2017 - Hampton's budget team once again earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The city has won the award more than 20 times. It was created by the Government Finance Officers Association to encourage exemplary budgeting practices and to provide peer recognition of government finance officers preparing budget documents. The award for distinguished budget presentation is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental entity, its budgeting staff and its management.
Computer, virtual reality company named topic minority tech firm
Oct. 5, 2017 - A Hampton technology company, J&F Alliance Group, has been named the 2017 Minority Technology Firm of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency. Based in downtown Hampton, J&F is a software service company that provides augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality customized applications for military services and Department of Defense.
Grant money will help elevate or demolish flood-prone property
Sept. 14, 2017 - The city was awarded nearly half of $5.4 million in federal grant money that will be used to elevate or demolish residential properties in flood-prone areas of Virginia. The flooding mitigation grants are from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. In Virginia, the grant program is administered by the Department of Emergency Management, which said Hampton will get $2,516,700 for the elevation of seven flood-prone properties that have already been chosen for assistance.
City a finalist in innovations competition
May 2, 2017 – Hampton’s “I Value” budget input program was a finalist in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. As one of seven finalists for the Innovations Award, Hampton competed for a $100,000 grand prize during presentations to the Innovations Awards National Selection Committee, chaired by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.