(Editor's note: This was published as an oped in the Daily Press on Oct. 20, 2013)
There is a grand, new opportunity for area local elected officials and citizens to get on the same metropolitan page. We have a chance together to decide what constitutes good governance for our collective future.
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is required by state law to do a regional Strategic Plan. Though the state law has been on the books for years, Hampton Roads has never developed or met this requirement.
It is with great sadness that we relay word to you that our friend, HRCCE board member Ray Taylor (RADM USN, Ret.) passed away on Tuesday September 3, 2013.
Ray was a renaissance man in the truest sense of the word, and has been a brilliant and tireless advocate for regionalism and civic engagement. His shoes will remain unfilled.