Annual Conference Update

October 4, 2016

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VACo ANNUAL CONFERENCE AGENDA RELEASE

We have finalized the conference agenda! Attendees can get information on all conference events, including breakout session topics, times and speakers, and create their own conference schedule. This conference update will provide additional information on several events. Check out the conference agenda here.

DINING DURING THE CONFERENCE

The only meal included in the registration fee is the Monday afternoon bagged lunch sponsored by SunTrust.

Annual Banquet tickets will be collected by VACo staff at the door. Please remember to have your ticket with you; this will allow everyone to quickly get seated. If you do not have a ticket, you will be asked to purchase one. If you forgot your ticket, you will be asked to retrieve it. If you receive a ticket, but do not attend, you will be charged $75 for your banquet meal. Please make sure a VACo team member collects your ticket.

Monday’s VLGMA Luncheon is a separate, ticketed event for county managers and key members of their management teams. You can sign up for this $40 event on your Conference Registration form.

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Registrations for VACo’s Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 12 are rolling in, and it looks like we’ll have a good turnout this year. Please refer to our golf registration form for more information.

Thank you to our many sponsors for their generosity. Milestone Communications will be supplying each golfer with a tech-friendly gift, and all golfers will be able to enjoy goodies on the refreshment cart sponsored by United Healthcare. If your company is interested in a golf sponsorship, please contact Amy Sales at asales@vaco.org.

Last year, we started donating the proceeds from Mulligan Sales to a Bath County nonprofit organization and raised nearly $200 for Bath Animal Welfare Foundation (bawf.org). This year’s recipient will be Bath County Christmas Mother Inc. They are a registered 501c3 that provides assistance to needy families during the holidays. Not only do they provide gifts, they also provide food, clothing, heating assistance, and help with utility bills. Purchasing Mulligan tickets onsite will help this local organization and your golf score.

CONNECT COLLABORATE INNOVATE

This year’s conference theme is “Building Bridges: Connect Collaborate Innovate” and we are asking that counties to tell us how they build bridges. There will be sticky notes and markers at the registration desk and we ask attendees to let us know by placing their answers on the Virginia map. We’ll share your ideas with others in County Connections.

We have also scheduled a session just after the Monday lunch where we ask attendees to enjoy free time in the Exhibit Hall. Participants can use this opportunity to network and meet with our exhibitors and other attendees before the final block of concurrent sessions.

WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW: CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Curious to see if your golf team won something at the tournament? Misplace an item and want to see if it is was found? Think you won a fishbowl drawing? Answers to all of these questions, plus the wifi log in and password, will be posted on corkboard at the attendee registration desk.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? If you have a questions during the conference, ask a VACo Team member who will be wearing a blue “STAFF” ribbon. Remember, “Don’t have a clue? Look for the blue!”

STEERING COMMITTEE INTEREST FORMS

Don’t forget to sign up for a Steering Committee. Forms found in packets or online and are due by December 15. Remember, you must sign up every year. Your 2016 committee status does not automatically roll over. If you do not submit a form for 2017, you will not be on a committee.

VACo Contact: Amy Sales, CMP

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