January 16, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Chesterfield County Department of Community Enhancement has unveiled a new online series, “In the Spotlight,” showcasing local businesses, parks, restaurants and tourist attractions located along the Jefferson Davis Corridor. The series spotlights one local business or attraction each month, and includes short interviews with business owners, helpful tips for visitors and more.
“We wanted to find a way to both celebrate and inform county residents and visitors about all of the unique characteristics that the Jefferson Davis Corridor has to offer,” said Community Development Block Grant Coordinator Kathleen Thompson. “It really is an interesting area with a lot of history and culture that we felt might get overshadowed by new development in other areas of the county. Thus, we came up with the idea for the ‘In the Spotlight’ series on our website, where county staff goes out on a quarterly basis to visit attractions on the corridor, such as parks, or to interview small business owners located on the corridor.”
So far, restaurant the Halfway House, the Falling Creek Ironworks Park, the Jefferson Davis Flea Market and Ashton Creek Vineyard have been highlighted.
“What we have been most struck by is the amount of passion that locals have to breathe life into the corridor,” continued Thompson. “It has really been a fascinating experience so far, and we’re excited to continue our endeavors to promote the Jefferson Davis community.”
During her interview for the series, Jefferson Davis Flea Market Manager Sandra MB said development of the corridor improved her business. “Everything the county is doing to beautify the corridor gives us an advantage to attract tourists,” said MB. “In fact, the police station located across the street makes it safer for our vendors and consumers.”
To stay up-to-date on the series, visit the Department of Community Enhancement’s “In the Spotlight” webpage and follow the county’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. To learn more about Chesterfield’s efforts to improve the value, quality and attractiveness of the county, visit Community Enhancement’s homepage.
If your business is located along the Jefferson Davis Corridor and you would like to be considered for the series, contact the Department of Community Enhancement’s Karen Thompson by phone at 804-751-4680 or by email at ThompsonK@chesterfield.gov.