Regional State Building Code Seminars and Enforcement Policy
Building Inspections departments from Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico jointly develop enforcement policy for the administration of state building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes. The departments also develop and provide training programs to explain state code requirements and enforcement policies to contractors, architects, engineers, realtors and the public.
Capital Area Consortium (Chief Elected Official and County Managers)
The consortium is the regional workforce development policy group supported by the Workforce Investment Act. The consortium is an organization based on a written agreement among Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan counties to collectively engage in workforce development. The consortium is the public policy arm of a partnership with the business community charged with development and oversight of a workforce system and reduces duplication of services; brings about collaboration among service providers; and the integration of services that facilitate responsiveness to the needs of employers and job seekers. The consortium, in partnership with the business community, is charged with supporting continued economic vitality and growth by preparing and maintaining a world-class workforce.
Capital Area Training Consortium
The consortium has established a regional agency, the Capital Area Training Consortium, to serve as staff for local, regional, state and federal initiatives designed to link business, education, training and resources to the workforce development system to meet business needs.
Capital Area Workforce Centers
Capital Area Workforce Centers are the vehicles through which workforce services are made available to employers and job seekers. The centers are repositories of information for businesses and the community to prepare for and find employment. The workforce centers are staffed by representatives of the public workforce development programs, such as the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Employment Commission, Senior Connections, Job Corps and community colleges. The centers collaborate with Richmond’s Career Advancement Center and the Crater Workforce Center on services for job seekers and employers alike.
Regional Commodity Agriculture Training and Research
Extension agents provide professional seminars and conduct field research for commodity agriculture and green industry. The City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan and Goochland participate.
Regional Pesticide Application Training
Extension agents cooperatively conduct required training for all pesticide applicators annually. The City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, New Kent, Charles City, Powhatan and Goochland participate.
Regional Plant Health Diagnostics
Extension Agents cooperatively maintain plant health clinics to identify insects, plant diseases and weeds to reduce pesticide use. The City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, New Kent, Charles City, Powhatan and Goochland participate.
Regional Volunteer Training
Extension Agents cooperatively provide training for volunteers who assist with planning, implementing and evaluating extension programs. Examples include: Master Gardener volunteers who assist citizens with fertilizer and pesticide recommendations to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay; 4-H/Youth volunteers who provide supervision and educational activities at residential 4-H camps and conferences, judge 4-H contests and conduct animal-related 4-H programs such as horse and dog shows; and Family and Consumer Science volunteers who offer family financial management and nutrition information.
The Work Incentive Initiative
The Capital Area (Capital Area Consortium and the Capital Area Workforce Investment Board) is involved in an initiative to significantly improve workforce service availability and effectiveness for people with disabilities. This regional initiative involves 11 Workforce Investment Areas – Crater, City of Richmond, Greater Peninsula, Hampton Roads, Bay Consortium, Northern Virginia, Alexandria/Arlington, Charlottesville, Northern Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah Valley. The consortium, specifically its Workforce Investment Board, is the grant recipient and oversees the effort. The initiative also includes the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services as the primary sub-recipient.
Workforce Investment Board
The consortium appoints a business-led Workforce Investment Board to lead the regional effort. The board’s business and non-business sectors have regional representation.
Cooperative Jailing of Offenders
Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico and New Kent counties have an agreement for the cooperative jailing of offenders from these localities in the Henrico Regional Jail.
Inmate Labor Sharing
The Henrico Sheriff’s Department is providing inmate labor assistance to New Kent County with grounds maintenance around its courthouse and airport; the Virginia Department of Transportation with trash and debris removal along highways; and the Virginia Department of Forestry for nursery maintenance.
Regional Inmate Transportation
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond Sheriff’s offices have established an agreement for coordinating inmate transportation. Before making long distance transports, the offices contact each other to see if they have a transport in the same area and decide which one will transport the inmates.
Community Corrections Services programs cooperatively purchase/share residential space and programs for Community Corrections Services clients. Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond participate.
Sheriff’s Office Basic Training Academy
Chesterfield and Henrico Sheriff’s offices conduct joint basic training academies. Training responsibilities are shared between the two offices.
Greater Richmond Convention Center
The center was a cooperative effort between the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover. The center is owned by the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority, which is composed of these jurisdictions and the Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond. The 700,000 square-foot facility is located in downtown Richmond and includes exhibit space, meeting rooms and a grand ballroom.
Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP)
GRP is an economic development initiative created by Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond in cooperation with the Metro Richmond Chamber of Commerce and private businesses in the area. The GRP is committed to continued development of new jobs in metropolitan Richmond.
Greater Richmond Tourism Task Force
Members of the Greater Richmond Tourism Task Force share information about promoting tourism in the greater Richmond area. Members represent area hospitality businesses, museums and tourist attractions.
James River Certified Development Corporation (JRCDC)
JRCDC is a private, nonprofit corporation organized under the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program. JRCDC serves existing and prospective small businesses in the counties of Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan and the City of Richmond. The 504 Loan Program provides long-term, fixed-asset financing-in participation with private lenders-to small businesses. This financing stimulates economic growth and expansion by retaining or creating jobs, increasing local tax bases and expanding business ownership opportunities within the designated service areas.
Metropolitan Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau (MRCVB)
MRCVB is a cooperative effort between Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond to promote tourism and travel in the metro Richmond area.
Richmond Region 2007
Henrico participates in the Richmond metro area initiative to recognize and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first English-speaking settlement in the New World.
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University provide funding and legislative support for the establishment and operation of this economic development effort.
Wire: Workforce Preparation/Infrastructure Development/Regional Cooperation/ Educational Partnerships
The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission developed this project, funded by the Regional Competitiveness Act, to contract with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce for implementation throughout the metro region.
Electronic Classroom/Distance Learning
Henrico is a national provider for interactive classroom instruction in Japanese I, II and III, Latin I and II, Advanced Placement Calculus and Advanced Placement Statistics. This Distance Learning Network serves more than 1,000 students from approximately 200 schools, including those in Hanover and Richmond.
Richmond operates a regionally supported school for talented and gifted high school students from Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, Richmond and West Point. Henrico provides funding to support the capital expense for the renovation of the old Maggie Walker High School to use as the permanent Governor’s School site. Henrico also sends qualified students to the school.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
College programs are supported in part by Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Powhatan and Richmond.
Mathematics & Science Center/Challenger Space Center
This joint venture between Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and Richmond school divisions has provided leadership, support and exemplary programs in mathematics, science and technology for grades kindergarten through 12. Annually, the center serves more than 200,000 students through weekday programs; teaches more than 3,000 students and 1,000 parents in Saturday and summer programs; and provides 1,500 educators with professional development opportunities.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond financially supported the establishment of a school of engineering at VCU. Henrico’s Economic Development Authority and VCU implemented a program that awards scholarships to qualified Henrico high school students who attend VCU’s School of Engineering.
Central Virginia Large Event Medical Response System
The system provides emergency medical service to people attending large sporting or cultural events. Participants include paid and volunteer EMS personnel throughout Virginia. The group was organized initially to manage EMS at Richmond International Raceway during NASCAR racing events.
Chesterfield, Hanover, Hopewell, Henrico, Petersburg, Richmond and the Virginia Air National Guard cooperate in joint training of new firefighters and emergency service personnel.
Jurisdictions within a 60-mile radius of Henrico County contribute personnel to this air ambulance service owned by the Virginia State Police.
Richmond Metropolitan Urban Area (USA1)
Henrico County, with Chesterfield, Hanover, Goochland and the City of Richmond, organized a work group and sub-committee to develop a program to improve the regional response to emergency situations utilizing a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
The CPAT serves as an entry-level, candidate-testing tool. Henrico, Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, the Virginia Air National Guard and the Richmond Airport Authority all participate or contribute to the program.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
This program is a regional planning group directed to identify hazards related to natural occurrences and methods to mitigate those hazards. This group includes Henrico, Richmond, Charles City, New Kent, Goochland, Powhatan and Hanover.
Henrico’s Hazardous Incident Team responds to the most severe emergency incidents involving chemical spills and similar situations in an area covering 11,000 square miles in central Virginia.
Heavy Technical Rescue
Henrico and Chesterfield counties have formed a combined technical rescue team focusing on high-angle, confined space and trench rescue and building collapses. The team also conducts joint-training exercises with Richmond and Hanover.
Metro Fire Chiefs Association
The Association of Chief Fire Officers meets regularly to discuss and resolve fire and EMS service issues. Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond, Hanover, Colonial Heights, the National Guard, Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) and Petersburg are represented.
