Friday, March 23, 2012

City Wins Virginia Economic Developers Association’s CEDA Award for East End Vision Charrette

The City’s East End Vision Charrette was presented the 2012 Community Economic Development Award, in the Community Involvement category, from the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) during an awards presentation in Williamsburg today. The East End Vision Charrette was formed by a unique public/private partnership of the City of Richmond, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital in the spring of 2010 to engage the community in a dynamic planning process.

The CEDA award program is designed to recognize outstanding communities in the Commonwealth for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their community through economic and community development programs.

“This award recognizes the community, private sector and government partnership that brought forth the planning effort and continued its commitment to ensure a transformational change in our city’s East End,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I again thank all of the residents and businesses who participated in the Charrette and our partners for their unwavering dedication in this visioning process.”

The East End Vision Charrette consisted of a series of interactive public meetings which were designed to plan for revitalization of the East End and the 25th Street/Nine Mile Road Corridor. More than 1,000 people attended the opening and closing events and the various planning sessions throughout the week. The purpose of the Charrette was to identify specific designs, housing and business opportunities; as well as policy and management recommendations for the revitalization effort of the City of Richmond’s East End and Church Hill neighborhood.