Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilman Chris Hilbert to hold a meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Thursday, May 25
North Avenue Library
2901 North Avenue

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Saturday, May 27
10 a.m.
Richmond Public Library
101 E. Franklin St.

City Offices Closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Library and all City community centers, which will reopen on Tuesday. The Broad Rock Library, which is normally open on Sundays, will be closed on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.

The City’s Animal Care and Control will operate as normal on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. The shelter will follow its regular operational schedule and will be closed on May 29.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 30 and continue through Friday, June 2.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on May 29. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

City’s Office of Community Wealth Building to Speak at Government Performance & Innovation Summit­­

Leaders of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) have been invited by Governing and Living Cities to speak at the 3rd Annual Government Performance & Innovation Summit on May 24 – 25 in Phoenix.

“I commend the efforts made by the city’s Office of Community Wealth Building and their continued work to help bring about change in Richmond,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our bold approach to community problem solving to receive national recognition.”

Together with keynotes, peer-to-peer and elected official discussions, the summit brings together innovators, change-agents and civic entrepreneurs, as well as all those interested in making government work better for local communities.

“Living Cities heard about Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building and visited us to learn more,” said OCWB Director Gordon. “They were impressed and decided more government leaders need to hear about our work, explore the advantages of our approach and determine if it can be duplicated in their respective cities.”

To read the Living Cities article about Richmond’s OCWB, visit

For more information about the Office of Community Wealth Building, contact Reggie Gordon at or (804) 646-3108.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Street Closure – East Canal Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure 

WHEN: Saturday, May 27 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE:  East Canal Street between South 7th and South 5th Streets

BACKGROUND:  The curb lane and one travel lane on East Canal Street between South 7th and South 5th streets will be closed during the operation of a crane at 555 East Canal Street. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone. Please use caution and obey the traffic signs.

Community Office Hours with Mayor Stoney

Starting in June, Mayor Levar Stoney will be hosting Community Office Hours in each of the 9 districts to hear from you, the residents of RVA! Meetings will take place in city Community Centers or Libraries for an hour each.

The first meeting will be in the 1st District
June 6
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Humphrey Calder Community Center
414 N. Thompson St.
For a complete schedule, click here.

For more information, please call Tameka Jefferson at 804-646-7970.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RVA 9th Best City for Black Entrepreneurs

Once again, Richmond continues to be a city of choice for business. The May 5th edition of the online magazine Rolling Out ranked the city 9th in its top 20 list of best places for black entrepreneurs.

“I’m delighted to congratulate the City of Richmond for achieving this accomplishment the top 20 list of cities for black entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is an honor to be recognized as a hub for cultivating new ideas, entrepreneurship and pioneering for the development of black-owned businesses.”

The article highlights the correlation between strong minority leadership and the development of minority businesses. Many of these cities indicate similar characteristics such as political support. The article noted that 8 out of 20 cities had African-American mayors. Southern dominance is another observed category, with Michigan and D.C. being the only cities not located in the Southern region of the country. From Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the amount of black owned banks, historical significance was found in each of these cities.

To see the full list of cities recognized, visit

Please contact Patricia Foster at (804) 646-7966 or for information regarding Minority Business Development in the city.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Residential Trash Accepted at East Richmond Road Convenience Center

Beginning Monday, May 1, City residents will be able to dispose of household trash at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center (ERRCC), located at 3800 East Richmond Road. All trash must be bagged.  Bulk items, such as furniture and mattresses, will not be accepted. 

Those utilizing the service must provide proof of City residency. 

ERRCC hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility is closed on weekends and on holidays recognized by Richmond city government.

For more information on City services, visit