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Resort Casino Evaluation Panel reduces short list to two operators

The City of Richmond’s Resort Casino Evaluation Panel has reduced the shortlist of proposed resort casino projects being considered to Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond and ONE Casino + Resort.   The proposed Bally’s Richmond Casino Resort and the project’s proposed site of Parkway Crossings (Chippenham Parkway and Powhite Parkway) are no longer being considered by the Evaluation Panel.   “We appreciate Bally’s interest to develop a resort casino project in Richmond,” said Leonard Sledge, Director of the city’s Department of Economic Development.  “The Evaluation Panel is no longer considering the Bally’s project or the Parkway Crossings site for a resort casino due to concerns about site access, environmental factors, and required approvals from non-city entities that may not be granted or extend the project timeline.  We also appreciate the many Richmond citizens who have shared their thoughts throughout this process.”   The Evaluation Panel is continuing its evaluation o

Mayor announces city acquisition of Burial Ground for Freed People of Color on North 5th Street

  Mayor Levar M. Stoney announced today the City of Richmond has acquired the private land on 1305 North 5 th Street – the known location of the historic Burial Ground for Freed People of Color.   Back in February, the city was the only bidder for the property, which was sold at auction for a bid of $145,000. City officials completed the transaction on Friday, April 16 and obtained the title to the property.   The purchased parcel represents 1.21 acres of a two-acre public burying ground established by the City of Richmond in 1816.  One acre was set aside for enslaved people and the other for free people of color. The last reported burial was recorded in 1879.   Over the past 200 years, the cemetery was expanded, referred to by various names, and desecrated -- including grave robbing to supply the Medical College of Virginia with cadavers in the mid-nineteenth century.   In 1960, the city sold the property to the Sun Oil Company with no acknowledgement of the cemetery.

Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney announce sustainable biotech firm to expand operations in Richmond, creating 250 new jobs

Grenova Inc. to invest $10.6 million to increase production of pipette tip cleaning, washing and sterilizing machines Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Grenova Inc., a Virginia-based sustainable biotech firm that designs, develops, and manufactures devices that wash and sterilize contaminated pipette tips for reuse, will invest $10.6 million to expand in the City of Richmond. The company will relocate its operations from Manchester to a larger facility in Scott’s Addition and increase capacity with new production lines in response to the shortage of pipette tips used for COVID-19 testing. Governor Northam joined company leaders at the site of Grenova’s future location at 1900 Ellen Road to celebrate the project, which will add 250 new jobs over the next three years.   “We are thrilled to celebrate this homegrown sustainable biotech firm expanding and adding to its workforce in Richmond,” said Governor Northam . “It is remarkable to see Virginia’s innovative life sciences

City Treasurer to host citywide Virtual Financial Literacy Fair

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The City Treasurer’s Office of Financial Empowerment is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Financial Literacy Fair to be held virtually on   Tuesday, April 20, 2019 from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm   in in support of Financial Literacy Month. Residents will have the opportunity to learn valuable information about their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a new feature this year, workshops will also be held for the business community. While residents will learn how to better manage their finances during a pandemic, small business owners will learn how to maximize their dollar and benefit from other programs offered by the city.   Topics will be presented in quick, 30-minute segments on many topics, such as   Navigating Finances through COVID ,   Managing Debt During COVID , and   Better Living Through Spending Plans . There will be simultaneous sessions created for business owners on topics such as   Financing Your Own Business   and   Navigating the PPP Process .      All participants will

Mayor appoints new Director of Housing and Community Development, creates Homeless Services Liaison position

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced the hiring of a new Director of Housing and Community Development as well as the appointment of a Homeless Services Liaison for the City of Richmond.   Longtime affordable housing and community development professional Sherrill Hampton will serve as Director of Housing and Community Development.    Dianne Wilmore, the Community Service Manager at the North Avenue Branch of the Richmond Public Library, will assume the role of Homeless Services Liaison.   “Affordable housing and homelessness are two of the most critical issues facing American cities, and the City of Richmond is no exception,” said Mayor Stoney. “The need for experienced and caring individuals to address these issues has only been heightened by the pandemic, and that’s why I’m grateful to have two highly qualified public servants joining our team in this effort.”   Ms. Hampton has more than 25 years of experience in the affordable housing and community development arenas, and has work

Residents invited to attend resort casino virtual meetings

The City of Richmond has scheduled the next virtual community meetings to report on the public comments received since March 2021 on resort casinos and proposed resort casino projects and locations. The meetings will take place on Thursday, April 8, at 6:00pm, and Friday, April 9, at 12:00pm. The meetings will be held via MS Teams and will feature the same presentation.   Thursday, April 8 at 6:00pm MS Teams Link:   http://bit.ly/APR82021 Join via Phone:   1 804-316-9457 Conference ID: 478 604 710#   Friday, April 9 at 12:00pm MS Teams Link:   http://bit.ly/APR92021 Join via Phone:   1 804-316-9457 Conference ID: 175 675 932#   Videos of the two virtual meetings, the digital community engagement, and more information about the Resort Casino RFQ/P process can be found at   www.rva.gov/economic-development/resort-casino . ##

Richmond to install five parklets adjacent to local businesses

Pilot program uses public space to facilitate safe support for local businesses In June of 2020, Venture Richmond and the City of Richmond announced “Picnic in a Parklet,” a program designed to assist Richmond restaurants and other businesses with safe reopening and social distancing requirements. Through this partnership, business owners were offered design and permitting assistance for their requests for more outdoor space, particularly parklets. This week, construction will begin on five prefabricated parklets at locations adjacent to businesses who participated in the Picnic in a Parklet program. The first two pilot locations include N 29th Street in Church Hill, adjacent to the Nile Ethiopian CafĂ©, and N Shields Avenue in the Fan, adjacent to Joe’s Inn. Three additional locations are currently in the works with interested business owners.  “The Picnic in a Parklet program has been an exciting new frontier for the city and its partners,” said Mayor Stoney. “Public space is a valuab