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FEB. 10, 10:30 A.M. – Polykon Manufacturing LLC, a joint venture between European companies Seppic, Inc. and Schülke Inc., will invest more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today. Seppic and schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will create approximately 50 new jobs in the county's White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.
McAuliffe met with senior company officials at the Seppic headquarters in Paris during his European Marketing Mission last June. Polykon Manufacturing LLC will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Air Liquide has maintained Virginia operations in Chesterfield County and Prince William County for over 10 years.
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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Education
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Education
Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.
The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.
Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/11/2015 Henrico Government
The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber will host candidates for the Henrico County Board of Supervisors at a Candidate Forum on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parham Campus of Reynolds Community College, 1651 East Parham Road, in the Workforce Development and Conference Center. All qualified and filed candidates were invited. The following candidates have indicated they are able to participate and plan to attend:
Brookland District – Dick Glover and Danny Plaugher
Fairfield District – John Dantzler and Frank J. Thornton > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/10/2015 Henrico Business
The Henrico County Economic Development Authority (EDA), an organization dedicated to encouraging the positive growth of Henrico businesses and communities, is hosting the CATALYST Business Workshop for the second straight year. This Henrico Strong 2015 event is designed for local executives interested in growing their business. The half-day workshop will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Reynolds Community College (Parham Road Campus). Andrew Rose, president and CEO of compare.com, will kick off the event with a discussion on how business owners can capitalize on evolving markets. Topics will cover open-book management, digital marketing, motivating employees, business leadership, labor and employment law issues, building a sustainable business and more. The day will conclude with CEO Ignite Talks, in which five CEOs will speak for five minutes each on what it takes to make a business boom. The cost for the event is $25. Space is limited to 100 participants. > Read more.
Drivers should use caution as NASCAR races return
Citizen Staff Reports 09/10/2015 Transportation
Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Sept. 10-12 to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.
Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Saturday before and after the race from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarCAT Theatre and 5th Wall Theatre will co-produce “Unexpected Tenderness” Jan. 22 through Feb. 13 at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. Written by Israel Horovitz, “Unexpected Tenderness” is the… Full text