First 100 days

Friends, neighbors, and supporters:

As of today, I have served on the Blacksburg Town Council for 100 days. Thanks to your support last fall, I have been able to lend my voice to the town’s governance to ensure that we offer a wide range of employment and housing opportunities, support our vibrant downtown and neighborhoods, take pride in our natural resources and cultural heritage, and collaborate with our regional partners.

The Town Council has been busy in 2012. So far, we have:

  • Made changes to the zoning ordinance for parking, open space, and occupancy requirements in planned residential districts
  • Purchased a downtown parking lot
  • Approved a five-year capital improvement plan, which includes construction of the College Avenue Promenade starting this summer
  • Amended the town code to establish a downtown refuse and recycling program

Since taking the Oath of Office, I have continued to serve on the Blacksburg Housing and Community Development Advisory Board and begun work on several other town committees. In recent months, I have sat down with the town’s department heads and spoken with numerous community and business leaders. I have also attended the Virginia Municipal League training for newly elected officials and visited Richmond with my colleagues on the Town Council to lobby our state representatives for changes to legislation affecting Blacksburg.

In the months and years ahead, Blacksburg faces many opportunities and challenges. I look forward to working with each of you to achieve a shared vision for the community we call home.

Sincerely,
Michael

P.S. April is a busy month in Blacksburg. Check out these exciting community events:

  • April 17-22, Earth Week at Virginia Tech (especially Community Day on Saturday, April 21)
  • April 28, Run for Raft 5K and 1-Mile Terry Grimes Memorial Walk
  • April 29, Blacksburg Welcome Home Veterans Parade

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