Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Huguenot High School Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony


WHO:          Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                   Members of Richmond City Council
                   Members of the Richmond School Board

WHAT:        Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony of new Huguenot High School

WHEN:        Monday, January 5, 2015
                   Ribbon cutting at 7 a.m.
                   Grand Opening Ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE:      7945 Forest Hill Avenue
                   Richmond, VA



BACKGROUND:

Join Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Richmond City Council and Richmond Public Schools for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Huguenot High School.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Commonwealth’s Attorney to Show Anti-Drug Message


~New Public Service Announcement to be utilized by Richmond Public Schools and Others~

Who:        Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring
                 Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden

What:       Reveal of Public Service Announcement touting anti-drug message

When:      Monday, November 24, 2014
                10 a.m.

Where:    City Hall
                2nd Floor Large Conference Room
                900 East Broad Street
                Richmond, VA 23219


BACKGROUND: Celebrities often face court-ordered community service sentences for minor violations. Community service may involve picking up litter, public appearances at schools, lectures, or some other type of public service for a set number of hours to satisfy a conviction.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring has negotiated with a recent offender with star power to instead participate in a public service announcement (PSA) that can reach exponentially more people, and especially youth.  Herring will reveal the PSA at an upcoming news conference, along with School Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden, who intends to utilize the PSA throughout the school system.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekend Marathon Street Closures and Parking Restrictions


The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, parking restrictions and street closings throughout the city that will begin on Friday, November 14 for the Anthem Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Saturday.

Illegally parked vehicles on Broad Street will be towed starting at midnight Friday, November 14 to make sure the course is clear.

Drivers need to be patient and on the lookout for runners along the routes.

Please be aware of signs restricting parking and detours throughout the city starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and continuing through 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15.

The following streets will be closed or modified during the designated times:

  • East Grace Street between 3rd and 6th Street will be changed to a two-way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 6th Street between Canal and Cary streets will be changed to a two-way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
    East Canal Street between 5th and 6th streets will be changed to a two–way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday.
  • Tredegar Street will be closed between Dominion Resources and 7th Street from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Tredegar Street will be closed between 5th and 7th streets from 6 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • 5th Street will be closed between Grace and Tredegar streets from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Tredegar from 5th to the footbridge will be closed from 10 a.m. Friday until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Cary Street will be closed between 3rd and 12th streets from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Broad Street from Lombardy to Belvidere will be closed all day Saturday.
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 4th Street and the Boulevard will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th  Street back to Broad Street.
  • Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 4th Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grace Street will be closed between Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • 3rd Street will be closed from Broad to Main Street from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mulberry Street between Broad and Grace streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K. No parking will be allowed from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • East Franklin Street between 2nd and 6th streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lombardy Street between Brook Road and Grace Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • North Boulevard northbound from Broad Street to Hermitage Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hermitage Road northbound from Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Hermitage Road northbound between the Boulevard/Westwood and Laburnum Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Brookland Parkway eastbound from Hermitage Road to Lamont Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon
  • Bellevue Avenue from Hermitage Road to the Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Chantilly will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westmoreland between Monument Ave and Grove Ave will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Grove Avenue westbound between Commonwealth and Maple will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Maple Avenue from Grove to Cary Street will be closed from 4:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Northbound traffic on Huguenot Road will be detoured north from Huguenot Road onto Chippenham Parkway to the Willey Bridge.
  • Riverside Dr. will be closed from the Huguenot Bridge to Scottview Drive from 6 a.m. to Noon.
  • Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Forest Hill Avenue will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
  • Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 4 a. m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street
  • The southbound exit ramp from the Powhite Parkway to Forest Hill Avenue and the northbound entrance ramp from westbound Forest Hill Avenue onto the Powhite Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.
  • There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K routes, including closures on:  Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauquier Avenue, Brook Road.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

City Offices Closed on November 11 in Honor of Veteran's Day


In observance of Veteran’s Day, City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

This Veteran’s Day closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers, which will reopen on Wednesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Tuesday 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 Wednesday, November 12 and continue through Friday, November 14.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Tuesday, November 11. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Mayor Jones to Kickoff City & Radio One Holiday Toy Drive


WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                 Linda Forem, General Manager of Radio One Richmond
                 Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence, Radio One Community Outreach Director
                       
WHAT:      Event to kickoff the City of Richmond and Radio One Holiday Toy Drive

WHEN:     Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Richmond Fire Station 17
                 2211 Semmes Avenue
                 Richmond, Virginia

Background:

Donations of new, unwrapped toys, books and clothing will be accepted at any City fire station, the Department of Social Services Marshall Street Plaza (900 East Marshall Street), Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street Road), East District Initiative (701 North 25th Street), or at City Hall (900 East Broad Street) until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.

