2016 Vision Poll Results

October 20, 2016
Alejandro J. Medina
2016 Vision Poll Results

Young Professionals Desire a United Region in Their Vision for the Future of Hampton Roads

tHRive, the young professionals organization of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, conducted a poll of its members this month to gain an understanding of how Millennials view the future of Hampton Roads. The survey focused on Millennials’ vision for Hampton Roads through the year 2040. The eight question poll was distributed via email and social media to tHRive’s membership of over 1,300 young professionals who live and work in Hampton Roads.
According to survey results, young professionals believe that regionalism is one of the most important issues facing the future of Hampton Roads.  However, more than 90% of respondents indicated that they do not believe Hampton Roads will have a centralized government by 2040.  Additionally, 78% of those polled do not believe that having one centralized downtown is in the region’s future and only 13.6% of respondents feel that a centralized airport is a critical issue for the region.  This shows that while Millennials want to unite as a region, they are concerned about the current direction of Hampton Roads. Although regionalism remains a key concern for survey respondents, the poll also showed Millennials are largely indifferent about rebranding the Hampton Roads region as only 42.3% believe the region will be rebranded. This demonstrates the fact that Millennials believe the greatest impact to the region would be uniting the seven cities in action rather than worrying about its name.  “Instead of going back and forth about the name of the region based on individual city agendas, we need to unite as ‘Hampton Roads’ and start showing up on the map because of the difference we are making in the world,” commented Alejandro J. Medina, who serves as tHRive‘s Chair of Branding and is an Architect with Clark Nexsen.  The millennial oriented young professional organization took a stance on the name of the region by incorporating a capital ‘HR’ for Hampton Roads in their name tHRive.
Among tHRive‘s respondents surveyed, improving the local transit system will be the most critical component to the progress of the region. Survey results show that young professionals believe a better transit system between all cities (59.6%) and an improved vehicular transit and tunnel system (41.8% of respondents) are the most critical issues affecting the quality of life in the region.
As the most educated generation yet, Millennials value schools.  This is evident by better schools being the third most important issue in the region after a public transit and private transit (40.0%).  However it should be noted that only 10.8% of respondent believe that by the year 2040 the region will progress in educational competitiveness.
An overwhelming 94% of Millennials polled believe that the military will continue to be a critical part of the regional economy in the future.  Survey respondents also indicated that they feel technology (35% of respondents) and connectivity (30% of respondents) will be vital to our economic competitiveness over the next 25 years. Survey results also showed that Millennials believe that a professional sports team will be attracted to the region (58.2%).
These survey results demonstrate that young professionals care about the future of our region.  tHRive will be working on the key issues outlined in the results of this poll that are critical to young professionals and the growth of the region.  Hampton Roads has the opportunity to tap into the local young professional force to help drive the future strategy for our region. Please contact us at info@YPtHRive.org to inquire further about the poll questions and results.

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March 23, 2016
Alejandro J. Medina
tHRive Supports Light Rail to Town Center

tHRive, the young professionals organization of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce,   conducted a poll on light rail which was completed on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This survey was distributed to members via tHRive’s email and social media pages and cut straight to the point asking, “Do you support light rail expansion into Virginia Beach?”  The response was an overwhelming 92.52% “Yes, I support the expansion.”

tHRive has heard from its members and can officially take a stance for the expansion of light rail,” said Julia Rust, Chair of tHRive. “Our region is taking steps to create a better tomorrow and bringing light rail to Virginia Beach will be a huge step towards improving the region’s infrastructure. Extending across city borders establishes sustainable strategic growth initiatives, will enhance our quality of life and is one step closer to regionalism, all of which will benefit Millennials.”

The poll was administered on tHRive’s website. It included 361 respondents from tHRive’s current pool of 1,172 members.  The results yielded a 2.97% confidence interval at a 99% confidence level.

tHRivemembership is free and open to young professionals ages 21 to 39. Visit www.YPtHRive.org to join.

About tHRive
tHRive is a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce created by a small group of diverse young professionals all driven to provide a platform to advance and empower young professionals in our region. tHRive has numerous signature events throughout the year and various monthly events spread across the region. These events will promote an attractive and dynamic community by engaging in the development of the region, and will focus on tHRive’s three main goals: Professional Development, Cultivating Relationships, and Community Engagement. Visit www.YPtHRive.org. Like us on Facebook at YPtHRive and follow us on Twitter @YPtHRive.

tHRive thanks its sponsors: Virginia Natural Gas (Platinum); Franklin Business Incubator, GEICO, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners (Gold); Young Veterans Brewing Company and Hampton Roads Sports Commission (Silver).


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