Intergovernmental Relations

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 local, 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 the Legislative Affairs Liaison 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 capital.​

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