Metro Medical Response System
The system is a regional planning group designed to address medical response issues for the metro region including Henrico, Hanover, Richmond, Chesterfield, New Kent and Goochland.
Metro Richmond Emergency Planning Group
Regional emergency managers meet to plan and coordinate emergency preparedness for hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks and the operation of emergency operation centers. Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond, Hanover, Hopewell, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond area hospitals, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Environmental Protection Agency participate.
Metro Richmond Fire Investigation Team
The team provides a structured framework and resources to investigate large or suspicious fires. Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Prince George, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Richmond, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) share equipment and personnel.
Richmond Metro EMS Council
The regional association of EMS agencies discusses regional issues, patient care protocols and grant funding. This includes Planning District 15, specifically Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond and Hanover.
Chesterfield and Henrico counties share services in ground search and rescue, water rescue and water evidence search.
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond, Richmond International Airport and the Virginia Air National Guard share training facilities. Area fire training officers hold quarterly meetings.
Written Mutual Aid Agreements
Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent counties, Richmond International Airport, the Virginia Air National Guard and the Virginia Department of Emergency Services Hazardous Incident Team (H.I.T.) are on call to provide backup service and assistance for neighboring jurisdictions. Services include fire protection, hazardous materials incidents, ground search and rescue, heavy technical rescue and EMS. Henrico also participates in a statewide mutual aid agreement.
Central Virginia HIV Care Consortium
Health departments and clinics in the metro area provide health care and counseling support services to HIV and AIDS patients.
Community Asthma Coalition
The coalition provides assistance to a community group that is developing an action plan for victims of asthma. Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties, the City of Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia, local hospitals and other area entities are members.
Food Service Managers Certification Course
Henrico County Health Department staff conducts classroom training for restaurant managers and employees from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond.
Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)
Regional groups work with hospitals, health care providers, local governments, health departments and public safety to coordinate plans and responses to mass-casualty events from either natural causes or acts of terrorism.
Project Immunize Virginia
Through the Immunization Action Plan, local health departments and private-practice physicians throughout the metro area have formed a coalition to improve the level of immunizations in children.
Regional Perinatal Coordinating Council
Representatives from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and Petersburg meet quarterly to improve the health of infants and mothers.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant (Youth Matters)
This grant provides funding for a comprehensive immunization tracking system among Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond to monitor infants from birth through childhood to ensure they obtain proper immunization. The Foundation’s Community Collaborative on Youth Plan, submitted by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, has been approved to receive $4.2 million over five years to improve third-grade reading test scores and neighborhood safety and reduce teenage pregnancies through an abstinence-education program.
State Fair of Virginia Food Inspections
Health Department staff members from Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond provide food service inspections at the State Fair.
Virginia Blood Drive
Employees around the region participate in blood drives. Friendly competition between Henrico and Chesterfield takes place as a way of increasing blood donations.
Cooperative Housing of Inmates/Juvenile Offenders
The Henrico Juvenile Detention Home has provided bed space to Richmond, Chesterfield and to jurisdictions outside of central Virginia. Chesterfield has provided the same service to Henrico, when necessary.
Henrico Community Corrections
With financial support from the private sector, the Community Criminal Justice Board developed three award-winning prevention videos on shoplifting, substance abuse and teen dating violence. The videos were distributed in middle and high schools in Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.
James River Juvenile Detention Commission
This commission, with representatives from Henrico, Goochland and Powhatan counties, built and now operates a 60-bed regional juvenile detention facility at the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Powhatan County.
Juvenile Justice Prevention Grants
Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico supported Richmond’s application/implementation for federal regional juvenile justice planning grants.
Shared Group Home Services
Chesterfield and Henrico have established a memorandum of agreement that allows Henrico to use available bed space in the Chesterfield Youth Group Home.
Capital Area Library Directors (CALD) Meetings
Library directors from Chesterfield, Henrico, Petersburg, Richmond, Powhatan, Appomattox Regional and Pamunkey Regional collaborate on the implementation of library services, programs and policies.
Cooperative Public Library Programs
Henrico, Richmond and Pamunkey Regional libraries have conducted cooperative programming efforts for children and young adults.
Henrico Public Library loans materials to libraries throughout the region and state.
Reciprocal Library Borrowing Policy
Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and Pamunkey Regional libraries have a reciprocal borrowing agreement that allows residents to use library facilities in each jurisdiction without charge.
2007/2008 Conferences, Inc.
