Hello Hampton Roads!
My name is Lynelle. I’m New Mexico born, VB raised, Williamsburg educated, found my path in Norfolk & Newport News, and parked my caboose in Portsmouth.
Nearly two decades later, I’ve seen this area transform by leaps and bounds. Once a tangled necklace, each part trying to hide its kinks, now is a brag-worthy statement piece. Each municipality highlights unique nuances of their community.
The rise of small businesses and entrepreneurs laid the foundation for our regional personality. Ghent tastes different from the ViBe District, which doesn’t have to compete with Greenbrier or Hampton. Newport News remodeled City Center, there are over 40 rotating brews in Suffolk, the best barbecue is hiding in Gloucester, and you would never imagine zip lining in Williamsburg.
Beyond “What’s for dinner?”, we started asking big questions around quality of life, job opportunities, ease of access, and sustainable solutions.
- Where do people live?
- How do they spend their free time?
- Where do they buy groceries?
- How do they get around?
- What happens if we get a Category 5 hurricane?
- How do we attract recent graduates?
- Can our people affect change in their communities?
- Are we using resources to improve/complicate citizens’ lives?
These questions are the supporting framework of what can position us as a global destination, but only if we have proactive leadership.
Our region needs fresh perspective to recover from COVID-19 and thrive in its aftermath. I invite you to take a step in the right direction.
Follow me in my journey across the 17 cities of Hampton Roads.