2017 Annual Conference

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83rd VACo Annual Conference
November 12-14, 2017
The Omni Homestead
Bath County, Virginia

Communications | Engagement | Knowledge | Success

Need to plan ahead?  Here’s a look at the preliminary agenda(Updated 10/11/17)
Regular registration fees are in effect through October 31st.    REGISTRATION FORM    REGISTER ONLINE

The Annual Conference is VACo’s premiere event. This VACo event includes:

  • Regional Meetings
  • Steering Committee Meetings
  • VACo’s Annual Business Meeting where the Legislative Program is adopted and the Board of Directors is elected for the upcoming year
  • General Sessions feature state representatives, local government leaders and experts in issues that county governments face
  • Breakout Sessions designed to educate and promote collaboration
  • Exhibit Hall with over 100 businesses and organizations with products and services to meet county government needs
  • Specialized group meetings focused on directed topics for different county positions
  • Multiple team-building opportunities

 VACo Education provides a forum where information is shared. We understand that many counties face similar issues and by making connections at events, VACo members can collaborate on innovative ways to improve Virginia’s communities. With roughly 950 local government officials, state representatives, speakers and exhibitors in attendance, it is the perfect opportunity to learn and join forces with peers from across the state. Attendees take away an abundance of knowledge through connections with colleagues.


There is still time to get an exhibit booth at the 2017 VACo Annual Conference. You do not have to be a member to be an exhibitor. Download the 2017 exhibitor application here. A new pricing tier is in effect and is shown on the 2017 exhibit hall layout. Applications are still being accepted; however, booths must be paid in full at this time. Phone call requests to hold a booth cannot be honored. VACo Associate Members receive a $50 discount off the booth price.

Booths are going fast!    2017 Exhibit Booth Availability (Updated 10/11/17)

Two drawings from all collected Exhibitor Drawing Cards will be held again this year. Donated prizes will be divvied up and drawings will take place once on Monday afternoon and again after the business meeting on Tuesday. Details on drawing cards, donating an item for the drawing and VACo’s policy on Exhibitor fish bowl drawings can be found hereNEW in 2017 – Exhibitors who donate a drawing prize will be given the opportunity to hand out the prize themselves.



Are you a new exhibitor looking for information? Here is a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions and answers:  EXHIBITOR FAQ’S


2017 VACo Conference Sponsorships are SOLD OUT.
  Thank you to all of our conference sponsors!



2017 VACo ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT – Saturday, November 11

2017 VACo Golf Registration Form

Old Homestead Course (Par 72)           #omnigolf

The 18-hole “Old Course” at The Omni Homestead Resort facility in Hot Springs, Virginia, features 6,211 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.7, and it has a slope rating of 120 on Bent grass. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Old Course opened in 1892.


The Virginia Local Government Management Association  will hold their luncheon on Monday, November 13. This is a ticketed event and is not included in the conference registration fee. 2017 VLGMA Luncheon Registration Form


Lodging request forms for The Omni Homestead were e-mailed from VACo to every VACo Board of Directors member, county administrator and confirmed exhibitor on June 15. The full VACo Lodging policy can be seen here . To make other lodging arrangements, the 2017 Alternative Lodging Form is now available. If you are registered for the 2017 conference and still need a room, call 804.788.6652 to request a  room reservation form. The Omni Homestead is currently serving those whose names are on the Wait List.