VACo 2020 Annual Conference Recap

Thank you for attending the VACo 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. We enjoyed getting together to learn, to share experiences, and to do the business of VACo. On this page you’ll find breakout session presentations and videos. You can also find that information on this agenda. Again, thank you for joining us this year. Please let us know how we can help.

 Jeffrey C. McKay Elected VACo President for 2020-21

 VACo 2021 Legislative Program | Adopted by VACo Membership on November 11, 2020

2020 Annual Conference Sponsors, Partners and Associate Members

Annual Conference Breakout Sessions Presentations and Videos

State Budget Update | Session Video
Jim Regimbal | Principal | Fiscal Analytics | Presentation

Economic Development and Workforce Development | Session Video
Stephen Moret | CEO & President | Virginia Economic Development Partnership | Presentation
Erik Johnston | Director | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development | Presentation

The Future of Education | Session Video
Dr. Deborah Bergeron | Director | U.S. Office of Head Start and Early Childhood Development | Presentation
Dr. Keith Perrigan | Superintendent | Bristol Virginia Public Schools | Presentation
Mark Owczarski | Assistant Vice President for University Relations | Virginia Tech | Presentation

Broadband | Session Video
Holly Hartell | Assistant CIO for Strategic Initiatives | Arlington County | Presentation
Jeff Stoke | Deputy County Administrator | Prince George County | Presentation

Closing General Session | Session Video
Dr. Bob Holsworth | DecideSmart LLC

Annual Business Meeting | Agenda | Session Video


Preconference Breakout Sessions

The Future of Housing | Breakout Session Video | Sponsored by Virginia Housing

Erik Johnston | Director | DHCD
Susan Dewey | CEO | Virginia Housing

The lack of affordable homes to rent or own across the Commonwealth is a growing problem that has been further highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. This session will provide an overview of the problem, existing resources to address it, and a discussion of how Virginia will plan to meet both existing and growing demand. Watch the breakout session video.

Emerging Risks for County Governments | Breakout Session Video | Sponsored by VACORP

Chris Carey | Administrator | VACORP | PowerPoint Presentation

What does the future for county governments look like in light of potential changes to workers’ compensation and liability protections, along with continued cyber threats to public entities? This session shares expert analysis of potential liabilities and risks facing county governments as they navigate proposals to add COVID-19 to workers’ compensation and change qualified immunity, while continuing to defend against cyber extortion and social engineering events.

Energy of Tomorrow: Incorporating Wind and Solar in a Modernized Grid | Breakout Session Video | Sponsored by Dominion Energy

John Larson | Director, Public Policy and Economic Development | Dominion Energy
John Warren | Director | Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy | PowerPoint Presentation

In the coming decades, Virginia will be modernizing its electric grid, a key component of which will be to accommodate large solar and wind generation facilities. This session will explore how this modernization will change the landscape of Virginia and the role counties will play in the transformation of how we generate and consume electricity.

Snapshots of Innovative County Programs | Breakout Session Video

Kevin Massengill | County Administrator | Dinwiddie County
Dawn Missory | Citizen Information and Resources | Chesterfield County | PowerPoint Presentation
Raul Torres | Executive Director | Human Rights Office | Prince William County | PowerPoint Presentation
Denise McPhail | Outreach and Education Coordinator | Prince William County | PowerPoint Presentation

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.

Communicating during the Pandemic | Breakout Session Video

Jeff McKay | Fairfax County Chairman | PowerPoint Presentation
William McCarty | Isle of Wight County Supervisor | PowerPoint Presentation
Dr. Joseph Casey | Chesterfield County Administrator | PowerPoint Presentation

How have Virginia leaders communicated with their community, constituents and staff during the pandemic? This session will examine ways counties and elected officials have communicated not only externally but also internally during this unprecedented time.

Surviving to Thriving: Providing Financial Wellness as an Employer | Breakout Session Video | Sponsored by First Financial Group of America

Christopher J. Jamail, CFP® | Partner | Chief Marketing Officer
Rich Mangiere | Account Development Coordinator

To help working Americans achieve financial well-being – to move from surviving to thriving, and from debt to savings – through employer-sponsored financial wellness tools and salary-linked solutions.

Visit First Financial Group’s VACo webpage to sign up to win a swag bag and to learn more about how First Financial can help your county.

Steering Committee Meeting Presentations

Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Christy Morton | Vice President-External Affairs | Virginia Economic Development Partnership | PowerPoint Presentation

Christy Morton with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) provides updates on ongoing economic development initiatives and programs. The presentation includes the latest on how the Coronavirus Pandemic is providing challenges, as well as opportunities, to further business development and job growth.

Education Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Holly Coy | Assistant Superintendent for Policy, Equity, and Communications | Virginia Department of Education | PowerPoint Presentation

Kathy Glazer | President | Virginia Early Childhood Foundation | PowerPoint Presentation

Karin Bowles | Director of Strategy | Virginia Early Childhood Foundation | PowerPoint Presentation

Updates and discussions on K-12 education and childcare.

Environment and Agriculture Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Abby Johnson | Executive Director | Virginia PACE Authority

The Value and Opportunity of C-PACE – Low-cost, long-term financing for water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects.

Finance Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Aubrey L. Layne Jr. | Secretary of Finance | Commonwealth of Virginia | PowerPoint Presentation

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne provides an update on the state’s revenue situation and use of federal relief funds.

Health and Human Resources Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Scott Reiner | Executive Director | Office of Children’s Services | PowerPoint Presentation

Nannette M. Bowler, J.D. | Deputy Commissioner | Human Services | Virginia Department of Social Services | PowerPoint Presentation

Andrew Crawford, LCSW | Director | Bedford County Department of Social Services | PowerPoint Presentation

Rebecca J. Morgan, M.Ed. | Director | Middlesex Department of Social Services | PowerPoint Presentation

An educational session on the intersection of foster care and the Children’s Services Act.

Health and Human Resources Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Kathy E. Vesley | President and CEO | Bay Aging | PowerPoint Presentation

Regina Sayers | Executive Director | Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens | PowerPoint Presentation

Directors of two Area Agencies on Aging share information about the important services provided by AAAs to support the well-being of older Virginians, and the innovative approaches taken by their agencies to meet local needs.

Transportation Steering Committee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Catherine McGhee, P.E. | Director of Research and Innovation | Virginia Department of Transportation | PowerPoint Presentation

Lisa Guthrie | Executive Director | Virginia Transit Association | PowerPoint Presentation

Danny Plaugher | Deputy Director | Virginia Transit Association | PowerPoint Presentation

Catherine McGhee provides updates from VDOT and gives a presentation on autonomous systems. Executive Director Lisa Guthrie and Deputy Director Danny Plaugher from the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) provide updates on public transit in the Commonwealth.

Energy Steering Subcommittee | Steering Committee Presentation Video

Cliona Robb | Director | ThompsonMcMullan P.C.

Meade Browder | Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief-Insurance and Utilities Regulatory Section | Virginia Office of the Attorney General

Cliona Robb speaks about “Contract Purchase of Electricity by Local Governments in Virginia.” Meade Browder talks about “Energy Law and Regulation in Virginia.”