Showing posts from March 14, 2010

City to Apply for Google Fiber for Communities Project

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today the city of Richmond's intent to apply for the Google Fiber for Communities Project on March 26 and urges all of the Richmond community and region to support the city's efforts. "The city that wins this project will be recognized globally and the impact it will have is the technological equivalent of being awarded the Olympics," said Mayor Jones. "It will be an enormous economic development engine and further expand the creative and technological industries in our city, in addition to helping bridge the digital divide. This would be a major stride in making Richmond a Tier One city." The Google Fiber for Communities Project is an experiment to build an ultra-high speed broadband network that will deliver internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. The planned network will offer speeds over one gigabit per second in the fiber-to-the-home connections. Google plans to offer se

Hull Street Library to Close for Inventory on March 18

The city's Hull Street Library, located at 1400 Hull Street, will be closed on Thursday, March 18, 2010, to prepare for substantial renovations. This one-day closure will allow for an inventory of library books and materials to be conducted. Mayor Dwight C. Jones first announced the library renovations in March 2009 during his biennial budget proposal to City Council. More than $9 million, over the term of the project, has been set aside to complete renovations to all city libraries. Renovation funding is being provided through the "Building a Better Richmond" fund of the city's Capital Improvement Plan. The Hull Street Library renovation will be in phase two, which is scheduled to start in the winter of 2010. ###

City Names Sustainability Manager

The City administration announced today that Alicia Zatcoff has been named the first Sustainability Manager for the city of Richmond. In this role, Zatcoff will help the city develop and implement sustainable green and eco-friendly policies and practices that support Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ objectives for the residents of Richmond to enjoy an improved quality of life, healthy environment and enhanced economic development and job creation opportunities. "As we have already initiated several initiatives to become a greener city by reducing our carbon footprint, this is the right time to appoint a Sustainability Manager," Mayor Jones said. “Alicia Zatcoff’s experience and commitment for an eco-friendly government will be of great benefit to the city of Richmond.” The city’s sustainability manager will report to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations Chris Beschler. Zatcoff will work cooperatively with all city agencies to find ways to reduce resource use such as

Urban Forestry Division to Plant New Trees on West Cary Street

The Department of Public Works Division of Urban Forestry has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry to plant new trees on West Cary Street through the city's newly established Virginia Municipal Tree Restoration Program project (MTRP). On March 15, city Arborists will begin placing removal notifications on 11 trees in the 12-hundred block, 13-hundred block and 21-hundred block of West Cary Street. The trees were selected primarily because they have been aggressively pruned to prevent them from interfering with power lines. Under the MTRP project they will be cut down, the stumps ground and new trees will replace them. "We want to plant the right tree in the right place," said DPW Director Dexter White. "We want to enhance the appearance of West Cary Street, but at the same time make certain the trees we put in will not come in contact with the power lines." The city will plant redbuds, Yoshino cherry and serviceberry trees at