Topgolf opens in Westwood, drives reinvestment in ‘Scott’s Addition 2.0’

Henrico County officials helped celebrate the opening of Topgolf’s first golf and entertainment venue in the region.

But the three-level, 55,000-square-foot, high-tech complex represents more than a new recreational and social option for residents.

Pictured: County Manager John Vithoulkas (at left) and Henrico EDA Director Anthony Romanello (second from right) helped christen the new Topgolf Richmond with Topgolf officials Cliff Twiggs (holding the scissors) and Tanner Micheli during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 4.

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Panzera named executive director of Henrico CASA

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates Inc. (Henrico CASA) has named Jeannine Panzera to serve as its executive director, overseeing a program to provide court representation for children who have experienced neglect, abuse and other trauma.

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Henrico taps Tretina for chief of staff position

Henrico County has appointed Cari M. Tretina as chief of staff to the county manager, effective Saturday, Oct. 12.

Tretina currently serves as director of administration for Henrico’s Division of Fire, a position she has held since April 2017.

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Henrico gives students work experience

In August, four high school freshmen earned a big opportunity. The Cristo Rey Richmond students became paid Henrico County interns.

“I like learning to work because this will help me so much in the future,” said student Celiana Gutierrez Ayala.

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County leaders break ground on new pickleball courts

Henrico County leaders broke ground on Aug. 3 for eight new outdoor pickleball courts under construction at Pouncey Tract Park.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The paddle sport combines elements of ping pong, badminton and tennis.

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Tour sharpens vision for indoor sports and convocation center

Update: On Aug. 13, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to authorize the county manager to request detailed proposals for an indoor sports and convocation center. The six entities that submitted initial proposals will be invited to offer detailed proposals that would include a controllable site for the center and the county’s purchase price for the land.

Henrico officials recently toured an indoor sports and events venue in Rocky Mount, N.C. as the county prepares to sharpen its pursuit of a similar facility here.

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Region’s ‘transit revolution’ earns praise

Henrico shares honor following Pulse launch, GRTC route expansion

The 2018 launch of the Pulse bus rapid transit system and expansion of GRTC Transit System routes in Henrico County are being lauded by a pro-growth group as part of a “transit revolution” for the region.

The Greater Washington Partnership, a group of business leaders that promotes unity and growth from Richmond to Baltimore, on Tuesday released a case study on the region’s transit system changes. It found a 17% increase in local ridership from July 2018 through April compared with the same period the previous year. During that time, transit ridership nationally dropped by 2%, according to the study.

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