Monday, March 31, 2014

SCAN Loans Executive to Richmond Social Services


Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that the Executive Director for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Inc. has agreed to work as an executive-on-loan to the Richmond Department of Social Services. Jeanine Harper has served as Executive Director of SCAN since 1999. SCAN was founded in 1991 to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico. The purpose of SCAN’s services is to promote positive parenting, strengthen families and help create a community that values and cares for its children.

“Ms. Harper has agreed to specifically help us retool the City’s Child Protective Services unit,” said Mayor Jones. “While matters of compliance have been heavily reviewed, serious operational concerns plague this agency and I believe that her leadership will go a long way toward strengthening the division’s operations. We’ve simply got to do a better job with respect to protecting the safety of vulnerable children and I want to thank the board of SCAN for allowing Ms. Harper the opportunity to bring us her expertise.”

Mayor Jones named his senior policy advisor, David Hicks, as interim director of the Department of Social Services in February. Ms. Harper will serve as special assistant to the director and will augment the support being provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

“Jeanine’s passion and expertise are a welcomed addition as we work to rebuild this essential component of our agency,” said Hicks. “Coupled with the support we have been receiving from the Commonwealth, I’m optimistic that we will meet the Mayor’s goals for turning around this critical agency.”


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mayor Jones Outlines Archaeological and Historical Review Process For Shockoe Bottom Baseball Stadium Project Site

~ Focus on understanding and memorializing historical sites, preserving artifacts,
and sharing information with residents ~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today shared details of his administration’s plans to conduct an archaeological and historical review of the Shockoe Bottom site proposed for a new baseball stadium.

The comprehensive process includes historical research, expert reviews, archaeological excavations, curation of found artifacts, public review and participation, and long-term sharing of historical information.

“Shockoe Bottom has played a central role in our city’s history since its earliest development. Today, it is a vibrant, thriving commercial and residential area. Its history must continue to be discovered, recorded, memorialized, and shared with our citizens and those who visit our capital city from around Virginia, the nation, and the world,” said Mayor Jones. 

“We have taken great care to put together an archaeological and historical review process that would be regarded by experts as the right thing to do and the right way to do it,” said Mayor Jones. “The process we are laying out is what archaeologists and historians would expect us to do.”

The archaeological investigation and historical review will be led by Dutton + Associates, LLC, a Richmond-based historical and cultural resources management firm that has conducted archeological surveys for public and private projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Archaeologists and historians from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, local historical organizations, and area universities also will be involved.

As part of the archeological and historical investigation and review, Mayor Jones will appoint a panel of experts to review the research, data collection, excavations, found artifacts, and technical reports and other publications.

There also will be extensive opportunities for citizens and visitors to observe the excavations and interact with archaeologists. A special focus will be on outreach to schools, providing opportunities for teachers and students to visit the excavation site to see history being discovered and recorded.

“Public involvement is important,” said Jones. “We want our citizens and students to be a part of this process and project. We must share this valuable learning experience.”

Archaeological and Historical Review Process

The archaeological and historical review process will include the following:
 

Documentary Research

o   Research and record development, patterns, and trends in the Shockoe Bottom project area, including existing historic buildings;

o   Concentrate on identifying sites related to the slave trade and other noteworthy religious, commercial, and residential sites;

o   Identify historic and modern development impacts; determine location of archaeological deposits; and

o   Prepare report on documentary research, including historic maps, photographs, and graphics.

Expert Review and Validation of Documentary Research

o   Present research for third-party expert review and validation;

o   Experts likely to be from Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Library of Virginia, Richmond Virginia Slave Trail Commission, Historic Richmond Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, University of Richmond, and University of Virginia, among others; and

o   Place research online for public review and input.

Archaeological Excavations

o   Develop archaeological excavation plan based upon results of documentary research;

o   Plan will include identification of areas of proposed excavation, relevant research themes and questions, and proposed field methods.  Field methods will include a combination of the following:

§  Monitor areas where significant archeological deposits may exist but have been compromised due to past development; monitor during construction;

§  Investigate significant archaeological deposits and record information from unique historical residential and commercial areas; sampling will take place before construction; and

§  Recover and record significant archaeological data from historically important or unique sites at the project area; recording will take place before construction.

