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12 The Hampton Roads Messenger

Volume 8 Number 1

Around Hampton Roads Cox Virginia Announces Three New

Senior Leadership Appointments CHESAPEAKE, Va.-- Cox Communications recently named Robert (Bob) Latvis as Vice President of Field Operations, Jim Ruel as Vice President of Outside Plant, Maintenance and Construction and Toni Stubbs as Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Cox Virginia.

"Having a strong leadership team in place is critical as we continue to focus on investing in our network and launching state-of-the-art services to meet our customers' changing needs," said Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cox Virginia. "The leadership and commitment from Bob, Jim and Toni are just what Cox needs to continue to connect our customers to the things they want and need – and to do so in a way that is easy and reliable."

As the third-largest cable provider in the nation, Cox Communications is noted for its high- capacity, reliable broadband delivery network as well as the company's ability to provide superior customer service. The Cox team is widely regarded as the best in the cable industry, having earned multiple distinctions in customer satisfaction and company strategy.

Robert (Bob) Latvis

Latvis began his career with Cox in Connecticut in 1988; he relocated to Hampton Roads in 2004 as Manager of Dispatch/Test Desk. For the past six years, Latvis served as Director of Field Operations and most recently held the role of Interim Vice President of Field Operations before his appointment to Vice President. In his new role, Latvis is responsible for providing strategic leadership for Field Services and CommCenter Operations for Cox Virginia.

Latvis is consistently recognized for his commitment to excellence and passion for mentoring and developing others; in 2006, he was named Cox Leader of the Year for Hampton Roads. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary's University. Latvis is also an accomplished inspirational speaker.

Jim Ruel

Ruel began his career with Cox as a sales manager in Roanoke in 1994. In 2007, Ruel relocated to Chesapeake to lead the company's technical operations in Hampton Roads and in 2009 assumed responsibility for leading the system's technical operations statewide. In his newly appointed role, Ruel is responsible for 18,000 miles of network serving Cox Virginia's residential and commercial customers. Ruel's team is comprised of more than 215 primarily field-based employees who work to build and maintain a reliable network.

Ruel earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Walden University. He has completed numerous leadership programs including Leadership Gainesville and Dale Carnegie's Human Relations training; he also received certification as an executive coach from Penn State University.

Toni Stubbs

Stubbs first joined Cox as Vice President, Information Technology with Cox's former Middle America system, headquartered in Tyler, Texas. There she was the leading technical executive for the region. In 2006, she joined the Hampton Roads Team; she now leads Cox Virginia's information technology and network teams, delivering technical and process solutions for the business statewide.

Stubbs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Mercy College in Detroit, Michigan and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF).

Latvis, Ruel and Stubbs share responsibility for the more than 1.5 million Cox video, Internet, phone and home security subscriptions statewide and are based out of the Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake.

Carson Helicopters to Locate at Fort

Monroe in Hampton The Fort Monroe Authority and the City of Hampton have announced that Carson Helicopters has selected Fort Monroe for its new location. Based in Pennsylvania, Carson Helicopters has been in the helicopter business for more than 50 years. The company rebuilds and updates the S61 helicopter and other aircraft and holds over 35 STC’s (supplementary type certificates) for improvements and modifications to Rotor Wing Aircraft.

Carson’s capabilities also include research, design, and development. The Carson Composite Main Rotor Blade, which was certified by the FAA in 2003, is used on Marine One, the helicopter that carries the President of the United States.

“Hampton Roads’ business-friendly environment, the area’s diversity and its strong workforce were all incentives for our coming here,” said Frank Carson, President of Carson Helicopters. “We’re very satisfied with our new location and believe it’s an ideal fit with both our current criteria and our plans for the future.”

“We are extremely pleased with Carson Helicopter’s decision to take advantage of the buildings that are ready to move in at Fort Monroe,” said Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority. “The FMA now controls commercial buildings, homes, beaches, boardwalks, restaurants, and public programs that create a great quality of life for employers who locate at Fort Monroe.”

Fort Monroe was granted national monument status in 2011 and its historic buildings are preserved and managed by the Fort Monroe Authority, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of


The City of Hampton first identified the project last year. “We are excited to welcome Carson Helicopters, a pioneer in the rotor craft industry, to Hampton,” said Mayor Molly Ward. “They are a testament to our established aerospace industry and emerging composites initiatives. We look forward to their future success.” With an investment of millions and numerous new jobs expected,

Carson plans to manufacture S61 Helicopter Composite Tail Rotor Blades and focus on composite rotor blade manufacturing process research at the new facility.


