Showing posts from April 14, 2013

City Requests Plan to Continue Services Provided by Freedom House

~Homeward to develop transition plan for services to people experiencing homelessness~ In response to the closure of Freedom House, the City’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Human Services Stephen Harms has requested that the Executive Director of Homeward, Kelly King Horne, in cooperation with homelessness prevention staff at the Richmond Department of Social Services (RDSS), develop a transition plan for services to people experiencing homelessness. Homeward serves as the regional planning and coordinating body for homeless services and is funded by the City of Richmond to conduct annual planning on homelessness and to fulfill state and federal requirements related to homeless services. Homeward and RDSS will work in partnership with Freedom House leadership and the regional network of homeless services providers and funders to ensure the continuation of services for people currently assisted by Freedom House.  The initial assessment and transition plan will be comp

Mayor Issues Statement on Future of Richmond Public Schools

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement today regarding Dr. Yvonne Brandon and the future of Richmond Public Schools: "I have known and worked with my good friend, Dr. Yvonne Brandon, for more than 30 years. Her dedication to academic excellence for our children and our city is unquestionable, and she has played a vital role in moving the school system forward. I wish her the very best in her future endeavors. "I believe that for us to build the best Richmond, we must build a world class education system. I look forward to working with the School Board to select the next Richmond Public Schools superintendent who will help take us to even greater heights."

Mayor Jones Issues Statement on Boston Tragedy

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement today in respect to the events in Boston, Massachusetts: “It is with deep regret that I learned of the events that have occurred in Boston today. On behalf of the residents of the city of Richmond, I send our thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by this senseless tragedy. Today’s events in Boston are very poignant as just last year we made our inner-city visit to this very beautiful and progressive city. I extend our full cooperation and support to Mayor Menino and the city of Boston, so that we may assist them in any manner that we can.”

City Named fDi Magazine’s 10th Best Mid-Sized City of the Future

The City of Richmond has been named as the 10th Best Mid-sized American City of the Future by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine. This is the second time the city of Richmond has received an award distinction from fDi. The city was named as the Best Small American City of the Future in 2011; however the city was moved to the mid-sized city category for the 2013-2014 report as fDi instituted new population category parameters. “The fDi Magazine announcement is recognition of our unyielding commitment to building a dynamic and sustaining local economy. I have always believed that Richmond’s best days are still to come and have made it a priority to invest in assets that continue to attract the best and the brightest,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We have tools that few cities can claim: incredible natural resources, a rich history, and a passionate and creative citizenry. We’ve been able to bring together businesses, academia, local government, and our vibrant neighborhoods o