All Radio One Richmond DJ’s will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on December 9, 10, and 11 to “PACK THE PODS” with donations of new unwrapped toys targeting children ages newborn to Age 13 at the Walmart Supercenter, 2410 Sheila Lane. On behalf of Richmond area Lowes Stores, Richmond store General Manager Michael Sida has already committed to donating 75 new bicycles for the toy distribution. Other drop off locations will be announced on iPower92.1FM; Praise104.7FM; and KISS-FM 99.3/105.7FM. Donations will be distributed to children in need within the Richmond Metropolitan area.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Public Meeting Notice - Preparation of Annual Action Plan 2015-2016

The City of Richmond will be holding a public hearing to receive comments on the housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs, within the city of Richmond.  The City is encouraging all citizens, and especially individuals, interested citizens, and groups that advocate for the housing, social, and economic needs of low and moderate income persons/households, special needs populations, and fair housing, to provide comments, written or oral. Comments received will be considered as part of the development of the Annual Action Plan for the City’s four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM to receive comments.  The meeting will be held at the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219.  Written comments may be submitted by email at www.Richmondgov.com/EconomicCommunityDevelopment and to the above listed address. Please contact Daniel Mouer at 804.646.7025 if additional information is needed.

The City of Richmond does not discriminate in the admission, access to or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities. Historic Main Street Station is handicap accessible.  For more information, questions or attendance assistance, please call 804-646-5633.  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users 1-800-828-1120.

Public Notice - Notice of Funding Availability for CGF,CDBG,HOME,ESG and HOPWA Funds

The City of Richmond is beginning preparation of the fiscal year 2015-16 and 2016-17 City General Funds (CGF) Non-Departmental budget and fiscal year 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.  The Federal funds are entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for neighborhood development and supportive services.  Only applications for projects within the City of Richmond will be considered, except for HOPWA funds for which the City administers funds for the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Application packages will be available by November 10, 2014 on the City’s website at
http://www.yesrichmondva.com/neighborhood-revitalization/Federally-Funded-Programs  Applications packages will also be available at the Main City Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street.  All proposals and applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on December 18, 2014.  Federal fund applications must be submitted to the Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219. City General Fund applications must be submitted to Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Room 1100, Richmond, VA  23219. Faxes, e-mails and late submissions will not be accepted.

Housing and Community Development Assistance projects using CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA are HUD funded projects; Section 3 business and/or business that employ Section 3 residents are encouraged to respond.

The Department of Economic and Community Development will be holding two public workshops to go over applications and answer any questions applicants may have regarding the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA programs.  The workshops will be held on Monday November 10th and Thursday November 13, 2014.  Both meetings will start at 5:30 PM and will be located at 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219.  For questions about the applications or meetings please call 804-646-5633.

The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its federally assisted programs or activities.  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users dial 711.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City of Richmond and McGuire VA Medical Center to Host Veterans and Families Resource Fair


The City of Richmond and McGuire VA Medical Center are partnering to host the 2nd Annual Veterans and Families Resource Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street. This resource fair is a tremendous opportunity for all men and women who have served in the U.S. military, and their families, as they will be able to connect with service agencies, non-profits, corporate and community partners to receive information pertaining to employment opportunities, health care benefits and other helpful information. In an effort to be a more family centered event, this year’s fair will also have numerous activities for children.

Veterans and Families Resource Fair attendees should come prepared to obtain employment as more than 20 employers will be onsite. Event attendees will also be able to meet representatives from more than 50 different agencies that provide care and services to veterans and their families. Enrollment specialists will be on hand to assist new veterans with the enrollment process for health care benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans should bring their proof of military history (DD214).

