Congratulations to Janet Aylor (third from right), Virginia Department of the Treasury's Director of Debt Management and former VRA staff member, on her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Chapter of Women in Public Finance!
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a convenient and affordable transportation solution for many commuters in Northern Virginia. VRE is jointly owned by the Northern Virginia Transportation District Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation District Commission. In a part of the state that faces frequent traffic congestion, VRE provides a safe and comfortable way for residents along the I-66 and I-95 corridors to reach employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Halifax County Courthouse occupies a special place in Virginia history. This architectural treasure is listed on both the VA Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The Courthouse was designed by Dabney Cosby, an acolyte of Thomas Jefferson who helped construct the University of Virginia. As such, the building contains many of the iconic neo-classical design elements associated with our third President.
Chapter 153 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly authorized dredging as an official project area under the Virginia Resources Authority Act and therefore eligible for VRA financing. Delegate Keith Hodges was the bill patron and sponsored the legislation on behalf of constituent interest in the Middle Peninsula region. In March, the Governor signed the bill which became effective July 1.
VRA plays an important role in helping to protect the Commonwealth's many precious natural resources. Much of this work is done through the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund (CWRLF). VRA is financial manager for the CWRLF, which the VA Department of Environmental Quality administers on behalf of the State Water Control Board.
Rhu Harris serves on the VRA board as the Vice Chair and was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in September of 2016. Currently, Harris serves on the Board's budget and personnel committees.
Chesterfield County borrowed $9.86 million from the 2017C Virginia Pooled Financing Program (VPFP) to partially fund three key projects that will benefit County residents for years to come. The three projects include significant enhancements to the River City Sportsplex athletic facility, a new Chesterfield Center for the Arts and an HVAC replacement project.
We are pleased to welcome our newest board member, Jennifer M. Bowles of Martinsville. Ms. Bowles is a member of the Martinsville City Council and Executive Director of the New Heights Foundation.