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2017-07-12 / Announcements

Kirk Turner to lead new revitalization department

A countywide emphasis on the care and maintenance of Chesterfield’s aging communities is the focus of a new department the county launched this month. The Department of Community Enhancement incorporates several county services and staff to form a new unit that will encompass revitalization, grants, license inspections, redevelopment and property maintenance.

The department will serve as a one-stop shop for residents looking for information about rehabilitating their older homes and maintaining their properties. Services currently offered by the county that fall under this department will continue with no break during the transition. Initial focuses include enhancing neighborhoods, redeveloping aging commercial corridors, and working in the northern Jefferson Davis Highway area as part of a special development plan for that area that will become part of the county’s comprehensive plan.


Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. (center), with the educators who will participate in the four-week cultural immersion program in Senegal. Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. (center), with the educators who will participate in the four-week cultural immersion program in Senegal. Kirk Turner, former director of the Chesterfield County Planning Department, will lead the new department.

Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program has awarded Virginia State University an $83,115 grant to conduct an international professional development seminar in Senegal this summer. The four-week cultural immersion program, “Gender, Tradition, and Transformation in Contemporary Senegal,” will bring together a group of Virginia K-12 teachers and VSU faculty to explore cultural and historical contexts for understanding the complexities of contemporary Senegal and its position in West Africa today. Through lectures, interactions with Senegalese educators and community groups, intensive language study of the indigenous language, and travel to historical and cultural sites, the program participants will gain a greater awareness of the culture and the region’s significance in the global community.

Business

SwimRVA’s Executive Director, Adam Kennedy, accepted the CHAMPS All-Star MVP Award at the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce June luncheon. SwimRVA was recognized for its contribution to Chesterfield County Public School students by providing the cost-free Learn-To-Swim program for about 1,500 CCPS second-graders each year. The purpose is to ensure that every child not only has the skills to be water safe, but also the tools to be active, healthy and fit for the rest of their lives. Samuel Little, chair of the CHAMPS All-Star Subcommittee, presented the award.

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