2018 VACo Annual Conference


November 11-13, 2018
The Omni Homestead
Bath County, Virginia

Interested in VACo Education? Attending VACo’s Annual Conference is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing localities today. VACo members discover innovative ways to solve problems and meet opportunities, simply through conversation with other local leaders. Counties across Virginia often face similar concerns, yet community leaders don’t always take advantage of an invaluable resource: their neighbor in the next county. With roughly 1,000 local government officials, state representatives, speakers, and exhibitors in attendance, the Annual Conference is the perfect place to learn from and join forces with peers from across the Commonwealth. Don’t miss this chance to visit with your neighboring counties, listen to experts, and experience the benefits of collaboration and innovation with your fellow local leaders.

This year’s theme is COMMONWEALTH OF OPPORTUNITIES: Preparing Counties for the Future          Preliminary Agenda   (Updated 10/9/2018)        SPEAKERS


Download the registration form: Annual Conference Registration Form  |  Online Conference Registration
Reminder: The Early Bird fee ends September 30th; get your registrations in today.
The room reservations are separate from the conference registration. Receiving a confirmation for your room at The Omni Homestead does not automatically register you for the conference. You must be registered for the conference if you have a room at The Omni Homestead during the annual conference.

EXHIBITING IN 2018 — Exhibit Hall Open November 11 & 12   ***SOLD OUT***

The exhibit hall is completely sold out at this time. We will accept your application for standby status in the event of a last-minute cancellation. Your card will not be charged unless a booth becomes available.

Application – You do not have to be a VACo Associate Member to be an exhibitor but if you are, you will receive a $50 discount on your booth. Application download link: 2018 EXHIBITOR APPLICATION.

We’re excited about our new exhibit hall layout. Check it out here: 2018 EXHIBIT HALL.     LIST OF 2018 EXHIBITORS

Are you a new exhibitor looking for information? Here is a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions and answers:  EXHIBITOR FAQ’S


Plan ahead and secure your 2018 VACo Conference Sponsorships


Due to the limited number of rooms available at The Omni Homestead, the VACo Board of Directors adopted a Lodging Policy. Accordingly, a copy of the room reservation form was sent to county administrators, VACo Board of Directors and confirmed exhibitors in mid-June. Alternative lodging options are available near The Omni Homestead; however, please note that VACo does not have negotiated agreements with any of these establishments: LIST OF ALTERNATIVE LODGING


golf club, golf course2018 VACo Annual Golf Tournament

Registrations are being accepted for the golf tournament to be held Saturday, November 10. Mulligans are $5 each or 5 for $20.



The 2018 VLGMA Luncheon is Monday, November 12 from 12:45-2 pm. This luncheon is not included in the cost of the conference registration; separate registration is required.


The Annual Conference is VACo’s premiere event. This VACo event includes:

  • Regional Meetings
  • Steering Committee Meetings
  • VACo’s Annual Business Meeting where the Legislative Program is adopted and the Board of Directors is elected for the upcoming year
  • General Sessions feature state representatives, local government leaders and experts in issues that county governments face
  • Breakout Sessions designed to educate and promote collaboration
  • Exhibit Hall with companies and organizations that offer products and services specifically related to local county government
  • Specialized group meetings focused on directed topics for different county positions
  • Multiple team-building opportunities and networking with peers

VACo Education provides a forum where information is shared. We understand that many counties face similar issues and by making connections at events, VACo members can collaborate on innovative ways to improve Virginia’s communities. With roughly 950 local government officials, state representatives, speakers and exhibitors in attendance, it is the perfect opportunity to learn and join forces with peers from across the state. Attendees take away an abundance of knowledge and new ideas through connections with colleagues.