It’s time to get registered for VACo’s 82nd Annual Conference! Registration Forms were sent via email and made available on our website on August 15. There are some new programs this year, so make sure to read through the registration form to get all of the details. You will also find a preliminary agenda to help you schedule your arrival and departure. One thing we are bringing back is the tiered registration fee. Register early to save the most for your county!
The Annual Conference provides county officials with a great opportunity to vote on VACo’s policies related to state legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; find out about issues impacting counties across the state; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors.
The Monday and Tuesday general sessions have been scheduled. The Monday morning keynote will be a panel discussion between Jeff Schapiro, Political Columnist, Richmond Times Dispatch and Dr. Quentin Kidd, Vice Provost and director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, Christopher Newport University. They will discuss civility locally, statewide and nationally. Schapiro will reflect on civility over his years covering Virginia’s General Assembly. Dr. Kidd will speak on his 2012 study on civility in Virginia compared to the rest of the country and how it affects the political system. Tuesday morning’s Closing General Session’s keynote speaker is Dr. Kidd who will speak on election results and their impact on Virginia, as well as any national thoughts.
Our breakout sessions are organized differently this year. We are constantly being asked to allow more time for attendees to talk one-on-one. In response to that, we have scheduled a block of time designated as “Connect, Collaborate, Innovate” where we ask attendees to enjoy free time in the Exhibit Hall. We are working to organize the 12 breakout sessions in a variety of formats.
Remember to make your meal reservations early. If you are staying at The Omni Homestead, you are on the Modified American Plan and breakfast and dinner is included in your room rate. For more information on dining at The Omni Homestead, please visit the dining page on their website.
Stay tuned to County Connections and Conference Tips for details on new conference activities and information on specific conference events.