Nominations Open for Richmond History Makers & Community Update

September 4, 2018

Eric Steigleder
Director of Public Relations & Marketing

Nominations Open for Richmond History Makers & Community Update


RICHMOND – The Valentine has opened nominations for the Annual Richmond History Makers and Community Update.  Launched in 2005, the program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made lasting contributions to the Greater Richmond region.

The Valentine and the Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) will once again partner to highlight the work of six honorees and provide data on the progress being made in the region. The program, which will include recognition of honorees and the CRC’s annual community update, will take place at Virginia Union University on March 12, 2019.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Capital Region Collaborative in order to recognize the good work taking place right in our backyards,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Heading into the fourteenth year of this event, we are looking forward to further engaging with the community and sharing some truly amazing Richmond stories.”

“Collaboration is something our community is becoming known for. Having an opportunity to highlight citizens who are making an impact in the region is unique,” said Executive Director of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and Capital Region Collaborative Founding Partner Martha Shickle. “Our nine localities work closely together on so many issues and we have a partnership with the business and civic community that is really unique. We’re excited about the second year of celebration with the Valentine History Makers. Telling the story of our region and the people and organizations who make it ‘greater together’ is why we’re here.”

“The business community believes in the importance of elevating our region. The Collaborative, a public-private partnership, creates a place where we can discuss the best interests of our entire region,” said President of Chamber RVA and Capital Region Collaborative Founding Partner Kim Scheeler.” We all work together to highlight the progress we’re making in our region. We want to be a place that is attractive to ‘live, work and play’, and to get there, we have to work together. The Collaborative brings us together to discuss the issues and priorities that matter. Highlighting the great work that is happening in our region is an important part of how we get there.”

Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) is proud to be a founding partner of the Richmond History Makers & Community Update Program,” said LMR President/CEO Myra Goodman Smith. “We are pleased to play a role in informing the community of its progress in regional priorities and recognizing residents and organizations that are creating a positive impact.”

Nominations for the 2019 Richmond History Makers & Community Update Program are being accepted September 4 through October 22. You can learn more about the program, view past honorees and nominate your own Richmond history maker at


About the Valentine
The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond stories for more than a century. Through collections, exhibitions and programs, the Valentine provides residents and tourists the opportunity to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region. The Valentine offers major changing exhibitions, which focus on American urban and social history, costumes, decorative arts and architecture.

About the Capital Region Collaborative
The Capital Region Collaborative brings together local government, business, and community stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for the Richmond Region. CRC partners recognize that the most pressing challenges extend across jurisdictional boundaries and that a cross-sector, cross-jurisdictional approach is needed to reach the region’s full potential.

About Leadership Metro Richmond
Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) is the region’s community leadership development and engagement organization. Over 2,000 diverse leaders have participated in LMR’s 10-month leadership development program, Leadership Quest. LMR provides leaders with an environment for high-performing conversations, broadens their knowledge and perspectives about the region, and inspires them to serve first then lead.