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John Martin, CEO & Managing Partner

Southeastern Institute for Research


Martin will discuss what the "other side" of COVID-19 might look like for Virginia's communities. Be sure to join VAPDC for this interactive online session that will launch VAPDC's Summer Series 2020.


Eric Terry, President, Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association


Like most other organizations, VAPDC is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and has cancelled its annual Summer Conference for 2020. And like most other organizations, we do not want to lose touch with you!  Conferences provide an opportunity to present timely educational and informational content, while providing a forum for connecting with one another to exchange ideas and information. Since we are unable to do that in person, VAPDC is bringing these things to you in a Summer Series, Four Thursday’s in July.


These four online meetings will cover a variety of topics and be 1 ½ hours in length. So, mark your calendar for July 9, July 16, July 23, and July 30 (10:00 am – 11:30 am) to connect and learn with VAPDC!

Meeting Schedule


Week 1—July 9, 2020 Click HERE for Meeting Recording

The Other Side of COVID-19: A Futurist’s View 
Speaker Profile




Week 2—July 16, 2020 Click HERE for Meeting Recording

Travel, Tourism and Leisure - Seeking to be Stronger

Speaker Profiles




VAPDC Annual Business Meeting will be held after this session 11:30-12:00

Business Meeting Documents


Week 3—July 23, 2020 Click HERE for Meeting Recording

Transportation and Mobility Reimagined - Making It Future Ready

VAPDC continues its examination of the impacts of COVID-19 with a session focused on building transit service and ridership for the future, as well as a look at highway travel habits, state transportation revenues, and future planning scenarios.

Speaker Profiles

Week 4—July 30, 2020 Click HERE for Meeting Recording

Virginia PDCs: Regional Responses and Resources

In the final session of the VAPDC’s “Summer Series—Four Thursdays in July,” we’ll look at how some Planning District Commissions/Regional Councils have been involved in pandemic response and recovery efforts. This session will provide an informative opportunity to learn how several best practices might be replicated or spur other innovative support programs.


Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund Click HERE for PRESENTATION

Presenter: Martha Heeter, Executive Director, Plan RVA

Launched with contributions from 18 regional foundations and businesses, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (PlanRVA) is an integral part of a partnership that launched the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, a coordinated campaign to provide rapid support for local organizations helping those most affected by the pandemic. The fund is helping organizations and nonprofits that address critical needs such as food and housing access, health care, childcare, senior care, and safety supplies. 


RVARC’s “Online University”

Presenter: Jeremy Holmes, Director of RIDE Solutions, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Click HERE for PRESENTATION

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) seized upon one of COVID’s environmental side effects, that being reduced vehicle emissions, to inform and educate on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April. RVARC’s RIDE Solutions organized an Earth Day Online University event through Facebook, providing hours of videos covering a broad swath of sustainable practices and information.


Middle Peninsula PDC Back to Business Program

Presenter: Lewis Lawrence, Executive Director, Middle Peninsula PDC Click HERE for PRESENTATION

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) is working with local governments in its region assisting impacted businesses by covering a portion of their increased costs incurred in response to social distancing and compliance with new health and safety requirements. The grant program is designed to reimburse the increased cost of changed business practices that have been spent in response to the pandemic.


Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program

Presenters: Christine Jacobs, Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission Click HERE for PRESENTATION

Russ Williams, Director of Housing Services and Hugh Hennessy, HUD Certified Housing Counselor Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission Click HERE for PRESENTATION

Two Virginia PDCs are administering the state’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) designed to support and ensure housing stability across the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to stabilizing housing, efforts to help individuals and families maintain their housing is in the interest of public health. Through the RMRP, financial assistance will be provided on behalf of households who are experiencing housing instability due to the pandemic.

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Julie Timm, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Richmond Transit Company


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Stephen Brich, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Transportation


Rita D. McClenny, President and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Tourism Corporation


Cassidy Rasnick, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Director, Office of Outdoor  Recreation, Commonwealth of Virginia


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2020 Summer Series Sponsors

Summer Series Sponsor Profiles

Bronze Sponsors


VML/VACo Finance

2021 Virginia Partners

Partner Profiles

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