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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


RRPDC appoints new Executive Director

Regional Commission hires Northern Shenandoah Valley’s Martha Shickle

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission appointed Martha Shickle to serve as the regional commission’s Executive Director. Shickle currently serves as Executive Director for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, where she is responsible for the Commission’s general operations, strategic planning, and program development. Previously, she served as the Neighborhood Revitalization Director for the City of Winchester.

“I am thrilled to join the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and for the opportunity to build upon the many exciting projects striving to improve the quality of life throughout the RVA region,” Shickle said. “The Richmond region is a growing and vibrant community and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves to advance the community’s goals and priorities.”

A native of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Shickle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University. In 2013, Shickle received the Garland Thayer Award from People Incorporated, which recognizes the contributions of community leaders who embody the non-profit’s work to help economically disadvantaged people. She was named as one of Virginia’s Top 40 Under 40 in Housing by the Virginia Housing Development Authority and Virginia Housing Coalition in 2012.

“She is the right leader at the right time to direct the commission during this period of great progress in the Richmond region,” said David Williams, Chairman of the RRPDC and a member of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors. “We were impressed with the way she immerses herself in serving the people of the community. Her expertise in regional collaboration and record of success in Virginia make her a wonderful complement to the Richmond region.”

Shickle will replace Robert A. Crum, Jr., who recently left the RRPDC to become Executive Director for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. RRPDC’s Director of Planning Barbara V. Jacocks has served as Interim Executive Director since June.

Shickle’s appointment represents the culmination of a nationwide search that attracted more than 30 applicants from across the country. In lieu of contracting with an outside consulting firm, the RRPDC utilized the region’s resources by creating an ad hoc committee of human resources professionals from the local jurisdictions. The committee worked collaboratively to recruit applicants and perform the initial vetting process. The RRPDC Executive Committee comprised of one elected official from each local jurisdiction evaluated and interviewed candidates before recommending Shickle to the full RRPDC board.

“The professional assistance of the committee of human resource managers exemplified regional cooperation and success,” said Williams. “The quality of information shared and work performed by these local employees demonstrates the splendid resources we have as a region. They proved that together, we can deliver amazing results in a cost-efficient manner and they helped us achieve our goals in less than six months.”

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission is an intergovernmental agency that facilitates collaboration among the nine local jurisdictions in the Richmond region. The 33-member RRPDC board includes 22 elected officials, seven local Planning Commission members, and four citizens representing the 1 million residents of the Town of Ashland, the City of Richmond, and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

The RRPDC is the contracted agency to administer the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO), the federally-designated forum for regional transportation decision-making and funds-allocating. The RRTPO is responsible for planning and programming regional transportation projects. It is the region’s only transportation body comprised of elected officials from all nine local jurisdictions and officials from regional, state, and federal transportation agencies.

The RRPDC has joined with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce to create the Capital Region Collaborative, which engaged residents in a community-wide process of identifying eight priority areas for improving the quality of life in the region. As part of that cooperative effort, the RRPDC is building a regional indicators program that uses key metrics to benchmark the region’s progress over time and compare it to other peer communities.


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