The Virginia Association of Planning Commissions (VAPDC) returns with a short series of educational and informational programs to kick off the new year. These three online meetings will cover pertinent topics just in time for the start of 2021. So, mark your calendar for January 8*, February 5, and March 5 (10:00 am – 11:30 am) to connect and learn with VAPDC!


*Ok, so technically this is the second Friday of the month, but we figured you didn’t want to join us on New Year’s Day.


Participants can register for the remaining March Program for a cost of $10 each.

Once registered, participants will receive login information to join on the day of the event.


Meeting Schedule

Program 3—Friday, March 5, 2021

Marching Forward

Virginia eased public health restrictions during COVID-19 last year using its Forward Virginia blueprint. How is the state addressing recovery and recalibration for a rebuilt and reliable future?


Program 2—Friday, February 5, 2021

February Friday with the Fed

The worldwide pandemic sent our national and state economy on a wild ride nearly a year ago. Where do we stand now, and what is the outlook for the coming months?


Tom Barkin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Tom Barkin is the president and chief executive officer of the Richmond Fed. He joined the Richmond Fed in January 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the Bank’s monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services as well as oversight of the Federal Reserve System’s information technology organization. Tom serves as a voting member in 2021 on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Tom was a senior partner and chief financial officer at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. Tom oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States and provided strategic counsel to a diverse portfolio of clients. Tom also served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2009 to 2014 and was the board’s chairman from 2013 to 2014. Tom is a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees and the Greater Washington Partnership. Tom earned his bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from Harvard University.

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell, Vice President & Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell is a vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Waddell has responsibility for the Regional and Community Development research areas within the Research Department, including setting strategic direction for various data products, surveys, and other regional and local analysis. In addition, she directs the incorporation of regional information into FOMC policy preparation for the Richmond Fed. Her work involves analyzing economic trends, writing for a variety of publications, and presenting on regional and national economic conditions. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2008, Waddell worked as an economist in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and at ICF International in Washington, D.C. She earned her bachelor's degree from Williams College in 2001 and her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.

Program 1—Friday, January 8, 2021

Gearing up for the Virginia General Assembly

With the 2021 General Assembly convening soon, this session will explore the legislature’s logistics and timelines, highlight anticipated legislative issues and the Governor’s budget proposal, while providing a glimpse at the politics of it all.

David C. Blount, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions

Deputy Director and Director of Legislative Services, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

David Blount is the first Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions. He has served in that position since 2018 through a partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, where he has served for 21 years and presently is Deputy Director and Director of Legislative Services. He previously held positions as a policy associate with the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute at VCU, and as a legislative consultant for both the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League. He is a graduate of James Madison University.

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