§  Prior to implementation, the archaeological excavation plan will be submitted for expert third-party review and comment.

o   Prior to implementation, the archaeological excavation plan will be submitted for expert third-party review and comment.

Public Participation

o   During project archaeological investigations, archaeologists will establish field areas for public observation of excavations, artifact recovery, and interaction with archaeologists;

o   Onsite field laboratory to be established for cleaning and processing of artifacts, with public interaction with archaeologists;

o   Archaeologists to prepare written monthly updates on archaeological investigations, and will schedule monthly site visits and tours for City officials, members of the public, and City school groups; and

o   During field investigations, a program for using social media to provide updates regarding progress and finds will be coordinated through the City’s website and Facebook page.

Reporting and Artifact Curation

o   When archaeological fieldwork is completed, a written and illustrated document summarizing excavations will be submitted to City officials, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Library of Virginia, and Historic Richmond Foundation;

o   Final results of all archaeological investigations will be presented in a written and illustrated technical report in accordance with current state and federal guidelines for such studies; report will be reviewed by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Library of Virginia, and the Historic Richmond Foundation before being finalized; final report will be filed with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Library of Virginia, and the Richmond Public Library;


o   A popular publication will be prepared summarizing key findings from excavations; publication will be made available for distribution;

o   An interactive web site – keyed to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Standards of Learning – will be developed for classroom use in K-12 schools; and

o   All artifacts recovered during excavations will be processed and curated in accordance with federal and state guidelines; artifacts will be curated at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and made available to institutions and organizations for education and display purposes.

Early documentary research and expert review is expected to take three months. Archaeological excavation will take approximately four months. Preparing final technical reports for submission to City and state officials as well as other educational materials documenting findings at the Shockoe Bottom site will take some 18 months. If additional consultation is required by state or federal law, the City will adjust this archaeological and historical review process accordingly.
 
About Dutton + Associates, LLC

Dutton + Associates, LLC located in Richmond, Virginia, is a cultural resources management firm and provides services to public, private, and institutional clients. The firm conducts archival research, archaeological investigations, architectural investigations, National Register nominations, and educational and interpretive programs. Past clients have included the National Park Service, the United States Navy, NASA, numerous Virginia local governments, Dominion, Rolls Royce, Martin Marietta Materials, and others.

David H. Dutton, Managing Partner at Dutton + Associates, LLC, has more than 25 years of experience in archaeology, cultural resource management, and historic preservation law. He formerly worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, where he managed all federal and state environmental reviews, rehabilitation tax credit project certification, historic preservation easements, covenants, and archaeological permits. He also worked as a project review archaeologist for the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Mr. Dutton received his B.S. in anthropology and sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and his M.A. in archaeological studies from Boston University.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Riverfront Development to Move Forward

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today issued the following statement regarding the City’s proposed Capital Improvement Program for FY2015-2019 and Riverfront Development:
“It is clear to me after hearing from some very good friends who are aware of my ongoing commitment to riverfront development, that the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget put forth sends the wrong signal about the city’s intentions concerning riverfront development and specifically the Brown’s Island Dam Walk. I want to be clear: we are moving forward and it is my understanding that we are well on track to complete the Dam Walk before the World Road Cycling Championships come to Richmond in 2015.
 “The city has approximately $4 million in unspent funds for this project, because of the initial funding that I included in my CIP for FY2013-2017. We are also anticipating grant funding in the amount of $2.5 million; meaning we may have as much as $6.5 million on hand. The Brown’s Island Dam Walk is a key project in this first phase of riverfront development and early conceptual plans for the Dam Walk estimated a cost of $2 million. This would indicate that we have ample funds on hand to move the project forward and is the only reason new funding was not included for the immediately approaching fiscal year. Staff has been hard at work to have this key project move forward in a timely manner and this is the information I’ve been relying on.
“Additionally, not including funding in the current CIP does not mean that more funding won’t be provided for another five years. That is not my intention. I am mindful of the fact that project refinements and technical requirements will likely push the need for resources higher. We present a five-year CIP every year and I fully expect that with the presentation of next year’s CIP, additional funding will be sought  for riverfront development and other projects in the pipeline that will create new public spaces around our beautiful riverfront.
“This plan of action should have been conveyed in our budget, and it is unfortunate that the budget advanced without appropriate mention of our ongoing Riverfront plans. I look forward to working with Richmond City Council on this aspect of the budget as well as many others.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mayor Jones Issues Statement on Revitalize RVA Vote

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement following the vote by Richmond City Council on Resolution No. 2014-R29, to express the City Council’s support for further negotiations with respect to “Revitalize RVA.”

