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Last Updated: 2018-04-05



2011

 

March

Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission created.

2013

 

January

Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission Report presented to City Council.

July

Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty established.

2014

 

April

Dr. Thad Williamson becomes the first Director of the newly created Office of Community Wealth Building.

July

$3.4 million in funding for new poverty reduction initiatives included in the FY 2015 budget, which was approved by City Council. During the first year in existence.

August

Early Childhood Task Force convened with the charge of developing a citywide strategy to address two goals:

 

  • Reducing the number of children who arrive at Kindergarten unprepared to learn.
  • Expanding access of low-income parents to the full range of needed supports and services from prenatal care to the transition to public school, including access to home visitation programs, high-quality child care, and preschool.

September

Middle School Renaissance 2020 initiative launched at Henderson Middle School aimed, MSR2020 is a major public-private initiative aimed at providing opportunities for youth to continue their learning beyond the school day through a variety of enrichment activities that ensure they are productive, engaged and having fun.

 

The City of Richmond and Henrico County are awarded at $24.9 million TIGER grant from the US Department of Transportation for construction of a Bus Rapid Transit System.

October

Dr. Risha Berry hired as a Project Management Analyst.

November

Kelly Evans hired as Housing Advocate Supervisor. The Housing Advocates operate in each of the major RRHA communities (Creighton Court, Fairfield Court, Gilpin Court, Hillside Court, Mosby Court, and Whitcomb Court). Each of the Advocates is a current or recent RRHA resident and work directly with residents to provide education on lease compliance issues, provide information on guidelines, resources, and opportunities relevant to RRHA residents, and encourage positive community engagement among residents.

December

City Council Passed an Ordinance to formally establish a 14-member Maggie L. Walker Citizens Advisory Board of whom half reside in high-poverty neighborhoods.

 

First Community Wealth Building e-newsletter issued.

2015

 

January

Sandee Smith and Derrick Watley hired to implement the Building Lives of Independence and Self Sufficiency (BLISS) program, a holistic family-based wraparound service delivery program delivered to participants in the Center for Workforce Innovation.

March

Housing Advocates hired for 5 of 6 public housing communities and the Good Neighbor Initiative was officially kicked off.

April

Kick off of RVA Reads Pilot Project, a collaboration between the OCWB, RPS and RPL. The goal of RVA Reads is to improve access to books in low income homes of preschool children to improve literacy outcomes by distributing books at the comprehensive preschool centers in the City Of Richmond.

May

Evette Roots hired as Social Enterprise Specialist.

June

1st Annual Community Wealth Building Summit held at MLK, Jr. Middle School.

 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation awards the City of Richmond with a $300,000 grant to support its Early Childhood efforts.

September

Future Centers Open in each of the comprehensive high schools in the City of Richmond.

 

NextUp RVA expands to Boushall Middle School.

October

RVA Reads becomes a permanent program housed in the Richmond Public Library. Once a month from October to June volunteers read to preschool students to improve literacy and distribute books in an effort to grow home libraries.

 

GRTC Route Change Study completed.

November

Richmond City Council Finance Subcommittee approves ordinances 2015-240-236, 2015-241-237, 2015-242-238, to institutionalize the Office of Community Wealth Building as a department under the Chief Administrative Officer.

December

Office of Community Wealth Building becomes an independent department by action of City Council. By ordinance 2015-239-235, the Office of Community Wealth Building is charged with providing policy advice to the Mayor on anti-poverty strategies and leading implementation of the City’s poverty reduction initiative.

2016

 

January

GRTC Route Change study completed, ensuring Bus Rapid Transit connectivity to low income communities in Richmond.

 

City Council approves Bus Rapid Transit Project (Pulse Corridor Plan).

February

First Annual Report to City Council submitted.

April

The Conrad Center building at 1400 Oliver Hill Way in Richmond is acquired for use of preparing it for the implementation of the Richmond Social Enterprise Plan and as the future Workforce Innovation Center and Culinary Arts Institute.

May

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invest Health Reinvestment Fund awards the City of Richmond with a $60,000 grant to support convening and learning opportunities for cross-sector groups.

 

The center for workforce innovation produces a public video on how to get hired with Stone Brewing Company.

 

KaBOOM designates Richmond as a 2016 Playful City USA.

 

Dr. Thad Williamson resigns as Director.

June

Reginald E. Gordon hired as Director.

 

The first Richmond, Virginia: Social Enterprise Feasibility Analysis report is published thru the Democracy Collaborative.

September

The Office of Community Wealth Building institutes "Listening Hours" every Friday from 1:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. to be accessible to all citizens and to gain ideas, comments, and personal stories.