The resource fair will begin at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial program that will include remarks from Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Parker Agelasto, Richmond City Council, 5th Voter District, and a keynote address from retired colonel and education administrator Porcher L. Taylor, Jr.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Guidance on City of Richmond Housing Trust Fund

City of Richmond
Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) Application
Guidance introduction

Purpose:
 

The City of Richmond hereby notifies interested organizations of the availability of funds to provide housing production and housing supportive services targeted to low and moderate income citizens. Funds are intended for projects and programs that are aligned with regional, state and federal plans, and follows best practices to address the housing needs of the population. Projects and services will be evaluated to determine whether they are eligible for RHTF funding, per and ready to proceed. Projects and services must demonstrate a need for RHTF funds in order to proceed and/or operate. RHTF Funds may not be used to supplant existing commitments of permanent financing.
 

Projects will be considered in earnest if they meet the following criteria:
  1. Project and program costs are considered reasonable, per current State and federal guidelines.
  2. Project is likely to have all necessary capital financing committed by application deadline.
  3. Project is likely to secure all necessary approvals and begin activity by April 1, 2015.
  4. Project pro forma demonstrates revenues sufficient to cover projected operating expenses.
  5. Project has secured necessary commitments for services, if applicable.
  6. Sponsoring organization has sufficient capacity to:
        a. Develop the project;
        b. Manage the project long-term;
        c. Deliver appropriate services, if applicable.
  7. Sponsoring organization has no significant or recurring performance issues. Compliance issues identified within the organization’s existing portfolio have been resolved to the satisfaction of public funders, as applicable.
RHTF awards will be conditioned on meeting specific criteria and may be withdrawn if criteria are not met within required time frames.
 


Dates and Deadlines:
 
There will be a non-mandatory informational meeting on October 28, 2014 from noon until 2 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, in the 5th floor conference room.

Please direct all questions to Dan Cohen at daniel.cohen@richmondgov.com by November 7 at 4:30 p.m. Applications for funding will be accepted by the City until 4:30 p.m. EDT on November 18, 2014. All applications received after the deadline will be rejected and returned to the sender. Decisions regarding funding of proposals are scheduled to be made by the City in November 2014. 


Requirements:
  • Applicants must be a nonprofit or for-profit corporation or partnership entity formed pursuant to applicable State of Virginia and City of Richmond law, must be an entity in good standing with the State of Virginia and the City of Richmond and provide housing or housing services. Richmond Housing Trust Fund monies will not be awarded to individuals.
  • All proposals must be submitted on this year’s application form that can be received via email upon request to Dan Cohen at daniel.cohen@richmondgov.com and must be in compliance with Application Guidance (RHTF-101). Applicants must submit a hard copy of their applications.
  • Based on applications received and within the extent possible, 30% of the RHTF will be targeted for projects that benefit residents with incomes at or below 30% AMI. For multifamily projects, preference will be given to projects whereas 50% of the units are available for residents with incomes less than 50% AMI and the remaining 50% of the units for projects assisting incomes of 50-80% AMI. Home ownership activities that serve residents with incomes less than 80% AMI may be supported by the RHTF.
Please submit hard copy applications in triplicate to:

Dan Cohen
Senior Project Manager
City of Richmond
900 East Broad Street
Suite 510
Richmond, VA 23219


Friday, October 10, 2014

City to Hold “Imagine Festival” on October 18 to Celebrate Community Diversity


The City of Richmond invites the community to the 10th annual Imagine Festival at Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4802 Warwick Road, on Saturday, October 18, from noon to 5:30 p.m. This year’s Imagine Festival will feature dance performances, arts, crafts, exhibitors, diverse food vendors, and fun activities for the entire family. Approximately 15 local community groups will perform throughout the day and approximately 40 area organizations will be providing information about their services, to include free health screenings through the Una Vida Sana program, screenings through the Richmond City Health District, and a variety of sports, such as soccer and softball. To close the event, the local bachata band, Cheito Davoice, will perform at 5 p.m. Admission to this community and family event is free.

