Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam announced the six honorees in the 2021 class of Richmond History Makers yesterday morning during a Facebook Live event.
The 16th Annual Richmond History Makers and Community Update on March 9 will celebrate these hometown heroes and provide an update on the region’s resiliency during a challenging year. The event will take place virtually and will be free, with the Valentine and the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond joining forces to recognize and celebrate these trailblazers. Long-time Richmond History Makers partner Dominion Energy is returning as the title sponsor.
According to six categories, the 2021 Richmond History Makers are:
Creating Quality Educational Opportunities:
Virginia STEM Coordinator
Demonstrating Innovative Economic Solutions:
Floyd E. Miller II
President & CEO
Metropolitan Business League
Improving Regional Transportation:
Lloyd “Bud” Vye
Biking and pedestrian advocate
Championing Social Justice:
Advocacy and Engagement Manager
Voices for Virginia’s Children
Promoting Community Health:
Advancing our Quality of Life:
Muralist and community advocate
“The life-changing work that we have seen take place across the Richmond Region this year is unlike any other,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “These individuals and organizations stepped up in the face of so many challenging circumstances, and they deserve an evening to be celebrated in front of their community!”
The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is also returning as one of this event’s co-sponsors.
“Throughout 2020 and into 2021, we have certainly seen so many people rise to the occasion and address some of the most pressing needs of the Richmond Region,” said Community Foundation Chief Community Engagement Officer Scott Blackwell. “These honorees have really helped get Richmond through a difficult time, and their work is not always recognized or celebrated. We’re thrilled to highlight their contributions and share good news.”
Leadership Metro Richmond, a long-time partner in this program, helped to oversee the virtual Selection Committee, which narrowed down the six honorees from more than 135 nominations.
“With so many nominations, it’s clear the community was ready to recognize those going above and beyond to make a difference, especially during such difficult times,” said LMR President & CEO Myra Goodman Smith. “This year’s honorees deserve to be celebrated, and we look forward to lending our voice to the virtual crowd in March.”
You can register for a free ticket and learn more here.
Richmond Chess Club Hosting Kid’s Chess this Saturday
A great chance to learn about or get better at chess.
The Richmond Chess Club meets throughout the city every week for games. Often at breweries and bars so naturally it’s usually adults. This weekend their mixing it up and hoping to attract a younger set.
Excited to announce our first kid’s club meetup!
We’ll be at the Richmond Public Library (101 East Franklin) on Saturday at 1:00-5:00.
It will be a workshop environment with some of our coaches helping out teaching basic principles and ideas. And of course there will be plenty of time for casual games between students.
Open for kids (and parents) of all ages and it’s completely free. Masks required. Let us know if you can make it! We plan to do this every other Saturday going forward.
Senate panel shoots down bill that would make mask and vaccine mandates illegal
Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination.
The measures, proposed by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, drew unanimous support from Republicans on the Senate’s General Laws Committee.
“It’s time to give people the freedom to breathe and the freedom of choice,” Chase told the panel.
Witnesses who spoke in support of the legislation said they opposed masks for a variety of reasons. One mother told lawmakers that masks gave her child nightmares. One man said that masks gave him seizures. A third witness said masks made her dizzy.
“We are being discriminated against,” said Doris Knicks, who spoke to the panel remotely.
On vaccines, Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, a practicing OBGYN, called it “egregious and a complete violation of an individual’s right to privacy” for businesses like restaurants to require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We shouldn’t be using this as a litmus test for people to be able to get into stores,” she said.
Democrats on the panel noted vaccine requirements are not unique to COVID-19 and said businesses should have the authority to take steps to keep their employees safe.
Venture Richmond Offering Up 10k Broad Street Tenant Recruitment Grants
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022.
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022. Venture Richmond is partnering with the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) to help recruit existing small, women, and minority (SWaM) and immigrant-owned businesses to fill street-level vacancies in the area.
The new businesses will join many galleries, retailers, restaurants, and small businesses who already call Broad Street home, as well as businesses that attract thousands of out of town visitors annually like Quirk Hotel, Richmond Marriott, the Hilton Hotel, and the Convention Center. Gather, co-working space, has a location in the area. A popular neighborhood happening is RVA First Fridays Artwalk which is a monthly celebration of the arts and galleries along and around Broad St. This section of Broad Street is also a part of Richmond’s Arts District and adjacent to Jackson Ward, near the VCU Monroe Park Campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the west and City and State offices and VCU Health to the east.
THE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Eligible once the business has moved into the space and opened for business by May 15, 2022.
- Verified 1-year minimum lease
- Lease street-level space on Broad Street between Belvidere and 5th streets
- New business to Downtown, not the relocation of an existing business in the General District/BID.
- Existing businesses in the General District, who want to open an additional location on Broad Street.
- Existing businesses located outside of the General District, who want to open another location/outpost on Broad Street.
- Types of qualifying businesses include retailers, restaurants, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and other creative businesses.
- One $10,000 reimbursement grant per storefront, if a group of small businesses wanted to share space there would only be one grant available for the group.
- Only eligible once
- Availability based on first come first served
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