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Join Us for GOOD Ideas for Cities in Richmond, Virginia on April 24

Our event series pairing creative problem-solvers with real urban challenges is headed to Richmond, Virginia on April 24.

For our third event of 2012, GOOD Ideas for Cities is headed to Richmond, Virginia.

GOOD Ideas for Cities taps creative problem-solvers to tackle real urban challenges proposed by civic leaders and present the solutions at live events across the country. Thanks to our partnership with CEOs for Cities and a generous grant from ArtPlace, we're taking the program to five mid-sized cities in 2012. If you're in Richmond, Virginia (RVA) here's how you can be a part of it.

Earlier this month, we issued a call for RVA creatives who we placed into three teams to represent the city. Each team was issued a challenge proposed by local urban leaders. At the event, the creative teams will present their solutions to their assigned challenge, and the urban leaders will join them onstage for a brief Q&A. Afterwards, join us for drinks and more conversation as we discuss how to make these ideas a reality for RVA.

Tuesday, April 24
?Doors at 5:30 p.m.?
Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
*Please note this venue has changed from what was originally posted

RSVP here

Hosted by The i.e.* Initiative of the Greater Richmond Chamber and Capital Region Collaborative

Sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society

Supported by ArtPlace

Special thanks to our partners AIGA Richmond, Greater Richmond Grid, RVANews, and Style Weekly

RSVPs do not guarantee admission after 6:15 p.m., please arrive on time. Do not call the venue about tickets, email alissa[at]goodinc[dot]com with any questions.

The Challenges

1. The James River is a critical resource for the region. The City of Richmond has recently announced a comprehensive plan to revitalize the riverfront in the city that includes parks, trails and community gathering places. With this plan in mind, how can we leverage the James River and Canal Walk as an economic driver that brings not only people, but dollars to the region?

Andreas Addison, chief administrative office: civic innovation team, City of Richmond

Creative Team: Larkin Garbee, Andrea Goulet, Amy Broderick, Holly Pearce, Jake Mitchell, Jeff MacDonald, Kendall Morris, Scott Ukrop, K. Giles Harnsberger, Evan MacKenzie, Sarah Keane, Ronald Rogers, Allen Chamberlain, Caitlin Kilcoin, Christie Thompson, Maureen Neal, Corey Lane, Emily Smith, Maritza Mercado

2. The Richmond Region is rich in history, the arts and entertainment opportunities, but tourists often pass us by when traveling along I-95 and I-64 on their way to other destinations. How can we make the gateways to our region more attractive and encourage travelers to exit the interstate and visit the Richmond Region?

Chuck Gates, communication coordinator, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Creative Team: Heide Trepanier, Collin Brady, John Sarvay, Stephen Robertson, Charles Collie, Casey Quinlan, Elizabeth Cogar, Ryn Bruce, Ross Catrow, Johnny Hugel, Tony Scida, Meredith Salley, Ali Croft, Christine Pizzo, Emily Smith, David McIntosh, Carter Graham Holt, Alana Kucharski, Ansel Olson, Jon Baliles

3. There are some vibrant elementary schools in the City of Richmond. However, middle schools can be another story. Some parents send their children to private schools starting in middle school and other parents stop showing up. The community is often more interested in volunteering in elementary schools or high schools. How can we keep the community involved with the goal of improving our city's middle schools?

Harold Fitrer, President/CEO, Communities In Schools Richmond

Creative Team: April Johnson, Lisa Taranto, Sarah Milston, Peter Fraser, Camden Whitehead, Mimi Sadler, Dean Browell, Emily Griffey, Dominic Barrett, Emma Terray Spivack, Peyton Rowe, Trina Lambert, R. Vincent Alfaro, Rachel Kopelovich Douglas, Shannon Williams, Elizabeth Hailand, Stephen Curtis Clark, Sara Dunnigan

Check out the videos from our Portland event and stay tuned for details about future GOOD Ideas for Cities announcement. If you'd like to talk about bringing the program to your city or school, email alissa[at]goodinc[dot]com or follow us at @IdeasforCities

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