 “I want to thank the City Council for saying yes to the future of our city. Tonight’s vote was a vote to support our efforts to find ways to generate new tax revenue for our city, to create jobs and opportunity, and to honor our heritage. This was an important and difficult vote tonight, and I’m pleased that Council is willing to allow discussions to move forward.

 “I also want to thank Council members for their service to the city’s residents in working extremely hard over the last few months on this proposal and for their insistence on getting the best deal for our taxpayers.  I look forward to the continued review of this proposal and the continued scrutiny of a plan that I believe can be transformative for our city. Ultimately, I’m hoping that we can bring a final proposal forward that will generate willingness from all to embrace growth and to use culture as a bridge rather than a barrier.”
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mayor Jones Statement on City's Winter Storm Preparedness Actions


Mayor Dwight C. Jones discussed how the City of Richmond is preparing for the anticipated major snow storm event that is expected to impact the city beginning Wednesday afternoon.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the city of Richmond from 1 p.m. February 12 until 7 p.m. February 13. City officials have urged residents to prepare for the weather, and city government is also preparing for this storm.

City Government held a Winter Weather Briefing on Tuesday at City Hall involving all agencies of City Government, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond City Sheriff’s office, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority, Richmond City Health District and GRTC.

“It is routine for us to hold such a preparatory meeting when a major event is anticipated,” stated Mayor Jones. “By bringing all the agencies and related authorities together well in advance, we can better lay out our plans for resident notification efforts, storm response tactics, as well as efforts to deal with any aftermath of the storm.”

Actions taken by the City in preparation include the testing of generators at sites that may be used for public shelters and coordinating efforts with the Red Cross. The City plans to have shelter space set up and ready to open Wednesday afternoon in the event major power outages are experienced.  Specific locations and information will be announced throughout the day. Shifts have been set for workers that may work the City’s call center to help provide residents with vital information, and a strike team (to work the call center for extended hours) has been assembled to begin working from 4 p.m. tomorrow until the event ends.  As the storm is expected to be a consistent snow event, the City’s vehicle fleet is being checked for readiness and to determine which vehicles may need to be outfitted with snow chains. There will be a dedicated mechanical team to provide the snow chain application support to City vehicles.

“Our plans at this time include the opening of our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday,” said the Mayor. “The EOC serves as our command center where we will continue to gather information and roll out our plans. I will continue monitoring the forecast and we will get targeted updates from the National Weather Service at 11 a.m. and then again at 4 p.m. The forecast at this time remains somewhat complex and there is still considerable uncertainty with regard to the track and intensity of the storm. I will make a decision regarding a possible local state of emergency at the proper time. The important thing at this particular juncture is that we have our preparatory actions in order ahead of time, even if we later declare a state of emergency.”

The Declaration of a local State of Emergency empowers the City with enhanced procurement authority beyond what is normally granted in the City Charter and provides more flexibility to City government when responding to a weather event. The declaration also places the City in consideration for possible costs reimbursements from the State if the event becomes sizeable enough to trigger State and Federal reimbursements.

“With the potential of power outages and roads possibly being blocked because of heavy snow, I again urge residents to prepare ahead of time for this storm and to make an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days,” continued Mayor Jones.

For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the City of Richmond during this weather event, please visit www.Richmondgov.com, follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA, and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Mayor Dwight C. Jones' prepared remarks for the 2014 State of the City Address


Click here to view Mayor Dwight C. Jones' 2014 State of the City Address.

Click here to view the 2014 State of the City Accomplishments video that preceded the Mayor's remarks.