This is a non-profit corporation to plan, fund and host the 2007 National Association of Counties annual conference and the 2008 International City/County Managers Association annual conference. The City of Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and James City counties and the Virginia Association of Counties are represented on the Board of Directors.
Audit Directors Regional Group
Audit directors from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond meet to discuss productivity improvements and innovations in government; to conduct joint continuing education for their group; and to participate in hiring interview panels.
Budget Officers Regional Group
Budget officers from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond meet regularly to discuss productivity improvements and innovations in government.
Capital Area Purchasing Association
Purchasing officers from the state and area counties and cities meet monthly to discuss purchasing issues and conduct an annual forum.
Capital Regional Caucus
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and other jurisdictions, meet weekly during the General Assembly session to discuss bills and resolutions important to the region and coordinate efforts to move the region’s legislative priorities forward.
CEO/CAO Monthly Meetings
The chief elected official and the chief administrative official for Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the City of Richmond meet on a scheduled basis. The localities take turns hosting the meeting and preparing the agenda of current topics that the region needs to address.
Cooperative Library Purchasing
The Cooperative Library Purchasing was formed to purchase books and other materials and includes Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond and 14 other localities.
Finance, Taxation and Budget
Finance, treasury, taxation, revenue and budget officers and staff in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond maintain close contact to discuss issues of mutual concern and develop uniform procedures. Meetings with regional counterparts and beyond are held frequently to discuss issues and to compare economic trends.
General Registrar Voter Transfers
Registrars in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond maintain regular contact to accommodate each other’s needs when registered voters move from one locality to another. These officers also share ideas and information about office procedures, legal issues and related concerns.
Human Resources Administration Information Share
Human Resource Departments in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond meet to share and discuss bills that have been introduced to the Virginia General Assembly that might affect personnel and the local government workforce, as well as share information on benefits, salaries, policies and practices.
Joint Management Development Training
Chesterfield and Henrico share resources to bring quality speakers to employee training programs.
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Ashland cooperatively bid their respective annual requirements for petroleum products. Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond have taken cooperative volume bids to purchase educational computers.
Joint Regional Audit Efforts
Multi-jurisdictional teams provide audit services for special regional projects or groups.
Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR)
LMR is a community leadership development program affiliated with the National Association for Community Leadership. LMR’s purpose is to educate leaders about the complexity of key issues in the metropolitan area; to engage a diverse group of community leaders in problem solving, team building and interpersonal communication; and to encourage individual involvement in shaping policy, exerting influence and providing vision for the future of the greater community. Representatives from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond have served in the LMR program, on its board of directors and as advisors to its classes.
Personal Property Information
Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond share personal property information, such as the location of personal property, business license information and payment of taxes.
Real Estate Assessment Information
Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond share real property information such as residential and commercial sales activity and meet periodically to discuss market trends.
Regional Jobs Web site
Henrico, Richmond, Chesterfield and Hanover jointly purchased a Web site showing all of their job vacancies. Regional advertising of job vacancies includes a billboard at The Diamond.
Regional Revenue Forum
The Regional Revenue Forum is an annual forum that brings together experts in the fields of real estate, homebuilding, retail sales, car sales, economists, etc. with finance officials from around the region to discuss local economy/revenue issues. Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Richmond, Petersburg, Powhatan, Goochland and Hopewell officials participate.
Acute Care Project
Regional community services boards have developed and implemented a diversion program to purchase acute in-patient care at local hospitals and avoid state hospitalization. This jointly operated program is funded by the state and costs about $2.5 million.
Child and Adolescent Treatment and Prevention Programs
Coordinators from Chesterfield, Henrico Area and Richmond community services boards meet regularly to share ideas and sponsor relevant training.
Henrico Area Mental Health and Mental Retardation Community Services Board
The board serves the residents of Henrico, Charles City and New Kent counties and provides mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services and access to resources to enable them to lead productive lives.
Infant Early Intervention Program
Coordinators from Chesterfield, Henrico Area and Richmond community services boards meet regularly to discuss implementation of applicable program legislation.
Local Disabilities Services Board
This board, which includes members from Charles City, Henrico and New Kent, provides input on service needs and priorities for people with physical handicaps.
Mental Health Emergency Services
Emergency Service program directors from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond meet quarterly to resolve inter-jurisdictional matters such as temporary detention orders and other crisis issues. The regional community services boards have developed a regional disaster-response agreement that assures coordination and mutual aid.
