Monday, August 18, 2014

City Seeks Participants for Money Smart for Small Business Program

The City’s Minority Business Development (MBD) office is hosting a September information session for companies interested in participating in the agency’s Money Smart for Small Business program. MBD is partnering with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to present the 10-module business course. The curriculum provides introductory training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs on the basics of organizing and managing a business.

MBD will hold a brief informational session on Tuesday, September 9 at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The session will describe the program, participant’s responsibilities, benefits and the graduation requirements. This 25-minute information session will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Businesses interested in participating in this informative opportunity should register at

For additional information contact MBD at (804) 646-5947 or email Patricia Foster at

Mayor Jones to Provide CIP and Facilities Update

WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones

WHAT:       Response concerning CIP and Facilities report on Schools

WHEN:      Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:   City Hall, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room
                    900 East Broad Street

Thursday, August 14, 2014

City to Celebrate 10 years of Office of Multicultural Affairs

The City invites the community to join in celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, during the 7th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell, 1300 Blanton Avenue.

The City of Richmond’s Office of Multicultural Affairs originated as the Hispanic Liaison Office, which was established in 2004. In 2006, the Hispanic Liaison Office transitioned to the Human Services portfolio to provide greater visibility within City structure and more support for the expansion of the office’s initiatives.

In July 2012, the City transitioned the Hispanic Liaison Office into the Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the new office continues to serve Spanish-speakers, the expanded office is working to become more inclusive in engaging Richmond’s immigrant and refugee communities through enhanced collaboration with community-based organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, and the private sector. The office works closely with all City departments to help create a more welcoming environment, and continues to build an attractive and multicultural image for potential newcomers.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has proven to be an integral component to the City of Richmond’s core operation. In October 2010, The National League of Cities (NLC) featured Richmond as one of the top 20 cities with the best innovative programs and initiatives in the area of immigrant integration in the NLC publication, “Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices.”

The 7th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival is part of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ 58th annual Festival of Arts. The festival begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Performers, dancers and jazz musicians include Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado, Ismael Rivera, Jr., Herbie Martinez and Orchestra, Julissa Cruz’ Latin Vintage Dance Troupe, All-America Dance Group and DJ Eddy Mayorga. The public is encouraged to attend this free, family festival.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seeking All Richmond Centenarians

Do you have a family member or friend who is 100 years of age or older? The City of Richmond is seeking to identify all Centenarians so that they can be recognized during the Mayor’s Third Annual Centenarian Celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the community, wealth of experience, and longevity as residents of the City of Richmond. This event is being sponsored by the City of Richmond Office on Aging and Persons with Disabilities.

"The City of Richmond embraces the opportunity to acknowledge those among us who have witnessed the events of the past century. This remarkable group of Richmond residents is deserving of recognition as we can learn so much from their experiences and rich histories,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We urge all families and neighbors to help us find our oldest residents, those who have reached or will soon be the glorious age of 100.”

If you are aware of a person 100 years of age or older and would like them recognized, please contact Yvette Jones at (804) 646-3054 by September 5, 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Richmond celebrates the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange

Entire community invited and encouraged to attend events

WHAT: The Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission welcomes The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan and the Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team to Richmond for the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange.

During their visit, the delegation will enjoy educational tours and cultural activities; and, the baseball team will play a game with a Little League team.

One of Richmond’s five international Sister City relationships, the first baseball exchange with Saitama began in Richmond in 1994 and rotates each year (missing 2011 due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami that severely impacted Japan) from Richmond to Saitama.
The events are free and open to the public and may include three or more members of Richmond City Council and/or members of the Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission. The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The planned schedule of events, is as follows:

Saturday, August 2, 2014
6 to 8 p.m. Covered Dish Supper
3211 Floyd Avenue

Monday, August 4, 2014
8:45 a.m. Welcome
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor,

10 a.m. Tour
Old City Hall; 1001 East Broad Street, and Richmond State Capitol Grounds; 1000 Bank Street

11:30 a.m. Luncheon
Bull & Bear Club; 901 E. Cary Street, 21st Floor
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or
($20.00 per person for those planning to have lunch)

2 p.m. Goodwill Baseball Game
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Byrd Bark Field; 600 S. Boulevard

3:30 p.m. Tour
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street

6:30 p.m. Reception
Meet Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito and The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
Richmond Main Street Station; 1500 E. Main Street
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
9 a.m. Tour
Richmond and Richmond 2015 Route
Mr. Lee Kellam, Richmond 2015-Japanese Delegations
Meet at Richmond City Hall 10th Street Entrance
900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor

11 a.m. Presentation
Richmond Public Library - Main Branch; 101 E. Franklin Street
Presentation by The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan

11:30 a.m. Farewell Luncheon
John Marshall Hotel Ballroom; 101 N. 5th Street

WHO: Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito
         The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
         The Honorable Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond
         Richmond City Council
         Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission
         Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team

CONTACT: For more event information, please contact: Miss Catherine E. Nexsen,Chairman, Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission - Saitama, Japan-Richmond Committee, at (804) 355-2780, or

For more information regarding the Richmond City Council Sister Cities
Commission, please visit its website, at

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mayor Jones and Sheriff Woody to Dedicate City’s Justice Center

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                      Sheriff C. T. Woody