Mayor Dwight C. Jones' Prepared Remarks for the
2014 State of the City Address
Thursday, June 30, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School


Good evening, everyone. I’m glad you’re here, because I want you to know that the world now sees something that we’ve all known for a long time.

The world now sees that, “Richmond is coming into its own...” and the world now says that “while you weren’t looking, Richmond… got cool.”


You don’t have to take my word for it. These are the words of the world’s leading travel guide. 


They have a whole planet to market, and this year, for the first time, they’re saying,
 

Go to the chilly coasts of Scotland…go to the pacific isles of Bali…go to the bustling centers of India…go to the sexy streets of Rio de Janeiro…and for the first time, they’re also saying… to 7 billion people who can choose to go anywhere…
 

Go to Richmond, Virginia.
 

They’re saying, what we already knew: Richmond is cool.
 

So this evening, folks, we all know that for the first time ever, the state of the City of Richmond… is global… and it’s looking to the future.
 

I’m so glad that everyone is here tonight. Members of the Richmond City Council, the School Board, elected representatives from the area. Members of our Mayor's Youth Academy and Future Leaders Council.
 

I’m glad that my friend Peter Bernard is here tonight as well. Bon Secours has shown a strong commitment to the Richmond community. His presence here reminds us that when we met one year ago, we were in a very different place as a city, but we were facing many of the same issues we face today. One year ago, we had just decided to together to bring the Washington Redskins to Richmond.

We made the right decision, after we faced down the doubters. We all heard the questions. What does it cost? Why can’t we just wait? Why do we have to act now? Can’t we do something else instead? How can you ask taxpayers to pay for this when we need schools, when people are living in poverty, when we have other needs?
 

These are important questions. We’re hearing them again today. And as we wrestle with these questions, it’s important to remember the results we’ve produced.
 

Together with Bon Secours, we forged an 8-year partnership with the Redskins, and after just one year, we’ve already realized a $10.5 million economic impact. And we did it at no ultimate costs to the taxpayer. The $10 million we loaned to the EDA to build the facility is all coming back to the city through sponsorships, tenant rents and facility rentals.
 

To date, we have realized $6.5 million in signed lease and naming rights agreements and are in the midst of negotiating another almost $3 million in leases for the second floor. That’s over $9 million of the $10 million we advanced to the EDA. And we are working with the EDA to develop other revenue sources to get us first to break even and then to profitability.
By nearly every measure, this plan not only yielded what we said it would, it delivered a lot more.
 

The plan was to identify pieces of land that weren’t generating tax revenue, and make them start generating new money for the city. That’s exactly what is happening.
 

The plan generated $40 million in new private investment in the City...$16 million of that is in the East End and Central City. The project is bringing in more than $400,000 in new taxes annually, and its generating new jobs and new health services.
 

In the west end, the Bon Secours School of Nursing is moving to the old Westhampton School. That site will go from producing NO revenue for the city… to generating NEW revenue for the city. It will bring jobs that had been OUTSIDE Richmond… and move them INSIDE Richmond.
 

That’s why I’m so glad that we stuck with this and worked to gain the City Council’s support so that this plan could be solidified.
 

This is great for our city’s tax coffers, great for our city’s public spaces and amenities, great for exposure, great for Richmond’s brand.
 

Our city is both the legal and financial center of the region...home of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond – one of 12 in the United States. We are a transportation crossroads for the Eastern part of the country, strategically located within a day’s drive of approximately 60% of the U.S. population. We’re a leading city in everything from the Top 10 big cities to live and work, the Most Creative, Best Outdoor Cities, Best City for Jobs, Healthiest for Women, Happiest for Young Professionals, Most Vegan Friendly. Time and time again we get recognized and often we’re on top of the list.


But here's why I know just how amazing we are: we have achieved all of this and gained this recognition in the midst of an economic downturn; while facing decreasing revenues and increasing expenses, budget gaps and shortfalls.
 

Today, Richmond can be judged by the results we’re delivering.
 

