Thursday, June 25, 2009

City Cooling Shelters To Open Friday, June 26

The City will open three cooling shelters on Friday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as temperatures are forecasted to exceed 95 degrees. City cooling shelters are opened to assist residents when the temperature/heat index reaches or exceeds the 95 degree mark.

Cooling shelters are located at:

-Southside Community Center, 4100 Hull Street
-Department of Social Services, 900 East Marshall Street
-East District Center, 701 North 25th Street

Bottled water will be available, but food will not be provided. Pets, with the exception of service animals, will not be allowed.

All residents should take measures to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat during the day.

For more information regarding cooling services, citizens can contact the Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office, 646-7046. Elderly citizens with heat related issues can contact the Adult Protective Service Unit, 646-7367. In the event of a heat related emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772


Mayor Announces Support of American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today his support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), legislation that will be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives this Friday, June 26. The landmark legislation is considered historic in nature and provides clean energy incentives, encourages innovation and recognizes the concerns of sensitive industries and regions around the United States.

"Comprehensive energy legislation that addresses the need for jobs, economic growth and energy independence is of the utmost importance for our country," said the Mayor. "Climate change is a problem that needs to be addressed and this bill is a good step forward in addressing the concerns. I am pleased that the bill contains a solid job training component and that concerns have been addressed about the financial impact on low income families."

Additionally, Mayor Jones is supportive of funding measures for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and other efforts to provide federal support for state, local and tribal adaptation projects. The City of Richmond is prepared to apply for its share of formula funds through the EECBG and plans to use the funding to implement a comprehensive sustainability initiative. It is anticipated that a Sustainability Coordinator will be named as the City prepares to improve upon its Green initiatives within municipal operations.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

City Cooling Shelters To Open June 25

The City will open three cooling shelters on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as temperatures are forecasted to exceed 95 degrees. City cooling shelters are opened to assist residents when the temperature/heat index reaches or exceeds the 95 degree mark.

Cooling shelters are located at:

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Southside Community Center, 4100 Hull Street
-Department of Social Services, 900 East Marshall Street
-East District Center, 701 North 25th Street

Bottled water will be available, but food will not be provided. Pets, with the exception of service animals, will not be allowed.

All residents should take measures to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat during the day.

For more information regarding cooling services, citizens can contact the Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office, (804) 646-7046. Elderly citizens with heat related issues can contact the Adult Protective Service Unit, (804) 646-7367. In the event of a heat related emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772


City Names DCAO for Economic and Community Development

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that Peter H. Chapman has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Economic and Community Development. This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and the appointment will be effective as of July 13, 2009.

Chapman, will have oversight responsibility for the Economic and Community Development portfolio, which includes the Departments of Economic Development and Community Development and the Offices of Minority Business Enterprise and Real Estate Services. Chapman will also be responsible for fostering and maintaining the City's partnership with the East District Initiative, Community and Economic Development Authorities, Greater Richmond Planning Commission, Greater Richmond Partnership, Port of Richmond, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Richmond Metropolitan Authority, and the Greater Richmond Transit Company.

"I am pleased to announce that Peter Chapman will be joining our team," said Mayor Jones. "His prior experience with local government as well as his broad range of expertise with community development and finance will be instrumental in helping us to implement important initiatives here in the City of Richmond."

Previously a key economic development advisor to Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver, Colorado; Chapman presently serves as Executive Director of Seedco Financial-Denver, a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). He has more than 20 years of urban development experience. With the Hickenlooper administration, he oversaw a large portfolio of City and quasi-municipal agencies such as the Office of Economic Development, the Denver Housing Authority and the Office of Cultural Affairs. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in public policy from Tufts University.

"Peter's urban development experience will serve the Richmond community well and I want to salute Mayor Jones for making such a superb choice," Mayor Hickenlooper said. "Peter has been a leading force behind many of Denver's most creative and significant neighborhood revitalization initiatives in recent years and we will miss his presence and his leadership in the Denver area."

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mayor Comments on Highwoods Suspension

RICHMOND, VA. - Mayor Dwight Jones issued the following statement following the decision by Highwood Properties to suspend their involvement in the Shockoe Bottom/Main Street Station proposed development:

"The decision by Highwoods Properties to suspend their involvement in the Shockoe Bottom/Main Street Station and the Boulevard projects is due to many factors. As they have noted and as the City's own review underscored, their plan for self-financing is just not possible in today's revenue bond market. Additionally, there have been many changes that have come about since 2007 when they first developed their concept. Primarily, the prospect for high-speed rail at Main Street Station is a game changer for our area and we must carefully position ourselves for imminent high-speed rail opportunities. Also, there are several other considerations that need further research. They include the cultural heritage of the Shockoe area, the GRTC transfer station, and good development of open space.

“I have high regard for Highwoods Partnership and their creative leadership in proposing a vision of what Shockoe Bottom could become. I am hopeful that we can work together on future developments with the Highwoods Partnership as I know they are interested in promising economic development opportunities for our area.

"Nevertheless, at this time the situation affords us an avenue to fully reengage our regional partners in the discussion of the direction we as a region wish to move in. We know there is excitement about Richmond as a baseball town and we have a commitment from the Eastern League that there will be a team on the ground in the Diamond next spring. What we must do now is to determine what our long-term solution will be and the best way to go about accomplishing that goal."

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

Monday, June 22, 2009

City Names DCAO for Finance and Administration

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that Marcus D. Jones has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Finance and Administration. This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and the appointment will be effective as of August 24, 2009.

Marcus Jones, 41, will provide key financial oversight for over $1.4 billion in annual revenue collection and spending, and oversee the departments of Finance, Budget and Strategic Planning, Procurement, Information Technology, and the Office of Risk Management.

Marcus brings the kind of top-notch skills and 'can-do' attitude that Richmond needs. He is a highly-regarded individual with a depth of knowledge in Virginia state and local finances. This is a critical job in my administration, and I am delighted that Marcus will be part of my team,” stated Mayor Jones.

Marcus Jones is a native of Caroline County, Virginia, and spent over a decade in Richmond as Deputy Secretary of Finance for Governor Mark Warner, Assistant Secretary of Finance for Governor James Gilmore, and as a senior policy analyst at the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC). Currently, he is an assistant city manager in Norfolk. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from James Madison University, and a Master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Norfolk City Manager Regina Williams, herself a former deputy city manager in Richmond, expressed her feelings about the appointment. “I am happy for Marcus and for the City of Richmond. He has been an integral part of Norfolk’s executive team for the past five years. Marcus brings to the workplace professionalism, integrity, and a good sense of humor -- all needed in today’s challenging times. We will miss him tremendously.”

Former Virginia Secretaries of Finance added their praise: John Bennett (Secretary of Finance for Governor Mark Warner) said, “Marcus is an accomplished finance professional who is focused, organized and productive. He’s the kind of individual who can always be counted on to deliver, while also exhibiting the highest standards of personal integrity. Richmond is very fortunate to have attracted someone with his talent and commitment.”

Ron Tillett (Secretary of Finance for Governors George Allen and James Gilmore) said, “While serving as Deputy Secretary of Finance, Marcus was an invaluable asset to the Governor and my office. Marcus has one of the best minds in local government finance today and he will be a great addition to the Mayor's team."

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110