Beach’s retiring city manager named president, CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads

James K. Spore (Courtesy of
James K. Spore (Courtesy of

Virginia Beach City Manager Jim Spore will be the first-ever president and chief executive officer for Reinvent Hampton Roads, an initiative of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, following his retirement from the city at the end of this year.

Reinvent Hampton Roads was launched in 2012 to focus on the region’s economic competitiveness.

The initiative has now grown enough to warrant its own leader, and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation believes Spore is the right person for that role, said Deborah DiCroce, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer.

“Jim Spore has all the right stuff to take the helm of Reinvent Hampton Roads,” she said in the release. “He understands our region, both its challenges and opportunities, and has a proven track record in building visionary, game-changing partnerships.”

Spore begins his new position Jan. 4, following his retirement from the city, where has been the city manager since 1991. He’ll start with five priorities, according to the community foundation’s press release:

  • Regional Export Accelerator Program (REAP)—Generating out-of-state revenue through small- and mid-sized existing businesses positioned to export their services and projects.
  • Priority Industry Clusters—Identifying industry areas that have the most potential for growth within five years (existing) and over 10-20 years (aspirational).
  • Strategy for NexGen Leadership—Building a model for engaging the region’s next generation of civic leaders. 
  • Pilot on Operational Efficiencies—Testing strategies to create operational efficiencies both within and among local jurisdictions.
  • Branded Regional “Joint Campus”—Exploring the potential regional connections within academic-technical education, a STEM-H Governor’s School, STEM-H higher education opportunity, and military transitioning opportunity.

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