Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m.
101 E. Franklin St.

Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6 p.m.
701 N. 25th St.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Give a Day RVA to Take Place September 23

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the city of Richmond will be participating in a regional day of service called “Give a Day RVA” along with the surrounding counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Powhatan, Ashland and Goochland. 

“Richmond residents are part of our region’s success, and we welcome this wonderful opportunity to join our neighboring jurisdictions in volunteering for our regional community,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

On this day, over 1,300 volunteers will make a difference at one of over 55 organized volunteer opportunities across the region. Projects will run from 9 a.m.  – 1 p.m.
Once projects have been completed, volunteers are invited to join HandsOn at the RVA Street Art Festival. The Street Art Fest occurs throughout the weekend of September 22 - 24 and HandsOn will be on site September 23 with a free treat for volunteers and fun activities. Attendees will come together to celebrate Richmond’s vibrant arts scene, enjoy beautification through public art, and enjoy food, music, craft vendors and more.

Background: HandsOn Greater Richmond (HandsOn) called on RVA residents to volunteer for this region’s largest day of volunteer service.

Volunteers chose from a variety of ways to give a day and give back – from painting and gardening to neighborhood cleanups and facilities improvements. Give A Day RVA will also feature Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and “Drop-In” projects, so volunteers who can’t attend in person or can’t commit all morning can still participate.

Give A Day RVA is not only an opportunity for resident volunteers to make an incredible impact on the region, but a catalyst moment to move the Richmond Region forward as we work together to achieve our shared future.

For more information contact or call 646-6528.

City Rolling Out Upgraded Leaf Collection Program

Richmond’s annual leaf removal program kicks off Monday, October 2.  Residents will notice some significant service changes made to make the process operate more effectively and efficiently. In prior years the leaf program cost between $1 million and more than $2 million annually. It is estimated the improved program will cost approximately $1.05 million annually.  

Three options for leaf removal will be available

Option 1 | Free Bagged Collection

  • Begins October 2  
  • Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
  • Biodegradable plastic bags preferred
  • Place bags near supercan  
Option 2 | Collection by Sector

  • Sector 1 – Wed. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 1 | all bags Nov. 1 – Nov. 11
  • Sector 2 – Thur. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 16 | all bags collected between Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
  • Sector 3 – Mon. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 27 | all bags collected between Nov. 27 – Dec. 9
  • Sector 4 – Tues. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Dec. 12 | all bags collected between Dec. 12 – Dec. 30
Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service

  • Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available schedule
  • Rake leaves to front of property line
  • Two ways to request vacuum service
    • Call 646-LEAF
    • Print, fill out form at and mail to the Department of Public Works
  • A one week window will be provided based upon availability.
On October 2, residents can begin calling the leaf hotline, 646-LEAF, for all matters related to the leaf program, including scheduling vacuum service.  Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to 

For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit 

Monday, September 18, 2017

City of Richmond Recycle Day on September 23

WHO:   Department of Public Works, Clean City Commission, Department of Public Utilities (Stormwater Utility) and New Generations Federal Credit Union

WHAT: Richmond Recycle Day to include paper shredding, biodegradable lawn and leaf bag give-away and the collection of pesticides, herbicides and oil-based paints

WHEN:  Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1710 Robin Hood Road (northeast corner of Robin Hood Road and North Boulevard at the Recycling Center) – NEW LOCATION

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s Recycle Day offers City residents an efficient option to recycle paper and to help keep hazardous waste materials out of city waterways, streams and rivers. This free event is available to city residents – proof of residency is required. Electronics will not be collected.
  • Document Shredding
    • Up to five (5) boxes of documents. Be sure to remove all binders, staples and clips.
  • Recycle Bins
    • Clean up and drop off your small curbside recycle bins for reuse in city schools
  • Biodegradable Lawn and Leaf Bag Give-Away (proof of residency is required)
    • City residents will be given up to 10 bags for leaf disposal while supplies last
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints
    • Bug spray, rodent poison and herbicides (roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)
Send inquiries to or call 646-0177

Note: Latex and water-based paints will not be collected. These items can be left in open paint cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up

City to Hold Preparedness Day September 23

Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce the city of Richmond’s first Preparedness Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fountain Lake at Byrd Park and will include a multitude of Emergency Support Agencies and partners.

“Different times of the year present different risks and hazards, and being prepared just makes sense,” said Mayor Stoney. “This event will help residents make a plan and stay informed in case of emergency situations.”

Preparing in advance is one way residents, area businesses and visitors can minimize the impacts from a disaster, and shorten the recovery time on their homes, families and selves. Residents will be able to take part in Hands Only CPR training through Richmond Ambulance Authority, identify items of importance for their Family Emergency Kits through the Office of Emergency Management, tour the city’s Mobile Command Unit and Emergency Communications Vehicles, as well as meet representatives from both internal and external agencies dedicated to helping our city prepare, respond and recover from disasters that impact our community.

Additional agencies will include: Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Utilities, Fire, Police, City of Richmond Health District, Sheriff’s Office and partners such as GRTC, WRIR Radio and the American Red Cross. Participants will not only be able to identify ways of preparing themselves but will also have an opportunity to identify ways they can support their neighbors through volunteering with the city of Richmond’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

It is never too late to listen to sound advice and best practices when it comes to safety. Whether you are just beginning to consider ways of planning and preparing or just want to refresh your ideas and walk away with a renewed determination, Preparedness Day is the event to attend.

City of Richmond – Preparedness Day
Fountain Lake at Byrd Park
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

City of Richmond Joins with Welcoming America and Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans during Welcoming Week

This week, the city of Richmond will celebrate National Welcoming Week by hosting an informational fair in the lobby of the City Hall on Tuesday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide information to new residents.

“We are proud to be part of Welcoming Week, which is taking place in localities large and small, rural and urban and among people of all backgrounds coming together to create stronger communities,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, making our neighborhoods more welcoming to newcomers and everyone who calls our community home.”

Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week takes place September 15 - 24 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.
For more information about how you can participate in Welcoming Week, visit and follow #welcomingweek and #RVAwelcomingweek on social media.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development Announces 2017 Procure Your Business Conference

The City of Richmond, Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) is proud to present its 2017 Procure Your Business Conference on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delta Hotels – Marriott, 555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, VA. This conference provides attendees with educational sessions and information useful in strengthening the diversity of contractors and qualified individuals for construction and non-construction opportunities across regional markets.

Patricia Foster, Director of OMBD said, “This conference raises awareness of the availability of diversified market suppliers in an industry that is ripe for growth. As a result, we expect attendees to be more equipped to share their business expertise and readiness as participants in procurement processes of their goods and services.” Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) and other executives of some of the most recognized names in the construction, government and corporate industries will share their knowledge, technical expertise and even some of the failures that led to success. Mayor Levar M. Stoney will also bring greetings from the city. Interested contractors and suppliers may sign up for the 2017 Procure Your Business Conference here.

A pre-conference workshop on what to expect and how to prepare for the conference will be held on September 15, 2017, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., at the Conrad Culinary Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, VA. Please register here or contact Richmond’s OMBD at (804) 646-5947 for more information.