Empowering Neighborhoods Forum
GOOD NEIGHBORS MAKE GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Each year the county's Revitalize Our Communities Committee (ROCC) hosts an annual free half-day conference that brings together neighborhood and community leaders from across Chesterfield County. The theme of this year's forum is "Good Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods."
The 2019 Empowering Neighborhoods Forum will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fulgham Conference Center, located at 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA 23112.
This years' forum is focused on the "Four Cornerstones of Success."
- Game Plan
Our keynote speaker is Pam Cooper, leader of the county's Keep Chesterfield Beautiful initiative.
VENDORS / EXHIBITORS
We are inviting companies and organizations who have service areas aligning with the conference theme, to have a presence at this event. If you are interested in having a display/information table, please reserve one as soon as possible.
- Table reservations are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Table reservations must be made by February 15, 2019
- Registration discounted if your application is postmarked by January 15, 2019
AWARD NOMINATIONS NEEDED
We are currently taking nominations for the annual Revitalize Our Communities Committee Awards Program, recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding neighborhood organizations and individuals from accross Chesterfield County who work diligently to enhance the quality of life in their communities.
The 2018 Forum
The forum was held on March 3, 2018.
- Keynote Address: Enhancing Community Living. Presented by Laura Lafayette, Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Association of Realtors
- 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 (PDF)
- 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 (PDF)
- 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
- Curb Appeal at a Reasonable Cost
- Volunteer of the Year: Kim Marble, President, Jefferson Davis (Highway) Association
- Organization of the Year: Martial Arts World - Chester
The 2016 Forum
The forum was held on April 23, 2016.
- Code Enforcement
- Facility Tour and Discussion of School Revitalization Efforts
- Family‐Friendly Session: Conquer the Wave of Ugly Trash - Litter Bus Mobile Unit
- Family‐Friendly Session: How Kids Can Be Community Change‐Makers
- Getting Organized and Fighting Blight in Neighborhoods Without Covenants
- Getting Ready to Sell: What You Need to Know Before You List Your Home
- How Homeowners’ Associations Can Fight Blight & Deal with Aging Properties
- Volunteer of the Year: Kathleen Donovan
- Organization of the Year: Guardians
The 2015 Forum
The forum was held on February 7, 2015.
- Keeping Your Community Beautiful (PDF)
- Keeping Up: Land and Building Compliance (PDF)
- Engaging the Youth in Your Community (PDF)
- Time to Go: Preparing Your Home for Sale (PDF)
- Are You Ready? (PDF)
- Staying Put: How to Make Your Home Better
- Curb Appeal: Lawn Maintenance
- Volunteer of the Year: Nancy Ross
- Organization of the Year: COMPASS: Communities Providing Avenues for School Success
- Association of the Year: MECA: Meadowbrook Estates Civic Associatio
The 2014 Forum
The forum was held on February 8, 2014.
- Aging in Place (PDF)
- Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch
- Fighting Blight and Code Compliance (PDF)
- HOAs: The Top 10 Things You Should Know (PDF)
- Increasing Curb Appeal and Preparing Your Home for Sale
- Neighborhood Associations: Establishing and Running an Effective Organization (PDF)
- Organization of the Year: Journey Christian Church
- Association of the Year: Woodlake Community Association
- Volunteer of the Year: Norma Jean Corbin
The National Association of Counties (NACo) granted Chesterfield County a 2014 Achievement Award for the “Annual Empowering Neighborhoods Forum” in the category of Civic Education and Public Information.
The 2012 Forum
The forum was held on February 11, 2012.