WHAT:           Opening of City’s Justice Center

WHERE:        Richmond City Justice Center
                    2nd Floor Lobby Area & Sheriff’s Command Center
                    1701 Fairfield Way
                    Richmond, VA 23223

WHEN:          Monday, July 28, 2014
                      2 p.m.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Sheriff C. T. Woody will officially open the City’s new Justice Center at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 28. Immediately following prepared remarks, questions will be taken in the Sheriff’s Command Center, which is also on the 2nd floor of the new Justice Center.
Parking is available in the parking lot facing Fairfield Way. Follow the sidewalk on the left side of the old building for entry into the new facility.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Join in Promoting the Benefits of Breastfeeding With RVA Latches On! on Saturday, August 2

For the third consecutive year, RVA Latches On! encourages nursing mothers to come together with their children and babies to participate in synchronized breast-feeding. This year’s RVA Latches On! event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 at the Capitol Square Bell Tower, at the intersection of 9th and East Franklin streets. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. however participants should arrive at 10 a.m. for registration. Parking is available in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church garage. Entrance to the garage is on 8th Street between East Grace and East Franklin streets. For more information please visit

RVA Latches On! is sponsored by the Richmond Health Action Alliance, a Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and administered by the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, a division of the City of Richmond Department of Social Services. The Richmond Health Action Alliance seeks to reduce childhood obesity in the city of Richmond through policy, infrastructure and environmental changes that promote a breastfeeding-friendly and physically active community. RVA Latches On! is supported through partnerships with VCU Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, HCA Healthcare, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Capitol Area Health Network, William Byrd Community House and Nurture.

“The City of Richmond is proud to be a lead sponsor of RVA Latches On! as it raises awareness of breastfeeding’s critical and lifelong benefits, and reflects active community involvement in supporting our newest families in reaching their breastfeeding goals. This is a truly wonderful educational event for new mothers that would not be possible without the support of Mayor Dwight Jones’ Breastfeeding Commission," said Rose Stith-Singleton, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative Project Director. “According to a recent Bartik and Reinhold study, the United States incurs $13 billion a year in excess pediatric health care costs because mothers are not able to breastfeed their children according to medical recommendations. And, behind every health care dollar lost, is the human cost of preventable, sometimes life-threatening illness.”

"VCU Medical Center is delighted to support RVA Latches On! with our health care colleagues in the community. We all want what is best for our infants and mothers, and breastfeeding is the most effective prevention, boosting babies with antibodies that will fight infection and promote health from the earliest days and beyond," said Dr. Gauri Gulati, a pediatrician and board certified lactation consultant who provides comprehensive breastfeeding support through the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. “With breastfeeding, the return on investment is enormous for families, the community and employers. For every 1,000 babies not breastfed, there is an excess of 2,033 physician visits, 212 days in the hospital and 609 prescriptions. Our job as healthcare providers is to ensure that all families are aware of the benefits of breast milk and the risks associated with not receiving breast milk to allow them to make a truly informed decision.”

In 2012, VCU Medical Center was selected in a highly competitive process as one of 90 hospitals in the United States to participate in a collaborative, Best Fed Beginnings, to improve outcomes for mothers and infants by increasing the initiation and duration rates of breastfeeding and is in the final phase of pursuing the Baby Friendly Hospital designation. This is a tremendous effort to help decrease infant mortality and promote the well-being of mothers and children in Richmond, VA.

“Bon Secours is proud to support RVA Latches On! to increase awareness of the important health benefits associated with breastfeeding,” said Blake Slusser, Women’s Services Director of Education for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Everyone at Bon Secours is committed to being good help to the communities we serve. This includes not only treating diseases, but preventing them whenever possible. Research shows that infants who are breastfed have stronger immune systems, lower risk for allergies, and a decreased incidence of childhood cancers and other diseases. The benefits continue throughout childhood and into that baby’s adult life. There are also positive health benefits for mom, as mothers who breastfeed are at a lower risk for breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Knowing this, it is crucial that we give women the opportunities to learn more about breastfeeding before the baby arrives and give them the tools they need to succeed early in baby’s life. This type of event is a great chance to raise awareness of the many health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby.”

Bon Secours is committed to helping moms succeed at breastfeeding by offering classes and nursing mothers’ support groups through their Love and Learn program, practicing Family Centered Maternity Care with access to Lactation Consultants during mom and baby’s hospital stay, and providing families a place to turn when they need support once they are home through A Woman’s Place Lactation Center and Boutique. Bon Secours not only supports its patients, but also employees with pumping locations at every facility and steeply discounted breast pumps for purchase.

“The 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card issued by the Centers for Disease Control, reports that 77 percent of infants in the U.S. start breastfeeding and we are making progress in increasing this number. HCA Virginia supports breastfeeding efforts such as skin to skin contact, breastfeeding in labor and delivery and keeping mothers and their babies together - recognizing that the immediate postpartum time is critical in establishing successful breastfeeding,” said Denise DiCicco, Lactation Services Coordinator, HCA Virginia. “Participation in RVA Latches On! provides an additional opportunity for HCA Virginia to partner with families, communities and our health care colleagues to raise awareness of the benefits that breastfeeding provides as well as collaborating to increase the numbers of infants who continue to breastfeed for at least one year.”