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2019 50th Anniversary Celebration Sponsor Profiles

The Berkley Group

The Berkley Group is a professional consulting firm with local government experts dedicated to assisting localities specializing in the areas of planning, zoning, transportation, public works, project management and communications, community involvement, and group facilitation. We bring a collaborative approach to our projects with an array of professional resources. When necessary, we partner with other firms to keep the client’s needs first while minimizing overhead costs. Our staff brings over 50 years of direct experience in local government focusing on land use, transportation, project management, comprehensive planning and problem solving. We have strong ties in the Commonwealth of Virginia and understand the challenges facing local governments today. We provide personal attention and superior service delivery to our clients.

Contact information:

Darren K. Coffey, AICP, Chief Executive Officer

Andrew D. Williams, AICP, Chief Operating Officer



​VML/VACo Finance


VML/VACo Finance was established in 2003 by the Virginia Municipal League (VML) and Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) to address many of the financial needs of Cities, Counties, Towns, School Divisions, and Authorities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We pool the resources of local governments in order to provide superior financial services at lower cost. Our program areas include Financing, Investment Management (Virginia Investment Pool; OPEB Pooled Trust Fund) and Accounting Services.

VML/VACo Finance has made over $1.0 billion in governmental loans, manages invested assets of $2.5 billion, and has served 260 political subdivisions.


Contact information:

Beau Blevins

Director of Government Consulting


​VML Insurance Programs


VML Insurance Programs partners with over 475 local political subdivisions across Virginia to provide risk management and insurance. We are the most financially secure pool in Virginia, providing our members the benefit of rate and financial stability and the peace of mind that we can cover their losses. We are committed to reducing our members’ total cost of risk through expansive coverage, service, and resource capabilities.


Contact information:

Peter Stephenson

Local Government Specialist




VACORP is the Virginia Association of Counties Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool, a member-owned risk pool that provides affordable, stable, and reliable, comprehensive self-insurance and risk management services to Virginia’s local governments, school divisions, authorities and other political subdivisions. VACORP is proud of its ability to tailor coverages and risk management services to meet the ever-changing needs of its nearly 500 members. We challenge existing practices, develop creative solutions, and work together to provide the highest level of service to each participant.


Contact information:

Stephanie Heintzleman

Member Services Director


Mattern & Craig, Inc.


Founded in 1978 in Roanoke VA, Mattern & Craig is an employee-owned, professional engineering and surveying firm. We serve both public and private clients primarily in VA, TN, and NC. We have approximately 75 employees.


We are truly a southeast regional firm with offices in Roanoke, VA; Kingsport/Johnson City (Tri-Cities), TN; Asheville /Statesville, NC. We serve our clients effectively and efficiently from these office locations.  Our primary services are civil & structural engineering and surveying. We also provide specific services such as: transportation & traffic, bridges & structural, site planning & development, stormwater, environmental, water & wastewater, and construction management & inspection


Contact information:

Calvin D. Clifton

Business Development Manager


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