• Chesterfield resident rides to raise money for students and the Chesterfield Food Bank!

    Jake Bailey 
    Chesterfield resident rides to raise money for students and the Chesterfield Food Bank!

    For Immediate Release:

    Chesterfield, VA. May 2020 – In April, Bobby Kelland saw many organizations in Chesterfield collaborating to support the families and students impacted by COVID-19 and was moved by their efforts. He knew he had to do his part and set out to raise funds for Chesterfield families and students.

    The past four summers Bobby has done a charity bike ride, raising funds each time for a different non-profit. Because of this history, Bobby felt it was best to replicate this and raise funds for families and individuals in Chesterfield who have been affected by the shutdown, specifically the children who have been impacted by not having school meals available to them.

    On May 10th, Bobby, along with others, rode 40 miles along West Creek Parkway. The story of the day, however, is the funds raised for the Chesterfield Food Bank and Chesterfield Education Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund! During the leadup to the 10th, Bobby worked diligently to corral support for these two organizations and at the completion of May 10th Bobby was able to raise $4,165 dollars.

    These funds will be used exclusively to provide food for those who need it and assist with purchasing WiFi hotspots for the children to do their schoolwork. While the bike ride may be completed, the need in our communities continue to grow. Because of this, you can still support Bobby’s fundraiser through Friday, May 15th.

    About the Chesterfield Education Foundation: Since 1989, the Chesterfield Education Foundation has helped to garner community support and engagement to catapult Chesterfield County Public Schools into one of the most respected and successful public-school districts in the country.  The Foundation’s mission is to provide strong financial and program resources to Chesterfield County Public Schools through community and business partnerships, creating an equitable educational environment for all students that will ensure a constantly improving, world-class public-school system.

    If you would like more information, please contact Jake Bailey, Development Manager at Jbailey@cefva.org or call (804) 536-7771. 

    Riders: Howard Deskin, Bobby Kelland, Rob White

  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.