Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Federal Funding Application, Guidelines and Worksheets Now Posted

To view and download the new Federal Funding CGF Application, Guidelines and Worksheets, please click here. Under Documents, the first three bulleted links are the three documents above.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mayor Announces Leigh Street As Site for Redskins Summer Training Camp

On Monday, October 22, Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced the City's plan to develop the Leigh Street (Science Museum) site as the new home of the Washington Redskins Summer Training Camp, beginning in 2013. In making the announcement, the Mayor also disclosed that Bon Secours Richmond Health System (BSRHS) and the City have formulated a comprehensive strategy to stimulate new economic development and jobs throughout the city.

To read the full press release, please click here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Construction firm relocates to former city-owned property

Richmond BizSense reports about the new tenant occupying the restored 100-year-old Manchester Post Office along Hull Street in Manchester. The construction management firm Barton Marlow has leased space in the building to grow and expand its operations. Kevin McMichael, senior project manager, said, "We knew where we wanted to be, and we knew where we didn't want to be. We didn't want to be in a downtown high-rise, and we didn't want to be in an office in Innsbrook." To read the full article, please click here.

Forbes ranks Richmond 8th best city for working mothers

In the October 10, 2012 issue of Forbes Woman, Richmond, Virginia was ranked 8th best city for working mothers.Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Online shoe company in Dallas moves to Richmond

Richmond BizSense reports that an online running shoe company, Natural Running Store, which began in Dallas, Texas, chose to relocate to Manchester, in the city of Richmond when they saw that the bulk of their orders were coming from the East Coast.Click here to read the full article.

Handcrafted Denim Shop Opens in Shockoe

RVANews reports that Shockoe Denim owner CEO, Anthony Lupesco, has chosen the city of Richmond as the location for his store that will both display his products and showcase the design process. Read the full article here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Increased Interest In Cycling a Boost to Local Bike Industry

According to a September 9, 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch article, the area's retail cycling industry anticipates being among the likely beneficiaries of the UCI World Cycling Championships coming to the city of Richmond in 2015.

"I don't think people realize how big this is, " said Tim Mullins, co-owner of Carytown Bicycle Co. in Richmond. "I still can't believe it's coming here."

To read the full article, please click here.

Construction Begins on New VCU Children's Hospital

On Monday, September 9, 2012, the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University  broke ground on a new Children's Pavilion that will be the largest and most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region.

The $168 million, 640,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of downtown Richmond will house 72 exam rooms; a surgical area with two operating rooms, and two procedure rooms; areas for diagnostic testing and imaging; and laboratory services.

Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Richmond Named Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine

In the September issue of Outside Magazine, the city of Richmond is named the Best River Town in America, the "unlikeliest river-recreation mecca in the country. Click here to read the full article.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Sees Growth After One year

Click here to read the full Work It, Richmond article on Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, located in north Richmond, and experiencing high demand and need to grow after one year in business.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meet ECD's Director, Lee Downey

In an August 13, 2012 Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Lee Downey, the director of the city of Richmond's Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD), talks about recent successes and future potential of the city. Click here to read the full article.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jackson Ward Listed as one of the South's Best Neighborhoods

In the July, 2012 issue of Southern Living Magazine, Jackson Ward has been named one of the South's best neighborhoods. Click here to read the full magazine article.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Owners of Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Sign Lease at Reynolds North

According to the June 27, 2012 Richmond BizSense article, restauranteur Kevin Healy, who started the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, has signed a lease for 5,700 square feet at the Reynolds North canal walk development in downtown Richmond. To read the full article, please click here.

Port of Richmond Receives Significant Technology Upgrade

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, today announced the Port of Richmond went live with Navis SPARCS N4, mkaing it the second marine terminal in North American to go live with the industry's most advanced terminal operating system (TOS).

Bill Walsh, president and CEO of Navis, LLC stated, "From our long-standing relationship with Port of Virginia-owned sites, we are confident that SPARCS N4 will help Richmond Marine Terminal achieve the operational efficiency they are striving for. As larger ships come into play, terminals will be required to improve their productivity and customer service. By adopting SPARCS N4 platform, The Richmond Marine Terminal will be able to deliver significant benefits to its customers that will help the terminal compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace."

To read the full article, please click here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In a May 16, 2012 CoStar Group Report titled "Apartment Market Shifting Focus to New Supply", Richmond, VA led all national markets for the highest ranking in percentage rise of demand growth of apartment units with a year-over-year gain of 4%. Charlotte, Raleigh, San Antonion and Houston garnered the Other top five spots. To read the full article, please click here.

