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Letter from the City Manager

Welcome to the March edition of
Experience Petersburg!


We've had a great start to 2019 and as we've entered the third month of the year, I'm thrilled to tell you a little more about what's happening in Petersburg. My office has redesigned the 'Experience Petersburg' newsletter to deliver more of the engaging information that better conveys the greatness of our community.

Moving forward, this will be an excellent source of Petersburg news, upcoming events, and ways you can continue to be involved with the betterment of Petersburg. 

We've recently rounded out our Executive Team as City Council has hired Anthony Williams as City Attorney. Mr. Williams graduated from Regent University School of Law and joins us from the City of Winchester, Virginia. You can read more about Mr. Williams HERE.

As the weather is steadily changing, our Public Works and Utilities staff has smoothly shifted from the Leaf Pick Up program into this year's pothole blitz. More than 200 potholes were repaired on the first day and this is just the beginning. Potholes can be reported by calling (804) 733-2415. Learn more about the pothole blitz program HERE.


My commitment to Petersburg continues to grow with each day. Recently, I purchased my new home in the City. The process of renovating and restoring my historic home has provided me with an in-depth understanding of what residents experience when restoring historic homes and businesses.

My team and I are dedicated to rebuilding a strong foundation for Petersburg. A foundation that prioritizes fiscal stability, organizational structure, and community development. I encourage you to follow us on social media to stay informed throughout the month. 


Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager 
Employee Spotlight
Petersburg Public Safety
Petersburg Fire and Police visited with Petersburg elementary schools to read to our students as they participated with Read Across America!

Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association and includes observance of Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

Thank you to our Public Safety Director, Chief Kenneth Miller, and the entire team for your commitment to positive community engagement and cultivating authentic relationships with our City's youth.  
Upcoming Events
The Academy meets monthly at the Union Train Station. Each power-packed session is 75 minutes and designed to educate you on how your local and state government works for you.

The next session is on March 30th and will take a deeper look into Petersburg Public Safety. This session will include guests from Petersburg Fire, Petersburg Police, Petersburg Sheriff's Office, and the Commonwealth Attorney. 
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Local Business Highlight
Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is the largest employer here in Petersburg. SRMC is a 300-bed, acute-care facility serving nearly 200,000 residents and boasting a medical staff of more than 380 physicians representing more than 40 specialties. 

The Southside Physicians Network has recently expanded their footprint with a new Infectious Disease Office here in Petersburg. 

SRMC also serves our community in various ways beyond the hospital walls. A Lunch & Learn will be hosted with Colorectal Surgeon H. Eddie Akbari, MD, PhD, FACS, to discuss symptoms of colon cancer, risk factors, prevention, detection, treatment, and genetics.
This Lunch & Learn will be held on Monday, March 11th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Family YMCA. This event is open to the public at no cost. RSVP is not required.

Did You Know?

Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) has launched an ELERTS Text-A-Tip line as a part of its “Be a Hero” Safety Program.  Riders can now quickly and easily report safety and security concerns including: suspicious activity, vandalism, graffiti, disruptive behavior, and maintenance issues directly to PAT operations staff.

Riders can discreetly report issues by simply texting 804-704-8377; photos can be included with the message. The “Be A Hero” program empowers the transit community to help create a safer environment for riders and employees of the Transit System.  
PAT serves residents, businesses and visitors of Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Richmond, and the surrounding counties of Prince George and Dinwiddie transporting on average 57,000 passengers a month. 

PAT provides fixed route trips and paratransit trips daily offering convenient connections to downtown Richmond, McGuire Veteran Medical Center, MCV/VCU Medical Center, Amtrak, and the greater United States via Greyhound from the Petersburg Multimodal Station. 

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