For Immediate Release Media Contact: Ashley Hall

Thursday, March 08, 2018 office: (804) 323-2033

cell: (804) 706-5242

Annual Community Update and Richmond History Makers partner to release regional indicators and celebrate everyday heroes

Richmond, VA – Members of the media are invited to attend the Annual Community Update and Richmond History Maker Celebration on March 13 at Virginia Union University. The event to celebrate regional collaboration will include the annual release of key data tracking economic and social metrics for the greater Richmond region.

The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) has released annual indicators on eight regional priorities at the Annual Community Update since 2016. Now in its thirteenth year, The Valentine’s Richmond History Makers program recognizes individuals and organizations making important and lasting contributions to the region. This year, the CRC and The Valentine are joining the two events to update the community on progress across the key indicators and celebrate the faces behind the data.

EVENT: Annual Community Update and History Maker Awards

WHEN: March 13 (4:00-6:30pm)

WHERE: Virginia Union University
Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center
1813-1899 Bath Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Serving as a community resource for data, analysis, and collaborative connections, the CRC brings together local government, business, and community stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for the Richmond region. Together, they identified a need to measure and track key indicators of economic and social health within the region. In 2014, the CRC began identifying the myriad of data-tracking efforts that exist within individual sectors of the region, and outlining gaps where additional measurements may help the region understand and address challenges. Today, dozens of partner organizations come together to contribute data to a regional clearinghouse funded by generous foundations throughout the community. They recognize our region’s most pressing challenges don’t end at jurisdictional boundaries and rely on a cross-sector, cross-jurisdictional approach to identify, prioritize, and implement actions that will enhance the quality of life in the greater Richmond region.

The event will feature the release of the updated RVA Snapshot: A shared vision for our region, which highlights critical community indicators and outlines examples of successful collaboration in the Richmond region. For an advance copy of the document, please contact the CRC (as noted above).

The event will also celebrate this year’s Richmond History Makers honorees: Ashby and Terri Anderson of the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild and Muse Creative Workspace, Kim Mahan of MAXX Potential, Pam Mines of the JP JumPers Foundation, Diversity Richmond, Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and CultureWorks. Each of the organizations and individuals being recognized as Richmond History Makers has goals which align with the eight regional priority areas. The event will also include remarks by Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond, and Angie Cabell of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors.

Complete details on the event and the regional indicators project at 

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The Capital Region Collaborative engages government, business, and community stakeholders in a process of identifying, prioritizing, and implementing actions that will enhance the quality of life in the greater Richmond region, which includes the Town of Ashland, the City of Richmond, and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond stories for more than a century. Through collections, exhibitions and programs, the Valentine provides residents and tourists the opportunity to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region. The Valentine offers major changing exhibitions, which focus on American urban and social history, costumes, decorative arts and architecture.

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