Friday, April 13, 2012

Mayor Jones Announces New CEO for Richmond 2015

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that the Board of Directors of Richmond 2015, the organization that will produce the 2015 Road World Cycling Championships, has appointed Wilson H. Flohr, Jr., as its Chief Executive Officer.

Richmond 2015 is Co-chaired by Mayor Jones and Thomas Farrell, the Chairman and CEO of Dominion Resources.
In making the announcement on behalf of the 2015 Board, Mayor Jones said, “Wilson’s experience as a tourism leader and business executive makes him ideally suited for this important role in our community.” “Wilson will bring the leadership and focus that we need as we prepare for Richmond to be on the international stage in 2015,” he added.

Mr. Farrell said, “Wilson has demonstrated his abilities in a similar role with Richmond Region 2007, where corporate and community financial support was critical for its success.”  He added that “Richmond 2015 will be an even larger event where major local and national sponsorships will be required.” “With studies showing a potential economic impact of $135 million, this will truly be a transformational event for our region and state.”

Mr. Flohr was formerly Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion for 15 years.  He was the CEO of Richmond Region 2007, heading the commemoration and celebration of the Richmond Region’s 400th anniversary.  This initiative produced seven major events including the first James River Adventure Games, and provided the funding for the National Folk Festival, which has become the Richmond Folk Festival.  Additional events included the African American Trail Blazers Awards program and the Godspeed Tall Ship Sail at the Intermediate Terminal.

Mr. Flohr will take over from Jack Berry, Executive Director of Venture Richmond, who served for the past six weeks as the Interim CEO during the organization phase.
Last month, the board engaged Medalist Sports, an Atlanta-based firm that produces the Tour of California, to manage the event.

Medalist Sports is an international sports management company with experience over the last 20 years planning, promoting and managing events such as the Tour DuPont, Goodwill games, Tour of China, USA Cycling Professional Championships, Amgen Tour of California, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Challenge Series.

Benedetti & Farris, a local fundraising and events firm, has been retained to develop the fundraising plan, which will rely largely on national sponsorships and corporate contributions to fund the $25 million event.

Tim Miller, who developed and managed the former CapTech Classic Cycling event, is the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. 

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships were awarded to Richmond on September 21, 2011.  The event is expected to generate 450,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 300 million viewers.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mayor Jones to Unveil City's Sustainability Plan

Build a Barrel – Save the Bay” Rain Barrel project to be showcased during season opener of 17th Street Farmer’s Market 

WHO:             Dwight C. Jones, Mayor
Alicia Zatcoff, Sustainability Manager
George Bolos, 17th Street Farmers’ Market Marketing Manager

 WHAT:           Release of the RVAGreen Sustainability Plan
Showcase of the “Build a Barrel – Save the Bay” Project 
Official Season Opening of the 17th Street Farmers’ Market

WHEN:          Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:       17th Street Farmer’s Market
100 N 17th Street
Richmond, VA

Please join Mayor Dwight C. Jones on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. for the season opener of the 17th Street Farmers’ Market and the unveiling of the RVAGreen Sustainability Plan.  Artwork from the “Build a Barrel – Save the Bay” project will also be showcased at the market as part of the season opener.


RVAGreen Sustainability Plan: 
The Sustainability Plan is part of Mayor Jones’ Green Richmond Initiative, created to support the City’s sustainability goals. These goals are to improve the quality of life for residents, create a healthy environment and enhance economic opportunity in the city of Richmond. The five focus areas of the plan are economic development, energy, environment, open space and land use, and transportation. 

The City enlisted many groups and stakeholders in the development of the plan and hosted two community-wide workshops to gain input and insight into the implementation of the plan.

Copies of the plan will be issued to media at this event and the Mayor will provide a summary of the recommendations of the plan.

Build a Barrel – Save the Bay:
The city’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Stormwater Division partnered with Richmond Public Schools to educate students about storm water pollution. The Build a Barrel – Save the Bay project was targeted to elementary school students to provide each science classroom a rain barrel to construct and decorate. The Virginia Partnership for Meaningful Watershed Education awarded a grant to purchase the rain barrels and rain barrel kits for all 5th grade elementary school classes and for an additional 9 middle schools.

The Build a Barrel – Save the Bay Rain Barrel Project was a teaching tool for several areas of instruction. The rain barrel project was the beginning of science lessons on water conservation, watersheds, the impact of pollution and current laws and regulation on storm water runoff.  Volunteers will judge the decorated rain barrels and the top six will be announced on Saturday, April 24, 2012 at the Science Museum of Virginia.

17th Street Farmers’ Market:
The market will open for another exciting season filled with festivals, special events, and of course – fresh vegetables, meats, and baked goods! The 17th Street Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – now until November. For more information on the market, visit