER OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM NO MATTER WHAT
IT IS. HAVING A STUDENT FROM EACH OF
THE FOUR OR FIVE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE, YOU KNOW,
THEY’RE — TO INCORPORATE WHAT THEIR EXPERIENCES ARE,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU TALK TO TCC BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE OF A
WORKING CLASS STUDENT, SO THEY’RE ABLE TO TELL US WHAT
THEY’RE FINDING IN THE WORKPLACE AND THEY’RE EXPERIENCING IN
THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE, SO HAVING THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS WELL. BECAUSE EVERYBODY ULTIMATELY
FINDS A PLACE, YOU KNOW, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE
THAT.>>MAYBE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE
NEL PROGRAM TO HAVE INTERNS THIS SUMMER, IF YOU’RE STARTING UP
THIS SUMMER WORKING AS PART OF THIS. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU’VE LAID OUT
YOUR 200 AND SOMETHING — YEAH, THAT ARE WORKING ON THAT. I WILL ALSO SAY, I DIDN’T BRING
IT TODAY, BUT I HAVE A — WHEN I WAS ASKING BERNARD TO SEND ME
THE LANGUAGE ON THE POVERTY COMMISSION TO ALIGN WITH THAT, I
CAME UP WITH A LIST OF POSSIBLE ORGANIZATIONS. I DIDN’T HAVE THE NAMES OF
PEOPLE, SO –>>ANDRIA BROUGHT UP PRIVATE
SCHOOLS. I THINK WE OUGHT TO INCLUDE
THEM.>>AND CHURCHES THAT HAVE
DAYCARE CENTERS. THERE’S A WHOLE GROUP ON THAT
LIST.>>SO WE’RE GOING TO NEED A
BIGGER ROOM, A BIGGER BOAT. [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
LIKE TIDEWATER, FORDYCE COLLEGE, THEY ADDRESS THOSE SCHOLARS WHO
ARE IN THE WORKFORCE ALREADY AND THEY CAN TELL US EXACTLY WHAT
THEY’RE EXPERIENCING.>>THERE SHOULD BE A NAME AT
THAT OFFERING CENTER — WHATEVER THE —
[ ALL SPEAKING AT ONCE ]>>SO WE’LL CREATE THIS
INITIATIVE.>>OUR THOUGHT WOULD BE THERE
WOULD BE A RESOLUTION THAT LAYS ALL THIS OUS, SO WE’LL CERTAINLY
CHAT MORE ABOUT THIS WHEN WE HAVE AN IDEA OF THE TIME FRAME
WE’RE ON.>>DO YOU HAVE SOMEBODY HEADING
THIS UP SO MY LAWYER CAN WORK WITH THEM?>>I THINK YOU CAN WORK THROUGH
ME RIGHT NOW. PART OF THE THING IS WE DON’T
WANT TO GET AHEAD OF YOU ALL. WE WANTED TO HEAR WHAT YOU SAID,
WHAT YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH TONIGHT AND BRING IT BACK TO
YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, MR. MANAGER.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE
SUZANNE LOOPED IN ON THESE THINGS FOR US AND KEEP YOU
CONNECTED TO THE CONVERSATION AT THE RETREAT. SO DARRELL CRITTENDON IS GOING
TO STEP UP AND ANNOUNCE — AND OBVIOUSLY THE DIRECTOR OF
RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES, THIS IS NORFOLK EMERGING
LEADERS IS NOW, ON THE ONE HAND, I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY WELL
KNOWN BY THE ORGANIZATION AND REALLY THIS ROOM. I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S WELL KNOWN
BY THE COMMUNITY. IT’S A PHENOMENAL PROGRAM, AND
AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING, ONE OF THE SLIDES YOU’RE GOING TO
SEE OF THE TALENT THAT HAS COME OUT OF THAT IS REALLY A GREAT
STORY AND THEN I THINK HE’S GOING TO INTRODUCE WAYNE GREEN
WILL STEP UP AND GIVE MORE DETAILS. DARRELL, GLAD TO HAVE YOU.>>GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR,
COUNCIL MEMBERS, MR. MANAGER. SINCE 2011, THE DEPARTMENT OF
RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES HAS HOSTED THE NEL
PROGRAM AND IT’S WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I SAY EACH YEAR OUR
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, THE FUNDING LEVELS HAVE RISEN SINCE
2011. THERE HAVE BEEN OPPORTUNITIES
FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH, OPPORTUNITIES FROM
PRIVATE BUSINESSES, INTERNAL DEPARTMENTS, AND I WANT TO SAY
OUR YOUTH IN THAT PROGRAM HAVE REALLY THRIVED. SO I MEAN WE’RE REALLY EXCITED
THIS YEAR WITH OUR ADDITION OF 2017. WE HAVE NEW LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE
WAYNE GREEN, OUR ASSISTANCE DIRECTOR PROVIDING THE OVERALL
MANAGEMENT OF THE PROGRAM. ALANNA SMITH, OUR NEW NEL
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, WHO ACTUALLY PROVIDES THE DAY-TO-DAY
SUPERVISION OF THE NEL PROGRAM AND BASICALLY WITH THEIR
EXPERTISE, THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES AND CONTACTS
THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WE’RE LOOKING TO REALLY ENHANCE THE
PROGRAM THIS YEAR, PROVIDE WORTHWHILE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
