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CIVIC and Old Dominion Announce New Partnership

Civic Leadership Institute

The CIVIC Leadership Institute and Old Dominion University today announced a partnership that will leverage the strength of the CIVIC alumni network and lead to the development of a college-level leadership program designed to retain more talent here in Hampton Roads.

The CIVIC Leadership Institute networks proven leaders who are willing to work to improve life in Hampton Roads. Each year, a cadre of approximately 40 professionally accomplished and civic minded leaders come together to get to know each other and to learn more about the issues facing the region.

"Our 9-month program gets great reviews and we've built a tremendous alumni base. But now we're in a position to bring that talent to bear, to solve problems and create opportunities in the region," said Ed Merkle, President of the CIVIC Board.

"Community engagement is one of the key initiatives in Old Dominion's strategic plan," said President John Broderick. "Partnering with an organization with the stature and strength of CIVIC opens new opportunities for the university to accomplish that goal."

"This is the most exciting announcement we've made since the beginning," said Joshua P. Darden, CIVIC co-founder. "It's a real game changer in terms of what we'll be able to accomplish."

One of the most exciting components of the new partnership is the creation of a college-level leadership program, which will partner with all colleges and universities in the region.

"Graduates of local universities or young professionals who grew up here often leave because they don't believe career opportunities exist. The program we envision will link the best and brightest graduates with local leaders who can help young people identify and explore possibilities to succeed in Hampton Roads," said Cathy Lewis, CIVIC's Executive Director.

In addition to the development of new initiatives, the partnership will provide CIVIC with programmatic support and office space in Old Dominion's Innovation Research Park in the University Village.