Talk to Trevor Dickerson and you quickly get a sense of his love for his hometown of Richmond. Raised near Short Pump, he’s a VCU grad who is always trying to find a way to be active in the community and work jobs that allow him to help make a better city. Allow us to count some ways.
First, there’s RVA Hub, a hyperlocal, neighborhood-based, online news source that Dickerson describes as a continuation of RVA News (whose founder provided him with a decade worth of archives) that he runs with partner, Richard Hayes. “It’s a labor of love, a passion project that I started doing in 2016,” Dickerson says.
Also, he moved to Scott’s Addition in 2013 when it was still mostly an empty, concrete canvas and began attending neighborhood meetings. Dickerson was president of the Greater Scott’s Addition Association from 2016 until 2021. “Just leading the neighborhood through such a transitional time was also transitional for me,” he explains. “You had all these stakeholders and rapid growth, which helped me grow as a problem solver and leader. [Stuff like] helping people interface with the city over parking issues or basic safety.”
He feels like the neighborhood drives so much tax revenue for the city, but “we don’t get it back,” he says. If you’re thinking to yourself, “he sounds like a politician,” you may not be far off. Dickerson tells Style Weekly that he is in the early stages of considering a run for City Council (or maybe even a mayoral run), but there’s nothing official yet. “I think you need to be the change you want to see and get skin in the game,” he says. “Richmond is an awesome city with rich history and a rich food scene. On the flipside, Richmond thrives, I think, despite City Hall and not because of it.”
Dickerson also works with local businesses and contractors though his 9-year-old business, Boulevard Creative, a creative marketing service company offering everything from PR relations to web design and graphic design. He enjoys helping small businesses more than anything, he says. “Just giving mom-and-pop places and small businesses a leg up.”
But that’s not all: In 2015, he was among the group that started Breakaway RVA, a biking group that meets monthly (May to October) around the city and converges on cool spots to learn about Richmond. If you’re interested, all their upcoming rides are posted on breakawayrva.com.