YOUTH AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I’M
GOING TO TURN THE PODIUM OVER TONIGHT TO WAYNE GREEN, OUR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR. HE’LL BE MAKING THE
PRESENTATION.>>THANK YOU, DARRELL. GOOD EVENING, MR. MAYOR, CITY
COUNCIL, CITY STAFF. MY NAME IS WAYNE GREEN,
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN
SPACES. AS WE MOVE FORWARD TOWARD A FULL
ACCREDITATION OF OUR DEPARTMENT, IT IS PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE
NORFOLK EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM THAT IS HELPING US GET THERE. DARRELL MENTIONED THAT OUR NEW
COORDINATE IS MS. ALANA SMITH
AND THIS WILL TELL YOU A LOT ABOUT THE PROGRAM. ALANNA WENT TO GRANBY HIGH
SCHOOL. ALAN FLORIDA WENT TO UNIVERSITY
OF VIRGINIA. ALANNA WAS ONE OF THE EARLY
PARTICIPANTS IN THE EXECUTIVE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. ALANNA BECAME AN NEL COUNSELOR. ALANNA CAME INSIDE THE
ORGANIZATION AS A RECREATIONAL SPECIALIST AND NOW ALANNA HAS
BEEN SELECTED TO BE THE NEL COORDINATOR. SO THERE IS NO ONE THAT KNOWS
THIS PROGRAM BETTER THAN ALANNA SMITH. [ APPLAUSE ]
BUT NONE OF THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF
ADMINISTRATION AND WITH DARRELL CRITTENDON BECAUSE IN 2011, WE
TOOK A SUMMER RECREATION, SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM, AND WE TURNED IT
INTO A FULL-SCALE WORK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. SO WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS THE
PROGRAM WENT FROM PROVIDING JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE REC
CENTER OR IN PUBLIC WORKS, TO HAVING THE FOUNDATION AND
UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TAKES TO NOT ONLY HAVE A JOB, BUT TO
BE ABLE TO KEEP A JOB. SO WITH THAT SAID, WE HAVE A
BRIEF PRESENTATION FOR YOU THAT REALLY TALKS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
TRANSITIONING FROM SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM TO WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT. THIS PROGRAM IS EXPOSING OUR
YOUTH TO PUBLIC SERVICE. WE’RE ATTRACTING TALENT TO THE
CITY, AND IT’S HELPING YOUTH GAIN A VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE. SO THE NORFOLK EMERGING LEADERS
PROGRAM IS IN THREE PHASES. THE FIRST PHASE IS THE EMERGING
LEADERS PROGRAM AND IT’S A SEVEN-WEEK PROGRAM FOR YOUTH
AGES 16 TO 19. WHAT MAKES THIS COMPONENT OF THE
PROGRAM SO EXCITING, BECAUSE MANY OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT USED TO HAVE SUMMER JOB EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAMS. I THINK BECAUSE THERE WERE
FEDERAL FUNDS TAMPED TO IT, THERE WERE A LOT OF RESTRICTIONS
TO THE PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM IS FULLY FUNDED BY
THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS OF NORFOLK, SO THAT MEANS THAT ALL NORFOLK
YOUTH AGES 16 TO 19 ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. WHETHER YOU GO TO A PUBLIC
SCHOOL, WHETHER YOU GO TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL, WHETHER YOU’RE
HOMESCHOOLED, YOU’RE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. WHETHER YOUR PARENTS MAKE A
ZILLION DOLLARS OR ONE DOLLAR, YOU’RE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE
IN THIS PROGRAM. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING
YOUR COMMUNITY, LEARNING ABOUT THE GOALS OF WHAT PUBLIC SERVICE
DOES, THIS PROGRAM IS POTENTIALLY FOR YOU. WE HAVE 19 CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT
ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THIS PROGRAM, BUT WE HAVE A BUNCH OF
DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE PROVIDING THE BACKBONE OF THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE THE CITY ATTORNEY’S
OFFICE, WE HAVE HUMAN RESOURCES, FINANCE, MAKING SURE YOUNG
PEOPLE GET CHECKS, SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKING SURE THIS
HAPPENS. THEN WE HAVE THE EXECUTIVE
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND THAT IS FOR 13 SUPERSTARS. THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO DISCUSS
THESE YOUNG PEOPLE COMING FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FROM
THROUGHOUT THE STATE AS WELL AS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. WE HAVE A FELLOW NOW THAT’S IN
RESILIENCY THAT’S COMING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT
AUSTIN. WE’VE HAD EXECUTIVE INTERNS, A
STUDENT FROM VIRGINIA THAT WENT TO SCHOOL IN SPAIN AND CAME BACK
TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROGRAM. AT THE END THEREFORE PROGRAM,
YOU’LL SEE SOME OF THE TALENT THAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO RETAIN
INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION. THEN WE HAVE THE FELLOWS
PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM IS FOR EITHER ONE
OR TWO INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE COMPLETED GRADUATE SCHOOL, THAT
THEY’RE DOING INTENSIVE ANALYSIS INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION. WE HAVE A PERSON NOW THAT IS IN
RESILIENCY THAT IS WORKING ON THAT PROGRAM IN THE FELLOWS
PROGRAM, AND SHE WOULD BE GOING INTO HER SECOND YEAR IN THAT
PROGRAM. THEY SAY PICTURES ARE WORTH A
THOUSAND WORDS. I’M GOING TO TELL YOU THAT A
TESTIMONIAL WILL GO INSIDE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. WE HAVE A QUICK VIDEO FOR YOU.>>MY NAME IS ALICIA. I WORKED IN LIBRARY AID. THAT WAS A TOUGH SUMMER FOR ME
BECAUSE I LOST MY FATHER, BUT THE LEADERS OF THE PROGRAM
HELPED ME OVERCOME THAT HARDSHIP.>>MY NAME IS HOWARD. AS PART OF THE NEL EXEC SIFR
INTERN PROGRAM, I WAS IN HUMAN RESOURCES AT CITY HALL LEARNING
ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION
AS WELL AS THE METHODOLOGY FOR CREATING AND DISTRIBUTING POLICY
DIRECTIVES. THE EXPERIENCE DIRECTLY
SUPPORTED MY GRADUATE DEGREE AND I NOW HAVE SKILLS THAT WILL HELP
IN MY CAREER PURSUITS.>>IF THERE’S ONE AREA OF THE
PROGRAM WHERE WE BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO DO MORE WORK AND WE CAN
DO MORE WORK AND WE DEVOTED A LOT OF ATTENTION TO IT IN THE
LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND THAT IS IN OUTREACH. AS THE MANAGER INDICATED AT THE
VERY BEGINNING, THE PEOPLE INSIDE THIS ROOM, THEY REALLY
KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM. IT’S THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE
ROOM THAT WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO ENGAGE AND WORK WITH. SO WE HAVE DEVELOPED A NUMBER OF
PARTNERSHIPS WITH NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WITH THE PRIVATE
SCHOOLS, WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITIES, WITH UNIVERSITIES
THROUGHOUT THE STATE. IN FACT, I WENT ON SOME CRAZY
VOYAGE LAST SPRING THAT I WENT TO SEVEN UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT
THE STATE IN, LIKE, ONE AND A HALF DAYS BECAUSE THE FORMER
BUDGET DIRECTOR, SABRINA JOY-HOGG, SHE WASN’T GOING TO
PAY FOR HOTEL ROOMS. [ LAUGHTER ]
NOT TWO NIGHTS ANYWAY. SO WE DID A WHIRLWIND, MAN, WE
WENT ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE’VE BEEN REALLY ENGAGED AND
WORKING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, WORKING WITH
OPPORTUNITY INC. WE ARE NOW A FULL PARTNER IN THE
JOBS PLUS PROGRAM THAT NORFOLK REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING
AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED A FEDERAL GRANT FOR, SO WE’RE WORKING WITH
NRHA ON THIS PROGRAM. WE HAVE DIRECT RELATIONSHIPS
WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND THE THINGS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE
LIKE, WE’RE NOW EXPANDING OUT INTO SOCIAL MEDIA TO REALLY GET
THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PROGRAM. SO THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE
PROGRAM. WHEN WE STARTED THIS INITIATIVE,
I BELIEVE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AS A SUMMER PROGRAM, WE WERE
PROBABLY TALKING ABOUT 100 YOUTH TO BE ABLE TO COME INSIDE THE
ORGANIZATION. WE’RE NOW UP TO 250
PARTICIPANTS. WE HAVE A LITTLE OVERFILL THAT
WE DO, SO LAST YEAR WE HAD 253. THROUGH ATTRITION, BECAUSE
PEOPLE GO BACK TO SCHOOL EARLY, GO TO OTHER ACTIVITIES. LAST YEAR WE FINISHED THE
PROGRAM WITH 220 PARTICIPANTS. WE HAD 19 DEPARTMENTS THAT
PROVIDED JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND 70 WORKPLACES. SO IT’S NOT JUST COMING INTO THE
RECREATION CENTERS AND WORKING WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE ACHIEVE
THEIR PERSONAL POTENTIAL, PRYING TO SEE WHAT NEW OPPORTUNITIES
ARE OUT THERE AND AVAILABLE FOR THEM. SO WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE
PEOPLE WORKING IN TRAFFIC ENGINEERING OR THEY’RE WORKING
OUT IN PARKS AND FORESTRY OR IN STREETS AND BRIDGES, OR THEY ARE
WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH A BIOLOGIST AT THE MORRIS BRIDGES
PLANT, SO THEY’RE ALL TYPES OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
