2021 Annual Conference Schedule

Thank you for participating in the 2021 VACo Annual Conference. Below you’ll find the schedule for the conference. Or you can open the agenda here.

2021 Annual Conference Virtual Bag | 2021 Annual Conference Sponsors, Partners and Associate Members

Sunday, November 14

730am

Nondenominational Worship Service | Fusion


9am – 2pm

Exhibitor Setup | Main Ballroom A-E


9am

VACo Board of Directors | Granby Salons A-C
Sponsor: National Association of Counties   


10am

VACORP Business Meeting | Fusion


10am – 5pm

Annual Conference Registration | Level 4

Lanyards Sponsor: TSI – Your Technology Partner         

Conference Tote Bags Sponsor: Moseley Architects      

Hotel Key Cards Sponsor: Pierce Group Benefits     

Artesian Spring Water Bottles Sponsor: Waypoint360     

Wi-Fi : Aetna     


1-415pm

Sunday Afternoon Coffee Break
Sponsor: Virginia American Water   


1-230pm

Steering Committee Meetings

    • Economic Development & Planning | Main Salon F
    • Environment and Agriculture | Main Salon G
    • Finance | Main Salon H
    • Transportation | Paul D. Fraim Center

2-5pm

Sunday Afternoon Football & Refreshments | Main Ballroom A-E
Sponsor: Moseley Architects   


2-530pm

Exhibit Hall Opens | Main Ballroom A-E
Lounge Sponsor: EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC     


245-415pm

Steering Committee Meetings

    • Education | Paul D. Fraim Center
    • Energy | Main Salon F
    • General Government | Main Salon G
    • Health and Human Resources | Main Salon H

430-530pm

Regional Caucuses to Nominate Representatives on VACo Board of Directors

    • Region 2 | Fusion
    • Region 3 | Main Salon F
    • Region 4 | Momentum 2-3
    • Region 7 | Main Salon H
    • Region 8 | Main Salon G
    • Region 9 | Adrenaline
    • Region 10 | Energy 1
    • Region 13 | Energy 2

530-630pm

Sunday Evening Opening Reception | Main Ballroom Foyer
Sponsor: Dominion Energy     


630pm

Taste of Tidewater & Dessert Social | Granby Ballroom

The Taste of Tidewater is a social event in a beautiful part of the hotel where we will have food stations, dessert stations and cash bars. It’s a chance to eat local fare and mingle! It’s replacing the banquet we have hosted in past years. This is a separate ticketed event, and spouse/guest will need to have a purchased ticket to attend.

Sponsors: PMA Architecture | ColonialWebb Contractors | Fortinet

                   


8pm

Sponsors Hospitality Suites


Monday, November 15

7am

Resolutions Committee | Momentum


8am – 2pm

Annual Conference Registration | Level 4


815am

Monday Morning Coffee Break | Main Ballroom A-E
Sponsor: Aqua Virginia Inc.   


830am

Exhibit Hall Opens | Main Ballroom A-E
Lounge Sponsor: EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC   


830am

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Granby Ballroom
Sponsor: AES   

 

  • PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS: Norfolk Police Honor Guard

 

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine   
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jeff Schapiro | Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist   

10-1115am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 2022-2024 BIENNIUM BUDGET | Main Salon F

MODERATOR: The Honorable Ashley Chriscoe, Supervisor, Gloucester County

SPEAKERJames J. Regimbal, Jr., Principal, Fiscal Analytics

A major element of the 2022 General Assembly session will be the consideration and adoption of a new biennium budget, which is expected to include decisions about the remaining federal relief funding provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act, in addition to the appropriation of state General Fund dollars.  This session will provide an overview of economic conditions influencing spending decisions and opportunities to improve the state-local funding partnership.

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THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN VIRGINIA | Main Salon G
MODERATOR: The Honorable Charles A. Stacy, Supervisor, Tazewell County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Thomas K. Norment, Jr., 3rd Senate District; William L. Murray, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Communications, Dominion Energy

Landmark legislation adopted in 2020 has embarked the Commonwealth on a journey of achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities by the middle of this century. This transformation of the energy sector will result in a wholesale change in not only how energy is produced, but how it is delivered. For example, significant investments in solar and wind facilities, combined with a substantial “rebuilding” of the electric grid system, present both opportunities and challenges for county officials grappling with how to integrate these changes within the local landscape and economy.  This session will provide both a legislative and industry perspective on what the future holds, and what Virginia’s counties can expect in the coming decades to help them prepare for these changes.

