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Councilmember Kristen Nye Larson Calls for Virtual Summit/Increased Public Comment for Richmond’s Future

Two measures Councilmember Larson is requesting is for city council to waive the rules to allow for additional citizen input during our next virtual city council meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 22nd at 6 p.m and special meetings of the city council to occur virtually beginning Monday, June 29th.

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Statement from Councilmember Kristen Larson:

Richmond is struggling with finding a path forward in response to national and local racial inequalities and the ensuing protests and riots.

Today, I am calling for the first of several special meetings of the city council to occur virtually beginning Monday June 29th. The purpose of these special meetings will be to begin the conversation of a new policy agenda for Richmond.

Our city leaders need to come together in a public way to discuss the following and much more:

  • Public Safety Reform
  • Integrated Emergency Service Response
  • Removal of Racist Symbols
  • New Approach to Public Budget Input Processes

I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in supporting a new dialogue with the goal of finding consensus on issues that are important to our citizens. The result of these meetings will be to promptly and formally introduce new policies that will help guide our city’s future.

I am also asking for my colleagues on city council to waive the rules to allow for additional citizen input during our next virtual city council meeting, scheduled for Monday June 22nd at 6 p.m. We need to encourage safe and constructive input from our city residents and provide an outlet for them to communicate with us about their concerns and vision for our city’s future.

Richmond has been my home for 15 years and the only home my children have ever known. I love this city and want us all to work together to lay out a framework for our future. Please join me to help make this happen.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RVA Illuminates and Holiday Lights on the Riverfront Throw the Switch on Friday

It’s about to get a lot brighter downtown.

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In the past when downtown lit up for the holidays it was a big event downtown. Due to Covid-19 that big event is not happening. The main event RVA Illuminates is going virtual and can be seen on ABC 8 News this Friday with performances and music.

Venture Richmond is hosting its own event, Holiday Lights on the Riverfront on Brown’s Island and along the Canal Walk to Brown’s Island from 6-8 PM on Friday.

​When downtown RVA lights up for the holiday season, Brown’s Island and the Turning Basin on the Canal Walk will join in the cheer and help the City of Richmond kick off the season with Holiday Lights on the Riverfront, a display of decorative lights that is open and FREE to the public! Enjoy vendors Espresso-A-Go-Go and Curbside Creations and family entertainer Jonathan the Juggler on Brown’s Island or take a festive stroll along the Canal Walk to the Turning Basin. Presented by Venture Richmond. Please practice safe social distancing. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking along 2nd and 5th Streets.

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The Forest to Close “Temporarily” on Monday December 7th

The restaurant states that the new 10 PM shutdown cuts into to sales too much to keep it open.

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The local favorite located at 5057 Forest Hill Avenue posted the bad news on Facebook last night.

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UR’s Chief Information Officer Keith McIntosh wins national CIO excellence award

The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

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The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

Presented annually since 1998 by CapitalCIO, the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States, honoring chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.  

ORBIE award winners were selected for their exceptional leadership innovation, vision, and engagement in industry and community endeavors.

I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said McIntosh. “This is a testament to those around me. This includes my wonderful Information Services team who work tirelessly each and every day to provide outstanding services and support for our students, faculty, and staff.”

In his role as UR’s CIO since 2016, McIntosh is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic development of the university’s Information Services.

Prior to joining the University of Richmond, he was the associate vice president for Digital Instruction and Information Services and CIO at Ithaca College and vice chancellor for Information Technology and CIO at Pima County Community College District. He held progressive leadership and management positions within IT during his distinguished 24.5-year service in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Northern Iraq.

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