“I am pleased that we are able to again bring the Imagine Festival to the residents of Richmond. For ten consecutive years, it has provided a venue that encourages the celebration and uniting of our diverse communities in a positive, educational environment. I hope families throughout the Richmond area will come and enjoy this year’s event, meet their neighbors and learn about our different cultures. The Imagine Festival also helps us, City government, build rapport with Richmond residents and engage them with information on City services,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

The Imagine Festival began in 2005 as a community outreach event sponsored by Richmond’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program. Since then, the City has sponsored the festival, which has grown larger with each year. This year’s partners and sponsors include the Enrichmond Foundation, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Telemundo Richmond, Latinos News, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, BB & T, State Farm, Ready Virginia, Merchant’s Club of VA, Nuevas RaĆ­ces, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce & Foundation, HASA, Liga Copa Libertadores, and many other community groups and organizations.

For more information about the Imagine Festival, please call the City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at (804) 646-0145.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kickin’ Chicken WingFest at the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market

On October 19, 2014, the 17th Street Farmers' Market and Enrichmond will host the inaugural Kickin’ Chicken WingFest presented by Center of the Universe Brewing Company. This unique event will bring together the best wings Richmond has to offer!

Wingfest will include local restaurants and food trucks, live music, local craft beer from Center of the Universe, and an expanded craft and fresh foods market. To spice things up there will be three exciting new contests at this event:


  • Richmond’s Best Wings contest that is open to Richmond-based restaurants, food trucks and caterers. The winner will be determined by a blind taste testing by a panel of judges.
  • People’s Choice Award contest open to event attendee voting.
  • Chicken Wing Eating Competition presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Think you have what it takes to be the next RVA Wing King? Join Brady from Classic Rock 96.5 at Buffalo Wild Wings for the preliminary wing eating satellite rounds! Two winners from each satellite round will receive a prize pack provided by Buffalo Wild Wings, Center of the Universe and Brown Distributing, and will then advance to become one of the finalists at the Kickin' Chicken WingFest on October 19.


Satellite rounds will be held at four Buffalo Wild Wing locations, including 1501 East Cary Street on October 16.


Registration for satellite rounds is from 5 to 7 p.m. Contests begin at 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 18 and up, full contest rules and waiver provided at registration. Contact your local Buffalo Wild Wings location for additional information.


Musical entertainment will be provided by Sweet Justice, The Honky Tonk Experience, and the Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band.


The Kickin’ Chicken WingFest comes to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe on Sunday October 19, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend, $1 donation suggested at the door. Food and beverages available for purchase.


 

City MBD and Virginia SBSD Partner to Host Mobile Food Vendor Workshop & “Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go”


The City’s Office of Minority Business Development, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, invites individuals interested in starting a mobile food business or learning more about the mobile food business industry to attend a Mobile Food Vendor Workshop. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in training rooms one and two of 730 East Broad Street. Workshop attendees will take part in educational sessions detailing the steps to launching a food truck business. The Mobile Food Vendor Workshop is free however registration is required. Registration is quick, easy and can be done online at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A49A4AD23A3F85-mobile.

Immediately following the workshop is Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go, from noon until 2:30 p.m., at Richmond CenterStage in the area of 6th Street and East Broad Street. RVA’s finest mobile food vendors will be selling their signature dishes, so come enjoy lunch downtown, support local mobile food vendors, socialize with friends, and enjoy great music. Eats in the Street-Curbside to Go is free and open to the public. The following food trucks will be participating in Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go:


   Mosaic                                  The Green Box                                      
   Monique’s Crepes                 Grilled Meats and Treats
   Pedal Pops                           Happy Empanda
   Smokin Willie’s                     bonbon
   The Boardwalk                      The Dog Wagon      
   The Hungry Turtle                  Tasty Treats
   Soul Ice

For more information on either of these events, please call LaQuiana Bailey at (804) 646-5947 or email LaQuiana.Bailey@Richmondgov.com.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Public Notice: Mayor's Schools Funding Work Group Meeting on October 2

WHAT:  Mayor’s Schools Funding Work Group Meeting on October 2

WHEN:  Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.

WHERE:  City Hall
2nd floor large conference room
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Dwight Jones’ Schools Funding Work Group will meet on Thursday, October 2, at 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor large conference room of City Hall, 900 East Broad Street.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Public Notice - City of Richmond Department of Economic & Community Development

 
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

September 25, 2014

City of Richmond, VA
Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-646-7025

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Richmond.


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about October 13, 2014, the City of Richmond will submit a request to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and HOME Investment Partnership under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to undertake a project(s) known as: 

Mimosa Creek – SCDHC $300,000 for site preparation, infrastructure improvements, new construction of houses, disposition and down payment assistance in the Bellemeade NIB.

