Henrico Citizen’s parent company launches DiscoverHenrico.com

T3 Media, LLC, the parent company of the Henrico Citizen newspaper, today announces its acquisition of the Henrico Advantage Card program, which it has rebranded into a multi-faceted program known as DiscoverHenrico.com.

The new program includes a website – www.DiscoverHenrico.com – that launched today; a glossy printed guide that will publish annually in early June; and a soon-to-be-released smartphone app and keycard.

"We're thrilled to be able to build upon the foundation laid through the Henrico Advantage Card program," T3 Media, LLC Publisher/Owner Tom Lappas said. "Incorporating a program focused solely on Henrico County into our media family was a natural fit. We look forward to helping more Henrico businesses connect with local residents, through our growing platform of outlets."

The DiscoverHenrico.com program is designed to provide an all-encompassing view of all things Henrico.

In addition to incorporating the primary element of the Henrico Advantage Card program – providing Henrico businesses with an opportunity to promote special offers to local shoppers – DiscoverHenrico.com also will serve as an information resource for county residents, businesses and visitors.

The site includes comprehensive lists and details about a variety of topics, including shopping, entertainment, recreation, business, government, education and health. It also features a list of county-based community organizations and nonprofit organizations.

The annual printed guide will incorporate information from the website and also will include a variety of additional content, articles and features about the people, places and events that make Henrico County so unique.

Consumers soon will be able to pick up free DiscoverHenrico.com keycards and download a free DiscoverHenrico.com smartphone app, both of which may be used to redeem special offers from participating businesses. A complete list of participating businesses and current special offers is available at www.DiscoverHenrico.com/shop.

As part of the program, a percentage of its annual profits will be donated to one or several nonprofit organizations based in Henrico. In 2012, the company will donate $5,000 to the Hilliard House, a program based in Eastern Henrico that serves homeless women and their children.

"Henrico County is one of the most historic, progressive and unique localities in the nation, and this program provides us with an opportunity through which to highlight the county's many attributes," Lappas said.

The Henrico Advantage Card program was created in 2010 by three Henrico business associations – the Eastern Henrico Business Association, Lakeside Business Association and Henrico Business Leaders – as a way to celebrate the county's 400th anniversary in 2011, promote local business, encourage local residents to do business in Henrico County and reward those who did so. The program offered free Henrico Advantage Cards to consumers, who could then redeem special offers at participating businesses by showing the cards. (Businesses will continue to accept the cards while the new program is phased in.)

Businesses can join the DiscoverHenrico.com program as members (with annual plans beginning at $100) or sponsors (with annual plans beginning at $1,000). Each participating business receives:

• its own individual page on the website, through which to promote special offers;

• inclusion in a weekly e-mail newsletter distributed to more than 14,000 recipients (featuring the business name and a link directly to its page on DiscoverHenrico.com);

• inclusion of its logo along with other members and sponsors in 26 half-page DiscoverHenrico.com print advertisements in the Henrico Citizen newspaper (published twice monthly);

• a full-color advertisement in the DiscoverHenrico.com glossy printed guide;

• DiscoverHenrico.com posters and stickers to display at its business location to increase awareness about the program;

• a specified number of DiscoverHenrico.com keycards for distribution to customers (number varies by participation level);

• a specified number of DiscoverHenrico.com glossy printed guides for distribution (number varies by participation level; guide published annually in June);

For details about the program, visit www.DiscoverHenrico.com, call (804) 262-1700 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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