A partnership of area nonprofits announced “Mayorathon 2019: Policy Jam” — a public event held on Thursday, Feb. 28, reviewing Mayor Levar Stoney’s first two years in office and recommend priorities for the rest of his term. The event featured an in-depth, entertaining and informal discussion with Mayor Stoney on policy issues, as well as special appearances from The Peedmont and other guests.
RVA Rapid Transit, the Storefront for Community Design, the Richmond Food Justice Alliance, the YWCA of Richmond and the James River Association are among a dozen-plus nonprofit organizations partnered with host Richmond magazine which presented Mayorathon 2019. The nonprofits designed the evening’s discussion around pressing topics — from neighborhoods and safety to education, transportation, and the urban environment. To provide a framework for the evening’s conversation, the participating organizations shared their reviews of the mayor’s work to date as well as short lists of suggested steps for the mayor and the City Council to pursue through 2020. Stoney reflected on his accomplishments as Richmond’s mayor, and the audience at the ICA weighed in on what his administration’s priorities could be for the remainder of his term.