Accomplishments like the Redskins Park, accomplishments like four new schools, accomplishments like a new jail, accomplishments like six renovated libraries, renovation of the Landmark Theater, accomplishments like six upgrades to the City’s bond rating...the tremendous work of our Anti-Poverty Commission or the World Cycling Championships coming next year and the related economic boost for the region.
 

And in everything we do, we do so following our core principles...principles that say:
  • We will be competitive;
  • We will get a tangible return on any investment we make;
  • We will expand our opportunities for inclusion so that all of our citizens have a meaningful chance to share in our promise and our challenges.

And in a few short weeks, we’ll be introducing our budget and you’ll see the progress we’re making on our balanced scorecard.
 

But today, that’s enough talk about where we’ve been. I want to talk about where we are going.
 

So let’s start with the condition of our schools.
 

When we opened this beautiful new school three weeks ago, we acknowledged that while beautiful environments inspire hope and neighborhood pride, what matters is learning.
 

For too long in Richmond, we’ve accepted mediocrity. Those days are over. Our school board is changing the status quo. They are exploring innovative ideas that have worked in other places, like Teach for America. They have brought in energetic new leadership, and I look forward to building a strong partnership with the new Superintendent.
 

I was pleased to hear our new Superintendent affirm that Richmond Public Schools won’t be just an employment agency...We are looking for him and the School Board to do their part in improving our public education system, and the City Administration has to do its part.
 

Our responsibility is to provide the best physical environment that we can to generate positive outcomes.
 

We each have primary responsibilities, but schools, my office, and the community must work together to improve educational outcomes for our young people.  We have partnered with the business community on an initiative to improve our middle schools.

And all of the things that we are doing...things to combat poverty, to expand the tax base, to create jobs and generate opportunity...all of these things are with an eye toward the bigger picture that will help us, as a city, get the outcomes that we want to see on so many fronts...
...simply a better Richmond...the Best Richmond for all of us, but especially for the future of our young people.
 

Between FY2009 and FY2014 the City has approved or appropriated a total of $161 million for Schools construction; $9.5 million for Schools maintenance; and $21.3 million for Schools ADA compliance. This compares with a total of only $14.7 million that was appropriated between FY2005 and FY2008 for Schools capital needs.
 

That $161 Million includes $23.4 million that City Council has already approved for a new Overby Shepherd Elementary, which will help catalyze continued progress of the emerging new Highland Grove mixed-income neighborhood. We’ve got to stay focused on building quality schools and quality community centers.
 

Even with our stepped up investment in schools, today we know that we face school maintenance needs approaching $100M. I’ve got a plan to address that and I will bring that plan forward in my budget presentation in a few short weeks. We will meaningfully fund school 
maintenance needs in our city. We simply must.
 



Even as we continue to work to make our schools more competitive, we are also investing in major economic development projects that will help nurture our competitive advantage.
In Shockoe, we’re bringing the train station alive, to include a new welcome center and indoor market. Main Street Station will also serve as a multi-modal transportation center linking AMTRAK, MegaBus, GRTC and other forms of transportation.
 

We have planned investment in Riverfront development that will connect the river’s use to downtown and remove pedestrian barriers to ensure greater access.
 

Gateway Plaza is going up downtown and in anticipation of the investment and job creation opportunities that will accompany the completion in 2015 of the Panama Canal expansion project; we are investing in the Commerce and Deepwater Terminal Road area near the Port of Richmond in order to attract businesses and potential new jobs.  Since we revamped the governance structure of the Port of Richmond and leased it to the Virginia Port Authority it has made great progress.  For example there are five barges a week between here and Hampton Roads up from just two, two years ago.
 

And as a foundational element of our anti-poverty efforts, we’ve completed two phases of our public housing transformation strategy in Highland Park, and are working with a highly-regarded national developer to initiate redevelopment of Creighton Court and Whitcomb Court in the City’s east end.
 

We are also focused on revitalization projects along the Broad Street corridor and for the greater Downtown Arts and Cultural District.
 

The latest illustrative example of our progress is the $30 million redevelopment of the former Central Fidelity Bank Building. This long-neglected iconic structure will create new commercial energy in our downtown, and in turn, nurture continued job growth and generate new tax revenues.  
 

We're no longer hemorrhaging people or money. Those days are past.
 

