Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mayor Jones Calls for Shared Sacrifice and Compromise On Federal Debt Ceiling

~Cites city poverty and economic vulnerability concerns~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement today:

After listening to President Obama last night, I am compelled to speak out about the need for Congress to move forward responsibly on issues of great economic impact – addressing the debt crisis and the Federal budget.

“It might be interesting to sit back and watch the partisan wars in Washington, if the stakes were not so high. And, the stakes are high – for the world economy, for the stability of the U.S. markets, and for our state and local governments. Virginia is a state with a AAA bond rating – something that the City of Richmond has been working hard to attain. Just recently, Moody’s warned that it may have to review Virginia’s rating in light of the instability in the U.S. economy. In fact, the U.S. government’s AAA bond rating could be downgraded. All of this troubles me greatly, and it has the same effect on my colleagues at both the state and local levels.

“We know we are in fragile economic times. With our focus on reducing poverty in our city, we are intently aware that a dip in the national economy could swing us downward again in the numbers of those without jobs and needing assistance.

“We cannot afford to have our leaders in Congress play “chicken” with the economic stability of our people. We cannot abide having the sword of Damocles hang over us, making people worry about their financial future. We do not need to have the threat of a harsh recession looming in our short-term future.

“At the same time, we need to make sure that Congress solves their budget problems with acceptable solutions. Middle-class people and senior citizens cannot bear all the burden of higher costs or fewer services.

“Separate from, but related to the budget crisis is the recent problem facing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the stalled extension of the budget authorization for the FAA, we are seeing furloughs of 4,000 employees and delays in construction projects. While air traffic control continues, the construction projects that improve our national aviation systems are held up, and the ripple effects will be felt across the country. For Richmond International Airport, this could slow down grants we are slated to receive for a $12.8 million airport parking project. This will also slow the reimbursements for $10 million of airfield electrical project and taxiway work. Congress needs to pass an FAA extension bill now.

“I echo President Obama and Governor Bob McDonnell when I encourage the Virginia delegation to take the lead in finding solutions and I applaud the bi-partisan efforts of Senator Mark Warner. I'm concerned for our city, our state, and our country. This is not a Democrat or Republican problem, this is everyone's problem.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mayor Jones' Breastfeeding Commission

Mayor Dwight C. Jones

Breastfeeding Commission

Stephanie Ferguson PhD | Co-Chair, Mayor’s Breastfeeding Commission

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University

Doris Moseley, MSM | Co-Chair, Mayor’s Breastfeeding Commission

Director, Department of Social Services

Health Care

Amy Turner | Community Ed and Outreach Director, Bon Secours Virginia

Stephanie Ferguson PhD | Co-Chair, Mayor’s Breastfeeding Commission

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University

Valerie Coleman RN | Lactation Specialist

Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems

Susie Dunton, RN | Lactation Specialist, Chippenham Hospital

Alice Freeman CNC | Healthy Heart Plus II, Inc.

Basmah Karriem | This is Your Birth, Birth Doula

Leslie Lytle | OmMamma – Yoga for Childbearing Years

Joyce Branch | Birth Doula, The Rejuvenation Space

Vernessa Holmes | WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator and Nutritionist

Richmond City Health District

Angela D. Davis | Division Director, March of Dimes

Brian Gullins | Program Coordinator, Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative

Richmond City Health District

Saba Masho, MD | Department of Epidemiology and Community Health

School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tracy Causey | CEO, Capital Area Health Network

Carolina Lugo | La Leche League

Adrienne Uphoff, AAPL | La Leche League, Skyline Lactation Care

Norma Ryan | Outreach Worker

CHIP of Greater Richmond, a program of Family Lifeline

Lisa H. Akers, MS | State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

Division of WIC & Community Nutrition Services

Martina J. Smith | Post Partum Doula

Laurinda Finn-Davis, RN | Nursing Supervisor

Richmond City Health District

Carol Williams, MD | Pediatrician

Vicki Lovings, MD | Pediatrician

Karen Jefferson, MD | OB/GYN

Sulola Adekoya, MD | OB/GYN, Director of Clinical Services, Richmond City Health District

Gauri Gulati, MD | Pediatrician/Lactation Consultant, Director of Pediatric Residency

Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems

Business Community

George Peyton | Vice President Government Relations

Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond

LaJune D. Fowlkes | Health Educator/Community Relations Liaison

VA Premier Health Plan, Inc.