$1.7 Million in FEMA Grant Funds Funds will cover salary and benefit costs for 15 front-line firefighters

The City of Newport News has been awarded over $1.7 million in grant funds through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The intent of the SAFER grant is to improve and restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively respond to emergencies. The funds will be used to hire 15 firefighters to address the impact that attrition has had on the Fire Department over the past several years.

“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this SAFER grant,” said City Manager Jim Bourey. “These funds will go a long way in helping us to continue to provide the high quality fire and emergency response services that the citizens of Newport News deserve.”

“During the extended economic downturn, it has been a challenge to maintain the level of trained front-line firefighters due to attrition, the lengthy and extensive training for new recruits, and the overtime needed to maintain minimum staffing until new recruits are fully trained and ready for service. This grant is significant in that it provides the funding for 15 firefighters for two years without negatively impacting the general fund budget,” said Fire Chief Scott Liebold. “I cannot stress enough my admiration and appreciation for the work of the cross departmental grant team. It is through their efforts and the continued support of the City Manager and City Council that we were successful in obtaining this grant.”

“Timing is everything,” continued Bourey. “Newport News has a current candidate eligibility list and has moved aggressively to leverage the award. Fifteen new firefighter recruits recently began employment with the City, and will be funded through this grant.” Norfolk City Manager Names

Economic Development Director City Manager Marcus Jones is pleased to name Steven Anderson, Director of the Department of Economic Development.

“Steven comes to Norfolk with a comprehensive background in economic development,” said City Manager Marcus Jones. “He has fresh and innovative ideas to cultivate small business and entrepreneurial incubators. I believe Steven will pull together resources within the community to bolster workforce development and create a well-trained workforce which is the foundation for business attraction and retention.”

Steven previously served as the Director of Economic and Community Development for St. Mary’s County Maryland. Prior to that position, Steven worked for the Anderson Group providing consulting services to municipalities and companies. He also served as the Vice President of Business Development for St. Louis County, Missouri. In this role, Steven collaborated with more than 48,000 businesses. His duties included: business attraction, retention and expansion efforts, negotiating financial and tax incentive packages and collaborating with small businesses and incubator companies.

Steven’s career highlights include targeted community projects, recruitment and retention of companies such as Motorola and FedEx.

Steven holds a law degree from Whittier College School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri.

Steven’s first day is September 3, 2013.

Portsmouth Library Fine Amnesty

During Library Card Sign-Up Month September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Portsmouth Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to encourage our students and our citizens to have one of the greatest access cards of all – a free library card.

Also, during the month of September, Portsmouth Public Library patrons are encouraged to return all overdue library materials that they have and pay no fines during the “Once in a Blue Moon Fine Amnesty Program”. This fine amnesty program will waive the late fines on all books, DVDs, CDs, and other items, regardless of how long they have been overdue. Simply bring your overdue items and your library card to the Circulation Desk and staff will gladly accept your items and waive your fines – no questions asked.

The “Once in a Blue Moon Fine Amnesty Program” does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.

“This once in a blue moon opportunity for library fines to be forgiven begins just days after the actual August blue moon. Both the blue moon and the Library waiving fines are rare occurrences!” said Todd Elliott, Portsmouth Public Library Director.

Currently, Portsmouth Public Library has over 1,000 library items that patrons have borrowed but have not returned. “We hope that this great opportunity for fine amnesty will encourage patrons to return these items and have their accrued fines erased.

When our patrons return the items that they check out, this ensures that everyone has access to the excellent books, DVDs, and other items that the library has to offer,” added Elliott.

For more information on Portsmouth Public Library, please visit the location nearest you, call 393-8501, or visit the website at

September 2013

“A project that will repurpose a portion of Fort Monroe to create jobs and investment is great news for Hampton Roads and Virginia,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “We welcome Carson Helicopters to the Commonwealth, and are confident that the company will be a great addition to the composites manufacturing industry cluster in Hampton Roads.”

The Fort Monroe Authority and the City of Hampton worked with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and Divaris Real Estate in bringing Carson Helicopters to the region.

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