Applications Sought for American Revolution Panel
At their July 11th Work Session, the Board of Supervisors gave the nod for County Staff to begin accepting applications to create a committee to aid in making plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Virginia’s participation in the American Revolution.
The General Assembly created the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) for the purpose of planning for and commemorating the 250th anniversary of Virginia's participation in American independence, the duration of which will be 2022 through 2026. The Commission is composed of legislative leaders, tourism and economic development officials, historians, and experts across a wide spectrum.
The Commission is planning statewide programs and events, including traveling exhibitions. The Commission is working with hundreds of partners across the state to encourage and support local participation.
Officials at the King William Historical Society have expressed their interest in supporting the effort. All interested citizens are encouraged to apply to be part of the King William County VA250 Planning Committee using the standard Community Service Application. Visit the County website for more information and to complete an application.
Commonwealth Loses Top Slot for Doing Business
Virginia Business Magazine was the first to report that Virginia has slipped to 3rd place among the top states for business.
Research by Kate Andrews and Katherine Schulte showed that after two consecutive years at the top, Virginia fell two places to third behind North Carolina and Washington.
America’s Top States for Business is sponsored by CNBC and is based on 88 metrics across 10 categories. Workforce is the most heavily weighted category and considers a state’s concentration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, the percentage of workers with college degrees and workers with associate degrees and industry-recognized certificates.
Virginia’s biggest gain came in the infrastructure category ranking, moving from 24th to 9th. This category measures the value and volumes of goods shipped by air, waterways, roads and rail. Other metrics include the condition of highways and bridges, commute time, broadband access, utility infrastructure and available office, industrial and vacant space.
Virginia performed its worst in the cost of living category, which is weighted the lowest, dropping to number 30 this year.
‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ for County Government Employees
Children who watch Mom and Dad go to work every day often wonder why they go and what they do when they get there.
King William County Government celebrated “Bring Your Child to Work Day” on July 13 in an attempt to bridge the gap between working parents and children.
The one day at the office gave more than 12 children the opportunity to observe their parents or other relatives perform their duties within County Government. It also gave them the opportunity to meet co-workers and become more familiar with the work environment.
For their trip to the office and putting in the hours, the children were treated to ice cream.
Plans are to make this an annual event.
King William Ruritan Club to Again Host National Night Out Celebration
The celebration that brings community and public safety personnel together will be held August 2 at the King William Ruritan Club Building.
National Night Out is a national event that draws people together to celebrate safety and unity within their community. The King William event is coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the King William Ruritans.
The event will start at 6 p.m. and will include food, games, entertainment, and a “family friendly” environment. All ages are invited.
KWNAACP Exploring Juneteenth Celebration
The King William Branch of the NAACP is starting early to begin planning for a Juneteenth Celebration next June.
Representatives from the NAACP will be meeting soon with King William County officials to explore some ideas.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday and commemorates the date - June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War - when hundreds of thousands of enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned they had been freed.