2017 GNC President’s Report
GNC Annual Meeting, May 24, 2017 - Charles V. McPhillips
Over the last several years, this organization and our allied thought leaders have coalesced around some big ideas, which, if implemented, would build upon the momentum Norfolk currently enjoys and make a significant difference in our future. These big ideas have been vetted in various task forces convened by the GNC and in a couple of cases, these ideas have been further validated by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s blue-ribbon Workforce Development Study Group and then established as regional priorities by Reinvent Hampton Roads under the able leadership of Jim Spore.
As you know, most of these initiatives are centered around one essential big idea – that our future depends less on recruiting companies to move here and more on attracting, developing and retaining the talent that will create and fill the highly-skilled, high-tech, high-paying jobs our region sorely needs and currently lacks.
Through this work we have developed enough good ideas – enough good big ideas – that I am now declaring a moratorium on new big ideas until we fully implement the ones we have on our agenda.
I say this not to disparage what we have accomplished thus far.