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Richmond, Virginia Wins! What We’re Doing Right on Foursquare

I could barely be more excited!

RVA Browns Island

And this will prove just how much of a Geek I truly am, so please bear with me for just a moment. I love Social Media; this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about me. I own my own Social Media Marketing Agency, Social Savvy Geek, LLC, in Richmond, VA. That brings me to one of my other “big loves” – I love RVA! For those of you who haven’t gotten the memo: RVA = Richmond, Virginia. It all started on Twitter where Richmonders were using the hashtag #RVA to signify that a post had something to do with our fair River City. In Richmond, there is a brand initiative, called RVA Creates, which “is a collaborative effort between Venture Richmond, the City, universities, businesses, and over 100 stakeholders, to create a stronger identity for Richmond.” So it should come as no real surprise to many of us here that…

Richmond, VA is a WINNER!

RVA Foursquare BadgeAccording to Foursquare: “Richmond is for lovers! And for people who love museums, great dining, Edgar Allan Poe, and art gallery tattoo parlors. This list garnered a tweet from Virginia’s governor and almost 500 followers!” And our prize is a brand, spanking new Foursquare badge! Woohoo! To win this prize Richmond had to have a city guide:

Your City Guide to RVA #VisitUS (Richmond, VA)

Quite frankly, it’s a nice list, but it barely skims the surface of things to do and see here. I feel like I should be working for the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau at this moment, but I am proud of this city! I’ve been to many other (bigger) cities, and yes, I will admit that New York City, Washington D.C., London, San Francisco, and Paris and the like were pretty darned impressive, but stack us against other cities of similar size and I scoff at their paltry offerings! Now really, I’ve been across the US and quite a bit of Europe, as well (and let’s not leave out Canada, eh!) and I have yet to find a place that I would rather live. I’ve found plenty of fantastic places to visit (I’m especially fond of Heidelberg, Bern, Dallas, Las Vegas… oh the list goes on…) and I make regular treks to NYC, because, let’s face it – you just HAVE to! But Richmond, VA is home (nearly tied with Williamsburg, VA where I grew up – but notice how I don’t LIVE there!).

I don’t pretend that we’re perfect, not by a long shot (we’re sorely missing our hockey and baseball teams at present) and we have our fair share of issues that need a LOT of work, but I say this often, “Richmond is the biggest small town that you will ever live in”. Aside from all of the many cultural and historical events, attractions, colleges, and universities (Go RAMS!), activities, etc. of which we have a nearly overwhelming array… we have a thriving business community. People in this town are active. If you haven’t heard of us in recent history (I’m are not talking War Between the States – or “Civil War” for the Yankees) – I’m talking about the up-and-coming next-big-thing type of history in the making here! Have you heard of these RVA businesses the Martin Agency, Altria Group, Genworth Financial, MeadWestvaco? Sure. How about Vitally Tenant, Vickie Griffith, Nhat Pham, Mary Foley, the Bush League? Not yet? Keep listening… you will.

And to sum up… I love Social Media! I love Foursquare! I love RVA! Today, I am a happy camper. Savvy?



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Laura Pence Atencio

As Founder and CEO of Social Savvy Geek, LLC., Laura Pence Atencio is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business owners meet and exceed their goals. She is committed to providing the most engaging and effective strategies in online marketing by combining traditional business networking and marketing fundamentals and best practices with current and engaging online marketing methods and tactics. Laura has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing and has consulted with entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits in the US and abroad. She is the author of the popular article, 10 Tips to Build Your Twitter List Now, which has been published both online and in print in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. A lifetime student herself, Laura has achieved certification as a Computer Administrative Specialist at Beta Tech and has studied Art Education, History, Art History, and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is fascinated by learning, sharing and growing, not just in business, but in life. She participates in US Masters Swimming and has ranked in the top 25 nationally in her age group in both the 50 and 100-yard backstroke. She served in the VA Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer in the 229th Engineer Battalion. She never meets strangers, only friends not yet made– an attitude that serves her extremely well in the networking world, both online and off. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and German Shephard.

  • Carolyn says:

    Hi Laura, I’m a big fan of #RVA. I first discovered Richmond when I went to college at University of Richmond. I stayed there one summer because I loved the city so much.

    The city has so much vibrancy and there are so many wonderful areas, each with its own personality. The community is warm and supportive too, with true Southern hospitality.

    I haven’t been to Richmond in a while, but it will always have a special place in my heart.

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