Planning for the Next 50 Years

The list of accomplishments is visible to anyone driving through the city of Richmond – the Fan District, Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, the National Theater, Old City Hall and Monumental Church. Since Mary Wingfield Scott formed the Historic Richmond Foundation in 1956, the organization has led the charge to preserve, reclaim and celebrate Richmond’s historic architecture.

As with any organization with a strong portfolio of past successes, HRF sees an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on how its mission – and supporting strategies – might need to evolve in order to thrive for another 50 years.

Floricane is excited to partner with another one of Richmond’s premier organizations in a concentrated strategic planning process. Over the next four months, Floricane will interview several dozen of HRF’s key stakeholders; research global best practices in historic and architectural preservation; and facilitate a series of strategic discussions with the organization’s board and staff. A final strategic plan is expected to go before HRF’s board later this fall.

Our first interview was with Mrs. Elise Wright, who has been actively involved with HRF and the Valentine Richmond History Center, for more than five decades; Mrs. Wright currently sits on the board of both organizations. The depth of her experience, the richness of her personal recollections, and the candor of her observations raise the bar significantly for the rest of the board, staff and community leaders Floricane will interview!