Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TemperPack to Expand Headquarters and Manufacturing Operation in the City of Richmond

Today, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Todd Haymore, VA Secretary of Commerce and Trade, announced the expansion of TemperPack into the City of Richmond. TemperPack, a manufacturer of sustainable packaging technology for perishable goods, will invest $2 million to expand their headquarters and manufacturing operations, creating 23 new jobs in the process.

“I could not be more pleased TemperPack has chosen to grow and expand in Richmond, where more and more innovative companies are now doing business,” said Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “We are especially enthused to see this kind of growth in a sustainability-oriented company working so proactively to mitigate the environmental impacts of commerce.”

The company’s mission is to build revolutionary insulation products that help companies increase their cold-chain shipments while reducing their overall impact on the environment. TemperPack aims to bring to market sustainable packaging solutions that are compostable and recyclable and that consumers and companies feel great about using.

“Our mission is to help companies deliver more to consumers while wasting less. There’s no better place than Richmond to achieve this – great employee talent, a rich tradition of high quality manufacturing, incredibly supportive government and close proximity to major highways that make distribution easy,” said TemperPack co-founder Brian Powers.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support TemperPack’s new job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for its citizens.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Education Draft Proposal

Here are several documents related to the Education Compact Draft Proposal. Click the link to read in full. 

City of Richmond wins Virginia Green Travel Leader Award

The City of Richmond has won a Virginia Green Travel Leader Award, in the category of Most Innovative & Impactful Green Project, for the initiatives put into place by the RVA Green Team.

RVA Green Team is a partnership of the City of Richmond Sustainability Office, HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance to recruit, train and deploy volunteers to help special events in the city become more sustainable by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and enhancing the overall sustainability of events.

Due to their efforts, the RVA Green Team helped reduce the environmental footprint in the City of Richmond by decreasing the amount of waste sent to landfills. From January through October of 2016, 42,424 lbs. of waste were diverted from landfills, which includes a 59% recycle rate over 14 events held during that time.

The RVA Green Team achieved these results by increasing the amount of recycling and composting at events throughout the City of Richmond. RVA Green Team volunteers helped attendees sort and divert their waste into the right containers.

“Congratulations to the RVA Green Team, and thank you to the many volunteers whose hard work helps improve the quality of life for our residents, and to create a healthy environment for everyone who lives, works, and plays in the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

On February 17, 2017, the Virginia Green program will recognize outstanding Virginia tourism businesses from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.

The awards will be presented during the Virginia Green Travel Awards Luncheon which will be held from noon until 1:15 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017. Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will be attending the luncheon and presenting the awards.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Owens & Minor Expanding to Downtown Richmond

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced Owens & Minor, a regionally-based Fortune 500 global healthcare services company, will establish a new Client Engagement Center (CEC) in downtown Richmond’s Riverfront Plaza. The City of Richmond successfully competed against 60 other cities around the nation to win the project, which will include the addition of 300 newly created positions.

“I am so pleased that Owens & Minor has chosen the City of Richmond as the location for its Client Engagement Center,” said Mayor Stoney. “Their decision is a testimony to their confidence in the quality of our local workforce and commitment to the region.  We welcome this industry leader to the city with open arms and look forward to the vitality they will bring to the downtown community.”

Owens & Minor serves the needs of healthcare providers and healthcare product manufacturers across the United States and Europe with strategically placed networks of distribution and logistics centers. The CEC, designed to be an innovative place to work, will enable Owens & Minor to enhance and standardize the customer experience.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe approved a $1.5 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City with the project.

“Stimulating growth in economic sectors that are not as reliant on federal spending helps diversify our economy and offset the impacts of defense cuts and sequestration,” said Governor McAuliffe. I thank Owens & Minor for its continued presence in Hanover County and the Williamsburg area, and congratulate the company on its decision to grow here in Richmond.”