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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN VIRGINIA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW | Main Salon H

MODERATOR: Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, Loudoun County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko, 33rd Senate District; Cynthia E. Hudson, Esquire, Sands Anderson PC; Eric Paltell, Esquire, Kollman & Saucier PA

Legislation took effect on May 1, 2021, allowing local governments and school boards throughout Virginia to enact ordinances that allow their employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining agreements with their employers. Though long established in other states, the new law grants flexibility to Virginia’s local government employers as to how they define bargaining units, set the terms and conditions of the bargaining process, and resolve impasses. This session will discuss factors that local governments should reflect upon should they consider opting into collective bargaining with their employees.

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VACo/VSBA COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM | Fusion

MODERATOR: The Honorable Ruth Larson, Supervisor, James City County

SPEAKERS: Joe Casey, County Administrator, Chesterfield County; The Honorable James Holland, Chair, Chesterfield County; The Honorable Christopher Winslow, Vice Chair, Chesterfield County; Merv Daugherty, Superintendent, Chesterfield County School Board; The Honorable Ryan Harter, Chair, Chesterfield County School Board; The Honorable Ann Coker, Vice Chair, Chesterfield County School Board

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) are launching a collaborative leadership pilot program at the VACo Annual Conference, with the focus of bringing members of the boards of supervisors and school boards together to strengthen relationships and create opportunities for discussion and collaboration on behalf of citizens.


1130am-1245pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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BUILDING A BETTER BROADBAND | Main Salon F
MODERATOR: The Honorable Victor S. Angry, Supervisor, Prince William County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko, 33rd Senate District; The Honorable C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr., 77th House District; Robert A. Crum, Jr., Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Access to the world wide web is essential to both business and social infrastructure. Without access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet service, individuals, families, and whole regions struggle to thrive. This session will explore what opportunities exist to leverage federal, state, private and local capital to build the necessary infrastructure of what is an essential utility for the 21st century.

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TAX POLICY AND STATE BUDGET PRIORITIES: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY | Main Salon G
MODERATOR:  The Honorable Jeffrey C. McKay, President, Virginia Association of Counties and Chairman, Fairfax County

SPEAKERS:  The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., 24th Senate District; The Honorable Vivian E. Watts, 39th House District

In addition to major decisions facing the General Assembly in developing spending priorities for the 2022-2024 biennium budget, several proposals are under consideration in legislative workgroups and studies to revise Virginia’s tax structure.  Key policymakers will discuss tax reform proposals, as well as top priorities for the 2022-2024 biennium budget.

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NAVIGATING THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES ACT | Main Salon H
MODERATOR:  The Honorable Lee Frame, Supervisor, Orange County

SPEAKERS:  The Honorable T. Montgomery Mason, 1st Senate District; The Honorable Meg Bohmke, President-Elect, Virginia Association of Counties and Supervisor, Stafford County; Scott Reiner, Executive Director, Office of Children’s Services

Significant revisions to the Children’s Services Act were enacted in 2021 in response to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s 2020 study, with further changes to the structure and funding of the program under consideration.  In addition, the recent implementation of major changes to federal funding for foster care presents challenges and opportunities in serving children and families through CSA.  Join state and local leaders for a discussion of what these changes mean for local governments.

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SNAPSHOTS OF INNOVATIVE COUNTY PROGRAMS | Fusion
MODERATOR: Dr. Sheryl Bailey, Visiting Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech, and former Chesterfield County Deputy County Administrator

SPEAKERS: Dr. Monica Manns, Chief Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Officer; Henrico County; Tamara Highsmith, Strategy & Performance Coordinator, Chesterfield County; Jerry West, Director of Parks and Recreation, Nelson County;  William Shepley, County Administrator, Grayson County; Emily Kilroy, Director of Communications and Public Engagement, Albemarle County

An important objective of the VACo Achievement Awards Program is to celebrate innovative and smart solutions to challenges in our counties. This session shares the creative work from county leadership and staff as Achievement Award winners tell their stories on how they overcame challenges.


1245pm

Deli Lunch | Main Ballroom A-E
Sponsor: Strata Clean Energy     


1245pm

VLGMA Luncheon | Energy Room
Speaker: Ron Carlee | Assistant Professor | School of Public Service | Strome College of Business | Old Dominion University   


1pm

Credentials Committee | Room 1783


145pm

Exhibitor Drawing | Main Ballroom A-E


2pm

Monday Afternoon Break | Main Ballroom A-E
Sponsor: SB Ballard Construction Company     


245-4pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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CIVILITY AND LEADERSHIP IN POLITICS | Main Salon F
MODERATOR: Dean Lynch, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Counties and Chris McDonald, Director of Government Relations, Virginia Association of Counties

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Terry Kilgore, 1st House District; Larry Roberts, Director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia

In an era in which our political divides seem further apart and stronger than ever, it is critically important to find common ground, respect the civility of one another, and continue to work to improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  This session will explore ways government officials at all levels can embrace civility and bridge divides in order to achieve a greater good.