Church Hill Model Block Partnership – BHC - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Church Hill Model Block Partnership – PH - $180,000 for new construction of houses, disposition in the Church Hill NIB. Matthews At Chestnut Hill - SCDHC - $500,000 for new construction of houses, infrastructure improvements, disposition and down payment assistance for housing in Highland Park NIB. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – PH - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue Corridor. Rose Corridor Partnership Development – BHC - $225,000 for new construction of houses and disposition in the Rose Avenue, Richmond ARC Park – $140,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 

On or about October 13, 2014, the County of Chesterfield will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as: Richmond ARC Park – $70,000 for Public Facility accessible park. 


FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Richmond has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00A.M to 5:00P.M.



 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Daniel Mouer, Project Development Manager of the Neighborhood Revitalization Division, Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23219 phone: (804) 646-7025, facsimile: (804) 646-6358, electronic mail: Daniel.mouer@richmondgov.com.  All comments received by 5:00PM, October 10, 2014;  will be considered by the City of Richmond prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Richmond certifies to HUD that Christopher Beschler in his capacity as Interim Chief Administrative Officer , James J. L. Stegmaier in his capacity as County Administrator, County of Chesterfield consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Richmond and County of Chesterfield to use program funds.



 
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Richmond’s and Count of Chesterfield’s certifications for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Richmond; (b) the City of Richmond has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at 600 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1800, Attention: Mr. Ronnie J. Legette, Sr., Director, Community Planning and Development Division.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Christopher Beschler, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond
James J.L. Stegmaier, County Administrator for the County of Chesterfield

Monday, September 22, 2014

Announcement of EPA Design Assistance for Greener, Healthier, More Vibrant Neighborhood in Richmond’s East End


WHO:        Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA - Mid-Atlantic Region
                  Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District
                  Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, 7th Voter District
                  Chris Beschler, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
                  Jakob Helmboldt, Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails Coordinator, City of Richmond
                  Will Payne, Union Hill Civic Association

WHAT:    Announcement of EPA design assistance from private sector experts to assist

                the City of Richmond in developing sustainable designs that create vibrant
                neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental and public health benefits.

WHERE:   Tricycle Gardens
                   2314 Jefferson Avenue
                   Richmond, VA 23223

WHEN:    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 1 p.m.

BACKGROUND:

Announcement of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) design assistance from private sector experts to assist the City of Richmond in developing sustainable designs that create vibrant neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental and public health benefits.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Armstrong Bike Park


WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
                 Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
                 Craig Dodson, Founder and Director of Richmond Cycling Corps
                 Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia

WHAT:        Grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Armstrong Bike Park

WHERE:    Behind Armstrong High School (near running track)
                  2300 Cool Lane
                  Richmond, VA 23223

WHEN:      Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.


BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council District 7, will join Craig Dodson, Founder and Director of Richmond Cycling Corps and community stakeholders in the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Armstrong Bike Park. The bike park is located behind Armstrong High School, 2300 Cool Lane, near the running track.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

City’s Quarterly Electronic Recycling Day Scheduled


~On-site document shredding will be available~

WHO:   Department of Public Works

WHAT:   E-Cycle Day for City residents. Items accepted include all household electronic
              items (e.g. computers, monitors, radios, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, etc.);
              Gone 4 Good Shred will be on-site for document shredding. Residents can dispose
              of up to five boxes of unwanted paper.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 13

               9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1710 N. Boulevard

                 (corner of North Boulevard and Robin Hood Road)

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient and green option to recycle unwanted electronics. There is a $7 recycling fee for televisions. All other items will be recycled free of charge. Fluorescent light bulbs and large appliances will not be accepted.  For more information on City services, schedules and events visit www.RichmondGov.com.


Monday, September 8, 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 West 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 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A49A4AD23A3F85-money.

For additional information contact MBD at (804) 646-5947 or email Patricia Foster at Patrica.Foster@RichmondGov.com.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mayor Dwight C. Jones Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia, will douse Mayor Jones to raise awareness of ALS

WHO:  Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
             Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia

WHAT:  Mayor Dwight C. Jones will be accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued last
               week by Peter J. Bernard.