“Virginia has been the home of Owens & Minor for 135 years, and we are very pleased to expand our presence in Richmond with this new initiative,” said Cody Phipps, President and Chief Executive Officer of Owens & Minor. “We thank the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth for their help in bringing this initiative to life.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

City Partnering with VCU’s Wilder School for Performance Review

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced VCU’s Wilder School will be assisting with the comprehensive performance review of all agencies in City Hall, which the mayor cited as his top priority among the initiatives of his first 100 days.

Mayor Stoney said, “The City is partnering with the results-inducing Performance Management Group (PMG) and Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to help us fulfill the promise I made during my campaign to bring accountability to our local government.”

Dr. James M. Burke, the director of PMG who specializes in organizational development and improving effectiveness in the workplace, will now lead the performance review with PMG and CURA. The review will continue in three phases, which include a review of previous audit reports, extensive interviews with City personnel and delivery of important recommendations that will be implemented to achieve the mayor’s objective of building a City Hall that works, and works together. “We are excited by the commitment of the City’s leadership to improving City operations and services to the public; and we are delighted to be engaged in this process,” said Dr. Burke.

Both PMG and CURA are part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU, and each have a wide range of consultation successes in assisting governmental organizations in transforming workflows and work cultures, implementing best practices and bringing about a renewed dedication and commitment among public employees to customer and public service.

The Stoney administration and VCU have also secured additional assistance with this review from numerous Richmond stakeholders, including Dr. John Accordino and Greg Wingfield from VCU's Wilder School; Robert Dortch from Robins Foundation; Dr. Bill Murray from Dominion; former Dominion Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, Iris Holliday; Jim Kresge and George Ruzek from Capital One; Andrea Archer, Teri Miles, Charlie Agee and Michael Walton from Altria; Casey Lucier from McGuireWoods; former Brink’s CFO, Joe Dziedzic; local business woman Teresa Caviness; and Brian Jackson from Hirschler Fleischer and Chair of Venture Richmond, among others.

Altria Group and Dominion Resources are also contributing financially, by providing $50,000 each to match the City’s cost to fund this initiative. “We can’t do it all alone,” added the mayor, “I am grateful for the support we’re receiving to help get this completed.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mayor Stoney Announces Interim Human Resources Director

Mayor Stoney today is pleased to announce the following appointment:

Korita Jones, Interim Director, Department of Human Resources:  Korita Jones will serve as Interim Director, Department of Human Resources.

A Petersburg native and 2005 graduate of Virginia State University, Jones most recently served as HR Division Chief of the Compensation and Benefits Division of Human Resources.

Jones joined the City in 2009 as a HR Consultant and has been promoted to various City positions to include Policy Analyst and HR Liaison for City Council Offices.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Administration Appointments announced by Mayor Stoney

Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce the following appointments:
Bobby Vincent Jr., Interim Director, Department of Public Works:  Bobby Vincent Jr. assumes the role of DPW Interim Director with nearly 25 years of experience working for the City of Richmond. Vincent, a graduate of Virginia State University who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, began his public service career with the city in 1992 as an engineer, and most recently served as DPW’s Deputy Director.

Debbie Patricia Jackson, Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Human Services:  Debbie Jackson will serve as Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Human Services. Jackson, a graduate of Dartmouth College who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, brings more than 20 years of training management experience to the job. Jackson has served as the Training Manager in the City of Richmond since 2009. Prior to joining the city, Jackson worked as Training Manager for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and held various supervisory positions in training for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

David Daniels, Interim Fire Chief:  David Daniels will serve as Interim Fire Chief. Daniels assumes the role after serving as Chief Safety Officer and Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Richmond since 2015. Prior to joining the City of Richmond, Daniels, served as Executive Director of Workforce Safety in the City of Atlanta, part of a 35-year career in fire safety and emergency services. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Services from Easter Oregon University and a Master of Human Resources Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta.

In addition to the appointments, the mayor announced management of the Department of Human Resources will transition from the Human Services portfolio to being under the direction of the Finance and Administration portfolio overseen by Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Lenora Reid.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of these dedicated professionals to their roles as interim directors for their respective departments,” Mayor Stoney said. “The City of Richmond is moving in a new direction. I am thankful to have these experienced professionals as part of our management team and excited to see what they can do to improve our government and move our city forward.”