Virginia Commission on Youth Seeks Public Comment on Improvements to Foster Care System and Process for Admission of Minors for Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

The Virginia Commission on Youth met on September 19 to discuss two studies conducted by staff at the Commission’s direction.  The Commission is seeking public comment on the draft recommendations for both studies.  Public comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2023, and should be sent via email to Admission of […]

State General Fund Revenues on Track in First Two Months of FY 2024

Secretary of Finance Stephen E. Cummings reported positive news on state General Fund revenue collections in the first two months of FY 2024 in his presentation to the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee on September 19, although he continued to advise caution in the face of ongoing economic uncertainty. General Fund revenues are up by […]

Visit Halifax County and the Halifax County Historic Courthouse

Photo Credit: Location: 8 South Main Street / Mountain RoadBuilt: 1838 – 1839Style: Classical RevivalArchitect: Dabney Cosby and Son, Dabney Cosby, Jr.Contractor: Dabney Cosby and Son, Dabney Cosby, Jr. Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of […]

JLARC Publishes Report on Virginia’s K-12 Teacher Pipeline

Virginia continues to suffer from a statewide teacher shortage. On September 12th, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) met to present several reports, one of which was a study of Virginia’s K-12 Teacher Pipeline. The study resolution directed JLARC to identify K-12 teacher workforce trends, evaluate factors contributing to the decline in teacher […]

Lancaster County, home to VACo President, hosts Region 2 Meeting

VACo staff traveled to the Northern Neck to conduct our seventh of eight regional meetings slated for 2023. VACo staff had the honor of traveling to Lancaster County, who graciously hosted the event, to meet with VACo Region 2 county leaders at the exciting Compass Entertainment Complex. VACo Region 2 encompasses the counties of Essex, […]

Behavioral Health Commission Discusses Key System Metrics, Budget Investments, and School-Based Behavioral Health Pilot Programs

Behavioral Health Commission members took stock of several aspects of the state’s behavioral health system at the Commission’s September 19 meeting, including updates to a set of data points previously designated by the Commission as key indicators for the crisis system; a new dashboard developed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) […]

JCOTS Receives Report on Best Practices for Addressing Ransomware

The Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) met on September 20th to review several items, including a staff report on best practices for addressing ransomware. Though an ever-present threat, ransomware attacks on local governments have been increasing since at least 2019. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to […]


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General Assembly Approves Revisions to Biennium Budget in September 6 Special Session

A lengthy process of revising the 2022-2024 biennium budget advanced one step closer to completion on September 6 with passage of HB 6001.  This legislation, which was released on September 2, contains the full text of the agreement among budget conferees that was announced August 25.  The procedural resolution setting out parameters for the special […]

Visit Greensville County and the Greensville County Historic Courthouse

PHOTO CREDIT: Virginia is for Lovers Location: 315 South Main Street / Hicksford AvenueBuilt: 1831 – 1834Style: Beaux ArtsArchitect: Daniel LynchContractor: Daniel Lynch Description: The building faces west and is a two story white colored Flemish bond brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square consisting of the courthouse […]

Laurel Hill: From Prison to Park

By Benjamin T. BoxerPublic Information Officer | Fairfax County Park Authority For the better part of a century, the grounds of the District of Columbia Correctional Facility in Lorton Virginia, one of the most beautiful parcels of land in Fairfax County, were restricted and, to an extent, hidden from public view. The 2,400-acre site was an oasis […]

JLARC reviewing Go Virginia – Report Due in December

The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission (JLARC) is conducting the first comprehensive review of the GO Virginia program since its establishment. In 2016 the General Assembly adopted the Virginia Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) Act to provide state grants to incentivize regional collaboration to address economic challenges. The GO Virginia fund has received approximately […]

Smart Scale Proposed Changes Brief

The Virginia Secretary of Transportation directed the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) to conduct a full review of the SMART SCALE process in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). VACo was invited and will participate on the Technical Advisory Committee as part of […]

Virginia releases draft proposal to achieve universal broadband access with $1.48 billion in federally allocated funds – Comments due by September 19

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released the BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2 for a public comment window that will close on September 19, 2023. Volume 2 of the BEAD Initial Proposal, as required under the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity and supplemental guidance (BEAD), includes critical […]