Peter Bernard will douse Mayor Jones today in front of the Bon Secours Washington
Redskins Training Center.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 2, at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
                  2401 W. Leigh St.
                  Richmond, VA 23220
                  *In front of training center


Mayor to Call for Tax Rate Adjustment, Revisit Schools Funding Issue

WHO:  Hon. Dwight C. Jones, Mayor, City of Richmond

WHAT:  Call for adjustment to city real estate tax rate and update on schools funding issue

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  City Hall, 2nd Floor, Large Conference Room


Thursday, August 28, 2014

City to Host National Preparedness Month Outreach Event

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with Target this September to support National Preparedness Month by hosting an outreach event. The event will take place at the Forest Hill Target – 7107 Forest Hill Avenue on Saturday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and the public is strongly encouraged to attend.

Event attendees will receive preparedness information from the Richmond Police Department, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Sheriff’s Office, 911-Communications, Richmond Ambulance Authority and the American Red Cross. Multiple giveaways will be distributed at the event along with free food. Event attendees can join in the nationwide preparedness conversation by tagging images they post on social media with #NatlPrep.

Sponsored annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. This year’s preparedness slogan is ‘Be Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare’.

“Being prepared for an emergency is a shared responsibility. The City, through our Office of Emergency Management, encourages all residents to use September to truly prepare themselves, their neighbors and their community for emergencies,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I hope residents attend the September 13 event to become informed about the types of hazards that can occur in Richmond and the appropriate way to respond.”

“Emergencies happen and we want to encourage all residents to be prepared for when, not if, the next emergency will impact the city. Don’t wait for an emergency to be prepared,” said Anthony McLean, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management.

Increasing your resiliency can be kick-started by visiting the OEM website and downloading a citizen emergency preparedness guide, emergency kit checklists, and obtaining information on how to get involved locally.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

City Offices Closed on Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The Labor Day closings include all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers, which will reopen on Tuesday.

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 begin on Tuesday, September 2 and continue through Friday, September 5.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, September 1. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

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 sam.patterson@richmondgov.com
($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 sam.patterson@richmondgov.com

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 saitamajapanrichmondvirginia@yahoo.com.

For more information regarding the Richmond City Council Sister Cities
Commission, please visit its website, at http://www.richmondgov.com/CommissionSisterCities/index.aspx.


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.

BACKGROUND:
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 bit.ly/RVALatchesOn.

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.”


Thursday, July 17, 2014

City Urging Residents to Help Water Trees


~New trees need at least 15 gallons of water weekly~

The City is currently experiencing extremely dry weather, which is putting trees in jeopardy. Those planted within the past three years are at a greater risk, as that is the time most critical to their survival.  The City’s Department of Public Works and the Richmond Tree Stewards are asking residents to help water City trees by filling any empty green water bags on newly planted trees near their home. The water bags, also called gator bags, provide a continuous supply of water to the trees until the bags are empty. 

Typically, in order to withstand hot temperatures, a newly planted tree either needs 15 gallons of water each week or one inch of rainfall.  A City contractor waters new trees during the first year.  Adopt-A-Tree participants water them for the first two years and City crews water them during the second and third year following transplantation.

So, while the City has been getting occasional storms and showers, the amount of rain has not been enough to keep the trees watered sufficiently. Due to the current weather conditions, some trees are not receiving enough water to survive and thrive, even with the contractors, volunteers and City workers.  Any assistance residents can provide is appreciated by the City and its urban forest.

If you would like information on how to become a Richmond Tree Steward or how to Adopt-A-Tree, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

City Riverfront Public Art Project – Call for Artists


The City’s Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways. Interested artists should review the Request for Qualifications and submit all required materials by 5 p.m. on September 5, 2014. The estimated budget for this project is $200,000.

This project is overseen by the Riverfront Public Art Project #1 Site Selection Team (SST), which has 11 members from the Public Art Commission and the Richmond community. The SST will select the artist, approve the artwork, and select and approve the artwork location.

For Public Art Commission meeting announcements including date, time and location visit www.richmondgov.com/content/CommissionPublicArt/index.aspx.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Mayor Jones to Discuss Anti-Poverty Initiative With Richmond School Board


WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Members of the School Board of the City of Richmond
                        Dr. Thad Williamson, Director, Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building
            
WHAT:           Special meeting to discuss the City’s Anti-Poverty Initiative

WHEN:          Monday, July 14, 2014
                        5 p.m.