IN OUR 16 TO 19-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM. IF FOR 2011, WE HAVE A PROGRAM
BUDGET FOR 250 PARTICIPANTS. WE HAD 674 APPLICANTS FOR THE
PROGRAM. 127 OF THOSE PARTICIPANTS ARE
APPLICANTS THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM, SO
THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO POTENTIALLY COME BACK TO THE
PROGRAM. THEN WE HAVE 548, OR 81% THAT
HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM. EXECUTIVE INTERN PROGRAM, THIS
IS FOR OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO WE DISCUSSED. THIS IS FOR 13 POSITIONS. IN 2011, WE REVAMPED THE PROGRAM
AND THERE WAS NO COLLEGE COMPONENT TO THE PROGRAM. WHEN WE STARTED THE COLLEGE
PROGRAM, ESSENTIALLY THEY WORKED IN INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS. WHAT WE SAW WAS THE OPPORTUNITY,
BECAUSE THIS AGE GROUP, THEY REALLY LIKE TO WORK IN TEAMS AND
WORK COLLECTIVELY AND WE CREATED THIS COHORT CONCEPT. THIS CONCEPT PROVIDED
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND THEN CREATE
DELIVERABLES THAT INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF
THE ORGANIZATION. THEIR PROJECTS HAVE HUNG AROUND,
THAT THEY HAVE COME IN, HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AND TAKEN OVER
THOSE PROJECTS. ONE OF THE COHORTS LAST YEAR WAS
AT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY WHERE THEY HAVE FOUR ENGINEERING
STUDENTS THAT WORKED ON AN APP FOR US. IN 2016, WE HAD 123 APPLICANTS
FOR THE PROGRAM. IN 2017, WE HAVE 127. INTERVIEWS WILL COMMENCE NEXT
WEEK FOR THE PROGRAM. THERE WERE 18 VIRGINIA COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES WHERE STUDENTS APPLIED TO THE PROGRAM AND NINE
FROM OUT OF STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. TRAINING ELEMENT. SO IT’S NOT JUST THAT WE BRING
YOU ON AND HAVE YOU WORK IN THE SUMMER. WE HAVE A SUPPORT NETWORK, A
STRUCTURE TO THE PROGRAM, AND FOR BOTH OUR 16 AND 19-YEAR-OLD
PROGRAM AS WELL AS THE EXECUTIVE INTERN PROGRAM, THERE IS A
DETAILED TRAINING PROGRAM THAT GOES WITH THE PROGRAM. SO AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT WORD
REPURPOSING COMES IN. SOMETIMES — WE’RE NOT GOING TO
GET VISUAL MONEY, SO WE HAVE TO REINVENT OURSELVES, SO ONE OF
THE WAYS WE DID THAT, WE CAME BACK TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN
RESOURCES, AND HUMAN RESOURCES, THEY CREATED A WORLD-CLASS
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR US, SO BOTH OUR 16 TO 19-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM. OUR 16 AND 19-YEAR-OLDS WILL BE
FOCUSSING THIS YEAR ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AS WELL AS RESUME
WRITING AND INTERVIEWING SKILLS. THAT’S WHAT THEY WILL BE
FOCUSING ON BECAUSE AT SOME POINT, SUMMERTIME WILL BE OVER
AND YOU’RE GOING TO NEED ANOTHER JOB. SO WE’RE GOING TO HELP THEM GET
THERE. I REMEMBER BACK IN 2013, WE WENT
TOTALLY TO ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCESS, THERE WAS
SOME CONCERN ABOUT THAT PROCESS, BUT IF YOU GO OUT INTO THE WORLD
TODAY, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO APPLY
FOR A JOB. SO WE’RE GETTING OUR YOUNG
PEOPLE READY FOR WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE ACTUAL WORK ENVIRONMENT. SO FOR THE 16 TO 19-YEAR-OLDS,
THEY GET THE TWO-DAY TRAINING AND FOR OUR EXECUTIVE INTERNS,
THEY GET FIVE TRAINING SESSIONS THAT THEY WILL TAKE PLACE
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. SO THE PROOF OF THE SUCCESS OF
THIS PROGRAM, ESPECIALLY BY THE EXECUTIVE INTERNS, IF YOU LOOK
OUT ON THE PROGRAM, YOU WILL SEE NAMES THAT SOME OF THEM ARE IN
THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW AND SOME ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE
ORGANIZATION, BUT NOT ONLY INSIDE THIS ORGANIZATION,
THERE’S A YOUNG MAN, JOHN GARRETT, WHO I THINK IS A
FABULOUS HUMAN BEING. HE WORKS FOR ONE OF OUR LOCAL
BANKS, BUT HE WAS AN EXECUTIVE INTERN. SO IF THEY DON’T COME HERE,
THERE IS SOME ORGANIZATION IN THIS AREA THAT THEY MAY END UP
WITH AND THAT’S THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS HOW DO WE RETAIN THIS
TALENT INSIDE OF THE CITY OF NORFOLK. QUESTIONS?>>MS. McCLELLAN.>>I THINK THIS IS GREAT. INTERNSHIPS FOR ME WERE
FOUNDATIONAL FOR MY SUCCESS LATER IN LIFE. I’M HUGE ON THOSE. YOU KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. AS I LOOK AT THIS, I WONDER WHY
WE DON’T HAVE MORE EXECUTIVE INTERNS AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL? YOU HAD 127 FOR 13 SPOTS, YOU
