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New GRTC Transfer Station Construction Begins

There is a bit of positive mass transit news released by GRTC.

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GRTC has begun construction on a new Downtown Transfer Station that will make bus transfers easier.

The new Downtown Transfer Station is being built on a parking lot at 8th and Clay streets to replace the current on-street transfer area along 9th Street between Marshall and Leigh Streets. It will accommodate 12 bus bays in a saw-tooth design for more efficient arrivals and departures of up to 10 standard buses and two articulated buses at a time.

GRTC worked with the City of Richmond’s Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility to secure a new transfer area as the pending redevelopment of the Public Safety Building will require GRTC to vacate the current transfer area. GRTC and the City were able to take advantage of this opportunity to develop a new station that greatly enhanced safety and convenience for riders.

Though the new Downtown Transfer Station is expected to be used for several years, GRTC continues to work with project partners, the City of Richmond, and other downtown stakeholders to secure a site for a permanent transportation hub in downtown Richmond.

A combination of federal, state, and local dollars will fund the new $2.2 million project. Construction will be completed in spring 2023. The southern gated portion of the lot is excluded from the project and will remain in use during construction.

The City of Richmond has arranged alternate public parking in the Coliseum Garage located at 501 N 7th Street. It will be open to the public 24 hours during weekdays and weekends. The standard rate for the Coliseum is $5 per hour, with an option for all day parking for $20. Centralized pay stations are available in the garage. Public off-street parking also is available nearby, including at 7th, 5th, and Main Street Station. Main Street Station offers the opportunity to ride the Pulse for free to the downtown center.

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Library of Virginia celebrates Black History Month with Panel Discussion on Black Political Activism After Claiming Freedom

Editors of the Library’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography joined this project in 2011 in collaboration with the commonwealth’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission to research and write about the 92 African American men who served in the General Assembly from 1869 to 1890.

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In honor of Black History Month and as part of its 200th anniversary activities, the Library of Virginia will present a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 23 to celebrate the completion of a signature project that documents the lives of Virginia’s first Black legislators. Titled “The First Civil Rights: Black Political Activism After Claiming Freedom,” the free panel discussion, offered in partnership with Virginia Humanities, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Lecture Hall. Advance registration is required at https://lva-virginia.libcal.com/event/10200777.

Editors of the Library’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography joined this project in 2011 in collaboration with the commonwealth’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission to research and write about the 92 African American men who served in the General Assembly from 1869 to 1890. Their stories are now available online as part of Virginia’s collective digital story thanks to a collaboration with Encyclopedia Virginia, a rich online resource sponsored by Virginia Humanities.

Black Members of the Virginia General Assembly, 1887-1888.
Front row, left to right: Alfred W. Harris (Dinwiddie), William W. Evans (Petersburg), Caesar Perkins(Buckingham).
Back row, left to right: John H. Robinson (Elizabeth City), Goodman Brown (Surry), Nathaniel M. Griggs (Prince Edward), William H. Ash (Nottoway), Briton Baskerville Jr. (Mecklenburg).

“We’re proud to celebrate such a meaningful project to document early African American representation in our commonwealth’s legislature,” said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. “We encourage the public to join us at what will be a very insightful discussion examining the contributions of early Black legislators and their enduring legacy today.”

Panelists for the program, moderated by Virginia Humanities executive director Matthew Gibson, will include the Honorable Viola Baskerville, one of the founders of the project; Lauranett Lee, public historian and University of Richmond adjunct assistant professor; Ajena Rogers, supervisory park ranger at the National Park Service’s Maggie L. Walker Historic Site and a descendant of Black legislator James A. Fields; and historian and author Brent Tarter, a retired editor with the Library of Virginia.

For more information on the panel discussion, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at 804.692.3536 or [email protected]. Learn more about the Library’s anniversary events at www.lva.virginia.gov/200.

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k unveils finisher medal, participant shirt, and 10k Spirit Contest for 2023 event

Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer.

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The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger unveiled the finisher medal and participant shirt for this year’s event during its annual ‘10k Reveal Day,’ which took place at Ukrop’s Market Hall.

This year’s medal, which all participants will receive after crossing the finish line on April 22, celebrates some of the iconic parts of the 10k course. The unique shape mimics the turnaround and halfway point on the 6.2-mile course, while the sun feature is a nod to spring and mimics the stained-glass architecture elements you might spot along Monument Avenue.

The colorful participant shirt compliments the medal design. The dogwood flower commemorates the gorgeous spring foliage spotted along the entire course. Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer. The 2023 10k takes place on April 22, 2023, and marks the 24th running of the event. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a price increase set for February 1.

The 6.2-mile road race returns to Broad Street, Monument Avenue, and Franklin Street. There will be a small change to the course. The turnaround will move back to Chantilly instead of Staples Mill and the finish line will shift from Shafer and Franklin closer to Laurel and Franklin. The Sheehy Post Race Festival will return to Monroe Park for the first time since 2016. Since its creation in 2000, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has become one of the largest 10k road races in America, with over 540,000 participants taking part in that time.

“Every year participants look forward to seeing the 10k medal and shirt. We know this year’s will quickly become a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new tees post-race,” said Meghan Keogh, Race Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We were thrilled to work with Frank Anderson—it’s great to have a local designer familiar with the event. He was able to capture the spirit of race day in commemorative items that people will enjoy for years to come.”

New this year the Porch Party Contest has been combined with the Community Spirit Contest and will now be called the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience. The new contest aims to celebrate the groups that famously cheer on 10k participants by awarding superlatives and cash prizes. Judges will select one participating group to receive a Grand Prize of $250. Judges will also select winners for Best Porch Party, Judges Choice, Most Spirited, and Best Theme. The groups selected for each of these superlatives will win $100.

“Year after year, cheerful spectators line the sidelines and median of the race route and are the very reason the 10k is often referred to as ‘Richmond’s biggest block party!’” said Samantha Kanipe, Founder & CEO of The Richmond Experience. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the groups of people that make event day and the RVA community special and to be part of an event that brings the community together in such a unique way.”

You can find more information on the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience here.

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Henrico students set to showcase their skills to employers at Career Rodeo Skills Challenge

As at a traditional rodeo, the HCPS participants will wear numbers as they show off their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After past editions of the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

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Henrico County Public Schools students will demonstrate their skills for potential employers at the 2023 Career and Technical Education Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, to be held Feb. 23 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

This year’s event will provide a new crop of students the chance to launch their careers, and employers the opportunity to fill critical positions with skilled employees.

The event will enable students to show what they’ve learned in the school division’s career and technical education programs, to form connections and lay the groundwork for employment. Students from HCPS’ Advanced Career Education — or ACE – centers will solve work-based challenges in front of potential employers, who can request resumes and even interview students on the spot.

As at a traditional rodeo, the HCPS participants will wear numbers as they show off their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After past editions of the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

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