Community Project Funding
Community Project Funding Requests
Rep. McEachin has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Virginia’s 4th congressional district to the House Appropriations Committee.
Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.
In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. McEachin has certified that he and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
RVA Gun Violence Prevention Framework
The intended recipient is Virginia Commonwealth University
Box 980549, Richmond, VA 23298.
This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because in collaboration with residents and a diversity of stakeholders, VCU/VCU Health System in partnership with the City of Richmond, will establish an evidence-based public health response to address the underlying social, economic, and systemic factors that promote gun violence. This effort is tailored to and informed by our communities and acknowledges violence as a public health crisis. Their goal is to decrease violence rates by engaging in systems-level changes and addressing both individual and community-level behaviors and norms. Collectively, they have worked towards the planning, design, and implementation of the framework based on a shared, community-focused vision.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Charles City County District Three Broadband Fiber Connectivity
The intended recipient is Charles City County, Virginia located at 10900 Courthouse Rd, Charles City, VA 23030.
The proposed project will provide fiber-based internet infrastructure and service to Charles City County constituents in Voting District Three. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will vastly expand internet access to Charles City County residents and businesses. An expansion of access would be transformational for the County. Broadband is a necessity for the community to attract business, for students to use educational resources, and for access to opportunities like healthcare. The proposed grant project is also aligned with priorities identified by Governor Ralph Northam to connect rural Virginia to broadband and thereby eliminate disparities in education, health, and economic status.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
School System/Town of Dendron Water System upgrades
The intended recipient is Surry County, Virginia located at 45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883.
The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the current well system must be replaced per DEQ by December 2023. Connecting the replaced system to a public water source will increase capacity, lengthen the lifespan of the system, and foster economic development. Additionally the replacement will increase the number of households/businesses the town system can serve and allows for the ability to create rural housing/business developments near schools and the Town of Dendron.
Extension of the Central Water System to Route 10 Corridor
The intended recipient is Prince George County located at 6602 Courts Dr., 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 68, Prince George, VA 23875.
This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would provide reliable surface water source for existing customers by decommissioning an existing aquifer well system. This relieves water withdrawal pressure from an aquifer within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Petersburg Pharmaceutical Park/ Poor Creek Sewer Service Area Infrastructure Upgrades
The intended recipient is the City of Petersburg located at 135 N. Union St., Petersburg, VA 23803.
The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the awarding of CPF funds for these wastewater infrastructure upgrades would serve as both an economic development and a public heath victory. From a public health perspective, due to the Southside Medical Center located within the Poor Creek Sewer Service Area, capacity-related water pressure issues threaten the ability of the Southside Regional Medical Center to provide medical services. There have been instances in the previous years where Petersburg has had to connect to the Prince George, VA system to maintain pressure in the area surrounding the medical center. The pharmaceutical cluster marries the line between public health and economic development.
Cattail Creek Crossing Improvements Project
The intended recipient is the City of Hopewell located at 300 N. Main St., Hopewell, VA 23860.
The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the project would improve the safety and non-vehicular mobility for users along Courthouse Rd. from Ashland St. to Berry St. continuing to Arlington Rd. The current roadway has no pedestrian facilities. The Petersburg Area Transit Hopewell Route has two stops along this section of roadway at Courthouse Rd./Ashland St. and Courthouse Rd./Miles Ave. The City would provide new ADA compliant bus shelters at each at-grade intersection with current bus stops.
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies
RTR Teacher Residency Early Childhood Pathway
The intended recipient is Virginia Commonwealth University located at 3600 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230.
The project would enable RTR Teacher Residency to launch a new pipeline to recruit, support, train, and retain high quality early childhood teachers in Central Virginia public schools. It would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because high-quality early childhood education has been scientifically demonstrated to enhance young children’s cognitive, psychosocial, and motor development, making them more “school ready” for K-12 education and yielding long-term economic and social benefits for individuals and society.
An Achievable Dream Academy
The intended recipient is An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs Elementary located at 600 Pleasant St., Highland Springs, VA 23075.
This project ensures they are able to fully implement the Social, Academic and Moral Education (SAME) framework as they expand to serve the middle school level in Henrico, as well as provide a high level of wrap-around and other supportive services to students and their families. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because a wealth of data supports the conclusion that the AAD SAME educational framework and bolstered community wrap-around supports makes a measurable difference in the welfare, educational achievement and future employment opportunities for the students they serve.
Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Historic Village at the Dismal Swamp
The intended recipient is the City of Chesapeake located at 306 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322.
The project would move the Cornland School to a location where it could be restored and maintained. Many unique communities have lived in Chesapeake over the years and they hope to share their stories and the evolution of the Dismal Swamp within the Historic Village.
This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because many members of the Chesapeake community have been working on the preservation of Cornland School for over a decade. Preserving the school is an important project to the community as it is a piece of their heritage and is one of the four individual sites in Chesapeake located on the National Register of Historic Places. Funding for the Historic Village project will bring great pride and joy to community members who have fought for so long to get the school back in good shape.
Ettrick Train Station Revitalization- Bessie Lane Realignment and Reconstruction
The intended recipient is Chesterfield County located at 9901 Lori Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832.
This project reflects Chesterfield County’s investment in the revitalization of the existing Ettrick train station and surrounding vicinity. This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will enhance access to the train station by providing network connectivity via bike and pedestrian accommodations, improved safety features and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and intersection upgrades to create a more efficient access and egress.
Planning and Design
Virginia Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility Relocation
The intended recipient is Virginia Army National Guard Aircraft Maintenance Hangar Sandston, Virginia located at 700 Portugee Road, Sandston, VA 23150.
The funding would be used for the completion of project planning & design for a relocated Virginia National Guard (VNG) Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Sandston, VA. The lease for the existing, inadequate facility expires in 2032 and will not be renewed due to the Richmond International Airport Authority’s runway extension project that will be constructed over the current AASF site. If a replacement facility is not constructed, the Commonwealth will be unable to meet maintenance and sustainment requirements.