WERE ONLY ABLE TO TAKE 15% VERSUS 657 FOR 250 SLOTS. MAYBE THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO
BALANCE SOME OF THOSE NUMBERS OUT. THOSE ARE THE KIDS THAT ARE
GETTING CLOSER TO GRADUATING AND COMING BACK TO BE PART OF THE
WORKFORCE. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S ANY
THOUGHT TO THAT.>>THERE’S A SWEET SPOT. 2011, WE CAME IN, WORKED TO FIND
WHAT WOULD WORK BEST. THESE COHORTS, IT WAS — IT’S
BANDWIDTH, SO IT’S KIDS FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME AND IF
YOU GET ANY BIGGER, IN MY OPINION, IT BECOMES REALLY HARD
TO HAVE A DELIVERABLE, SO THAT’S WHY WE DEDICATE — LAST WE’RE
USED PUBLIC SAFETY. WE FOUND FOLKS WITH CRIMINAL
JUSTICE BACKGROUND THAT WANTED TO BECOME POLICE OFFICERS OR GO
INTO SOME KIND OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICE. I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE, AND
PLUS, ON AVERAGE WE’RE NOW PARTNERING WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN
AND OTHER INTERN PROGRAMS WHERE THESE GROUPS COME TOGETHER AND
THEY BECOME KIND OF OF THE COURT SYSTEM FOR EACH SORRY, SO
WHEN — SUPPORT SOME FOR EACH OTHER, SO THEY TALK ABOUT COMING
BACK, WE WANT THEM TO COME BACK TO NORFOLK, SO THEY’RE CREATING
CONNECTIONS. THEY’VE HELPED TO STAGE, YOU GET
PROFESSIONAL CONTACTS, YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TOGETHER
AND DO BIKE RIDES AND BOAT SAILING AND OTHER THINGS, SO
JUST — WE COULD PROBABLY GO A LITTLE BIT BIGGER, BUT I
WOULDN’T GET TOO BIG BECAUSE THEN I DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE
GOING TO GET THE SAME KIND OF STRUCTURE WITH THIS SPECIFIC
OPPORTUNITY, BUT SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK AT.>>MRS. JOHNSON.>>SO ONE OF MY QUESTIONS WAS
HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS. YOU ANSWERED THAT. HOW DO WE MARKET OR OUTREACH TO
THE CITY, AND YOU EXPLAINED THROUGH THE COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, NRHA. THIS IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. I CAN SAY THAT, I BELIEVE IN IT,
BUT HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY ASSIST YOUR PROGRAM BY HAVING A SORT OF
BOOTS ON THE GROUND TYPE OUTREACH GOING ON? MEANING THAT ALTHOUGH WE’RE
MARKETING AND WE’RE OUTREACHING TO THE COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES, MAJORITY OF OUR CITIZENS DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS
WONDERFUL PROGRAM. SO I WOULD POSSIBLY LIKE TO SEE
HOW WE COULD JOIN TOGETHER AND GO OUT INTO THE VARIOUS
COMMUNITIES AND HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT TO THE CITIZENS AND SEE
WHAT WE COULD POSSIBLY OPEN UP THAT WAY.>>MR. CRITTENDON LASS A VISION
AND ONE — HAS A VISION AND ONE OF THINGS HE HAS TALKED ABOUT IS
GETTING TO US LOOK AT GOING OUT MORE INTO THE COMMUNITY, BUT THE
OTHER PIECE OF IT, AT SOME POINT, THE ORGANIZATION IS
CAPPED WITH REGARD TO HOW MANY JOBS WE ACTUALLY HAVE, RIGHT? SO AT SOME POINT, WE’RE GOING TO
HAVE TO GO OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SAY PRIVATE SECTOR,
HOW DO YOU CREATE OR LET’S WORK ON A MODEL THAT SAYS WE’RE YOUTH
FRIENDLY, WE’RE READY TO HIRE YOU. HOW DO WE DO THAT PARTNERSHIP? SO — YES.>>I GOT YOU.>>ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT
YOU ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW, YOU HAD OVER 674, AROUND ABOUT,
TO APPLY, AND YOU STARTED OFF WITH ABOUT 253 AND AT THE END OF
THE PROGRAM, IT WAS DOWN TO 220. SO I DON’T THINK THERE’S AN
ISSUE WITH THE DEMAND. IT’S JUST THE CAPACITY TO
PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY. GOING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY INTO
THE PRIVATE SECTOR MAY BE THE CURE AND THAT’S GOING TO TAKE
PROBABLY PARTNERSHIPS, PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BUSINESS
COMMUNITY AS WELL AS WITH, YOU KNOW, WITH SOME OF THE
INDUSTRIES.>>THAT’S WHAT WE USED TO DO. PAUL, DO YOU REMEMBER? THAT’S HOW WE STARTED. WE STARTED INTERNSHIPS WITH
PRIVATE FACILITIES.>>TOMMY WAS WAITING IN THE
QUEUE AND THEN I’LL GO TO YOU, MR. RIDDICK.>>THANK YOU, WAYNE. ALWAYS ENTERTAINING. I DON’T WANT YOU TO TAKE THIS AS
A CRITICISM AT ALL, IT’S AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM, BUT YOU
HAVE A LOT OF APPLICATIONS AND WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF
APPLICATIONS — AND I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I’M — THAT’S HOW MY
