Business in brief
The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee will host the 37th annual Legislative Reception to kick off the 2012 General Assembly Session on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UNOS, 700 N. 4th St. The reception will honor Capital Region legislators and local officials from the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, including Henrico. Registration by Dec. 28 is $80 per person. Payment after Dec. 29 and at the door is $95 per person. Free parking is available in the UNOS surface lot, UNOS deck (levels 1 and 2) and the Jackson Street lot across from the UNOS building. For more information or to register, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.grcc.com .
Ann S. Albrecht recently joined Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer as director of human resources. Albrecht will be responsible for defining and aligning the firm’s human resource strategy with its business strategy at all levels. She has 20 years of hands-on experience in human resources, as well as tactical operations, talent acquisition and management and organizational and strategic development. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and formerly worked for Federated Department Stores, Primedia, Inc., Plow & Hearth, LLC and 1800flowers.com.
The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) recently presented its J. Curtis Hall Award to Jane G. Watkins, president and CEO of Virginia Credit Union. The annual award recognizes a community leader who has devoted time and energy to the cause of economic literacy in Virginia schools. The award is named for J. Curtis Hall, a retired professor and former dean of the VCU School of Business, who founded the VCEE and devoted his life to enhancing the quality of economic education in Virginia. Watkins was recognized at the organization’s annual board meeting in December. Under her leadership, Virginia Credit Union has actively promoted financial literacy among elementary, middle and high school students and others. A financial supporter of the VCEE for many years, Virginia Credit Union is a sponsor of the VCEE’s high school initiative and Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Watkins has served on the Board of the Virginia Council on Economic Education since 2001.
Parham Doctors’ Hospital, home of The Orthopaedic Hospital, recently was named the Best Hospital for Orthopaedics in Virginia by HealthGrades, the industry’s leading independent quality ratings organization. Parham Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, was rated among the top five percent in the nation for orthopedic care, best in Virginia for orthopaedics and best in Richmond for joint replacement for six years in a row (2007-2012). The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications. HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes - risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications – and its analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores – leased 19,000 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; LCA Vision, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,740 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10571 Old Telegraph Rd.; Design Line Remodelers, Inc. – leased 2,542 square feet at 3615 Mayland Ct.; and Mount Rich Media – leased 1,732 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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