The agenda for VACo’s 2013 Annual Conference is taking shape. Major issues to receive attention will be an overview of local and state finances, job creation at the local level, economic development in rural areas, an update on transportation issues, the challenges lying ahead for local and state retirement programs, Medicaid expansion, communications with members of the General Assembly and development of local stormwater programs.
When VACo’s Conference Planning Committee met last May there were in-depth discussions about how counties will be affected by the outcome of this year’s gubernatorial and House of Delegates elections. To help us better understand those impacts, we will be joined by Political Scientist Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington.
VACo is also looking forward to the Tuesday morning general session when Virginia’s Local Government Attorneys Association will provide an entertaining dramatization on the issue of “conflicts.” On that same morning, VACo’s members will also be treated to a repeat visit by Dr. Joey Faucette, internationally known author of the #1 Amazon best-seller, “Work Positive in a Negative World.”
Again, one of the most important items on the agenda for VACo’s Annual Conference will be the development of VACo’s legislative action plan for 2014. VACo’s steering committees are scheduled to hold their final round of meetings on Sunday, November 10. VACo’s full membership will then vote on the legislative program during the business meeting on the final day of the conference.