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The Honorable W. Howard Myers, former Mayor and current Councilmember representing Ward 5 in the City of Petersburg, now serving in his second 4-year term.
He attended John Marshall High School, graduating from the Adult Accelerated Learning Center, focusing on Computer Operations at J Sargeant Reynolds, VCU Community Music School, and recently after delivering the 2015 Commencement Speech at Centura College of Richmond, VA received an Honorary Associate of Applied Science In Business Management Degree. Councilman Myers is also recognized as an International Recording Artist signed with Veksler Records Bronx, New York. The genre encompasses Deep House, Soulful House and Afro House.
HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority “Minted Coin” for Excellence in Public Service 2017
Recognition of Service Crater Planning District 2017
U.S. Army Command Logistics “Minted Coin” for Excellence in Public Service 2016
Honorary Associate of Applied Science in Business Management – Centura College 2016
Tim Reid Scholarship Foundation Award 2000 – 2002
Housing Specialist/Certified Housing Counselor
Public Relations and Marketing
Boards and Commissions
1. 75+ demolished unsafe dilapidated houses in Ward 5
2. Ban the Box on city applications
3. City Recycling in school program
4. Community Healthcare Initiatives to reduce health disparities
5. Virginia Avenue School as a Community Health, Wellness and Recreation Center (ongoing)
6. Humane treatment and less euthanization at our Animal Pound
7. Instrumental in bringing the Red Cross Administration back to Petersburg
8. Negotiated the future arrival of a Bon Secours Primary Care facility to be located in the Freedom Support Center to serve our locality at large, as well as our veteran population. (closed 2016)
9. Created and motioned for the New Arts and Cultural Affairs Department
10. PCI movement for an African American Museum (ongoing with progress)
11. Petersburg Freedom Support (Veterans) Center former JET Furniture Store
12. Petersburg Freedom Support Training Center former ROC Thrift Store area 22 W. Washington St. (Now VEC/Workforce Development OneStop)
14. Restoration of Rights w/ the Rolling for Freedom Project (ongoing)
15. Street re-paving and marking (on going)
16. Supported increased legislation for non-responsive derelict homeowners
17. Tabernacle Baptist Church land acquisition for seniors and affordable housing
18. Third Baptist Church land acquisition Farmer and South Streets
19. To sell excess city owned real estate properties for redevelopment (ongoing)
20. Transparency of City Government (ongoing)
21. Voter Registration Drives
22. Major sponsor for the Delectable Heights Reunion 2014, 15, 16, and 17 (ongoing)
23. Ward 5 Community Clean Up (ongoing)
24. Initial supporter for the VSU Harding Street Community Hydroponics Garden Project (ongoing)
25. Supporter of our own Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
26. Supported Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment programs for VSU with the Office of Partnerships and Engagement
27. Initiated the return of the Virginia Employment Commission to relocate in Petersburg
28. Facilitated the negotiations for the combined Workforce “Onestop” facility.
29. Initiated and reconvened the Workforce CLEO Regional Board 2016
30. Demanded accountability for the City of Petersburg’s Financial insolvency through the hiring of the Rob Bobb Group 2016
31. Provided Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to our Senior population 2016
32. Continued efforts in assisting persons with barriers and conflicts to resolve key health and financial issues.
33. Advocate to enhance the delivery of service to the community, i.e. sidewalks, beautification and street repair.
34. Staunch supporter of Low Income Tax Credits LITC revitalization of City run-down structures with Council approval of private economic developments for the working class. Totaling more than $150M
35. Currently facilitating and with Council’s authorization to allow the City Manager to accept the McKinney Library Bldg., as a Deed of Gift. This in conjunction working with the City Librarian; to acquire the McKinney Library and its use upon being acquired, for the benefit of the public and tourism, in the creation of an African American Museum of Petersburg’s 400 years of history.
“Dreams should be fulfilled by the boundaries of your efforts, not the results of hatred, bigotry and remorse…”
W Howard Myers