SCHOOL OPERATES — THERE’S ALWAYS PEOPLE WHO POINT FINGERS
ABOUT HOW PEOPLE GET SELECTED. SO JUST AS YOU CONTINUE GROWING
AND YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL YOUNG WOMAN RUNNING THE PROGRAM,
GRANBY GRADUATE –>>UVA GRADUATE.>>WELL, WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT
LATER. BUT THAT YOU LOOK AT THINGS
LIKE, YOU KNOW — I KNOW IN THE PAST, JUST ACCUSATION MADE THAT
MORE OF THE EMPLOYEES’ KIDS GET PICKED FOR THIS PROGRAM OR THEY
KNEW ABOUT IT, SO THEY APPLIED FOR IT BEFORE IT GOT OUT TO
OTHER KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY. I ALSO HEARD THAT MORE PRIVATE
SCHOOL KIDS GET PICKED FOR THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY REALLY PUSH
IT. I DON’T BELIEVE ANY OF THAT IS
TRUE, AND SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU GUYS CONTINUE
TO WORK ON DEVELOPING THIS PROGRAM, THAT YOU LOOK AT THAT
FIDELITY OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND HOW PEOPLE ARE
PICKED FOR IT AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU’RE GETTING THAT DIVERSE
REPRESENTATION OF OUR COMMUNITY. I MEAN, THERE WAS EVEN ONE LADY
THAT SAID THERE WERE VIRGINIA BEACH KIDS GETTING PICKED FOR
THIS AND HOW DID VIRGINIA BEACH KIDS GET PUT IN. THEY LIED AND SAID THEY HAD A
NORFOLK ADDRESS. I’M USED TO THAT, I DON’T BUY
ANY OF THAT STUFF. I THINK YOU GUYS RUN AN
OUTSTANDING PROGRAM, BUT I JUST THINK AS YOU GOOD FORWARD AND
CONTINUE TO — GO FORWARD AND CONTINUE TO GROW AND DEVELOP
THAT APPLICATION, YOU ANYWAY WANT TO — MAY WANT TO PUT
GUIDELINES ON THERE. I DON’T KNOW, I’VE NEVER SEEN
THE APPLICATION, SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S OUT THERE. YOU GUYS DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB
WITH IT. I KNOW SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE
THROUGH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT HAS GONE THROUGH THIS AND IT
REALLY DOES WORK WITH THEM BEING DEVELOPED AS FUTURE LEADERS AND
AS I DISCUSSED BEFORE, I REALLY HOPE YOU GUYS WILL LINK TO THE
LEADERSHIP CAMP FOR NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS KIDS AND GET
THOSE KIDS THAT AS THEY ATTEND THAT CAMP, THEY CAN ACTUALLY GET
A SPOT ON THIS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALREADY BEING TRAINED IN THAT
LEADERSHIP CAMP AND HELPING TO GROW THAT PROGRAM AS WELL THAT
WE’VE BEEN DOING. SO I THINK THERE’S A — WE’RE
CREATING FUTURE COMPETITION FOR US AS WELL IN RUNNING AGAINST US
AND THAT’S OKAY, SO DEVELOP THOSE FUTURE LEADERS AND KEEP ON
DOING A GREAT JOB.>>MR. RIDDICK.>>YES. I DO REMEMBER. I ACTUALLY — AND I ALWAYS HATE
TO SAY I, BUT I ACTUALLY INITIATED THIS PROGRAM IN 1995. GEORGE CRAWLEY WAS THE ASSISTANT
CITY MANAGER AND WE DID START OFF WITH A FEW JOBS, MAYBE 90 OR
100, AND I’M REALLY BROAD TO SEE HOW — PROUD TO SEE HOW IT HAS
EVOLVED. ONE THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS
THAT I’D LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE JOBS REACH YOUNGSTERS WHO
ARE RIGHT AT THE POVERTY LEVEL THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. AND, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY SAID
THAT YOU GET ALL YOUR JOBS, YOU KNOW, BY COMPUTERS. I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE — NOW,
YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE, BUT MAKE SURE THAT THESE JOBS REACH
YOUNGSTERS, YOU KNOW, THAT DON’T HAVE COMPUTERS. NOW, I CAN TRUTHFULLY SAY THAT
I’VE SPOKEN TO A FEW PARENTS THAT LIVE IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING
COMMUNITY AND WE’VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING THEM, SO
I JUST HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND MAYBE NEXT YEAR
COULD BE ANOTHER TEN JOBS AT THE INTERN LEVEL AS WELL AS THE 16
TO 19-YEAR-OLD LEVEL. AND YEARS AGO, I HAD SPOKEN TO
THE NRHA AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY HAVE — ARE
PROVIDING JOBS, BUT I’D ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD IF
YOU TAKE A YOUNGSTER, START THEM OFF IN THE TENTH GRADE, AND LET
THEM ROTATE, WHETHER IT’S CAR PEN INDUSTRY, ELECTRICITY —
CARPENTRY, ELECTRICITY, AND ALSO ADMINISTRATIVELY AND THEY MAY
SAY, HECK, I LIKE ELECTRICITY, I WANT TO GET INTO THAT, OR I LIKE
CARPENTRY. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE TO EXPOSE
OUR YOUNGSTERS TO A VARIETY OF OCCUPATIONS. MAYBE NEXT YEAR THE POLICE CHIEF
CAN FIND SOME NATIONAL GRANTS BECAUSE THERE HAS TO BE SOME
NATIONAL GRANTS OUT THERE BECAUSE MOST COMMUNITIES ARE