City Completes Bond Sale and Obtains Lower Rates

On June 14, 2012, the city of Richmond sold $248.2 million in bonds and refinanced $146.9 million of existing bonds at significantly lowers interest rates. "These lower-than-expected rates are a benefit of the City's strong credit rating, even at a time when many local governments are struggling to maintain their existing credit ratings. The City of Richmond has experienced several bond rating upgrades in the past few years,"stated Mayor Dwight C. Jones. To learn more, please click here.

The City Hosts Business Appreciation Event to Honor Local Companies

On June 7, 2012, the city of Richmond's Department of Economic & Community Development recognized eleven local businesses for their contributions to the Richmond business community in calendar year 2011. To learn more and see the listing of awardees, please click here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

City Residential Development Continues to Boom

A May 27, 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch article starts out with "Richmond's urban core is bursting with apartments," and ends with "People are coming back to the urban core." Click here to read the full article highlighting some of the 15+ new major development projects, located in the city.

UCI Road World Championships 2015 in Richmond Planning Kicks Into High Gear

On May 26, 2012, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported that a representative from Union Cycliste Internationale, the Swiss-based world governing body, was in town to evaluate the city and to begin preparations for the 1015 championships. Gerrit Middag, the marketing and events director, stated, "I am very happy with what I see." To read the full article, please click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center Evolves to Meet Patient Needs

A May 15, 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch article features the significant programs that McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located in the city of Richmond, offers to veterans, particularly in the field of neurological conditions.

McGuire, as a regional referral center for veterans on the East Coast, provides care to approximately 46,000 patients in one year, of which those patients make more than 469,000 outpatient visits.

To read the full article, please click here.

New Law Expands Opportunities for Craft Breweries

On May 15, 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell signed legislation at the city of Richmond's newest brewery, Hardywood Park Brewery, allowing craft breweries to sell their beer for consumption on site.

Eric Mackay, co-founder of Hardywood Park Brewery stated that, "SB 604 will, without question, create a substantial number of hospitality and manufacturing jobs, generate significantly greater sales tax revenues, increase tourism, attract new and expanding craft breweries to Virginia, support local agriculture, and enhance Virginia's food and beverage culture."

To read the full Virginia Business article, please click here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Richmond Riverfront Plan Receives Positive Press

The Richmond Times Dispatch featured a story on April 8, 2012 on the Richmond Riverfront Plan, which has undergone an extensive public process and will be presented for formal review by the Richmond Planning Commission possibly in May 2012. To read the full article, please click here.

Shockoe Revitalization Plan Initiatives Underway

On Monday, April 9. 2012, the Richmond Times Dispatch front page article titled, "City getting ready to start Shockoe revitalization plan," describes the three major projects that are about to begin to make Shockoe Bottom a tourism and shopping destination point. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HealthNewsDigest.com Features Richmond Outdoor Experiences

In a March 27, 2012 article on HealthNewsDigest.com, two Richmond companies are highlighted for their unique, new outdoor sporting experiences that bring families together. The first experience offered is a new tree climbing and eco-tour offered by Riverside Outfitters. The second is called Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and is offered by Black Dog Paddle. To learn more, please click here.

New Student Housing Being Built on Chamberlayne Avenue

On March 27, 2012, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported on the work underway at The Collegiate, a 269-unit furnished student apartment complex located along Chamberlayne Avenue, just a quarter-mile from VCU.

To learn more about the six-building, 690-bed complex, please click here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

State Focuses Attention on Port of Richmond

On Wednesday, March 22, 2012, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton spoke to breakfast group of the Greater Richmond Partnership about a new economic development zone the state would like to create stretching from Hampton Roads through Southside, terminating in the Richmond region. To learn more, please click here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Virginia Named Best State to Make a Living - 2012

The Commonwealth of Virginia has recently been ranked by www.money-rates.com as the best place to make a living, based on a number of data-driven factors such as average income, cost of living, state income tax rates, and unemployment rates. To read the full article, please click here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

VCUarts Programs Ranked Nation's Top Public Graduate Program

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked VCU as the nation's top public graduate program in the Fine Arts category. The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts tied for #4 with UCLA, behind three private universities: Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

To learn more, please click here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

City of Richmond Honored for Online Government Transparency

According to the Washington Post, a national nonprofit that promotes government transparency honored 14 public sector websites in Virginia, including the city of Richmond. Over 6,000 government websites were evaluated and graded. To read the full article, please click here.

