The City of Virginia Beach has the most aggressive and
successful intergovernmental relations program of any jurisdiction in Virginia.
This includes the pursuit of a pro-active Community Legislative Agenda that supports
the City’s and region’s needs at the regional, state and national level. Our
City staff is in Richmond on a daily basis during the General Assembly Session
which lasts two months during the first quarter of each year promoting the
Community Legislative Agenda.
The City is also a leader in the Hampton Roads Planning District
Commission (HRPDC), the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
(HRTPO), the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC),
the Hampton Roads Mayor's and Chairs, the Hampton Roads Military and Federal
Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA), and multiple other regional organizations. At the
national level, the City's lobbying efforts have produced over $200 million in
earmarks for City projects, including 65 percent federal funding for the
Hurricane Protection Program at the Oceanfront, the nourishment of Sandbridge
beach. We have also been successful in
having multiple federal laws changed to benefit the City.
We work on a daily basis in pursuit of the city's efforts with
our Congressional Delegation, the General Assembly Delegation, and
administrators at the regional, state, and federal level. We also work closely
with the military bases in Virginia Beach, including the Naval Air Station
Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, and
the National Guard Camp Pendleton Reservation, along with the various commands
and activities associated with these military installations.
These activities are managed by Robert Matthias, Assistant to
the City Manager, and administratively supported by the City Manager's Office
Support Team. We contract with two lobbying firms that assist us in our
efforts, one located locally and in Richmond and the other in our Nation's