Friday, April 19, 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 completed within the next ten days. 

Harms said, “Mayor Jones and City Council have made clear the importance they place on providing adequate services to people experiencing homelessness. Homeward is the best organization to assess and determine a plan to ensure that adequate services are provided to those in need.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

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 over a shared goal. I remain committed to making sure that we take advantage of these things, and that together, we build the best Richmond.”

To create the shortlist for fDi’s American Cities of the Future 2013/14, fDi’s research team collected data using the specialist online fDi tools fDi Benchmark and fDi Markets, as well as other sources. Data was collected for 422 cities under five categories: Economic Potential, Human Resources, Cost Effectiveness, Infrastructure and Business Friendliness. A sixth category was added: fDi Strategy. In this category, 127 cities submitted details about their current strategy for fDi promotion and this was scored by fDi’s judging panel. Cities scored up to a maximum of 10 points under each data point, which was weighted by importance to the fDi decision-making process in order to compile both the subcategory rankings as well as the overall American Cities of the Future 2013/14 ranking.

To celebrate the success of cities across North and South America, fDi Magazine will hold an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 6- 9, 2013.