Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayor Joins Congressmen Cantor and Scott To Encourage High-Speed Rail

Who: Congressman Eric Cantor
Congressman Bobby Scott
Mayor Dwight Jones
Virginians for High Speed Rail
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

What: Press Conference on High-Speed Rail

When: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009

Where: Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Mayor Dwight C. Jones will join Congressmen Eric Cantor and Bobby Scott, as well as representatives from Virginians for High Speed Rail and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, to thank President Barack Obama’s administration for the inclusion of Southeast Rail Corridor in its strategic plan, and to call upon Virginia to submit requests and plans through competitive grants to ensure the implementation of this important project.

Mayor Jones was part of a group of mayors that met with President Obama last week to discuss the President's vision for high-speed rail in America. The Mayor was pleased with the Federal Railroad Administration’s inclusion of the Southeast Rail Corridor in the Department of Transportation’s recent announcement of a High-Speed Rail Strategic Plan. Mayor Jones stands in agreement with both Congressmen Cantor and Scott that a high-speed rail line between Richmond and Washington, D.C. provides a sensible and viable solution to the Richmond region’s transportation challenges while creating jobs and billions of dollars in economic development.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

City Welcomes Bellevue Ice Cream Shop

Richmond, VA - Join the City of Richmond in welcoming We All Scream Ice Cream, Pastries & Deli to the Bellevue business community with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 24, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Located at 4023 MacArthur Avenue, owner Shanan Chambers received assistance through the City of Richmond Department of Economic Development’s Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) and Enterprise Zone Programs. “I believe the shop is a great addition to the street for all the businesses and this unique neighborhood,” said Chambers.

We All Scream Ice Cream, Pastries & Deli is one of the many businesses in the Bellevue community to take advantage of financial incentives offered through the CARE program,” said Carthan Currin, director of the City’s Department of Economic Development. “It is a pleasure to see this business added to the retail mix that thrives in the Bellevue area.”

We All Scream Ice Cream, Pastries & Deli invite you to try “Moose Tracks,” its signature flavor, or a hand-packed pint of your favorite flavor to go. The shop also has sandwiches and pastries on the menu.

Spring hours vary. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, beginning June 1. Call (804) 716-1157 for more information.

Contact: Sheila Shepperson, (804) 646-5491

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mayor Joins Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayor Dwight C. Jones is the latest of more than 340 mayors nationwide to join the bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The Mayor signed on to the coalition during a recent meeting with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

“Protecting the citizens of Richmond is a responsibility that I take very seriously,” said Mayor Jones. “Preventing criminals from illegally obtaining and using guns is an important step toward building a first class city.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is dedicated to making America’s cities safer by cracking down on illegal guns. Every year, 30,000 Americans are killed as a result of gun violence, destroying families and harming communities.

The coalition initially began after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a summit in New York City to discuss strategies for stopping the flow of illegal guns into America’s cities. The mayors drafted and signed a statement of principles to guide their efforts.

Since then, the coalition’s bipartisan ranks have grown to more than 340 mayors representing more than 55 million Americans. The coalition’s statement of principles has been endorsed by major national organizations such as the US Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.

The coalition offers several services to help mayors in their fight against illegal guns, including updates on model local legislation and relevant bills as they are considered in state capitals and in Washington. Successful strategies are highlighted from across the country and mayors are connected to field experts who can aid in the development of new initiatives. The coalition’s website is

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110