Joint Commission on Health Care Plans 2023 Work, Discusses Medicaid “Unwinding”

The Joint Commission on Health Care held its first meeting of the year on May 17.  In addition to mapping out its work for the remainder of 2023, Commission members received a briefing from the Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Department of Social Services on the required “unwinding” of the continuous Medicaid coverage […]

VACo releases 2023 Legislative Summary

The Legislative Summary details the actions of the 2023 General Assembly. It also includes information on legislation of interest to counties. This edition contains links to bills through the General Assembly’s Legislative Information System and includes studies and statistics of importance to counties. Read VACo’s 2023 Legislative Summary VACo Contact: Legislative Team

VACo Appoints Pulaski County Chair Laura W. Walters to Board of Directors

RICHMOND (May 3, 2023)— Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chair Laura Walters has been appointed to the VACo Board of Directors to represent Region 12. She was sworn in during a VACo Board of Directors meeting on April 27. “I’m happy and honored to represent Region 12 on the VACo Board,” Chair Walters said. “I […]

Nominations sought for VACo Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup was last awarded in 2019 when longtime House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell was honored. VACo seeks nominations for this year’s Jefferson Cup Award to be presented at the November 12-14 Annual Conference. Please submit nominations to Dean Lynch at Click here for a list of Jefferson Cup recipients. Below […]

Behavioral Health Commission Plots Course for 2023 and Beyond

The Behavioral Health Commission held a strategic planning session on April 28 to discuss the Commission’s role in improving the behavioral health system, the goals that the Commission should prioritize, which strategies would best advance those goals, and how the Commission should select specific initiatives to pursue. Members of the twelve-legislator Commission, which is chaired […]

Visit Floyd County and the Floyd County Historic Courthouse

*PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Bain* Location: 100 East Main Street / North Locust StreetBuilt: 1950 – 1951Style: Art DecoArchitect: J.L. WilliamsContractor: A.P. Snead & Clark Brothers Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of […]

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program Available Now

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program), established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide $2.5 billion over five years to a wide range of applicants, including cities, counties, local governments, and Tribes. The first round of funding makes up to $700 million from fiscal years 2022 […]

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Clean School Bus Grant Program

The EPA has announced the 2023 Clean School Bus (CSB) Grant Program. This is the first grant funding opportunity through the multi-year funding program and follows the 2022 CSB Rebate Program, which was the first round of funding. Under the 2023 Grant Program, EPA anticipates awarding approximately $400 million in competitive grant funding to eligible applicants for the purchase […]

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program Available Now

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (LINK) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Funds for the fiscal year 2023 SS4A grant program are to […]

VACo Tapped to Participate in the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Revision

The Virginia Wildlife Action Plan (the Plan) provides a statewide and local blueprint for conservation actions needed to keep species from becoming endangered. Information regarding these resources is provided at multiple levels, ranging from single species needs to habitats and watersheds. The Plan is designed to help all conservation actors understand species and habitats priorities […]

Workgroup Convenes to Study Fire and Emergency Medical Service Needs

On May 1, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bob Mosier convened a workgroup tasked by the General Assembly to examine existing fire service needs, analyze sustainability of current funding, and review alternative funding models from other states. VACo had previously requested to be a part of the workgroup and VACo staff participated in […]


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General Assembly Acts on Governor’s Amendments and Vetoes at April 12 Reconvened Session

The General Assembly reconvened on April 12 to consider the Governor’s amendments to legislation that passed during the 2023 session, as well as three bills vetoed by the Governor.  The Governor proposed amendments to 77 bills, as well as four amendments to the “skinny budget.”  The General Assembly agreed to most of the Governor’s proposals, […]

Visit Fauquier County and the Fauquier County Historic Courthouse

Location: 6 Court Street / Main StreetBuilt: 1890 – 1891Style: Classical RevivalArchitect: William H Baldwin of WarrentonContractor: John R Spilman Description: The building faces north and is a two story yellow colored stucco over brick and stone structure. The building is located in the center of Warrenton. The north front has steps leading to the […]