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Posted on: December 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 2022 Chairman’s Awards Honor Neighborhood Development & Housing, and Reneldo Randall & P.J. Piggott

Piggott and Randall Chairmans Award

James City County Board of Supervisors Chairman John McGlennon presented his 2022 Chairman's Awards during the Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors meeting. The Chairman’s Award for a County individual, department or program went to the Neighborhood Development division of Community Development and the Housing division of the Department of Social Services and Housing. The Citizen’s Award went to Reneldo Randall and P.J. Piggott, the co-founders of Real People Educating Others (RPEO). The award recipients were honored for their contributions and service to James City County and the community.

The Neighborhood Development division of Community Development and the Housing division of the Department of Social Services and Housing
The Neighborhood Development division has worked extensively with partners, both inside government and among non-profits and developers to create new housing opportunities for families in our workforce earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income. The division has worked with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for families which invest “sweat equity” in construction of the houses, along with hundreds of volunteers, churches, homebuilders and others. They spearheaded the effort to build the first owner-occupied 3-D printed house in the world right here in James City County.

With the Housing Department, they have partnered on implementing a series of state grants to repair, reconstruct or replace substandard housing. The Housing Department arranges emergency home repairs and rental assistance and provides programs to educate first time homebuyers on the process. They also provide home energy loss prevention and indoor plumbing rehabilitation so that people can find safe housing and can stay in their homes.

Reneldo Randall and P.J. Piggott, Co-founders of Real People Educating Others (RPEO) 
Randall and Piggott have created a dynamic organization that works to provide hope and opportunity to the community, but especially to young people.  Whether partnering with our Parks and Recreation Department to create summer athletic camps for kids, organizing community events to meet the needs of those with limited resources, or motivating the next generation through their speech and actions, they are inspiring leaders who are committed to giving back.

At the annual back-to-school event at Lafayette High School, Randall and Piggott distribute hundreds of school backpacks donated by community leaders. Attendees receive donated services that include haircuts, ID cards, books, school supplies and lunch. Throughout the event, students see that their hometown is invested in their success.

The RPEO duo has also worked with the Fatherhood initiative of Child Development Resources by providing mentorship, and helping young students understand the importance of developing peer-to-peer connections that can last a lifetime.

Most recently, Randall and Piggott made a return visit to Toano Middle School, which they credit with getting their success started, and spoke to the entire student body, providing inspiration and a sense of possibility. Their motivational talents are remarkable, but when combined with their ability to get things done, they are a dynamic duo.

Housing Chairmans Award

Pictured from L to Right: Front Row: Lauren Tolly; Keith Denny; Marion Paine; Meredith O’Brien; Chrissy Kayanan; and Terra Shaw    Back Row: Michael Hipple, Powhatan District Supervisor; Jim Icenhour, Jamestown District Supervisor; John McGlennon, Roberts District Supervisor and Chairman; Carrie Daniels; Benjamin Diau; Mike Padgett; and Ruth Larson, Berkeley District Supervisor

 Piggott and Randall Chairmans Award

Pictured from L to R: Michael Hipple, Powhatan District Supervisor; Reneldo Randall; Jim Icenhour, Jamestown District Supervisor; P.J. Piggott; John McGlennon, Roberts District Supervisor and Chairman; and Ruth Larson, Berkeley District Supervisor

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer
757-253-6605; renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov 

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