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THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN VIRGINIA | Main Salon G
SPEAKER: Stephen Moret, President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The last several years have brought unprecedented change to Virginia when it comes to economic development, in terms of priorities, tactics, geographic diversity, opportunities, and more.  This session will focus on what comes next with economic development in the Commonwealth.  Speakers will provide a broad array of information while lending perspectives from both state and local government.

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K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING AND INITIATIVES | Main Salon H

MODERATOR: The Honorable Meg Bohmke, President-Elect, Virginia Association of Counties and Supervisor, Stafford County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Barbara A. Favola

Providing the local share of K-12 education funding is one of the single largest responsibilities of local governments in the Commonwealth. Teacher compensation, school construction and modernization, and mandates from the Standards of Quality all require significant investments, which local governments often support but struggle to meet. This session will discuss factors that local governments should reflect upon as the General Assembly considers new opportunities and initiatives for K-12 education.


4pm

High Growth Coalition | Paul D. Fraim Center


4pm

Rural Caucus | Collaboration


4pm

Nominating Committee | Momentum


545-7pm

President’s Reception | Main Ballroom FGH
Sponsor: Robinson Farmer Cox   


8pm

Sponsors Hospitality Suites


Tuesday, November 16

845am

Tuesday Morning Coffee Break | Granby Ballroom Foyer


9am

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION | Granby Ballroom

    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Governor Ralph Northam   
    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Communicating During Turbulent Times | Dr. John Thomas | Managing Partner | DecideSmart     

1030am

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING | Granby Ballroom

    • Supervisors’ Certification Graduates
    • Top 3 Achievement Awards Recognitions

NOON 

ADJOURNMENT/CHECK OUT


Breakout Sessions

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021
10–1115am


OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 2022-2024 BIENNIUM BUDGET • Main Salon F

MODERATOR: The Honorable Ashley Chriscoe, Supervisor, Gloucester County

SPEAKER: James J. Regimbal, Jr., Principal, Fiscal Analytics

A major element of the 2022 General Assembly session will be the consideration and adoption of a new biennium budget, which is expected to include decisions about the remaining federal relief funding provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act, in addition to the appropriation of state General Fund dollars.  This session will provide an overview of economic conditions influencing spending decisions and opportunities to improve the state-local funding partnership.


THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN VIRGINIA | Main Salon G

MODERATOR: The Honorable Charles A. Stacy, Supervisor, Tazewell County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Thomas K. Norment, Jr., 3rd Senate District; William L. Murray, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Communications, Dominion Energy

Landmark legislation adopted in 2020 has embarked the Commonwealth on a journey of achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities by the middle of this century. This transformation of the energy sector will result in a wholesale change in not only how energy is produced, but how it is delivered. For example, significant investments in solar and wind facilities, combined with a substantial “rebuilding” of the electric grid system, presents both opportunities and challenges for county officials grappling with how to integrate these changes within the local landscape and economy.  This session will provide both a legislative and industry perspective on what the future holds, and what Virginia’s counties can expect in the coming decades to help them prepare for these changes.


COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN VIRGNIA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW | Main Salon H

MODERATOR: Tim Hemstreet, County Administrator, Loudoun County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko, 33rd Senate District; Cynthia E. Hudson, Esquire, Sands Anderson PC; Eric Paltell, Esquire, Kollman & Saucier PA

Legislation took effect on May 1, 2021, allowing local governments and school boards throughout Virginia to enact ordinances that allow their employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining agreements with their employers. Though long established in other states, the new law grants flexibility to Virginia’s local government employers as to how they define bargaining units, set the terms and conditions of the bargaining process, and resolve impasses. This session will discuss factors that local governments should reflect upon should they consider opting into collective bargaining with their employees.


VACo/VSBA COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM | Fusion

MODERATOR: The Honorable Ruth Larson, Supervisor, James City County

SPEAKERS: Joe Casey, County Administrator, Chesterfield County; The Honorable James Holland, Chair, Chesterfield County; The Honorable Christopher Winslow, Vice Chair, Chesterfield County; Merv Daugherty, Superintendent, Chesterfield County School Board; The Honorable Ryan Harter, Chair, Chesterfield County School Board; The Honorable Ann Coker, Vice Chair, Chesterfield County School Board

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) are launching a collaborative leadership pilot program at the VACo Annual Conference, with the focus of bringing members of the boards of supervisors and school boards together to strengthen relationships and create opportunities for discussion and collaboration on behalf of citizens.


1130am–1245pm


BUILDING A BETTER BROADBAND | Main Salon F

MODERATOR: The Honorable Victor S. Angry, Supervisor, Prince William County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko, 33rd Senate District; The Honorable C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr., 77th House District; Robert A. Crum, Jr., Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Access to the world wide web is essential to both business and social infrastructure. Without access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet service, individuals, families, and whole regions struggle to thrive. This session will explore what opportunities exist to leverage federal, state, private and local capital to build the necessary infrastructure of what is an essential utility for the 21st century.