Network of Care
Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond have a consumer and family-oriented, Web-based information service called “Network of Care.” It provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all licensed providers in the area and direct access for consumers and families to easy-to-search libraries about specific disorders as well as daily articles about mental and emotional wellness. In addition it allows consumers to track state and federal legislation and to communicate with elected state and federal officials. The service provides translation into several languages, including Spanish and Vietnamese, at the click of a mouse. This is the first mental health and retardation service of this type in Virginia.
Regional Authorization Committee
Representatives from the Regional Community Services Board Consortium meet weekly at Central State Hospital to review all requests for admission to ensure their appropriateness. Through this process, the region and hospital cooperatively manage the census at Central State Hospital.
Regional Community Services Boards Consortium
The community services boards of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Planning District 19 and Crossroads meet monthly to coordinate and solve regional mental health/mental retardation and substance abuse issues.
Regional Disability Directors
Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and Richmond directors of mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse programs meet monthly to develop regional cooperative training offerings and to keep cooperative agreements current.
Regional Mental Retardation Case Managers Coalition
Community services boards in Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and Richmond meet quarterly for updates on service issues and in-service training.
Regional Reinvestment Project
Since 2003, the regional community services boards have developed cooperative programs that reduce the census at Central State Hospital and permit the transfer of hospital funds into the region for community services. As part of this effort, some regionally operated and funded programs have been developed to create economics of scale. These include a regional Crisis Stabilization Team (contractual), a regional Behavioral Team (contractual) and a Jail Team. The Regional Reinvestment Project manages approximately $2.8 million.
Regional Substance Abuse Commission
Regional representatives from law enforcement and local community services boards have met for more than a year to evaluate service needs and regional strategies to reduce substance abuse and related crimes.
The marketing specialists from sheltered workshops administered by the Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond community services boards coordinate marketing efforts to attract larger jobs.
Transitional Advisory Committee
Community services boards in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond and private organizations meet with Southside Virginia Training Center (SVTC) staff and a parent representative to keep the training center informed of community services and trends in service delivery. They assist SVTC in preparing residents for transition to the community.
Expansion of the City’s North Enterprise Zone
Richmond, Henrico and the Virginia departments of Housing and Community Development and Economic Development worked together to prepare a Joint Application for Enterprise Zone Designation to expand the city’s existing North Enterprise Zone into Henrico County. The joint application was initially approved by the state on April 15, 2003. In 2004, the City of Richmond and the State of Virginia approved the expansion of the zone to other corridors in the county.
Metropolitan Richmond Air Quality Committee
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond establish methods for reaching attainment for air quality levels.
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC)
RRPDC promotes orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic aspects of the region in partnership with governmental subdivisions and other entities. Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan counties, the City of Richmond and the Town of Ashland support RRPDC and various sub-functions.
Animal Protection Services
Animal protection officers in Hanover and Henrico counties and the City of Richmond regularly share information and assistance.
Capital Area Communications Steering Committee
Established in 1998, the committee includes three voting representatives from Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond who meet quarterly (subcommittees meet more frequently) to consider and adopt policies, procedures and public safety protocols that impact all three jurisdictions. The original purpose of this steering committee was to pursue and implement compatible radio systems (800Mhz digital trunked systems). These have been implemented and operational for a number of years and afford unparalleled interoperability for public safety communications.
Central Virginia Crime Prevention Association (CVCPA)
Police from Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond International Airport as well as the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of State Police and Ukrop’s Supermarkets participate in regular CVCPA meetings and seminars.
Central Virginia Public Safety Media Council
Public information officers from Chesterfield and Henrico county police; Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond city police; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and local mass media representatives meet quarterly to discuss public safety/media issues.
Community Support Services
Area law enforcement agencies participate in many community relations and crime prevention programs, such as National Night Out Against Crime, the Metro Coalition Against Drugs, Neighborhood Watch, Police-Apartment Managers Coalition (PAC) and Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT).
Computerized Warrant Information Sharing
Police from Henrico County and the City of Richmond share computerized warrant files to enhance regional law enforcement efforts.
Police departments from Henrico, Charles City, Goochland and Hanover counties, the New Kent County Sheriffs’ Office and Richmond City Police participate in Crime Stoppers, a program that encourages citizens to call and share information about criminal offenses and are eligible for a reward. Richmond police usually produce the televised announcements and Henrico police handle telephone calls and the database maintenance.
