Showing posts from May, 2014

Business Preparedness Workshop on Thursday, June 12

Many businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months.

The Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance (CVEMA) formally the Central Virginia Urban Area Security Initiative (CVUASI) Working Group will host two Regional Business Emergency Preparedness Workshop, Thursday, June 12, 2014, 7:00am – 9:00am. The two simultaneously scheduled workshops are in Chesterfield County  and the City of Hopewell. As an incentive the CVEMA is offering an external hard drive to the first 25 businesses to attend at each location. 

Businesses can register now at or dial 211.

City of Richmond Office on Aging & Persons with Disabilities Upcoming Events

City of Richmond Office on Aging & Persons with Disabilities

 All programs are FREE for City Residents 55+.  However, you will need to register for all events.  If interested please contact David Williams at (804) 646-6939

We are having Golfing in RVA
Friday June 20th & 27th from 10am-12pm. 
1st hour will be instructional and 2nd hour will be free play
City Driving Range
400 West School Street Richmond, VA 23222

Automotive: 101
June 23rd – 26th 10am- 1pm (Lunch will be provided)
Automotive Classes learning different skills on the maintenance and upkeep of a vehicle
Richmond Technical Center
2020 Westwood Ave Richmond, VA 23230

Senior Computer Classes
July 8th, July 15th, 22nd, 29th  1pm-3pm
4 week series every Tuesday for the month of July learning intermediate computer skills
Richmond Main Library
101 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23219

Grandparents Night at the Diamond
June 24th 6:30pm
Fun night of Baseball at the Diamond to watch the Richmond Flying Squi…

Public Feedback Encouraged for Richmond's Bike Master Plan

The City of Richmond and our consultant team have developed a draft network of improved bike infrastructure throughout the City. As we head towards completion of the Plan we need the community's input on the proposed network. An online mapping tool has been developed which allows users to recommend edits to the network. The tool allows the user to draw in new routes, pinpoint specific locations in need of improvements and submit associated comments with those edits. 

Click here to view more information.  Click here to view the presentation from the May 14 Public Bike Meeting.

Recommendations can also be sent directly to Jakob Helmboldt, the City's Pedestrian, Bicycle and at:

Department of Public Works Recognizes National Public Works Week

"Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow"

WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: National Public Works Week

WHEN: May 18 through May 24

BACKGROUND: Since 1960 the American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week across North America. It celebrates the tens of thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. It was established through a United States Senate resolution and is scheduled annually during the third week of May.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Works is accredited through the American Public Works Association.

This year's national theme "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow" embodies stewardship and building sustainable communities to enhance the quality of life for future generations.

For more information on National Public Works Week, visit the American Public Works Association's website at

City’s Spring 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, May 17
               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

Public Invited to Riverfront Public Art Meeting

The City’s Public Art Commission invites residents to attend a public meeting to provide input on public art along the James River related to the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways project. The meeting with be held on Tuesday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Plant Zero, Zero East 4th Street.

For Public Art Commission meeting announcements including meeting date, time and location visit

City’s Minority Business Development Office To Host A Small Business Financial Conference

The City’s Office of Minority Business Development, in partnership with the City’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Virginia Union University, invites local business owners and entrepreneurs to the Minority Business Development RVA Capital Access 2014 Financial Conference. The conference will be held at the Carillion in Byrd Park, 1300 Blanton Avenue, on Tuesday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The conference will feature presentations from financial experts, details of new business loan opportunities, free on-site consulting, networking opportunities and giveaways. Conference admission and refreshments are free.

Featured financial experts include representatives from the City of Richmond, U. S. Small Business Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia, Kiva Zip, Raymond Kendall Group, LISC, local and national banks, credit unions and other financial resources. The goal of the RVA Capital Access 2014 Financial Conference is to expose attendees to the process of succ…

City Celebrates the Grand Opening of Sweetopia

“Business opens in Jackson Ward with City assistance”

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Honorable Ellen Robertson, City Council Vice President, 6th District, along with members of the City Administration will join in celebrating the grand opening of Sweetopia on Friday, May 2 at 2 p.m. Sweetopia is opening at 221 East Clay Street, in historic Jackson Ward, with financial assistance from the City’s Department of Economic and Community Development’s Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) Program and Enterprise Zone Program.

Jamyce Vinson, owner of Sweetopia, has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She chose to open Sweetopia to apply her skills in an enjoyable manner by opening a bakery in historic Jackson Ward. As an African American, she is proud to be a part of the revitalization of the neighborhood.

Sweetopia specialties include gigantic gourmet cookies, carrot cake, apple turnovers and sweet potato pie. The bake shop and coffee house also specializes in old fashion desserts…