The tale of power can't be told using characters alone. You need to know the story line. The plot points, the setting, the twists and turns. There are struggles, obstacles, ups and downs that manifest themselves in questions that demand answers.
After 10 years of ranking the most powerful people in Richmond, we know the questions that get the conversation started. Who controls the community's resources? Who has the best connections? Who has the money? The influence? Who drives the debate and captures attention?
This year, while exploring the answers to those questions, we work to get a little closer to the heart of the story. The chapters unfolding before us in some of the driving discussions of the community. In doing so, we pinpointed the most powerful people in the most prime positions to:
Fix the city schools.
Fuel the local economy.
Shape Richmond's cultural identity.
Determine what's on our plates.
And decide one of the longest and most talked-about questions in city politics: Will a ballpark help shape the city's future development and growth?
Power is irrelevant unless you know how it's at work around you. We don't know the end of the story yet, but here's where we last left off. — Jason Roop