Hampton's budget team wins top finance award
Dec. 19, 2018 - Hampton's budget team has 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.
Hampton named one of nation's top digital cities
Nov. 2, 2018 – For the 17th time, Hampton has been named one of the nation’s top cities when it comes to using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The Center for Digital Government judges cities throughout the country on 10 key characteristics, including being mobile, engaged, connected, efficient and innovative. Hampton’s advances for 2018 included: open data reports by police, codes and community development, growth in social media followers, apps for 311, police, sheriff and the city.
City gets $1,112,423 for restoration, expansion of marshes, wetlands
Nov. 15, 2018 - The James River Association and City of Hampton have received a $1,112,423 grant for the restoration or expansion of coastal marshes, wetlands, and other natural features in Hampton’s Pochin Place/Indian River Creek Stormwater Basin. The money is part of $28.9 million in grants awarded to more than 30 projects nationwide by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA, Shell Oil Company and TransRe, a global reinsurer headquartered in New York City.
Hampton housing authority rated top performer by HUD
Oct. 5, 2018 - The Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been rated a “High Performer” agency in both key measures used by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. One set of standards grades public housing — fiscal management, physical buildings, and construction and ongoing funding. HRHA scored more than 91 points of a possible 100 on that Public Housing Assessment System for the fiscal year ending 12/31/2017. On the Section Eight Management Assessment Program for the same time period, the agency earned a perfect score.
Sentara Careplex named region's No. 6 hospital by U.S. News
Aug. 20, 2018 - Sentara CarePlex Hospital was ranked No. 6 in Hampton Roads and No. 20 in Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” edition.
This is the first time that the CarePlex has achieved a state and regional ranking, the company said, attributing the recognition to high performing programs in heart failure and joint replacement.
Fire & Rescue receives state 'Agency of Excellence' designation
May 11, 2018 - Hampton’s Division of Fire and Rescue this month received the “Agency of Excellence” designation from the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Emergency Medical Services. Hampton is the first agency on the Peninsula, the second in Hampton Roads and one of only eight in the state to receive the award. It’s part of the health department’s standard of excellence program that identifies and recognizes emergency medical service agencies that strive to operate above the standards and requirements.
Hampton named one of state's 'greenest' cities
April 12, 2018 - Hampton was named one of the "greenest" cities in Virginia by Insurify, an online car insurance shopping platform. The award recognizes the contributions of residents "towards minimizing your city's carbon footprint through responsible car ownership." Award winners were chosen based on information given to the company for insurance quotes, including vehicle fuel efficiency, engine type, annual mileage and commuting patterns.
Hampton chosen by Facebook to be a Comunity Boost site
March 26, 2018 - Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck and social media giant Facebook announced that Hampton was one of eight cities chosen o be a Facebook Community Boost site. Facebook is developing the community boost program to teach digital and social media skills to both businesses – especially small businesses – and job-seekers. Other cities chosen by Facebook included Buffalo, Columbus, Minneapolis and Denver.
Police, Fire receive $1,200,000 grant
The Hampton Police Division and Fire and Rescue were awarded a $1,200,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency through the FY19 Port Security Grant Program. The grant was awarded for the acquisition of a mobile command vehicle. The vehicle will allow for continuity of government during large-scale emergencies. It will also allow for emergency response to incidents occuring in and around the Port of Virginia.