Manchester Revitalization Continues

A March 13, 2012 Richmond BizSense begins its story with "Manchester is on fire." The article highlights additional new development in Manchester, including 44 new apartments being built by Urban Development Associates, as well as news that the former Reynolds Souths packaging plant is under contract. To read the full article, please click here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Port of Richmond Attracts International Shipping Line

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports here on the Port of Richmond's newest client - Mediterranean Shipping Co., which is the world's second-largest shipping line. "We believe in the future of the Port of Richmond," Mediterranean Shipping USA President Caudio Bozzo said in a statement. "There are significant savings to be realized by our clients on intermodal movements, and likewise, we know how customers in Virginia are very attentive to initiatives that have a 'green' effect."

There's an app for that! City earns Foursquare badge

The social networking application Foursquare has awarded Richmond a city badge, one of only five cities to receive a badge from a recent competition. Click here to read the full Richmond Times Dispatch article.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mayor Jones Budget Proposal Places Emphasis on Key Tourism Initiatives

The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) being prepared by the Jones Administration for submission to City Council on March 6 includes what Mayor Jones is calling key tourism economic drivers designed to spur the area's creative economy.

Included in the Mayor's proposed budget is $14 million in proposed improvements to the historic Landmark Theater, $5 million for Shockoe Bottom Revitalization plans, and $5 million for riverfront development.

To read the full press release, please click here.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

More Downtown Redevelopment Coming

According to a March 1, 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch article, construction will begin next week to renovate five historic buildings along the Haxall Canal in downtown Richmond. Jack Berry of Venture Richmond states, "The development will bring retail and restaurants to the water's edge along with hundreds of apartments." To read the full article, please click here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tumblr Thrives and Grows in City of Richmond

"There are so many seasoned, experienced people here. To find a climate where you have so many highly educated, highly experienced people is really something and really special. Click here to read the full Tumblr article in the Richmond Times Dispatch with the in-depth interview with Marc LaFountain.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Free Seminar, Tuesday March 20: How to Grow Your Sales

The City of Richmond and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance is hosting a free seminar with five sessions on topics of how to grow your business. Click here to view the full details.

City Partners with RESOURCE to Host Hiring Event, Saturday, February 25

The City of Richmond Workforce Development Pipeline in partnership with the RESOURCE Workforce Board will be hosting a public hiring event this Saturday, February 25 on the ground floor of the Richmond Public Safety Building, 501 North Ninth Street. Hospitality Staffing Solutions is currently seeking highly motivated, service minded individuals to fill up to 70 positions in downtown Richmond. The company is now hiring for the positions of housekeepers, housemen, stewards, banquet servers, banquet set-up, laundry, cooks, lobby porters, maintenance floor supervisors, and more.

Jobseekers should arrive early and sign-up for one of the following times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. Those not interviewed during one of these times will be asked to complete a job application for consideration at a later time. Interview attire is suggested as same day job offers may occur. All positions require flexible scheduling and availability on weekends and holidays.

For more information about this event, please call (804) 646-6464.

Richmond Makes List of New Hipster Cities of America

The City of Richmond has been noted as a runner up for the title new hipster city of America. Click here to read the full article on www.austin.culturemap.com.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Richmond Named a Top Ten Location for Independent Moviemakers

Movie Maker Magazine recently recognized Richmond as one of the "Top 10 cities to be an independent moviemaker" in its January issue. Notes local writer/director Joey Tran (Singularium), "Not only is there a large number of really skilled people who are more than happy to contribute to the creative side, but even non-filmakers are willing to help out with locations, like houses or other kinds of property." To read the full article, please click here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Another Downtown Skyscraper to be Converted

In a Richmond BizSense article dated January, 23, 2012, one of Richmond's oldest skyscrapers will be converted in 154 apartments. The neoclassical First National Bank building at 823 E. Main Street and its neighboring building at 825 E. Main will be converted as part of a $30 million project in downtown Richmond. To read more about this project, please click here.

Southwest Landing in Richmond

The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on January 20th that Southwest Airlines will be coming to Richmond International Airport. Troy Bell, RIC's director of marketing and air service development stated, "Southwest is really a game-changer. If you're a community that's focused on quality of life and economic development, you definitely want to be part of Southwest's route map." To read the full article, please click here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

City Develops New Video Featuring Homes for Sale

The City of Richmond is proud to showcase the wide array of affordable, energy-efficient single-family homes available for sale in some of Richmond's most historic neighborhoods. ECD's Neighborhoods in Bloom Program has developed a new video highlighting homes for sale in its six neighborhoods. Click here to view RVA Living.