D.E.A. (Drug Enforcement Administration) Task Force
Chesterfield and Henrico counties, Petersburg and Richmond city police, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of State Police and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration pool their resources to prevent drug trafficking in the metropolitan area.
Enhanced 911 Emergency Phone System
With the use of the emergency 911 telephone system, Chesterfield and Henrico counties and Richmond City police can immediately transfer emergency information to the affected jurisdiction. Henrico and Richmond police share a built-in backup telephone system in the event of power or telephone failure. The affected jurisdiction can flip a key on its command console, and all incoming emergency calls will immediately ring into the backup jurisdiction’s system.
Explorer Post (Henrico County Police #608)
The post cooperates with neighboring Explorer Posts in mutual benefit events and in annual leadership training and conferences.
Fugitive Task Force
Chesterfield and Henrico county police, Richmond City police, U.S. Marshall Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation cooperate in apprehending felons with charges pending in respective jurisdictions.
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Henrico County’s Division of Police is involved with other law enforcement entities in the greater Richmond area in the crime reduction and prevention efforts.
H.E.A.T. Project (Help Eliminate Auto Theft)
Auto theft investigators in the region periodically work together to conduct seminars and complete Vehicle Identification Number etchings to help with the problem of auto theft.
Interdiction Task Force
Henrico County and Richmond City police and Virginia Department of State Police work together by pooling and dedicating multi-agency resources to interdict illegal drugs at Richmond International Airport, Greyhound bus and AMTRAK train stations, hotels, motels and parcel-packaging providers.
When appropriate or advantageous, area jurisdictions work together on undercover operations to combat crimes involving narcotics, homicides and other street crimes. This is especially helpful when crimes cross jurisdictional boundaries.
Joint Uniform Task Force Operations
Police from Henrico and Richmond and the Virginia Department of State Police engage in joint criminal road checks.
Policy and Grants
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond police and the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office share information on grants, policy materials and related matters affecting law enforcement.
Precious Metals, Thefts and Control
Area jurisdictions have adopted parallel ordinances and conduct joint investigations in cooperation with commonwealth’s attorneys from participating localities.
Richmond Metro Burglary Investigators
Investigators from metro localities meet to discuss burglary and robbery cases and suspects.
Richmond Metro Hostage Negotiation Training
Henrico County Police, Richmond City Police and Hanover County Sheriff’s Office regularly meet to discuss common trends and arrange cooperative training programs in dealing with hostage situations.
Richmond Retail Merchants Association
Henrico County Police is involved with other law enforcement entities in the Richmond Region Metropolitan Area (RRMA) in crime prevention.
Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Henrico County Police and the Virginia Department of State Police have conducted sobriety checkpoints to curtail accidents caused by drinking alcohol and driving and to promote seat belt safety.
Violent Crime Task Force
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond police, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms work together to apprehend violent career criminals.
Virginia CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Committee
Chesterfield, Henrico, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach police, the Crime Prevention Center of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Virginia Crime Prevention Association, Bristol, Va. City Sheriff’s Office, Department of Biology of Blue Ridge Community College and the Environmental Program of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation meet regularly to share CPTED information, concerns and training.
Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS)
Henrico County Police encourages volunteers to assist in non-sworn and non-tactical activities with the agency. This local volunteer effort also cooperates with adjacent jurisdiction volunteer programs.
Written Mutual Aid Agreements
Police from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Prince George counties, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond cities and Capital Region Airport and the University of Richmond are on-call to provide backup police personnel when needed. These agreements facilitate criminal information sharing and joint criminal enforcements.
Area Planning and Services Committee
Henrico and Richmond MH/MR and Henrico Recreation and Parks partner with area agencies such as VCU, Richmond Housing Coalition, Faith in Action, Greater Richmond United Way, Behavioral Health Authority, Instructive Visiting Nursing Association, Adult Care Services, parent advocacy groups and the Capitol Area Agency on Aging to develop services for aging adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Citie of Henricus
Henrico County has played a major role in the funding of the “Citie of Henricus,” including building and construction of the park and the access roads. In addition, Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Tarmac Lone Star and other private contributors and foundations provide assistance in the park’s development and operation.
CLICS (Clinical Links into Community Settings)
Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover recreation and parks agencies formed this task force to move people with disabilities or physical limitations from inpatient/outpatient services to community recreation services, and to develop transportation services for survivors of brain injuries.