Today, we're growing again. Young people are moving into Richmond, not out. Our finances are growing stronger, not weaker. We're now one step away from a top-tier AAA rating.
Stronger finances make everything more achievable, whether it is improving city schools or revitalizing a neighborhood.
 

Our strength no longer depends on the surrounding counties. We're growing strong on our own because all great regions need strong core cities.
Richmond has never had momentum like this before.
But what I know is....unless we seize the momentum and make bold new moves, we'll be stuck where we are and we won’t get to where we need to be.

There is a cost to not acting...

The reality is, as the city grows, so do our expenses. Our public schools, roads, and numerous other services need more money.

The best option for us is to expand our tax base to generate more property tax and sales tax revenue.
 

And that is what Revitalize RVA is all about.
 

I want to be clear. The Redskins project was about more than football, and the Shockoe plan is about more than baseball.
 

Revitalize RVA is about creating good, living wage jobs that people can get to.  It’s about taking non-revenue-producing parcels of land, and ensuring that they are strategic revenue-generating properties for the city. This plan is about investments that will generate new money that we can use for schools and neighborhoods. The plan is simply good business.
 

We all know our schools need a lot of help, and it’s going to take more money. Neighborhoods along Jeff Davis Highway need sidewalks. Streets in the Fan need new streetlights. We need more officers on the street.
 

All of that takes money.
 

So where’s it going to come from?

We could generate it by raising the real estate tax rate. But we already pay the highest rate in central Virginia. That hits everybody hard, rich and poor alike. So that’s not a good option.
Or we could get more people to shop in Richmond, to generate more sales tax revenue.
But that’s not going to happen, because we don’t have a general retail store, in the City of Richmond, north of the James River. We did have that a generation ago, when Thalhimers and Miller & Rhoads anchored downtown. But those days are past, and we haven’t had that since then.
 

Today, when our citizens go shopping, they pay a sales tax that sends money to Henrico and Chesterfield. The 1% that localities get to keep is left in the counties. That 1% translates into millions that help the counties enjoy lower real estate tax rates and that helps the counties pay their bills.
 

No other capital city would settle for that, and neither should we.
 

Let’s look at this squarely; the city has the highest tax rate in the area at $1.20 per 100, and we’ve also got the highest poverty rate at 26% - equating to over 50,000 people in poverty.
 

Anything short of bold and intelligent action to address this reality is unacceptable.
 

We also can’t take a half-baked approach to addressing these needs. This is not a time to cut and paste...we need bold action if we are to realize the full benefit of this pivotal point in our city.
Revitalize RVA is a bold plan.
 

It’s a jobs and economic development plan designed to generate as much new tax revenue as possible by unlocking the potential of two of Richmond's major undeveloped sites.
 

It takes an under-producing asset in the floodplain and makes it produce.
 

It opens us up to get the best use out of valuable real estate on the Boulevard in a city where we have very limited strategically located land.
 

This plan turns that strategic underutilized land into a high producing asset.
 

I want to keep professional baseball in central Virginia, and we need to do it in a way that benefits Richmond the most. That clearly means locating the ballpark in Shockoe, so we can mitigate the flooding problem affordably, while opening the Boulevard to full development.
 

The alternative is a course that leaves Shockoe behind and fails to create the right conditions for the Slavery and Freedom Heritage site to succeed.
 

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the cost of not acting. That’s the cost of delay.
 

When we look at the next 20 years, let’s do so with a vision of leaving no one behind. A real vision for our city has to include a plan to face the 26% poverty rate we’ve been battling.  A real vision – our vision – considers the state of our schools and the needs of our children.
 

What we have right now is an opportunity to address our problems in either a small way or in a big way.
 

For me the choice is clear…we MUST get the best return on our investment and continue to follow our core principles - principles that have been getting results.
 

It’s time to meet these challenges in a big way.
 

This city can be the greatest capital city in the nation; all we need to do is seize the opportunity. 
 

Let’s Revitalize RVA.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mayor Dwight C. Jones Named 2013 Richmonder of the Year

City of Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones has recently been named '2013 Richmonder of the Year' by Style Weekly. Click here to view the full article.