Councilmember Uhrin was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2006 and is now serving his third term on City Council. He grew up in a Navy family near Lynnhaven Mall, attended Brookwood Elementary, Plaza Junior High School and graduated from Kellam High School in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and finance from Old Dominion University. He started his career in the hospitality industry in high school, as a groundskeeper for the Schooner Inn. In 1991, he was named director of operations for Burlage Management and currently oversees the operation of multiple hotels at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Uhrin serves as City Council liaison to several organizations, including the Military Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Legislation Coordination Committee, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Resort Advisory Commission, the Virginia Beach Audit Committee, Old Beach Design and Review Committee, the Towing Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Virginia Aquarium Foundation and the Dome Site and Rudee Loop projects.
During his time on Council, John has been the champion of many worthwhile initiatives. He was instrumental in changing the way the City approaches road projects that led to the building of the new Nimmo Parkway segment, the extension of Princess Anne Road, Lynnhaven Parkway, and Holland road and the replacement of the Lesner Bridge to name a few. He was the original architect of what became the Strategic Growth Area Master Planning initiative which identified with tremendous input from the public areas of the City ripe for redevelopment, creating opportunities for future growth while protecting our established neighborhoods from development pressures.
John has long understood the importance the coastal nature of our City and has worked tirelessly promoting water quality initiatives that have helped open up the Lynnhaven River to commercial oyster harvesting for the first time since the mid 1980’s. Sea Level Rise and flood control projects have also been a big part of his focus. A Blue Ribbon Task force appointed by Council has also born many common sense solutions to improving the overall quality of our environment.
John cares about supporting those that are less fortunate. He was a leader in creating the new Housing Resource Center, which will become a one-stop location to help those that are trying to improve their current living situation. He has worked hard to improve access for the disabled, championing Grommet Island Park, Camp Grom, and many other initiatives that have made Virginia Beach one of the most welcoming cities in the country for those with mobility issues.
He established the Military Economic Development Advisory Committee, composed primarily of local retired flag officers who spend their time protecting our military assets, opening doors for the location and growth of private sector support companies, and linking the well trained exiting military personnel with job opportunities. With the State’s help he supported the creation of the soon to be open 128-bed veterans care center. He was one of the founding forces behind the annual Warrior Week, which raises private funds to bring wounded and injured military personnel into town to experience much of what our City has to offer. Surfing, kayaking, fishing, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, and a long list of other fun events are made available to these heroes during the City’s Patriotic Festival weekend. This program hosted over 450 warriors and their families in last year’s event.
Promotion of biomedical and high-speed internet initiatives have been some of the accomplishments Uhrin has focused on in his mission to bring job opportunities to The Beach. John wants to make sure that Virginia Beach has opportunities that will keep our young talent here.
John has worked vigilantly with the majority of Council to create responsible budgets that are responsive to the needs of the citizens of Virginia Beach. This has been done with spending policies that have maintained the lowest tax rates in the region and the financial stewardship that has consistently provided the City with a AAA bond rating from all three agencies.
John and his wife, Catherine, will celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary in November of 2018. They have two wonderful little girls who are flourishing in Virginia Beach’s nationally ranked school system. The Uhrin family has a love for all things outdoors and spends their leisure time boating, surfing, crabbing and fishing.