 

The first virtual town hall meeting and community call to action is conducted via internet audio-visual.

October

The first public jobs and income network focus area meeting was held to focus on stategies and solutions towards reaching goals related to poverty reduction.

November

The first public education network meeting was held for organizations that collaborate directly with early childhood, out-of-school time, and access to college and careers.

December

A youth and young artisit LOGO contest was conducted to develop a design for the new community based internet radio station, RVA REAL RADIO.com, and also a Department of Community Wealth Building LOGO, as well as the new Conrad Culinary Arts Center LOGO.

 

The first public transportation network meeting was held to focus on stategies and solutions towards reaching goals related to transportation and mobility.

 

The first public housing and finance network meeting was held to focus on stategies and solutions towards reaching goals related to housing issues and financial planning.

2017

 

January

The Mayor's Youth Academy becomes part of the Office of Community Wealth Building.

February

The Mayor presents the Annual Report on Poverty Reduction and Community Wealth Building Initiatives in the City of Richmond to City Council and The Maggie L. Walker Citizens Advisory Board.

March

The Mayor's Youth Academy opens registration offering city youth, ages 13-19, summer employment and training opportunities thru its MYA Junior Stem, ARTS Institute, Counselors in Training, Kings Dominion, and Summer Work Experience programs.

 

The first public legal matters network meeting was held for organizations that collaborate directly with those facing legal issues, barriers to employment, credit issues, and bankruptcy issues.

April

The first public self care network meeting was held for organizations that collaborate directly with spiritual, emotional, mental health, counseling, and substance abuse issues.

 

The Office of Community Wealth Building led by Director, Reginald Gordon hosts Listening Hours with the University of Richmond's Leadership Studies Class, "Justice and Civil Society" taught by Dr. Thad Williamson, Policy Adviser for Mayor Levar Stoney.

 

The Office of Community Wealth Building begins hosting Community Conversation and updates, a monthly meeting to address changes and developments in the East End area, where the city's largest concentration of poverty exists.

May

The Office of Community Wealth Building in cooperation with The Community Foundation begins a six month focus on the Nine Mile Road Development Projects thru the Community Conversation series, for improving the East End area.

June

The Office of Community Wealth Building continues with The Community Foundation to focus on proposed Nine Mile Road Development Projects, including a Grocery Store Project, Reynolds Culinary Institute, the Sarah Garland Jones Center, the CHAT Front Porch Cafe, and VCU Health System East End Hub thru the Community Conversation series.

 

The Office of Community Wealth Building receives a $1.9 Million Grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to support the efforts of the City of Richmond to expand workforce development efforts and the capacity of the Center for Workforce Innovation.

 

The Office of Community Wealth Building hosted a Job Fair with Owens & Minor at the Conrad Center for Workforce Innovation.

July

The Mayor's Youth Academy summer programs began and will run thru mid August. There are approximately 135 youth ages 13-19 in work experiences at sites throughout the Richmond Area. Read more about this youth development opportunity in the Office of Community Wealth Building Summer Newsletter

September

The Office of Community Wealth Building continues hosting Network Focus Group meetings, utilizing weekly specialized topic community collaborations, in defined areas such as Employment Stability, Income, Child Care, Housing, Quality of Life, and Food issues to review and update a comprehensive inventory of available resources.

October

The Office of Community Wealth Building hosts Mobility Issues Network Focus Group meetings, part of planned weekly specialized topic community collaborations to review and update a comprehensive inventory of available resources.

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the Office of Community Wealth Building the 2017 RJWF Culture of Health Prize for placing a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

November

The Office of Community Wealth Building hosts Recovery Issues and Legal Issues Network Focus Group meetings, part of planned weekly specialized topic community collaborations to review and update a comprehensive inventory of available resources.

2018

 

January

The Office of Community Wealth Building publishes Building Brighter Futures presenting selected living case studies of cultivating successful futures alongside many great community leaders.

February

The Third Annual Report is presented to City Council. The highlights of the report may be reviewed thru the Winter Newsletter annual report supplement.

March

The Mayor's Youth Academy opens registration offering city youth, ages 14-19, summer employment and training opportunities thru its Counselors in Training, Kings Dominion, and Summer Work Experience programs.

 

The Living Wage Richmond campaign project kicks off thru the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, encouraging businesses and organizations in RVA to pay their employees a living wage.

April

Dr. Risha R. Berry, Project Management Analyst with OCWB, is named Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond Office of Human Services, overseeing the Departments of Social Services, Justice Services, and Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The departments are staffed by more than 800 city employees. Additionally, the deputy also works closely with the Richmond City Health District, the Richmond Public Library System and the Richmond Behavioral Authority.

Last Updated: 2018-02-28

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Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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