TRYING TO GET YOUNGER PEOPLE TO EMBRACE, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC SAFETY
AND THE SAME WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. AND SO I JUST REALLY BELIEVE
THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS GROW AND I DON’T KNOW
WHETHER ANY OTHER COMMUNITIES AROUND HAVE IT, BUT I KNOW WE’VE
HAD IT SINCE 1995. I’M JUST PROUD OF THE WAY IT HAS
EVOLVED, AND WAYNE, I THINK YOUR ENTHUSIASM ALSO ADDS TO THE
AMBIENCE OF THE PRESENTATION. GOOD JOB.>>MRS. GRAVES.>>I JUST WANT TO SAY, I’M
REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. I KNOW WHEN WE CHANGED THE
NORFOLK PROGRAM OVER TO THE EMERGING LEADER PROGRAM AND TO
SEE THE PROGRAM EVOLVE FROM WHERE IT WAS WHEN I CAME ON
COUNCIL TO WHAT YOU ALL ARE NOW BRINGING FORTH IS REALLY, REALLY
GREAT. DO WE STILL HAVE THE 2.0 GRADE
POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS?>>YES. YES, WE DO.>>ALL RIGHT. THAT’S GREAT. AND THE OTHER THING THAT I JUST
WANT TO SAY, I LIKE THE IDEA THAT WE DON’T HAVE — I KNOW WE
PROBABLY COULD HIRE A FEW MORE STUDENTS, BUT I KIND OF LIKE THE
IDEA OF THE EXCLUSIVITY OF IT. WORKING FOR THE CITY IS A BIG
DEAL AND I THINK THAT ONCE WE PUT THE CRITERIA OUT THERE AND
LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT AND THEY KNOW THAT IT’S NOT JUST AN
AVERAGE MINIMUM WAGE JOB OR WHATEVER. I THINK THAT THE EXCLUSIVITY OF
COMING TO WORK FOR THE CITY, IT REALLY IS A GOOD DEAL AND I
REALLY DO LIKE IT. AND LAST YEAR, I WAS WORKING OUT
AT — SPENT THE DAY WHERE THERE WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE COMING IN
AND THEY HAD THEIR NEL LANYARDS ON AND THEY WERE CASHING
PAYCHECKS. I THINK THAT’S A GREAT THING,
BUT THAT’S ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE HAVE TO CONSIDER AS WE
EXPAND THE PROGRAM. THERE’S A LOT OF HUMAN RESOURCE
TIME THAT GOES INTO NEW HIRES, SO WE HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT AS
WELL WHEN WE TALK ABOUT EXPANDING IT. NOT JUST BRINGING ON MORE KIDS,
BUT WHATEVER BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE TO BE DONE WHERE THEY’RE
GOING TO BE WORKING AND GETTING THEM INTO THE SYSTEM AND GETTING
THEM ID NUMBERS AND ALL THAT. THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO
CONSIDER AS WELL WHEN WE TALK ABOUT EXPANDING THE PROGRAM, BUT
GREAT JOB. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.>>DO WE AS A COUNCIL DO
ANYTHING TO SUPPORT THIS?>>WE FUND IT.>>WE PAY FOR IT.>>WE FUND IT.>>WE PROVIDE — WELL, I’M MORE
THAN HAPPY TO HAVE A LUNCH OR AN OUTING OR DINNER, SOMETHING LIKE
THAT WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO — I THINK IT’S
IMPORTANT FOR OUR INTERNS ALSO TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
INTERACT WITH THEIR ELECTED LEADERS, SO I DON’T KNOW TO WHAT
SENTENCE WE’VE DONE IN THE PAST — EXTENT WE’VE DONE IN THE
PAST, BUT WE CAN BRAINSTORM ON IT. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET TO
KNOW US TOO AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO RUN FOR OFFICE AND AS
TOMMY SAID, INSPIRE THAT TO BE SO.>>WELL, WE ACTUALLY HAVE IN THE
PAST. IS IT CLOSING DAY, END OF THE
SUMMER, SOMEWHERE AROUND –>>YOU HAVE A LUNCH?>>WE HAVE HAD VARIOUS COUNCIL
MEMBERS WHO HAVE COME AND SPOKEN TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND ANSWERED
QUESTIONS AND EXPLAINED WHAT WE DO AND THAT KIND OF THING. WE ACTUALLY HAVE DONE THAT FOR
SEVERAL YEARS IN A ROW NOW, SO IT’S A PART OF THE PROGRAM. AND THEY DO LUNCH AFTER OUT IN
THE FOYER THERE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>MR. MANAGER.>>SO MUCH TO LIKE IN THAT. CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE PROGRAM
THAT FRANKLY HAS GOTTEN EMBEDDED IN THE CULTURE OF THIS
ORGANIZATION, SO I THINK YOU ALL SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE ALSO
TRYING TO DO IS GET FOLKS LIKE WAYNE AND ALANNA IN FRONT OF YOU
ALL TO SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF TALENT IN THIS ORGANIZATION
DOING A LOT OF GOOD WORK. I THINK WE HAVE TIME TO TALK
ABOUT THE ARB PROCESS TONIGHT THAT’S ON THE AGENDA. BERNARD, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S
YOU OR BRECK THAT’S BETTER TO TALK THROUGH WHAT’S GOING ON GO
ON OUT FRONT?>>OH, THE CERTIFICATE OF
APPROPRIATENESS APPEAL? YES, YOU HAVE ON YOUR AZALEA
GARDEN TONIGHT A GENTLEMAN WHO — YOUR AGENDA TONIGHT A
GENTLEMAN WHO WANTS TO DEMOLISH AN APARTMENT BUILDING HE OWNS IN
