Monday, March 27, 2017

Mayor Stoney Kicks off the “LEVEL UP! Challenge” for Incoming 6th graders

Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Richmond Public Schools and the Richmond City Health District announce “Mayor Stoney’s LEVEL UP! Challenge,” a campaign aimed at helping 5th grade students “level up” to the 6th grade by getting their required Tdap vaccination.

Mayor Stoney is encouraging Richmond parents to participate in his Level Up! Challenge and return signed permission forms to allow their fifth grader to receive a free Tdap vaccination at their current school before the beginning of summer vacation. Forms will be sent home with students.

The goal of the challenge is to promote Tdap vaccination (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), which is required by state law for all children turning age 11 and entering the 6th grade. There is no grace period for students without vaccination documentation on the first day of school. Therefore, to help prevent absenteeism that occurs each year, Mayor Stoney, Richmond Public Schools and the Richmond City Health District have teamed up to proactively build awareness of this vaccination requirement and incentivize return of parental consent forms to allow their child to receive the free Tdap vaccination and be entered into the contest.

The Level Up! Challenge contest will be held at all 25 elementary schools between March 27 and April 7, with a chance for one student at each school to win a $50 gift card. There’s also a $100 gift card prize for school supplies that goes to the top four schools with the most parent permission forms returned before the contest end date of April 7.

There are 1,105 Richmond Public Schools students who will be age 11 by the time they reach 6th grade in the next school year (Fall 2017). The goal of this challenge is to have a minimum of 80% of the consent forms returned to schools.

More information can be obtained by calling RPS elementary schools, or by visiting the websites of Richmond Public Schools and the Richmond City Health District.

To see the Mayor's promotional message in English, click here.
To see the the message with Spanish translation, click here.

Schedule of Education Compact Public Meetings

Thursday, March 30
7 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson High School
4100 W. Grace St.

Tuesday, April 4
6 p.m.
Blackwell Elementary School
1600 Everett St.

Wednesday, April 5
5:30 p.m.
Westover Hills Elementary School
1211 Jahnke Rd.

Thursday, April 6
9:30 a.m.
VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Ave.

Thursday, April 6
6 p.m.
George Wythe High School
4314 Crutchfield St.


City’s Department of Economic & Community Development Announce 2nd “RVA Photog” Contest

On Thursday, March 30 and Friday March 31, “RVA Photog” will return for the second time to celebrate a renewed Shockoe Bottom. This photography contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers, as well as certified FAA licensed drone operators.

The City of Richmond’s Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) will host the event in the Shockoe Bottom business district. RVA Photog is being sponsored by Rebkee Company, Main Street Realty and volunteers of the Enrichmond Foundation. Photographers can win prizes and compete for the best picture. Winning selections will be set to video and shared to help spread the word that Shockoe Bottom is… open for business!!

Consent and permission will be requested from all area businesses to allow photographers to enter places of business between 4 and 8 p.m. next Thursday and Friday for the sole purpose of taking photographs to enter into the contest.

This will be a great opportunity for businesses to gain free exposure. Upon consent, businesses will be asked to post a sign in a prominent place so contestants will know they have permission to enter. All photographers have been instructed to remain non-intrusive and respectful of all customers, staff and guests.

Questions or concerns can be directed to George Bolos at (804) 646-0477 or; or Paige Harris at (804) 646-0954 or

Street Closure – Old Main Street between Main and Orleans Streets

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 28 through Wednesday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:   Old Main Street between Main and Orleans streets

BACKGROUND:  Old Main Street will be closed to thru traffic between Main Street and Orleans Street.

DETOUR: Southbound traffic should use Main Street to Orleans Street to Old Main Street.  Please use caution and follow the detour signs.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District 
Tuesday, March 28
6 p.m.
Family Resource Center
2405 Jefferson Ave.

Councilman Andreas Addison to hold a meeting for the Richmond West End 1st Voter District
Thursday, March 30
6 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson High School Auditorium
4100 W. Grace St.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Public Invited to Provide Input on Design of Proposed Bicycle Infrastructure

On Tuesday, March 21 city residents will have an opportunity to become part of the decision making process for the design of 25 miles of bicycle infrastructure during a public meeting convened by the Department of Public Works.

The meeting will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for each of the nine corridors that comprise the 25 miles:
  • South 17th Street (Capital Trail to Farmers Market)
  • Brook Road (Charity to Azalea)
  • Government Road (36th to Williamsburg Road)
  • Grayland Avenue (Robinson to Harrison)
  • Malvern Avenue (Cary to Cutshaw)
  • Patterson Avenue (Commonwealth to Thompson)
  • Semmes Avenue (Forest Hill to Cowardin)
  • Westover Hills Boulevard (Forest Hill to Nickel Bridge)
  • Williamsburg Avenue/Road (Main to Government)
Construction is set to begin this summer. The approximate cost for the project is $1 million, which will be paid through city and state matching funds. 

During the meeting the public also can contribute ideas about other potential projects under consideration for bicycle infrastructure, including buffered bike lanes on 1st and 2nd streets and a proposed bike-walk street on 29th Street in Church Hill. 

For information on city services and schedules, please visit us on line at   

Monday, March 13, 2017

New N2N Volunteer Opportunity Listing - OAPD Book Club Facilitators

Click here to view or download

Volunteer Job Description Form

Contact Person: E. Yvette Jones, Human Services Manager
Contact Phone: (804) 646-3054

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mayors Proposed Bulk, Brush, and Leaf Collection Improvements (FY 2018 Budget)

Click here to view Mayors proposed bulk, brush, and leaf collection improvements.

Amended 2017 Federal Funds Budget Links to Documents in English & Spanish

The following links serve as public notice that the City is amending the current year federal funds budget for Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) and Housing Opportunities for Person with Aids (HOPWA). The CDBG funds will assist low and moderate income households located in the City and HOPWA funds will assist households in the Richmond MSA.

Public Notice - 2017 Consolidated Plan Amendment

Aviso P├║blico - 2017 Enmiendas al Plan Consolidado

Thursday, March 2, 2017

City to Auction Off Surplus Furniture

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced Richmond’s Department of Procurement Services (DPS) will be auctioning off surplus furniture starting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 until Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The surplus furniture is currently being held in Public, Safety, Health & Welfare Building located at 501 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Citizens and interested parties will be allowed to set an appointment to view the surplus furniture before submitting a bid with DPS. Walk-through appointments will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m., and Monday, March 6, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m.  The surplus furniture will be sold as one lot and the buyer will be responsible for removing all items; with the exception of items roped off and marked not for sale.

Please contact DPS at (804) 646-5716 if you would like to request additional viewing times.

To view all of the City’s current surplus furniture open for bid, please visit