The Agenda: Local government briefs for 1.11.21

The properties near Main Street Station planned for a slavery commemorative site include the old Loving’s Produce building. (BizSense file)

Loving land purchase authorization on city agenda

The Richmond City Council meets Monday with an informal session at 4 p.m. and regular session at 6 p.m. Business on the regular meeting consent agenda includes a public necessity declaration to allow the city to purchase 12 parcels totaling roughly 1.75 acres in Shockoe Bottom that would contribute to a planned Enslaved African Heritage Campus.

Other business includes a permit request from Richmond Hill Design + Build to replace six homes on Westview Avenue in the Westhampton area with two clusters of homes totaling 12 units. The new homes would fill a total of 1.3 acres and would straddle an existing house that is not included in the project.

The full meeting agendas can be found here.

Newbille, Robertson to lead City Council

New and returning members of the Richmond City Council were administered their oaths of office last week. President Cynthia Newbille of the Seventh District was re-appointed to a second two-year term, while Ellen Robertson of the Sixth District was appointed vice president. Joining the council are new members Katherine Jordan of the Second District and Ann-Francis Lambert of the Third District.

City accepting applications for business mentoring program

The city’s Office of Minority Business Development is accepting applications for a second cohort of business owners for its Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program. Led by Capital One, the program provides small business owners with resources and counsel to help them succeed in today’s marketplace.

The program pairs Capital One associates with business owners to develop sustainable models that accelerate year-over-year growth, profitability and key operating metrics. The program consists of seven classes that will take place virtually. Interested parties can apply here.

More than $156,000 in COVID relief awarded to Goochland businesses

Goochland County announced Friday it has given more than $156,000 to businesses located in the county through its Goochland Back to Business grant program.

Businesses used the grant program to reimburse expenses they incurred to adhere to Gov. Ralph Northam’s public health guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The program was funded through federal CARES Act funds.

Grants ranged from $350 to $20,000, and were given to 29 businesses based on their employee headcounts and documented expenses. The grant program closed Dec. 30.

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