Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint
County leaders want to hear from you this summer about what matters most. Go to blueprint.chesterfield.gov to take a short survey and tell us the top priorities you want Chesterfield County to focus on. Chesterfield County is using Blueprint Chesterfield, its strategic plan, to help balance the community’s priorities with the county’s budget. County leaders have always listened to residents’ thoughts about the formation of the county budget, but now we are using new tools and providing more time to do so.
Community workshops are also planned to provide opportunities for residents and businesses to engage with county staff about community priorities. The open house-style workshops (come at any time) will take place:
- July 12, 4-8 p.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, 23236
- July 18, 3-7 p.m., Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, 23112
- July 28, 3-7 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield, 23832
Let’s Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint together!
Ladders to Success Job Fair Coming Up
Looking for a career opportunity? Want to meet local employers? Mark your calendars to attend the 2nd annual Ladders to Success Job Fair at Meadowdale Library, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will be able to apply for jobs and speak directly with employers about open positions. Last year, there were more than 38 employers in attendance with five participants receiving on the spot job offers. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity!
Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland at last year’s Ladder to Success Job Fair.
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.
Experience Chesterfield Launches New Website
Chesterfield County has launched a new, mobile-friendly ExperienceChesterfield.com, enabling users to easily plan their next local adventure while on the go. The new Experience Chesterfield website offers themed, three-day itineraries as well as a comprehensive listing of seasonal activities. This summer, for instance, take in free concerts at centrally located Pocahontas State Park, sit in on a discussion with a New York Times bestselling author at North Courthouse Road Library, ohh and aah at Fourth of July fireworks at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, see a hidden island during a paddling trip on the James River, or sign up for a guided tour of Eppington Plantation.
CVWMA Expands Types of Plastics Collected Through Curbside, Drop-off Recycling
Effective July 1, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority greatly expanded the types of plastic bottles and containers it accepts in its Residential Recycling (curbside) and Drop-off Recycling programs in Chesterfield County. Accepted items for recycling will now include plastic containers No. 1-No. 7 (see container bottom) bottles and containers, caps and lids (free of all food and residue) waxy cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes and containers for egg substitutes. No plastic bags, Styrofoam or food-contaminated pizza boxes are accepted. For more details, visit http://www.cvwma.com.
County Names Next Administrator
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors named Dr. Joseph P. Casey as the next county administrator. Casey, currently the deputy county manager for administration for Henrico County, will begin his new position July 1. Casey will fill the position of retiring County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier. Casey has served Henrico County as deputy county manager since 2013. Prior to that, he served Hanover County since 1990 in roles including deputy county administrator and finance director. He has a doctorate degree in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from VCU and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Richmond. Casey is a certified public accountant.
VDOT Roundabout Under Consideration at Hopkins and Kingsland
The Virginia Department of Transportation is considering a $3.4 million roundabout at Hopkins Road and Kingsland Road to replace the stop signs currently in place. The project’s purpose is to improve safety, reduce congestion and improve traffic flow at and around the intersection. A community meeting was recently held to gather input, and the proposed timeline indicates construction may begin in 2021. Project information is available at virginiadot.org.
National Night Out Set for August
Chesterfield County residents are invited to spend an evening outdoors Aug. 2, 6-10 p.m., with neighbors and police for National Night Out, an annual event held across the country to strengthen neighborhood and police-community partnerships, while heightening crime- and drug-prevention awareness. The Chesterfield County Police Department recently held a kickoff event for this year’s National Night Out, and is looking for neighborhoods to register their parties this August. Go to chesterfield.gov/nationalnightout to find out how.
Also, remember that it is important to always lock your car. Check out this video featuring one of the department’s youngest.
The Chesterfield County Farmers Market is back for another season, from Wednesday, May 18 through Sept. 14. The market will be open from 3-6 p.m. and is located on the Chesterfield Government Complex near 6701 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield. Pick up fresh, local produce all summer long and enjoy Brunswick stew, breads, mushrooms, meats, crafts, soaps and much more. Cash is preferred.
The Chesterfield County Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday beginning May 18 through Sept. 4 from 3-6 p.m.