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Mayor's Office

900 E. Broad St., Suite 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: 804-646-7970
Fax: 804-646-7987

Email: RVAMayor@rva.gov

Mayoral Accomplishments

Mayor Portrait

 

“When I took office in 2017, I wanted to do far more than just leave Richmond better than we found it. I wanted to leave Richmond ready to seize the future. I wanted to leave Richmond a place where young people want to move to raise their families. A place where businesses want to relocate, a place where a young person can dream, and have their dreams come true. I wanted to leave Richmond the best place in Virginia to live.

Together, we’ve done just that.” – Mayor Levar Stoney

 

Under Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration the City of Richmond’s poverty rate decreased by 22% and the City’s population increased by 11% between 2010 and 2020.

Just look at all we’ve accomplished since 2017.

Children and Families

Established the city’s first Office of Children and Families in 2021


Provided access to after-school programs for every elementary and middle school student


Invested over $600,000 in ARPA funds to expand child care and early education in Richmond – opening 4 new child care centers and creating over 250 slots for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers


Launched Richmond’s first Guaranteed Income Pilot, known locally as the Richmond Resilience Initiative

Created the Family Crisis Fund during the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and allocated over $4 million since its creation to continue to help families in need


Invested $2.5 million (public and private dollars) to establish the Pathways Program– providing a traditional scholarship, monthly cash allowance, mentorship, and additional supports to RPS graduates propelling them to postsecondary success


Dedicated $78 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to rehab and build new community centers, including Calhoun, Southside, T.B. Smith and Luck’s Field

Public Education

Made historic investments in schools, increasing funding to Richmond Public Schools by almost 60% - providing almost three times the state funding requirement


Built three new schools in neighborhoods of color  – Cardinal Elementary, Henry Marsh Elementary, and River City Middle


Allocated over $350 million for new school construction since 2017 

Housing

Created Virginia’s first Eviction Diversion Program – diverted over 1,600 evictions since October 2019


Increased funding for affordable housing by over 1,200 percent by investing $50 million over the next five years out of the city’s CIP budget to affordable housing projects and partnering with LISC to match our $50 million, for a total of $100 million towards affordable housing projects over the next five years


Created almost 5,000 new affordable housing units since 2017


Allocated $1.4 million for a down-payment assistance program for city employees who are first-time homebuyers


Added 200 new shelter beds for the unhoused and dedicated over $6 million to serve our unsheltered population


Formed a new Office of Homeless Services

 

Additional Highlights

  • Launched the PULSE
  • Invested in ensuring GRTC remains fare-free
  • Added 50 miles of bike lanes
  • Invested $112 million into the City’s Complete Streets program – improving paving, sidewalks, alleys, bike lanes, and traffic calming measures
  • Paved over 1,200 lane miles and improved city road conditions from 70% rated in “poor” condition to 70% rated in “good” condition or better
  • Increased funding for Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities by 57% since 2017
  • Added 54 acres of park land since 2017, improving the 10-minute walk to a park from 74 to 80% for Richmonders
  • Established the RVAgreen 2050 Plan, achieving 50% of city municipal electricity sourced from clean energy, and placing Richmond at #1 on the USA Today list of Most Climate Resilient Cities
  • Invested over $851,000 in to the first ever Neighborhood Climate Resilience Grant Program
  • Won a $6 million grant from the USDA to invest in urban agriculture
  • Established Richmond’s first C-PACE program
  • Overall violent crime decreased by 22%
  • Invested millions to increase pay to public safety employees
  • Invested $35 million for fire apparatus, police vehicles, refuse trucks, and replace Fire Station 21 and Richmond’s First Police Precinct
  • Created the first ever Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention Framework, which takes a whole-government and whole-community approach to addressing gun violence.
    • 75% decrease in youth victims of homicide in 2023
    • 9% decrease in overall crime and 29% decrease in overall nonfatal shootings in 2023
    • Partnered with NextUp RVA to establish the Positive Youth Development Fund, funding over 40 programs and impacting over 400 youth
    • Established the Trauma Healing Network to promote healing and resilience in communities effected by trauma, serving 37 families impacted by trauma and more than 600 community members
    • Created the We Matter RVA program, which creates partnership with Richmond Public Schools, Communities In Schools, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities and mental health providers to support middle school students directly impacted by gun violence.
  • Established Richmond’s first Real Time Crime Center
  • Implemented the Marcus Alert to improve response to mental and behavioral health crises in the City Of Richmond
  • Selected to join the National Public Safety Partnership to support safer communities
  • Created a Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety in 2020
 
  • Removed all Confederate monuments from the City of Richmond
  • Improved the city’s Municipal Equality Index score from 42 to 100 (perfect score)
  • Revamped the History and Culture Commission
  • Raised both the Progress flag and Juneteenth flag at City Hall for the first time ever
  • Celebrated cultural heritage months as a city, including Hispanic Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Muslim American Heritage Month, ect.
  • Named Indigenous Peoples’ Day a local holiday
  • Became the first locality in the United States to recognize International Women’s Day as a city holiday
  • Created an award-winning master plan, Richmond 300, and established the Strategic Plan for Equitable Economic Development (SPEED)
  • Streamlined the city permitting process, improving turn-around time for applications to less than five days
  • Provided over 500 new business licenses and over 650 commercial business licenses
  • Brought over 6,500 new jobs to the city
  • Created more that $3.8 billion in announced capital investment from economic development projects
  • Saw small and large businesses choose Richmond, including CoStar, VPM, Phlow, Carmax, and Haleon just to name a few.
  • Increased our tax base by 99% increase over the last decade
  • Named top three in the nation for concentration of Black-owned businesses
  • Ranked the eighth city in the country that CEOs should consider for corporate headquarters
  • Became the Southernmost locality to commit to a collective bargaining agreement for City employees
  • Increased minimum wage to $20.00 per hour for all city employees
  • Transitioned the city to the Virginia Retirement System
  • Increased parental leave from four to eight weeks
  • Partnered with Marathon Health to add employee health clinics
  • Dedicated $1.4 million to first time homebuyer’s assistance program for employees who want to live within city limits