THE FREEMASON HISTORIC DISTRICT I THINK IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD.>>IN GHENT.>>THE GHENT HISTORIC DISTRICT. WHAT I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU
ABOUT IS JUST GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO — I’LL RUN
THROUGH THE PROCESS QUICKLY. IT’S VERY SIMPLE. SOMEBODY FROM THE STAFF, I
BELIEVE LENNY AND ANOTHER PLANNING PERSON, WILL BRING YOU
UP TO DATE ON THE STATUS, THE APPLICATION, ARB’S REVIEW AND
RECOMMENDATION, AND INTRODUCE IT. THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE
APPLICANT WHO HAS UP TO 15 MINUTES TO MAKE HIS CASE. THE BURDEN IS ON HIM IN OUR
BUSINESS TO CONVINCE YOU, YOU’RE SITTING AS THE JUDGE OF THIS
AGAIN, HIS BURDEN IS TO CONVINCE YOU THAT IT’S NOT ECONOMICALLY
FEASIBLE TO RENOVATE THIS PROJECT, AND SO IF YOU CAN — IF
YOU AGREE WITH HIM, YOU CAN VOTE YES AND GRANT HIS APPEAL. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH HIM, YOU
WOULD VOTE NO. SO HE HAS 15 MINUTES THAT HE CAN
DIVIDE UP TO MAKE HIS CASE. THEN ANYBODY IN THE PUBLIC WHO
HAS INTEREST IN THE MATTER GETS UP TO OUR THREE MINUTES TO
ADDRESS IT, AND THEN AT THE END, THE APPLICANT CAN TAKE A LAST
THREE MINUTES FOR ANY REBUTTAL THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN — CAUSED BY
ANY OTHER SPEAKER. THAT’S IT IN A NUTSHELL. YOUR QUESTION, WHAT YOU’LL BE
VOTING ON TONIGHT, IS WHETHER THE APPLICANT HAS MET HIS BURDEN
OF CONVINCING YOU THAT THE PROPERTY IS NOT ECONOMICALLY
FEASIBLE TO MAINTAIN AND RENOVATE. I’LL GO AHEAD AND RUN ON A
LITTLE BIT, THAT IF YOU DETERMINE THAT HE’S NOT MET HIS
BURDEN AND VOTE NO ON THE APPLICANT, THEN THE STATE CODE
REQUIRES US TO HAVE IN OUR CITY CODE, WHICH WE DO HAVE, THE
ABILITY FOR HIM TO MARKET THE PROPERTY AND IF HE CANNOT SELL
IT WITHIN 12 MONTHS FOR ITS FAIR MARKET VALUE, THEN HE HAS THE
RIGHT TO DEMOLISH BY HAVING DEMONSTRATED THAT THE
MARKETPLACE WILL NOT PURCHASE IT. I JUST WANTED TO RUN THROUGH THE
PROCESS. YOU’LL HEAR THE CASE TONIGHT AND
I DON’T KNOW IF THAT BRIEF PROCESS LEAVES YOU WITH ANY
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS.>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>SO ARE WE GOING TO BE
REVIEWING ON WHAT THE CITY HAS DONE AS FAR AS COZY ENFORCEMENT
ON THIS — CODE ENFORCEMENT ON THIS PROPERTY?>>LENNY, ARE YOU DOING THE
CITY’S INTRODUCTION?>>THE CODE ENFORCEMENT
ESSENTIALLY BEGAN IN 2015 OVER THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDING. THE APPLICANT BROUGHT THE
BUILDING AND ANOTHER ONE DOWN THE BLOCK. HE BOUGHT 511 AND 616. HE ENDED UP SELLING 511 AND IT’S
BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REHABILITATED. THIS ONE, HE’S BEEN ON THE
MARKET. THE FIRST PERSON WHO WANTED TO
BUY IT WANTED TO TEAR IT DOWN AND BUILD TOWNHOUSES. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER PEOPLE
DISCUSSING WITH THE OWNER REHABILITATION, SO AS YOU KNOW,
THE BUILDINGS IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR
HISTORIC TAX CREDIT AND ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR CITY TAX ABATEMENT,
WHICH MAKES THE ABILITY TO RELAB TATE AN OLDER, IN POOR CONDITION
BUILDING, A LOT MORE ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE, SO THE
BUILDING IS KEPT SECURE. YOU CANNOT ENTER THE BUILDING. THAT’S IN COMPLIANCE WITH CODE. MR. ROGERS, HIS BUREAU HAS
HANDLED THAT.>>WE HAVE IT ON OUR RADAR TO
GET THE COMMUNITY (INAUDIBLE) TO GIVE THEM AN UPDATE EVERY MONTH
IN 2016. IT’S IN COMPLIANCE AND THERE’S
NO CODE ENFORCEMENT THAT WE CAN GO ON THAT PROPERTY.>>IS ANYBODY ELSE TROUBLED BY
THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY CAN BUY A PROPERTY, LET IT RUN DOWN TO THE
POINT WHERE NOBODY WANTS TO BUY IT, AND THEN SAYS, WELL,
COULDN’T GET A GOOD OFFER FOR IT AND NOW I GET TO TEAR IT DOWN?>>YES.>>CAN YOU GET —
>>CAN I BE A LITTLE BIT RUDE AND ASK YOU TO BE CAREFUL TO NOT
DISCUSS THE CASE — DUE PROCESS. THAT QUESTION, IF YOU COULD,
SAVE IT FOR THE HEARING. IT MIGHT BE A BETTER TIME —
>>SO WHY DON’T WE –>>THEN LET ME ASK ONE OTHER
THING. ARE WE AWARE OF ANY OFFERS ON
THIS PROPERTY?>>YES.>>WE’LL IN THE PROCESS —
>>I GUESS I’LL BE QUIET NOW.>>WE’RE IN THE PROCESS —
>>SOMETHING YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO SAY TO ME FOR A LONG TIME.>>ALL RIGHT, MR. MANAGER.>>SO MR. MAYOR, WE HAVE THREE
REAL ESTATE ITEMS FOR CLOSED SESSION.>>MR. CLERK. [ MOTION FOR CLOSED SESSION READ
AND VOICE VOTE TAKEN]

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