Friday, November 20, 2015

Bike Distribution Program


On Friday, November 20, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the partnership between Richmond’s Center for Workforce Innovation and Capital One. This partnership was developed in order to improve workforce development efforts in the greater Richmond area.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones along with Jamison Manion, Programs Administrator for Workforce Development from the Richmond Center for Workforce Innovation, Lane Hopkins, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President from Human Resources at Capital One, and Michael Gilbert, a representative from RideRichmond, spoke about the Bike Distribution Program that will give a bicycle to individuals who complete the Center’s Workforce Pipeline training program. This will allow them greater access to transportation in the greater Richmond area.

Many jobs lie outside the reach of Richmond residents who are strictly dependent upon GRTC bus lines. This lack of transportation greatly contributes to the unemployment rate among the city’s lower-income population. The Workforce Pipeline program in conjunction with the Bike Distribution Program improves the mobility of engaged workforce participants to attend training and get to work. Riding a bike extends their opportunities to easily reach 1000 more employers and compete for 18,000 more jobs that lie within a short ride from the end of the bus line.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wharf Street Entrance to Intermediate Terminal Dock Closing


From Monday, November 16 through Sunday, May 1, the Wharf Street entrance to the Intermediate Terminal Dock will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  There will be no public access to the mid-section of the dock, as it is a work zone undergoing structural rehabilitation. 

The lower eastern and western docks will remain accessible to the public, as well as the portions of the Virginia Capital Trail that run parallel to the Intermediate Terminal Dock.

For more information on city services and schedules, please visit us on line at www.RichmondGov.com.     


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Residents urged to take precautions to prevent rabies



The Richmond City Health District is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of people or pets contracting rabies from domestic or woodland animals.  

This advisement comes after the recent exposure of a pet dog to a raccoon that has tested positive for rabies.  The raccoon was picked up by Richmond Animal Care and Control from a backyard in the 3700 block of Lawson Street on Richmond’s Southside.

The public is advised not to approach wild or stray animals either in wooded areas or if they wander onto your property; especially if the animal is acting strangely.  Take the following steps to prevent family members and pets from being exposed to rabies:

· Don’t attract wild animals into your yard by leaving out pet food or uncontained garbage
· Vaccinate all cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies and keep their shots up to date
· Don’t allow your pets to roam freely through the neighborhood; keep them on a leash when walking them
· Report stray animals to your local animal control agency

Rabies can be deadly; it is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is in the saliva of rabid animals and can be transmitted through a bite or by getting infected saliva in the eyes, mucous tissue or an open wound. If you or your pet are attacked or bitten, report it to the health department or animal control authorities. If possible (without danger or risk), restrain the animal so that it can be tested, or get a good description of the animal that you can provide to authorities.

For more information about rabies and animal bites, visit  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/

You can also contact your local health department, animal control department or veterinarian.