County Officials’ Summit

2017 County Officials’ Summit
August 21 | Charlottesville
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2017 VACo Summer Board of Directors Meeting
August 22 | Charlottesville

2016 County Officials’ Summit Coverage

County Officials’ Summit brings leaders together for day of education

Since its inception several years ago, the County Officials’ Summit has rarely been short on thought provoking conversation. This year was no exception.

More than 100 leaders visited Chesterfield County to discuss current issues affecting localities. Four speakers engaged the audience, and the Q&A sessions were arguably just as informative as the presentations.

King and Queen County Administrator Tom Swartzwelder kicked off the educational presentations with an explanation of the creative approach taken by King and Queen County to the problem of how to bring internet service to a rural locality. King and Queen County’s project won VACo’s Best Achievement Award this year, and interest in this presentation ran high with a robust Q&A dialogue with the audience.

Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel Jr. offered a call to action to localities to continue to collaborate with state agencies in working to address the opiate addiction crisis, stressing that solutions will have to arise from communities. He provided some context for the spread of opiate addiction, including philosophical changes in the management of pain among the medical community and efforts to crack down on abuse of prescription pain medication. State efforts are focusing on harm reduction, additional avenues for treatment, and prosecution of dealers, with a strong emphasis on preventing drug use among youth.

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran spoke about Virginia’s Whole Community Approach to Building Resiliency. Secretary Moran addressed his strategic priorities and identified threats to Virginia from severe weather to Zika to cyber risks.

Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay Russ Baxter gave a presentation titled “Chesapeake Bay TMDL Milestones, Progress, Mid-Point Assessment.”

After the educational portion of the County Officials’ Summit, friends and family of Jim Campbell gathered to celebrate his leadership of VACo. Campbell retired on June 30 after more than 25 years at the helm. Both Houses of the General Assembly presented Campbell with resolutions. Governor Terry McAuliffe wrote a letter. And Campbell’s old friend and former longtime Frederick County Administrator, John Riley, gave a heartfelt speech.

VACo Contact: Dean Lynch, CAE

Speakers Videos

BROADBAND | Tom Swartzwelder | County Administrator | King and Queen County | VIDEO

OPIATES | William Hazel | Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources | VIDEO

PUBLIC SAFETY | Brian Moran | Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security | VIDEO

CHESAPEAKE BAY | Russ Baxter | Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay | VIDEO

Steering Committees Presentations

EDUCATION STEERING COMMITTEE | Jim Regimbal | Principal | Fiscal Analytics, Ltd. | PRESENTATION

HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES STEERING COMMITTEE | Pam Kestner | Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources | PRESENTATION