George Susce “Good Kid” Clinics and Camps
The George Susce “Good Kid” Foundation, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond Police, MH/MR and Recreation and Parks, the Virginia State Police, University of Richmond and VCU combine talents and resources to offer unique athletic clinics and camps for area youth that promote safety in the home and ways to cope with peer pressure and bullying. Formerly known as SOSA (Strike Out Substance Abuse), the NACo-recognized program was recently renamed in honor of George Susce, former head baseball coach at George Wythe High School in Richmond.
James River Advisory Council
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond representatives serve on the regional council to promote and protect the James River. The council organizes “James River Days.”
James River Parade of Lights
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond Recreation and Parks agencies and local marinas-in cooperation with the Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries-hold an annual holiday lighted boat parade and activities at various boat landings along the James River.
The foundation provides educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for the community through the restoration and development of Maymont Park, including museums, animal exhibits, gardens and other resources. The City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Powhatan participate.
Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers
Chesterfield and Henrico counties and the City of Richmond are members of Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, which promotes sporting events and related activities in the area.
RAD (Richmond Athletes with Disabilities) Sports
Metro area recreation and parks agencies, along with local businesses, formed this task force to implement recreation and leisure activities such as the annual wheelchair tennis tournament.
Rainbow Games and Special Olympics
Recreation and Parks agencies from Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Richmond and West Point participate in activities for the physically disabled and mentally retarded. Area law enforcement agencies take part in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics.
Richmond Area Safe Kids Coalition
Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond form outreach programs with private businesses to promote child safety and injury prevention.
Richmond Metropolitan Youth Soccer League
Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond provide playing fields for regular season games.
The Diamond Stadium
Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond contribute funds to the Richmond Metropolitan Authority to fund repairs and improvements to The Diamond Stadium. Henrico also appoints a representative to the Stadium Operating Committee.
Henrico Recreation and Parks and the City of Richmond exchange supplies, costumes and props to use at Dogwood Dell and other city facilities.
Each year, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond work cooperatively to bring youth soccer tournaments such as the Colonial Cup, Jefferson Cup, Big Toe Sports, VA Players Cup, Columbus Day and Capital Cup to the region. Regional efforts have established the metro area as the site of the Amateur Softball Association’s (ASA) Memorial Day Tournament, the largest softball tournament in the world.
Virginia Senior Games
Recreation and Parks agencies from Chesterfield, Fairfax, Henrico, James City, Newport News, Richmond and Virginia Beach organize and implement sports and games for senior adults when the event is held in the Richmond area.
Capital Area Coalition of Local Social Services Boards
Social Services boards from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond and Powhatan meet quarterly to address issues of joint concern before the state Social Services Board, the governor, the General Assembly of Virginia and federal programs.
Central Virginia Coalition of Comprehensive Services Act Coordinators
This coalition meets monthly to implement the Comprehensive Services Act for At Risk Youth and Families. Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond, Powhatan and several localities from southern and northern Virginia are represented. Meeting topics address the implementation of the law and provide training in the coordinated delivery of services to seriously emotionally disturbed children.
Coalition for Children and Youth
The coalition sponsors the Regional Foster Parent and Resource Recruitment Project. Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Richmond, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Powhatan, Goochland, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights participate.
Provides van service for customers of the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare. This 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week program is managed by GRTC. Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Richmond and Colonial Heights participate.
Domestic Violence Task Force
Local domestic violence task forces from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond work cooperatively to develop public awareness and prevention programs.
Greater Richmond Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition
This coalition is composed of Social Service departments from Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover, as well as the Greater Richmond NAACP, Bank of America, Families First and the Central Virginia Food Bank. It is dedicated to increasing the number of citizens in the greater metro area claiming the earned income tax credit through public education and offering free tax preparation sites.
GREAT (Greater Richmond Employment Assistance Team)
This welfare reform program contracted with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce to provide job assessment, development and placement for welfare clients in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond.
Local Social Services Directors Meetings
Directors from Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Richmond and Powhatan collaborate on Social Service programs, policies and implementation of the welfare reform program.
Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond nursing staffs meet to review and plan for the impact of Medicaid and Medicare changes on their facilities.
Senior Connections (formerly the Capital Area Agency on Aging)
This agency develops and administers an area plan to coordinate and implement community-based services for the elderly. Participants include Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond.
