The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 74th Public Square

From left, Tom Gallagher, who led the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia, New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, and Richmond Times-Dispatch's business editor Greg Gilligan at The Richmond Times-Dispatch's 74th Public Square in Richmond on Dec. 12, 2017.

A milestone edition of the RTD Public Square will unveil 75 hopes that Richmonders embrace for their region.

Some might surprise you.

The presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 30, will mark the 75th in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 13-year series of civic, civil discussions on issues of importance to its readers.

The Times-Dispatch will include a reception so it can thank the thousands of Virginians who have attended the Public Square since it started in September 2005.

Public Square organizers spent the summer collecting suggestions and answers to the question: What is your best hope for Richmond?

In addition, a Richmond metro survey was commissioned to assess attitudes about the direction the Richmond region is taking and comfort levels for change.

Results from both initiatives will be presented and discussed at the Public Square that will start at 6 p.m. inside the Richmond Times-Dispatch downtown headquarters at 300 E. Franklin St. Before the event, join us at 5 p.m. for a celebration with light refreshments in our lobby.

Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University will lead off with the findings of a Wason Center survey that asked residents of the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico 10 questions.

Next, Publisher Tom Silvestri will disclose the 75 Hopes in five categories, stopping after each one to invite audience reaction.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the overall positive tone of the survey results in encouraging smart decisions to improve our region and communities,” Silvestri said. “And the 75 hopes are a mix of solving stubborn problems we know about, guiding aspirations to help decision-makers, and an overall tone on what type of a place Richmond should be.”

Silvestri said the intent of this Public Square was to give back to the Richmond region a collection of recommendations and observations that others — including strategic groups — could use to develop initiatives or set priorities.

When asked to provide additional details about the hopes, Silvestri said, “We’ll see you at the Public Square Number 75.”

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