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

BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Dr. Thad Williamson will discuss the City’s Anti-Poverty Initiative, which is now known as the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty, with the School Board of the City of Richmond at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 14 at City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, in the 2nd floor large conference room.

Friday, June 27, 2014

City to Host Building Better Business Mentorship Program Informational Session on July 9, 2014


The City’s Minority Business Development invites small business owners to attend the Building Better Business Mentorship program informational session on Wednesday, July 9 at 9 a.m. at Main Street Station, 1500 Main Street. The Building Better Business Mentorship program is designed to help develop the capacity of minority and emerging small businesses.

A participating business can expect the following from the mentorship program:

·         A 12- month relationship commitment with an associate who takes active interest in their business success
·         Consultation in a specific, needed area of expertise
·         Business development suggestions
·         A sounding board 
·         One-on-one interaction (by phone or in person) for at least one hour per month
·         A meaningful business relationship with a qualified mentor.
·         A match based on an initial assessment of mentee needs and mentor skills
·         Manageable time commitment
·         Classes and workshops designed to promote business growth

For more information about the Wednesday, July 9, Building Better Business Mentorship program information session, call the City’s Minority Business Development at (804) 646-5947.

Register today at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A49A4AD23A3F85-building 
Register today as seating for the information session is limited.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Workforce Development and Social Enterprise Announcement


WHO:     Mayor Dwight C. Jones, City of Richmond
                Matt McGee, President, Strickland Machine Company
               Jamison Manion, Programs Administrator, City of Richmond’s Workforce Development Program
               Thad Williamson, Director, Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building
               Jakob Helmboldt, City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator

WHAT:       Workforce Development and Social Enterprise Announcement

WHEN:      Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:    Strickland Machine Company
                     2400 Magnolia Court
                     Richmond, VA 23223

BACKGROUND:


The City of Richmond will highlight specifics of a workforce development agreement with Strickland Machine Shop to produce bicycle racks for locations around the city during a 9:30 a.m. press event on Thursday, June 24 at Strickland Machine Company, 2400 Magnolia Court.

The City's Workforce Development Program is an outgrowth of recommendations of the Mayors Anti-Poverty Commission, now known as the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty. The Workforce Development Program’s focus is the education and development of a viable workforce in the city of Richmond. As more employment opportunities and businesses come to the city, it is important that the workforce is prepared to compete and excel in today’s job market. The Program has assisted in the training and employment of hundreds of city residents, and the City wants to encourage more businesses to get involved in providing additional employment opportunities.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mayor Encourages Youth to Read on Summer Learning Day


~ Support learning throughout the community on Summer Learning Day, June 20~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones joins leaders across the country to recognize the importance of learning throughout the summer and encourages City youth to participate in Summer Learning Day. Friday, June 20 is Summer Learning Day, a national advocacy day to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for the nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development.

“I encourage all City youth to participate in Summer Learning Day by reading for at least 15 minutes this Friday and I am hopeful that our youth will continue to read for at least 15 minutes every day this summer,” said Mayor Jones. “Reading is a wonderful tool that can expand learning opportunities while taking the reader on amazing journeys, provide insightful how-to’s and teach the reader more about our world. I encourage everyone in our community to stop and read 15 minutes a day, every day, especially with a child.”

Richmond’s Grade Level Reading Initiative, with more than 30 partner organizations, encourages youth to read 15 minutes every day during the summer. Children who do not read over the summer school break show loss of reading, spelling and math skills – entering school in the fall farther behind than when they left school in June. Research shows that reading as little as 15 minutes a day can help children retain reading and spelling skills.

On Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day, Richmond Public Library's branches will have special book displays featuring STEM and other different kinds of books for learning --- cookbooks, craft books, science experiments as well as promotional materials for the Library Summer Reading Program Fizz, BOOM, Read! Partner organizations include PBS, Communities in Schools and Richmond Public Schools.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Public Invited to the Mr. Smedley Statue Official Unveiling


Residents are invited to attend the official unveiling of the Mr. Smedley Statue at his new location in Jefferson Hill Park, at the intersection of North 21st Street and Princess Anne Avenue. The unveiling will occur on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. during the annual Union Hill Civic Association Potluck Picnic.

