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Tourist spending in Henrico climbs to $783.6 million

Henrico County captured $783.6 million in spending by domestic travelers during 2013, the most of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth most in Virginia, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.

Tourist spending in Henrico increased by 5 percent for the second consecutive year — well above Virginia’s increase of 1.4 percent. Similarly, the state’s top four destinations for tourist spending — the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach — saw their expenditure totals increase by less than 2 percent or decrease slightly, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Varina meetings to be held Oct. 1, 4, 11

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold several Community Conversations meetings in October to discuss with residents the state of Henrico County and other topics.

The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd.; 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.; and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Rd.

Tuckahoe meeting scheduled for Oct. 2

The next town meeting of Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will cover issues related to voting in the Nov. 6 general election.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Dr.

Cantor, Powell to debate Oct. 1

U.S. Representative Eric Cantor (R-7th District) will debate challenger Wayne Powell on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the CarMax headquarters in Goochland, officials announced today.

The one-hour debate will be hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. It will feature opening and closing remarks from each candidate, as well as questions from moderator and political analyst Robert Holsworth. Each candidate also will ask his opponent one question.

Board seeks answers about cycling event

The UCI World Road Cycling Championships will take place in the Richmond region three years from this week, but Henrico County officials need more information before formally committing to climb aboard for the ride.

Officials from Richmond 2015 – the nonprofit organization that will host the nine-day international event – asked Henrico’s Board of Supervisors during a Sept. 11 work session to contribute a total of $1.4 million to the championships during the next three years. But supervisors and County Manager Virgil Hazelett, while pledging support for the event in general terms, bristled at the request because it lacked the specifics they were expecting.

Soliciting ordinance change likely

Street solicitors and panhandlers in Henrico County are likely to be out of luck next month – again.

The county’s Board of Supervisors Oct. 23 is expected to adopt changes to its no-soliciting ordinance that will close a loophole created the last time the ordinance was amended, in 2008.

The 2008 amendments made it illegal for anyone to distribute materials, solicit or sell (or attempt to sell) items while standing within any roadway or median in the county.

Resource Workforce Center opening

The Resource Workforce Investment Board will host the grand opening of the newest Resource Workforce Center in Eastern Henrico at 121 Cedar Fork Road on Monday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about the free services offered to job-seekers and businesses.

Road repairs to slow traffic on Gayton

A section of Gayton Road will be restricted to one lane, beginning Monday, Sept. 24, while a contractor makes repairs at the crossing of Deep Run Creek.

Gayton’s eastbound lane will be closed near the creek, which is between Monmouth and Cedarbluff drives. All traffic will be directed to Gayton’s westbound lane. Temporary traffic signals will guide eastbound and westbound motorists in alternating fashion through the work zone.

Henrico County Public Library launches plan for the future

Henrico County Public Library recently released its Library Services Plan, which includes new mission, vision and goals for the future of the library. The planning process, launched December 2010, engaged a wide range of stakeholders in developing a plan for the future.

Through online and print surveys, in-person sessions and individual interviews, more than 7,000 members of the community shared what they liked about the system and what needed enhancements. More than 1,500 of the survey participants shared stories about the library’s impact on their lives.

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