Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mayor Jones Invites Public to Summit on Community Wealth Building


~ Anti-Poverty work first year efforts to be recapped ~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones has announced that the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building is organizing a Community Wealth Building Summit to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street. Plans for the summit include sharing information on the first year of work of the new office and kicking off new programs and efforts that will be connected to the office’s mission.

“Our City is ready to accept the challenge from President Obama to become a My Brother’s Keeper Community,” said Mayor Jones. “Much of the work we’ve been doing through the Office of Community Wealth Building and under the Maggie L. Walker Initiative is precisely establishing a cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for Richmond youth. This summit will provide us with the opportunity to take an active inventory of how we’ve progressed and to map out additional plans going forward.”

“Our roadmap to establishing Promise Scholarships for this community was successfully funded in the Mayor’s recently approved budget,” noted Thad Williamson, the Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building. “The Summit will also provide us an opportunity to kick off the RVA Future program, a partnership we are establishing with Richmond Public Schools and the RPS Education Foundation to help Richmond youth pursue college education and access quality career training.”

The Community Wealth Building Summit is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you plan to join the lunch portion of the event, you must register to reserve a place for lunch.

For more information and to register, go to the Community Wealth Building Summit Registration web page.