TAX POLICY AND STATE BUDGET PRIORITIES: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY | Main Salon G

MODERATOR:  The Honorable Jeffrey C. McKay, President, Virginia Association of Counties and Chairman, Fairfax County

SPEAKERS:  The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., 24th Senate District; The Honorable Vivian E. Watts, 39th House District

In addition to major decisions facing the General Assembly in developing spending priorities for the 2022-2024 biennium budget, several proposals are under consideration in legislative workgroups and studies to revise Virginia’s tax structure.  Key policymakers will discuss tax reform proposals, as well as top priorities for the 2022-2024 biennium budget.


NAVIGATING THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES ACT | Main Salon H

MODERATOR:  The Honorable Lee Frame, Supervisor, Orange County

SPEAKERS:  The Honorable T. Montgomery Mason, 1st Senate District; The Honorable Meg Bohmke, President-Elect, Virginia Association of Counties and Supervisor, Stafford County; Scott Reiner, Executive Director, Office of Children’s Services

Significant revisions to the Children’s Services Act were enacted in 2021 in response to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s 2020 study, with further changes to the structure and funding of the program under consideration.  In addition, the recent implementation of major changes to federal funding for foster care presents challenges and opportunities in serving children and families through CSA.  Join state and local leaders for a discussion of what these changes mean for local governments.


SNAPSHOTS OF INNOVATIVE COUNTY PROGRAMS | Fusion

MODERATOR: Dr. Sheryl Bailey, Visiting Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech, and former Chesterfield County Deputy County Administrator

SPEAKERS: Dr. Monica Manns, Chief Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Officer; Henrico County; Tamara Highsmith, Strategy & Performance Coordinator, Chesterfield County; Jerry West, Director of Parks and Recreation, Nelson County; William Shepley, County Administrator, Grayson County; Emily Kilroy, Director of Communications and Public Engagement, Albemarle County

An important objective of the VACo Achievement Awards Program is to celebrate innovative and smart solutions to challenges in our counties. This session shares the creative work from county leadership and staff as Achievement Award winners tell their stories on how they overcame challenges.


245–4pm


CIVILITY AND LEADERSHIP IN POLITICS | Main Salon F

MODERATOR: Dean Lynch, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Counties and Chris McDonald, Director of Government Relations, Virginia Association of Counties

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Terry Kilgore, 1st House District; Larry Roberts, Director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia

In an era in which our political divides seem further apart and stronger than ever, it is critically important to find common ground, respect the civility of one another, and continue to work to improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  This session will explore ways government officials at all levels can embrace civility and bridge divides in order to achieve a greater good.


THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN VIRGINIA | Main Salon G

SPEAKER: Stephen Moret, President and CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The last several years have brought unprecedented change to Virginia when it comes to economic development, in terms of priorities, tactics, geographic diversity, opportunities, and more.  This session will focus on what comes next with economic development in the Commonwealth.  Speakers will provide a broad array of information while lending perspectives from both state and local government.


K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING AND INITIATIVES | Main Salon H

MODERATOR: The Honorable Meg Bohmke, President-Elect, Virginia Association of Counties and Supervisor, Stafford County

SPEAKERS: The Honorable Barbara A. Favola

Providing the local share of K-12 education funding is one of the single largest responsibilities of local governments in the Commonwealth. Teacher compensation, school construction and modernization, and mandates from the Standards of Quality all require significant investments, which local governments often support but struggle to meet. This session will discuss factors that local governments should reflect upon as the General Assembly considers new opportunities and initiatives for K-12 education.


Steering Committee Meeting Presentations

Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee

Chris Thompson | Director of Strategic Housing | Virginia Housing


Education Steering Committee

Kathy Burcher | Deputy Secretary of Education | Office of Governor Ralph Northam


Energy Steering Committee

Bill Murray | Senior Vice President | Dominion Energy

Ron Jefferson | State Government and Environmental Affairs Manager | APCo


Environment and Agriculture Steering Committee


Finance Steering Committee

David Conmy | Local Government Policy Administrator | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development


Health and Human Resources Steering Committee

Alison G. Land, FACHE | Commissioner | Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services


General Government Steering Committee

The Honorable Mamie Locke | 2nd Senate District

Senator Mamie Locke will provide updates and insights from the Virginia Senate on an array of General Government legislative items, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues, criminal justice reform, public safety, and more.


Transportation Steering Committee

Mark Ritacco | Director of Government Affairs | National Association of Counties

Russ Dudley | Director Local Assistance Division | Virginia Department of Transportation