Historically state, local and national governments have used numerous ways to improve communities from building simple neighborhood parks to launching wholesale clearances of urban centers for rebuilding.  The big projects of the 1960s and '70s, though, largely fell out of favor in the face of protests over the destruction of established neighborhoods leading to national grant programs focused more on rehabilitation.  State and national governments also attempt to push social policy affecting communities as in expanding financing for home ownership, a policy now being studied anew following the financial crisis of recent years.  Beyond government programs civic activists organize locally to promote everything from sports arenas to farmers markets often working with public bodies for funding and changes in law and policy.


Related Legislation

HB 395 Line of Duty Act

Payment for burial expenses; Line of Duty Act.  Authorizes the State Comptroller to release payments, advanced from… more »

SB 680 Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit

Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit.  Amends the definition of "impoverished people" for purposes of the Neighborhood… more »

SB 676 Recycling survey

Recycling survey report.  Requires solid waste planning units and localities to submit a recycling survey report every… more »

SB 664 Legal notices

Advertisement of legal notices by localities.  Allows localities to meet certain notice requirements by utilizing their… more »

SB 658 License tax, local

Local license tax ordinances for the severance of minerals. Requires counties and cities that imposed or are imposing local… more »

SB 627 Solar panels

Solar panels in community associations.  Removes the provision that allows covenants restricting the installation of… more »
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Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek