YEAR IN REVIEW: July

Capital One announced $150 million investment

Virginia-based Capital One Financial Corporation announced it would invest more than $150 million to establish a new data center in Chesterfield County. This Virginia data center is part of Capital One’s core IT infrastructure that incorporates new technologies to better meet customer needs. The project will create at least 50 new jobs.  Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Chesterfield. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.

Hopewell man dies after Dutch Gap boat fire

It was a tragic night on the water at Dutch Gap boat landing early in July when a 20-foot boat caught fire around 8 p.m., with eight people on board.  A Hopewell man died as a result of the fire while injuring three others. Two people were burned, one man was discovered by divers under the water, said Chesterfield Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Lee Williams. A diver was injured during the operation. All four were transported to hospitals. A local boater had transported seven of the victims to shore while rescuers were on the way. Enon Boat 6 was extinguishing the fire, divers pulled the injured man from the 40-foot deep water, he was later pronounced dead.

Henricus Historical Park and conservation area voted best

Readers of Richmond.com voted to select Henricus Historical Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area as the best local park for a 2012 “Bestie” award. “Besties” feature reader-favorite local venues in a variety of categories with the nominees selected by the Richmond.com editorial staff.  Henricus Historical Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area received 570 votes. Runner up in the “Best Park” category was Dorey Park in Henrico County. Other parks featured in the contest include Maymont, Deep Run Park, Belle Isle, Forest Hill Park and many others.  Henricus Historical Park serves more than 25,000 students each year providing SOL-aligned education programs to students in Chesterfield, Henrico, Powhatan, Hanover, Petersburg and other areas.

Richard Cordle Named Treasurer of the Year

The Treasurers’ Association of Virginia named Richard Cordle the Treasurer of the Year. The award specifically mentioned the efforts of Cordle’s office toward regional cooperation, customer service and service to the association. “While I appreciate the recognition, it could have never happened without the tremendous support from my staff,” Cordle said. Cordle has served as Treasurer of Chesterfield County for 25 years. Elected in 1991, during his first tax season, there was a four-hour wait in line for folks wanting to pay their taxes. Over the years, he and his team focused on stream-lining the office and today, the wait has been reduced to 15 to 20 minutes. 

VDOT breaks the bad news

Virginia Department of Transportation announced that it must install tolls along I-95 to cover shortfalls in the budget for road improvements. They estimate it will cost $12.1 billion over the next 25 years to maintain and bring up-to-date the road’s crumpling infrastructure with 80 percent of the bridges over 40 years old; 72 percent of the pavement is in need of maintenance; 67 percent of the highway will be over capacity by 2035 and there will be a 40 percent increase in travel time during that same time period. If VDOT covers its entire shortfall they must build toll facilities just north of Richmond and just south of Petersburg, the user would have to pay $.53 per mile. If VDOT decides to collect tolls at six points the rate would be reduced to $.27 per mile and if they go with a closed system, collecting by the mile, the rate would be $.14 per mile. The way toll could be collected would run the spectrum from collecting from those just traveling north and south to collecting from anyone who enters the interstate. VDOT will start with a pilot program between Petersburg and Emporia.

Notables

Chesterfield welcomes nearly 10,000 to Fairgrounds for annual fireworks show. Chesterfield County has been  celebrating America’s birthday with a free fireworks display for at least 20 years. Chesterfield Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle was elected Chairman of the Crater Planning District Commission for F.Y. 2012-2013 at the Commission’s quarterly meeting on June 28th.  Her term became effective July 1.  

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