Lynn Vogel | Program Manager Field Operations

Anthem HealthKeepers Plus

Mr. Chris Bennett | Member Services and Accounting Manager

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Guenet M. Beshah | Executive Coach, Capital One

Ms. Freda Thornton | President, FWL & Sons McDonalds


Carolyn N. Graham, Med. | Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services

City of Richmond

Carol Stanley, DMAS | Quality Improvement Analyst

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Service, Division of Health Care Services

Ashley Barton, LCSW | Division of Maternal and Child Health

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Theresa Sirles | System Operations Analyst I, Department of Justice Services

City of Richmond

Stormy Noland | Breastfeeding Mother, Department of Social Services

Gurdeep Bhatia | IT Manager, City of Richmond

Valena A. Dixon | Vice President, Community Relations and Marketing

Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority


Reverend Deborah Simmons | Director of Women Ministry, Baptist General Convention

Ms Cherry Peters | Interim Executive Director, Friends Association for Children

Rachel Watson | Breastfeeding Mother

Mrs. Shawna Manning

Cecilia Barbosa | Principal, cBe Consulting

Mrs. Anoa M. Marshall

Melanie Headley | Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Birth Educator

Laneka Austin | WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Monica Tinsley | WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Members at Large

Teri Brown, RN | Richmond City Health District

Kathryn Suyes, RN | Public Health Nurse, Richmond City Health District

Lydia English | Outreach Worker, Project Connect – FAMIS

Bon Secours Richmond Health System

City of Richmond Staff

Tesha Davis | Marketing & PR Manager, Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management

Rose Stith Singleton, MEd | Project Director, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative

Department of Social Services

Carol Jackson, MPA | Clinical Coordinator, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative

Carla Childs, MURP | Project Management Analyst, Department of Human Services

Sadie Johnson | Outreach Case Manager, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tourism Coordinator Selected to Enhance City's Tourism Efforts

The City’s Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall today announced that Anedra Bourne has been selected as the Business Management Officer – Tourism Coordinator for the City’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Bourne will begin her new position on July 18, 2011.

“Along with the recent hire of new Economic Development Director Lee Downey, Anedra’s talents as tourism coordinator will bolster the Mayor’s strategy for a Richmond centric approach to marketing by creating energy for tourism in our city,” said Marshall. “She will work with a diverse group that includes civic, public, and private stakeholders to lead the implementation of recommendations that will emerge from the Mayor’s Tourism Commission.

Most recently, Bourne served as the director of marketing and public relations for the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, where she was instrumental in the museum's grand opening in 2006 as well as the center's recent designation as the "Gateway to the Civil War." She has continued to develop industry relationships including her work with the Future of Richmond's Past, where she serves as a part-time program manager and will continue doing so while in city employment. Bourne has more than 15 years experience in the travel and tourism industry as she also served as national and international public relations manager for the Virginia Tourism Corporation as well as communications manager and public relations liaison for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “Throughout her tenure with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and during her time with the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Anedra has been an enthusiastic and highly effective marketing partner. I look forward to working with her in her new capacity as Richmond's Tourism Coordinator, as we strive to attract visitors to the Region, and ensure they have a great experience while they're here.”

“The City of Richmond scored a coup in hiring Anedra Bourne as the new Tourism Coordinator,” said Alisa L. Bailey, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Anedra is a highly respected tourism professional with a talent for vision and consensus building. She will take Richmond’s tourism goals to new heights.”

“Anedra is the perfect person to coordinate the efforts of the city and attractions to enhance the visitor’s experience,” said Jack Berry, Executive Director of Venture Richmond. “Her abilities were evident in April of this year, as she aided in achieving record attendance for the Civil War and Emancipation Day. We look forward to working with her in this new capacity of increasing visitation to the city of Richmond and ensuring visitors experience all of the wonderful assets our city has to offer."

Bourne earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hampton University. Her community service and professional affiliations include the Junior League of Richmond and the Public Relations Society of America, Richmond Chapter, where she also served on the national board for the Travel and Tourism section.