Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHRPDCVA



Greg Grootendorst, Chief Economist

Mr. Grootendorst received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  After college Greg dedicated a year to the AmeriCorps National Service Project, where he worked to provide affordable housing opportunities with a non-profit housing development agency in the inner city.  Following his one-year commitment, Greg returned to school and received a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development.  While at the MSU, Greg worked with the University’s Extension service, assisting in planning projects for downtown Grand Rapids.  He also worked with the city of Lansing’s Economic Development Department conducting economic impact analysis on various projects.  Greg has been with the HRPDC since 2001 and as the Chief Economist, conducts regional economic modeling, forecasting, and provides information and analysis at the local, regional, and state level. ggrootendorst@hrpdcva.gov

Katherine Rainone, Regional Economist

Katherine Rainone joined the HRPDC as a Regional Economist in September 2019, after moving to Virginia Beach at the completion of her Master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. At Scripps, her research focused on the economic impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding. Prior to joining the HRPDC, she worked for various environmental non-profit organizations in Washington DC, having moved there after undergraduate studies in Baltimore (Katherine holds a BA in Economics and an MS in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University). Originally from New York, Katherine is looking forward to combining her experience and education towards ensuring a safe and prosperous future for all who call Hampton Roads home. Katherine’s work at the PDC includes economic impact analysis on a broad variety of regionally significant issues, developing the Hampton Roads Economic Monthly, producing the Hampton Roads Benchmarking Study, providing staff support to member localities as well as state and regional organizations, and maintaining the PDC’s socioeconomic database of regional information. krainone@hrpdcva.gov


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