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City Hall Finance Office To Begin Modified Business Hours On Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Starting from Wednesday, February 28, there will be changes to the working hours of the Finance Department's City Hall Finance Office located on the first floor. Every Wednesday, the office will close at noon. This schedule alteration will allow the staff to handle pending items more efficiently and work on the transition to RVAPay.

If you want to request a callback, please email us at mealstax@rva.gov. In the subject field, type "ESCALATED," and in the body of the email, provide a brief description of your issue. This will help us prioritize your request for completion. One of our team members will contact you on the first Wednesday following your request between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. If you have a preferred day and time, please let us know. 

Both the Southside Plaza location (4100 Hull Street) and the East District Initiative location (701 North 25th Street) remain open and available to taxpayers wanting to pay in person.

This information will be updated on the City's website, shared on social media, and communicated to neighborhoods via Nextdoor. 

 

Release:

City of Richmond City Hall Finance Office to start modified operating schedule Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Richmond, VA – Beginning on Wednesday, February 28, the City of Richmond City Hall Finance Office will begin a modified operating schedule – closing at 12 noon each Wednesday.

Starting on February 28, 2024, the department will operate on a modified schedule through Wednesday, December 18, 2024. This modified schedule will help the department to address pending items, perform important work related to RVAPay, and focus on improving customer satisfaction. The modified hours will allow the staff to concentrate on addressing tax issues, which will help ensure better communication and timely and accurate billing.

If you want to request a callback, please email us at mealstax@rva.gov. In the subject field, type "ESCALATED," and in the body of the email, provide a brief description of your issue. This will help us prioritize your request for completion. One of our team members will contact you on the first Wednesday following your request between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. If you have a preferred day and time, please let us know. 

According to Finance Director Sheila White, the department's goal is to provide timely and correct bills to the public. Given the amount of work required, along with the migration to RVAPay, a modified schedule will allow the team to focus on service, address immediate issues, and do the necessary work to ensure RVAPay is up and running effectively and efficiently. The department recognizes that its work is essential for the community and asks for patience from the public.

Both the Southside Plaza location (4100 Hull Street) and the East District Initiative location (701 North 25th Street) remain open and available to taxpayers wanting to pay in person.

For more information and updates on the department's plans to improve customer service levels, please visit the following link:

 

CivStart Announces Startup Challenge & Pitchfest in Collaboration with Five Participating Municipalities

The Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) is participating in the National League of Cities (NLC) CivStart CIE Program.  The NLC is promoting and recruiting startups for their Pitchfest which takes place on April 30th in Kansas City, Kansas.  Minority businesses/entrepreneurs here in Richmond, Virginia will have the opportunity to apply to participate.  Please contact Patricia Foster at Patricia.foster@rva.gov to participate and receive more information. Also, please read release below for additional information.

CivStart Announces Startup Challenge & Pitchfest in Collaboration with Five Participating Municipalities

Pitchfest to Take Place on April 30th, 2024, at the Kauffman Foundation Building in Kansas City, MO

WASHINGTON, DC – Jan 22, 2024 – CivStart, a leading organization in civic innovation and entrepreneurship, announced the launch of the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest, an exciting initiative in collaboration with five participating municipalities: Miami-Dade County, Los Altos Hills CA, Richmond VA, Arlington VA, and Houston TX. The program is conducted as a part of the NationalLeague of Cities’ (NLC) City Inclusive Ecosystems Program, supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The Challenge, scheduled to culminate in a Pitchfest on April 30th, 2024, at the Kauffman Foundation Building in Kansas City, MO, aims to address critical issues faced by local entrepreneurs and residents. With a focus on supporting ecosystem-building, access to local government resources, workforce development, and data for decision-making, the Challenge is an integral part of CivStart's mission to foster innovation and collaboration within local communities.

“By engaging with this transformative event, we are dedicated to redefining the landscape of government support for entrepreneurs, demonstrating our commitment to innovation and collaboration,” said City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity Director, Marsha E. Murray in a statement. “Through the NLC Technology PitchFest, we are not only championing small businesses but also propelling local entrepreneurs toward a future of unprecedented success.”

CivStart is currently accepting startup applications to be a part of the pitchfest at civstart.org/challenges

For more information on the details of the program municipalities participate in as part of the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest, visit civstart.org/cie.

Municipal leaders participating in the program may be available for interview upon request. For more information, contact Nick Lyell at nick@civstart.org or (608) 234-2166.

“Finesse Fest” Connecting Young Entrepreneurs to Local Resources

Road to Richmond: The Rebirth

“Finesse Fest” Connecting Young Entrepreneurs to Local Resources

What:         The City of Richmond is set to host Finesse Fest: Entrepreneurs of the City event. The main objective of the festival is to inspire young adults and help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. The event aims to promote entrepreneurship and create generational wealth. This social marketing event will showcase several small black-owned businesses in Richmond. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to market their products and services to attendees while sharing their stories of becoming self-employed. Free resources will be available on-site to provide information on starting and maintaining a business. It promises to be a fun and interactive evening.

When:         6 –10 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024

Where:       Main Street Station

       1500 E Main Street

       Richmond, VA

Visuals:  

    • 40 vendor tables
    • Special Guest Speakers: Q&A session
    • Catering provided by local restaurants
    • Business Promotion and Manifestation Booth
    • Finesse Fest T-Shirts
    • Raffle prize giveaways

Background: The City of Richmond is organizing a series of events to commemorate Black History Month. These events aim to inspire and connect our community through meaningful discussions about important issues and topics, and to promote generational wealth. Richmond recognizes the need for providing equal opportunities for all residents and businesses.

To this end, the city has created the Strategic Plan for Equitable Economic Development (SPEED), which focuses on community, innovation, and industry, and has set five ambitious economic development goals to achieve by the end of Fiscal Year 2026.

The Office of Minority Business Development is another area that reflects Richmond's commitment to equity and inclusivity. Their mission is to help minority business enterprises (MBEs), emerging small businesses (ESBs), and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) succeed in the full range of contracting opportunities available in the City of Richmond.

Moreover, the Office of Sustainability is working closely with historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged communities that are most affected by climate change. This initiative aims to prepare these communities to be more climate-ready and resilient.

In Richmond, the city is connecting families through genealogy and census projects through the dedicated work of the Human Services and Planning and Development Departments. Although we cannot rewrite history, Richmond and its partners' efforts can help tell a more comprehensive story for those whose history has yet to be fully shared.

The Road to Richmond: The Rebirth highlights the city's ongoing evolution, growth, and the emergence of new leaders. Richmond is committed to promoting equitable and inclusive development and building the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.


Media Availability:  5 – 6 PM

Thomeisha Coleman

  • Participating vendor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Owner of Infinite Curves

Ryan Austin Williams

  • Participating vendor
  • Owner of Juice Life RVA

Lisette Johnson

  • Program and Operations Supervisor for the Office of the Minority Business Development Department with the city of Richmond
  • Assist aspiring business owners to properly develop a successful business


Join the city for three groundbreaking events next week that will explore art, food, and black love/relationships.