State of the County from an Employee’s View

by Jenn Montrose, Marketing and Technology Specialist- Human Resources

Each year the County Manager delivers his “State of the County” address to the public, highlighting all of Henrico’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as forecasting future Henrico endeavors. After this year’s address, he also hosted an employee Town Hall, where employees had the opportunity to hear first-hand his plans for Henrico’s future. We asked a couple of employees to share their thoughts on this year’s State of the County information shared at the employee Town Hall:

What were your thoughts on the State of the County information shared?  

“Hearing the State of the County re-cap was very interesting to me.  We are so focused on what we do individually or as a department, to support our citizens, we often don’t realize the big picture of all we accomplish as a whole.  The re-cap amazed me with how much the County has accomplished in the past year!” – Michele Moore, Project Manager- Department of Information Technology

“It was really exciting to hear from the County Manager and Deputy County Managers about their vision for the future of Henrico County as well as all of the goals and objectives that were achieved this year.  It was great to learn about all the different initiatives that the County is focused on that will grow the local economy, improve schools, and guarantee drinking water for the future.  The overall message was very positive.” – Kim Downer, Division Manager Employment Compensation Services- Department of Human Resources

How do you see this impacting the employees of Henrico?  

“Knowing how much good we have accomplished is great for employee morale.  It makes people feel like they are making a difference every day, not just coming into a job they feel doesn’t matter.” -Michele Moore 

What are you excited about?  

 “I am really excited about the positive impact that sports tourism has on the County.  It has generated a substantial amount of revenue in local spending and has put Henrico County on the map regionally and nationally.   My daughter plays soccer and she has played on the fields at Glover Park.  The park is amazing, state of the art turf fields with lights.” – Kim Downer

Is there one thing in particular that stood out to you?  

“The incredible economic development that is happening in the County is the one particular thing that stood out to me.  The new jobs created, and millions of dollars invested is a boom to all County citizens.  Also, Deputy County Manager Romanello’s presentation about the new YMCA partnership added such a fun element to the Town Hall.” -Michele Moore

“The diverse population in Henrico County and how the County Manager wants to focus on outreach initiatives to untapped groups in-order to meet the community’s changing needs.  This is a testament of our dedication to serving the citizens of Henrico County.” – Kim Downer

What do you think employees who did not make the Town Hall should know?  

“I think the employees who did not make the Town Hall should know that the State of the County presentation is available on the web and should be watched.  They should know that attending the Town Halls is a great opportunity to ask questions of those managing the County, at the highest level.  They set aside this time for us and we should take full advantage of it!” -Michele Moore

Anything else you would like to add?  

“Every time I attend the Town Halls, it makes me feel proud to work for the County.  It also makes me wish I lived in this County…  Henrico County citizens are so well served by their government.  It’s not like that everywhere.” -Michele Moore