Mr. Smedley, also known as “The Street Entertainer”, is a statue of a smiling, tall, lanky entertainer doffing his bowler hat, revealing a mouse perched on his head. The statue was crafted by sculptor John Temple "Jack" Witt and was originally placed in the food court of the former 6th Street Marketplace.

The location of Mr. Smedley in Jefferson Hill Park along a walkway, near a lighted entrance, will allow the statue to greet visitors of the park. The statue will also be visible from the right-of-way and will be in close proximity to the park’s playground, allowing interaction between children and the statue, which is the original intent of the sculptor.

For Public Art Commission meeting announcements including meeting date, time and location visit http://www.richmondgov.com/content/CommissionPublicArt/index.aspx.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

RVA Streets Alive! - June 21, 2014

Inspired by open street projects all over the world, RVA Streets Alive! is about closing streets to cars and opening them to the public -- for one day -- to create a whole new health, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. FREE and open to every to do what you wish -- run, walk, bike, roller blade, WHATEVER! Make sure to check out the vendors lining the streets with free activities for the entire family.

RVA Streets Alive! is on Saturday, June 21 and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The route is Broad Street from 2nd Street to N. Henry Street and Brook Road from Adams Street to Leigh Street. Click here to see a map of the route.

Any activity that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle is encouraged along the streets which will be closed to vehicular traffic. We are looking for a diverse mix of different sports organizations, active lifestyle groups, preventative health & wellness programs, and any other organization that wants to promote physical activity. To apply to be a vendor, please fill out this form. Vendor registration ends June 6.

For more information please visit: Mayor's Healthy Richmond Campaign or SportsBackers.


Governor McAuliffe to be Guest Speaker for June 20 Richmond Drug Court Graduation


~ Ceremony will also recognize retiring Judge Margaret P. Spencer ~


The Honorable Terence ‘Terry’ R. McAuliffe, Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be the guest speaker for the Richmond Adult Drug Court graduation ceremony on Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road. The Honorable Betsy B. Carr, of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 69th District, will present a commemorative resolution to the Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court for the program’s outstanding work in the field of criminal justice for the past 15 years. Additionally, a special presentation will take place honoring the years of service for retiring Judge Margaret P. Spencer; Richmond Circuit Court and Presiding Drug Court Judge from 1998 through 2014. The graduation ceremony will mark the completion of an intensive 18-month outpatient program of drug treatment, probation supervision, judicial monitoring and community service for seven Adult Drug Court participants.

As one of more than 2,000 drug courts operating in the U.S. and one of 36 drug courts in Virginia, the Richmond Adult Drug Court monitors non-violent, drug-addicted offenders with pending cases in Richmond’s Circuit Court. Offenders volunteer for the program, and participate only after approval of the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney. They must meet all program requirements, which include maintaining gainful employment and abstinence from drugs, alcohol and crime, to successfully complete the program. They are also required to attend regular Drug Court hearings in Circuit Court, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or similar external recovery meetings, and group and individual counseling sessions with licensed substance abuse clinicians. In addition, they must perform community service. Compliance with these requirements is rewarded with incentives and non-compliance is addressed with sanctions that include incarceration. This integration of court, probation, and treatment services leads to higher retention rates in treatment, and lower crime and drug use rates following program completion.

Unlike the majority of drug court participants in Virginia and the nation, Richmond Adult Drug Court participants enter the program with long-term drug addictions to cocaine or heroin, and lengthy non-violent criminal histories. More than 98% of the participants are probation violators, and do not receive a reduced or dismissed charge upon graduation. Reducing or dismissing charged offenses is a standard practice in most drug courts. Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) found that completing the Richmond program resulted in lower costs, lower recidivism, and better employment outcomes relative to comparison groups completing other similar programs and probation. Richmond Adult Drug Court participants also pay taxes and child support, and save taxpayers the costs of re-entry into the criminal justice system.

The ceremony honoring the June 2014 graduates, and the reception following the ceremony, are open to the public. For more information, please contact Tanisha Moseley at (804) 646-3655 or at Tanisha.Moseley@RichmondGov.com.