The Hampton Roads Chamber of Coerce welcomed Govenor-Elect Ralph Northam as its keynote speaker during the group’s annual meeting on December 13 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The annual end of year event highlights the area’s business and economic development which Chamber President and CEO Bryan Stephens described as “sound,” and “increasing.” Northam said his top priority on business development was “to make sure we can put Virginia back in that No. 1 position.” He called for focus and expansion of jobs in the science and technology fields which he called 21st century careers.
Among those attending were members of the STOP, Inc. (pictured)
(L-R) Dr. Sharon Waters, Special Assistant to the STOP Inc. President and CEO; Dr. Bertha Escoffrey, STOP Inc. Board Member; Debra Grant, STOP Inc. Board Member; Dr. George Reed, STOP Inc. Board Chairman Emeritus; Regina P. Lawrence, STOP Inc. President and CEO; Hildegarde Richardson, STOP Inc. Board Member and Tyrone Sessoms, Sr., STOP Inc. Vice President for Housing and Economic Development.