Midlothian Village Day
The 35th annual Midlothian Village Day Festival and Craft Fair will be held Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Midlothian Middle School. The day starts with the annual Midlothian Parade along Midlothian Turnpike, sponsored by the Midlothian Foundation. The festival, sponsored by the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club, features activities for the whole family, crafters, entertainment, food vendors and more at the middle school. There is no cost for admission. Visit http://www.midlothianfestival.net/ for more information.
Niagara Water Establishing Manufacturing Operation in Chesterfield
Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and operated bottled beverage supplier, announced in August it will invest $95 million to establish a 557,000-square-foot manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. The company uses state-of-the-art filtration to produce its Niagara brand and private-label bottled water. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 76 new jobs. Niagara Bottling is the largest private-label bottled water supplier in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation.
The new Niagara Mid-Atlantic operation will create 76 new jobs in the county.
More Than 6,200 “Blueprint” Survey Responses Received
Chesterfield County received more than 6,200 responses to its recent community priorities survey through the “Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint” campaign. The campaign engaged residents and businesses to see what they believed was important in their community, and to solicit ideas to be implemented into the budgeting process in the future. The top three priorities identified by residents were education, public safety and transportation. Collectively, education and public safety account for more than 60 percent of the planned expenditures for fiscal 2017. To see the complete survey results, visit blueprint.chesterfield.gov.
Important Tax Changes Save Money for Taxpayers
Amendments to the Chesterfield County Code of Ordinances will help residents and businesses save money in tax year 2017. More than 700 small businesses in Chesterfield County will benefit from a change that permits businesses with less than $300,000 in gross receipts to pay a flat $10 fee for business license tax, rather than industry classification tax rates. Additionally, the board voted to revise the code so that no tangible personal property tax bill be issued or collected for a sum less than $10. The board also voted to exempt personal, non-motorized watercraft under 18 feet long from taxation, and eliminate the late-filing penalty for motor vehicles. In addition, the board eliminated the one-time registration fee for antique vehicles, which was $5.
School is back in session, and it’s important for drivers to be aware of buses on the road and to obey all traffic laws. Watch this PSA with Cpl. Mark Younce of the Chesterfield County Police Department which was first created last year.
Library Hours Restored Beginning Sept. 8
Chesterfield County Public Library has reopened all library locations on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The new schedule began on Thursday, Sept. 8. Also, later this fall, Central Library will close for renovations. For more information about the Central Library renovation or to locate the nearest library, call 751-CCPL or visit library.chesterfield.gov.
National Night Out a Success
Chesterfield County participated in the 33nd Annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 2. More than 150 people, including volunteers and members of the Police Department and other agencies, worked tirelessly to help make the evening a huge success. Thousands of residents throughout the county attended 117 block parties.
Queensmill National Night Out celebration.
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Route 60 New, Wider in Midlothian
Hear from Transportation Director Jesse Smith about what you can expect when driving along the new, wider stretch of Route 60 in Midlothian. Video
The Route 60 Widening Project widened Midlothian Turnpike from four lanes to six lanes between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road.
Chesterfield Records Record Employment, Business Growth
Employment in Chesterfield County grew at the fourth-fastest rate among the nation’s 342 largest counties from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015, marking the county’s strongest jobs growth in 25 years. Employment in the county grew 6 percent during the period, well above the nationwide average of 1.9 percent, according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The net increase in jobs was 10,063. Small businesses added 4,049 net new jobs, as 40 percent of the new jobs added were with firms of fewer than 250 employees. During that 2014-2015 period, Chesterfield saw a net increase of 665 establishments, with small businesses contributing significantly with 497 new startup firms. For more details, see the bureau’s County Employment and Wages Summary.