Wednesday, September 21, 2011

United States of America Awarded 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

Richmond, Virginia selected to host global event

Richmond, Virginia has been selected to host the 2015 Road World Championships. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), competitive cycling’s governing body, selected Richmond after a competitive bid process that included the country of Oman.

“Richmond is thrilled to be selected to host the 2015 Road World Cycling Championships, joining a list of great cities like Madrid, Florence and Copenhagen,” said Richmond Mayor, Dwight C. Jones. “Bicycling, for transport and fitness, has been an important focus of my administration. Hosting the World Championships will help bring Richmond one step closer to being one of the world’s great bicycling cities.”

Cycling’s pinnacle event, the annual Road World Cycling Championships provide a rare opportunity for athletes to compete for their countries in both the traditional road race and individual time trial. Fans will also be treated to a team time trial competition between the world’s top professional teams. The 2015 Road World Championships will take place between September 19-27 and will feature 12 races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women.

“Securing the 2015 World Championships is the result of tremendous collaboration between civic and business leaders and strategic partners,” said Tim Miller, Executive Director of Richmond 2015, Inc., the non-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 Championships. “As we now enter the next phase, we look forward to expanding these partnerships to ensure that the 2015 World Championships set a new standard of excellence.”

The World Road Championships were last held in America in 1986 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. American men and women have won 13 World Championship titles in both the road race and time trial, including road race titles by Greg LeMond in 1983 and 1989 and Lance Armstrong in 1993.

Despite the fact that the 2015 World Championships are four years away, extensive planning already has begun. In addition to the 2015 World Championship events, other events and activities aimed at establishing a long-lasting legacy of bicycling in central Virginia for individuals of all ages and abilities is an important goal for the city, Richmond 2015, sponsors and strategic partners.

“Bringing the World Championships to the United States truly punctuates the outstanding state of cycling in America,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of USA Cycling. “From the success of American-based professional teams in Europe to our ever-growing domestic membership to world-class stage races like the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge; the 2015 Road World Championships is yet another milestone towards the continued growth of our sport.”

An economic impact study conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics found that the 2015 World Championships would generate more than $135 million for the Commonwealth of Virginia and would attract nearly 500,000 onsite spectators.

To follow planning and progress on the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships, visit www.richmond2015.com, like us on www.Facebook.com/Richmond2015 or follow us on Twitter @richmond2015.

About Richmond 2015

Richmond 2015, Inc is the non-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI World Road Cycling Championships. Working on behalf of the City of Richmond and USA Cycling, Richmond 2015, its Board of Directors and its Organizing Committee organize and oversee all of the elements of the event planning, as well as manage all strategic partnerships and constituent groups in order to fulfill its mission to orchestrate the events.

Friday, September 9, 2011

City of Richmond Receives Digital Achievement Awards

The City of Richmond Department of Information Technology (DIT) has recently been recognized for several digital achievements as e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government announced its 2011 Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards. The City received awards for the Mayor’s Participation Action and Communication Team (MPACT) and the Richmond Grows Gardens Online Permit Application in the Government-to-Citizen City Government category. The City was also listed as a finalist in the 2011 Best of the Web Awards in the City Portal Category. The Digital Government Achievement Awards recognize outstanding agency and department websites and projects at the application and infrastructure level.

“These digital achievement awards acknowledge the City’s Department of Information Technology’s dedication of striving to develop new technologies and systems for internal customers and most importantly, the residents of the City of Richmond.”,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I am proud of all of DIT’s hardworking employees for helping our City receive this national recognition.”

MPACT is Mayor Jones’ initiative to encourage community participation; drive city action and foster communication to develop a shared vision for Richmond's future. City residents may submit a priority request through the MPACT website, 311 or smart phone and participate in open forums held monthly throughout the City. Priority requests include potholes, abandon cars, non-functioning street lights, overgrown lots, non-functioning traffic lights, illegal dumping, and open or vacant abandon properties. Residents who submit a priority issue will be informed throughout the entire service request process. Mayor Jones’ appointed MPACT Co-Chairs hold monthly sector meetings to discuss long term/complex issues like land use, economic development, public safety, quality of life, etc. Residents and cross-functional teams of City staff will work to develop potential solutions. City staff will also work with the MPACT Co-chairs to prioritize issues, discuss solutions and to make recommendations for the City’s budget development process.

Mayor Jones established Richmond Grows Gardens as he recognizes that community gardens provide economic benefits, increase social equity, strengthen our community, and promote environmental stewardship. To encourage the growth of community gardens in the Richmond community, the City has offered City property for community gardens to incorporated organizations, unincorporated organizations and governmental organizations via an online application process. These Garden Groups are encouraged to engage with individual gardeners by creating their own policies to rent plots or otherwise let individuals use their parcel. A community garden is defined as a portion of city owned property used to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, wood products, native or ornamental plants for non-commercial purposes, i.e. where there is no exchange of goods for monetary value.

The goals of Richmond Grows Gardens are:

· To support the sustainability goals for the City of Richmond: improve the quality of life for residents, create a healthy environment and enhance economic development and job creation opportunities;

· To increase the public’s understanding of the value of community gardens and the need for community gardens in the City;

· To encourage and facilitate local urban agriculture which increases access to fresh, nutritional food for residents-particularly those in underserved communities; and

· To transform vacant and underutilized City parcels into productive gardens.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division ofe.Republic, Inc., the nation‘s leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education sectors.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

City Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

The City of Richmond has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2010. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a state or local government. The City’s Department of Finance was also presented with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement, an accompanying award to the designated department primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This is the 27th time the City of Richmond has received the Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

"I am proud that the city has again received this distinction as it exemplifies this administrations’ commitment to outstanding financial management in serving the residents of Richmond," said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "Excellent performance and achieving the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting is paramount; and accurate, transparent financial operations are critical in achieving a Triple-A bond rating.”

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage state and local governments to exceed the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare financial reports that provides transparency and full disclosure. The awards program recognizes individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. Details of recent recipients of the Certificate of Achievement and other information about the Government Finance Officers Association and its Certificate Program are available in the "Awards Program" area atwww.gfoa.org.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Message from Mayor Dwight C. Jones After Hurricane Irene