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Revitalize Our Communities Committee

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Revitalize Our Communities Committee

Empowering Neighborhoods Forum

March 3, 2018

Thanks to all who attended and helped with our seventh annual forum. Each year is bigger and better, thanks to you!

Event Highlights

  • Keynote Address: Enhancing Community Living. Presented by Laura Lafayette, Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Association of REALTORS
  • Workshops
    • Curb Appeal at a Reasonable Cost
      • Presented by Theresa Biagioli, Garden Path Designs, and Jim Chambers, Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation 
    • Developing Community Leadership
      • Presented by Cassie Craze, Craze Law; Kevin Strosnider, Strosnider Chevrolet; and Meg Tunstall, Genesis Community Management 
    • Purchasing a New Home - Easy Methods of Making Certain You're Ready
      • Presented by Cecilia Ramos, SunTrust Mortgage, and Casandra Sneed, Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation 
    • Are You a Good Neighbor? Code Enforcement and the Good Neighbor Guide
      • Presented by Ted Barclay, Chesterfield County Planning; Rich Billingsley, Chesterfield County Community Enhancement; Ben Thorp, Meadowbrook Estates Civic Association; and Barry White, Chesterfield County Building Inspections 
    • Getting the Word Out - Effective Communications Within Your Community
      • Presented by Susan Pollard, Chesterfield County Communications and Media, and Wendell Whitehurst, Five Forks Village Homeowners Association 
    • Improving Home Value
      • Presented by Larry Barthurst, Barthurst Homes, and Scooter Burgess, Burgess Inspections 

Volunteer and Organization of the Year Awards

Each year at the Empowering Neighborhoods Forum, the Revitalize Our Communities Committee recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding organizations and individuals from across the County who enhance the quality of life in their communities.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Kim Marble, President, Jefferson Davis (Highway) Association
  • Organization of the Year: Martial Arts World - Chester

Past Empowering Neighborhoods Forums

Good Neighbor Guide

Good Neighbor GuideWe all have different expectations of our neighbors. Being a good neighbor helps make Chesterfield neighborhoods great places to live.


Home Modernization Guide Home Modernization Guide

It is essential to maintain the economic, social and physical health of Chesterfield County neighborhoods, particularly as they age. Over half of the County’s single family housing stock is twenty-five years or older. In order to better maintain and enhance these residential areas, the County has published a Home Modernization Guide that is geared to homeowners, prospective purchasers of homes, neighborhood leaders, realtors, contractors, home improvement retailers, and others. Use this Guide to revitalize Chesterfield!

Reference copies can be accessed at all Chesterfield County Public Libraries and at all Chesterfield County home improvement retailers (Lowe's, The Home Depot, Ace-Pleasants Hardware, and Southern States.) The Guide is also available for purchase at the Chesterfield Planning Department - 804-748-1050.

Download the Full Home Modernization Guide (10 MB) 

Neighborhood Watch 

Neighborhood Watch assures that you and your neighbors are better protected and have a safe place to live.

The Path Forward 

The purpose of this report is to provide recommendations on programs that can help Chesterfield County sustain its older communities.

Community Revitalization Toolkit 

Information on how to create and maintain successful civic organizations, which are vital to sustaining older residential and business areas in Chesterfield County.

Rehabilitation of Residential Properties
This incentive program is designed to protect and preserve our maturing neighborhoods and offers partial tax exemption for the rehabilitation, renovation or replacement of qualifying structures. For more information on rehabilitation of residential properties, contact the Assessor's Office at (804) 748-1321.

Dial 2-1-1
2-1-1 connects people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help. 2-1-1 Virginia provides access to services in your community and statewide.

Citizens Helping Communities Help Themselves in Chesterfield

Education, Involvement, Support = Communities 

The SOCC was established by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on December 13, 2006. In 2016, the committee changed its name to the Revitalize Our Communities Committee (ROCC), reflecting the ROCC’s commitment to county revitalization.


  • Donna Cole
  • Renae Eldred
  • Bethany Halle (Chair)
  • Tim Hayes
  • John Miller
  • Sharon Sipos (Secretary)
  • Marie Stella
  • Ben Thorp (Vice Chair)
  • J.D. Washington

Vision - All Chesterfield communities have high quality living and are desirable places to live and work due to sustained efforts from individual citizens, community and religious organizations, businesses, and county government.

Mission- The mission of this Committee is to identify best practices and disseminate information to individuals and organizations to maintain or improve communities.

Purpose - The purpose of the Committee is to educate, involve and support.

Meetings - First Thursday every month at 9 a.m. Please check the Calendar of Events for updated meeting information and changes.

Chesterfield County Airport
Conference Room B
7511 Airfield Drive
Chesterfield, VA 23237

Contact Information 

Chesterfield County ROCC
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832

804-717-6295 fax