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2016 Summer Conference Agenda & Presentations

VAPDC 2016 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting July 27-29, 2016 The Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia 
Growing Opportunity in Virginia’s Regions 



11:00 am - 5:00 pm – Registration, Conference Registration II, Downstairs

9:00 am - 11:00 am - VAPDC Board of Directors/Executive Directors Meeting, Virginia Room, AB, Downstairs 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - VAMPO Meeting & Lunch, Virginia Room AB, Downstairs 
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm - Conference Opening and Welcome, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs

  • Billy Martin, President, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Leveraging GO Virginia to Benefit the Commonwealth’ s Ec onomy, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs Moderator/Speaker: Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President/Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting Speakers:

  • John O. “Dubby” Wynne, Chair, Hampton Roads Community Foundation Perspective on GO Virginia as an instrumental force in advancing this program. What role can PDCs play in supporting and advancing the GO Virginia effort.

John O. “Dubby” Wynne Presentation


  • Barry DuVal, President and CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Viewpoint and opinion on how GO Virginia can be leveraged to the benefit of Virginia’s economy. 

Barry DuVal Presentation

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break, Virginia Foyer, Downstairs 
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm – GO Virginia and Economic Development in the Commonwealth, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs Perspectives on the respective roles of the many components of economic development in the Commonwealth. Discussion of the questions that will arise as GO Virginia is implemented in the regions of the Commonwealth and the practical applications as the legislation goes into effect. Moderator/Speaker: Mayor Robert K. Coiner, Commissioner, Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission/1st Vice President, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Speakers.

  • The Honorable Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry, next Secretary of Commerce & Trade (September 2016), Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Deborah K. Flippo, Business Development Manager/Economic Development, Draper Aden Associates, President, Virginia Economic Developers Association

  • Elizabeth Rafferty, Policy and Legislative Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

4:30 pm - Announcements/Sessions End for the Day, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm – Reception, Virginia Foyer, Downstairs 
6:30 pm – Dinner on your Own 
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016  
8:00 am - 2:00 pm – Registration, Conference Registration II, Downstairs 
Note: Breakfast is on your own 
9:30 am – 11:30 am – G row in g Opp ortuni ty in Vir gi nia’ s R egions throug h Federal Programs, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs Moderator: Martha Shickle, Executive Director, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission/Board Member, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Speakers:

  • Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director, Economic Development Administration

  • Bob Gittler, Economic Development Representative, Economic Development Administration 

Linda Cruz-Carnall/Bob Gittler Presentation


  • Matthew Underwood, Community Economic Development Specialist, US Department of Agriculture 


11:30 am – 1:00 pm –VAPDC Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon, Virginia Room C, Downstairs

11:30-12:00 – VAPDC Business Meeting - Billy Martin, VAPDC President, Presiding

12:00-12:45 – VAPDC Summer Conference Luncheon

12:45-1:00 – VAPDC Awards - President’s Award; Baker Award, Gail Moody, Executive Director, Southside Planning District Commission and VAPDC Awards Chair, Presiding 
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Overview of Statewide Association Assessments, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs Moderator: Kevin Byrd, Executive Director, New River Valley Regional Commission/Secretary/Treasurer, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Speaker: Joe C. McKinney, Executive Director, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Joe C. McKinney Presentation

2:00 – 3:00 pm – PDC Lightning Round Show and Tell, Virginia Room DE, Downstairs Moderator: Bonnie Riedesel, Executive Director, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Lightning Round Presentation

5:30 – 8:30 pm - VAPDC Conference Celebration – Dinner/Summer Games on the Lawn, Virginia Room F, Downstairs 
5:30 – 6:15 – VAPDC Reception SPONSORED BY VC3 6:15 – 7:00 – VAPDC Dinner 7:00 – 8:30 – Corn Hole Tournament, Other Games 
7:30 am - Continental Breakfast, Virginia Room AB, Downstairs  
8:00 am - 9:00 am - Incoming Board of Directors Meeting, Piedmont Room A, Downstairs  
9:00 am – 10:30 am, Virginia Room AB, Downstairs Moderator: Tim Ware, Executive Director, George Washington Regional Commission/Second Vice President, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Speakers:

  • What’s Next for IT, Dale Graver, Vice President of Business Development, VC3

Dale Graver Presentation

Before acquiring new technology, decision makers must determine the organization’s business requirements. Do they want to provide staff access to information and programs when away from the office?  Do members/clients want to connect to your resources for online information?  In the event of a disaster, would IT based systems be available enabling the organization to serve clients when they need the most help?  Learn the questions to ask to ensure your technology meets its needs.


  • Community Resiliency, Claire Collins, Development Manager, Local Government Solutions, IBTS and John Cybulski, Program Manager, Quality Programs, IBTS

Claire Collins/John Cybulski Presentation

During the 30-minute session, you will receive an update on the current state of affairs in resiliency and best practices for addressing challenges communities face in becoming more resilient. The session will explore the breadth of current resilience projects, highlight the prevailing methods for funding projects, review tools available to build resilience in your community, and provide how to examine how to structure your own resilience improvement project using what is presented during the season.

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