Social Service departments in Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Charles City, New Kent, Goochland and Powhatan and the Capital Area Training Consortium (CATC) provide intense employment preparation services to identified public assistance recipients.
Welfare Reform Regional Transportation Grant
The Social Services directors in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond successfully competed for this grant to provide enhanced transportation services for welfare clients seeking employment.
CARE provides local paratransit service within, and is supported by, the City of Richmond and the County of Henrico. CARE is part of the GRTC Transit System.
GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company)
GRTC, the public transportation provider for the Richmond metropolitan area, is jointly owned by the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County. Representatives from those jurisdictions serve on the board of directors. Henrico County, with approximately 12 percent of GRTC’s route mileage, has contractual arrangements with GRTC to support public transportation in the area.
Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and the City of Richmond make up the Capitol Region Airport Commission that operates RIC.
Richmond Metropolitan Authority (RMA)
The RMA operates transportation facilities like the Powhite Parkway, the Downtown Expressway and the Boulevard Bridge. The City of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties provide the board of directors for the authority.
Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The Richmond Area MPO is the state and federally designated regional transportation planning organization that serves as the forum for cooperative transportation decision-making in the urbanized and soon-to-be-urbanized portion of the Richmond area. Administrative functions of the MPO are provided through the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. Members include the town of Ashland, the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, the City of Richmond, the Capital Region Airport Commission, GRTC Transit System, the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Ridefinders, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transportation Administration.
Ridefinders is the region’s carpool, vanpool and rideshare facilitator, providing services to the public and private sectors under the GRTC Transit System umbrella. The City of Richmond and Chesterfield and Henrico counties support Ridefinders.
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond have adopted similar ordinances and rate schedules for taxicabs. These jurisdictions have full reciprocity in taxicab regulation, encouraged by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. The Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board was established under the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.
Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA)
The CVWMA provides solid waste management services for the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George, the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond and the town of Ashland.
Cumberland County Regional Water Supply Project
Henrico and Cumberland counties are working together to determine the feasibility, design and construction of a reservoir in Cumberland County to provide a supplemental water supply to Henrico and other member jurisdictions during periods of low flow in the James River. The City of Richmond has expressed an interest in joining.
Henrico and Richmond implemented an agreement that allows Henrico to use Richmond’s Yard Waste Composting Facility to recycle leaves. Henrico does not anticipate using the facility in 2005.
Richmond supplies natural gas to residents in Richmond, Henrico and northern Chesterfield. Henrico supported Richmond at the State Corporation Commission hearings, speaking in favor of maintaining Richmond’s exclusive natural gas service in Henrico.
Regional Water Planning Committee
Composed of the public utilities directors for Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond, this committee coordinates local water plans to assure adequate and safe water supplies and where feasible, provide mutual support during emergencies.
Richmond Regional Water Resources Plan (RRPDC) Water Resources Task Force
This task force periodically reviews and updates the Richmond Regional Water Resources Plan. Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Richmond, New Kent, Charles City, Powhatan, Goochland and Ashland participate.
Water and Sewer Agreements
Henrico and Richmond signed a water agreement through the year 2040. Richmond agreed to support the construction of a new treatment plant in Henrico County to help meet the region’s future water needs. Henrico’s water treatment plant was placed into service in 2004; however, Henrico will continue to purchase treated water from Richmond at a reduced volume through July 1, 2040. Water treated by Richmond that is no longer needed by Henrico as a result of its new plant, will be available to serve future growth in Chesterfield and Hanover. As a part of the contract, Henrico and Richmond, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, developed a “James River Management Plan.” This plan will meet water supply needs and protect the river by identifying river flow levels that trigger conservation measures.
The Henrico Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility began operations in November 1989 and treats sewage from most of Henrico and parts of Goochland and Hanover. This facility is an element of the Water Quality Management Plan for the Richmond metropolitan area, adopted by the State Water Control Board on August 26, 1974. Under a wastewater agreement, Richmond receives and treats wastewater from Henrico and each jurisdiction treats the wastewater of the other’s residents along their boundary lines.
Water and sewer agreements exist between Richmond and Chesterfield, Richmond and Hanover, Henrico and Hanover, and Henrico and Goochland. Chesterfield is also a member of the Appomattox River Water Authority. Staffs meet regularly to discuss regional water and sewer planning. In addition, Henrico provides Goochland with water and sewer service.