Public Engagement

The City of Fredericksburg encourages public engagement. Start here to find out how you can get involved in your local government today.  On this page we will be sharing surveys, topic specific comments forms, and event information for public input opportunities or town halls. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay updated by subscribing to our newsletters and alerts listed below. Please be sure to visit the links below to find out how to get involved by attending meetings or volunteering.

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Racial Equity Initiatives

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City Council's recent activity on matters of racial equity:

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Angela Freeman, the City’s outgoing Diversity, Equity and Economic Advancement Officer provided her final update on Phase 1 of City staff’s Racial Equity Plan, which is available for public review here. Watch the full council meeting here

Ms. Freeman’s leadership as the City’s Diversity, Equity and Economic Advancement Officer has  been invaluable to the City’s Racial Equity Advancement efforts. A team of City employees is continuing the Phase 1 implementation, which includes the City’s newly announced membership in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.  Looking ahead, City Council’s bi-annual offsite for priority planning is anticipated to be announced for May 2021. 

Racial Equity Survey Results

On-behalf of the City of Fredericksburg, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) facilitated a racial equity survey and public input process. ICSC received feedback in three ways, through an online survey, from city boards and advisory groups through a survey the City created and distributed, and from online listening sessions. The findings are provided within the report and were shared in this public presentation on December 20, 2021.  This input is being provided to City Council with the purpose to incorporate racial equity into its future planning.  

Fredericksburg Listening Session Report Overview (slides presented December 10, 2020) - (PDF)

Fredericksburg Racial Equity Listening Report December 2020 (PDF)

Slave Auction Block Relocation

The Slave Auction Block Relocation is an ongoing effort since 2017. Now entering phase 2, the corner of William Street and Charles Street has been repaired with a wayside display sign and medallion to memorialize the site in the interim. The 1,200 pound sandstone auction block was moved to the Fredericksburg Area Museum and will be featured in a temporary exhibit on African-American history. Read more about the Slave Auction Block here.  This effort is just the beginning of racial equity initiatives here in the City of Fredericksburg. 

Changing the Name of Jefferson Davis Highway

On July 14, 2020 City Council passed a Resolution 20-57 in which they urged Virginia General Assembly to remove the name Jefferson Davis Highway from U.S. Route 1 statewide and replace it with a name that promotes our shared values of unity, equality, and a commitment to a better future for all Americans. If the Commonwealth fails to act before the end of the 2021 General Assembly session, City Council is committed to changing the name of the portion of the highway located within the Fredericksburg City limits

Police Executive Research Forum Report

The third-party independent consultants leading the PERF Report engaged a broad and diverse representation of our community’s stakeholders, members of the general public, policy makers, active-duty officers and leadership teams as part of their in-depth analysis. In an effort to ensure transparent communications on the process the City is undergoing as it strives to advance its services and community, full access to the PERF report is posted here.

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