VAPDC Connections

Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions - May 2010

In This Issue
~ President's Message ~
~ Join Us for the Summer Conference ~
~ Nominating Committee Selects Officers & Directors ~
~ VA Energy Efficiency Grant Funds Awarded ~
~ RRPDC Segways Into Meeting ~
From the President
     Spring is here and winter is a fading memory...especially this past winter. With spring here, summer can't be far behind and for VAPDC that means our business year will end in June.
     February brought the Winter Conference, Celebrating Forty Years of Regional Innovation, and featured speakers like Jim Cheng, Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Bill Shelton, Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Terrie Suit, Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness; Jeannemarie Davis, Director, Virginia Liaison Office; and Steve Walz, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. The crowd was also treated to a presentation by the Richmond Regional PDC on their Capitol Region Collaborative.
     If you were unable to join us in Richmond, I hope you will find the time to participate in all the great sessions that will be offered at the 2010 Summer Conference in Virginia Beach.
Coleman Speece
President, VAPDC
Upcoming Meetings
 Annual Summer Conference,
July 29-31, 2010
The Cavalier Hotel,
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • Lenowisco PDC
  • Cumberland Plateau PDC
  • Mount Rogers PDC
  • New River Valley PDC
  • Roanoke Valley-Alleghany RC 
  • Central Shenandoah PDC
  • Northern Shenandoah Valley PDC
  • Northern Virginia RC
  • Rappahannock-Rapidan RC
  • Thomas Jefferson PDC
  • Region 2000 LGC
  • West Piedmont PDC
  • Southside PDC
  • Richmond Regional PDC
  • George Washington RC
  • Northern Neck PDC
  • Crater PDC
  • Accomack-Northampton PDC
  • Hampton Roads PDC
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2010: Regional Challenges & Opportunities 
VAPDC Summer Conference
 July 29-30, 2010
The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Cavalier Oceanfront     Join VAPDC for the annual Summer Conference July 29 and 30 at the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront. Attendees will convene at The Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel for two days of networking, learning, and exchanging ideas.
    Tentative speakers include Governor Bob McDonnell (invited) and The Honorable Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce & Trade, plus many more. The agenda is packed with educational sessions, receptions/dinners, and the opportunity to tour the Port of Virginia.
     Hotel reservations can be made at either the contemporary Cavalier Hotel Oceanfront or the grand Cavalier on the Hill. Click here for more hotel details.
     Watch your email for more details soon!
VAPDC Nominating Committee Selects Officers and Directors for 2010-2011

     The VAPDC Nominating Committee, chaired by Joyce French (Southside PDC) has selected the officers and directors for the 2010-2011 VAPDC Board of Directors. The VAPDC membership will vote on the nominations at the Annual Meeting to be held at the Summer Conference, July 29-30 at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach.

     Officer nominations are President: Marty Nohe, Northern Virginia RC; First Vice President: Stran Trout, Richmond Regional PDC; Second Vice President: Jim Baldwin, Cumberland Plateau PDC; Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Wilson, George Washington RC; and Past President: Coleman Speece, Southside PDC. 
      Director nominations include Bruce Goodson, Hampton Roads PDC; Woody Harris, Crater PDC; Willie Green, Mount Rogers PDC; Jerry Davis, Northern Neck PDC; Kevin Byrd, New River Valley PDC; and Mark Gibb, Northern Virginia RC.
      Members of the Nominating Committee are Jim Baldwin, Cumberland Plateau PDC; Bob Crum, Richmond Regional PDC; Dwight Farmer, Hampton Roads PDC; and Mark Gibb, Northern Virginia RC.
Virginia Energy Efficiency Grant Funds Awarded 


     Last year, the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (VDME) partnered with the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions and the State's 21 Planning District Commissions to VDME with developing and implementing the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, was aimed at helping localities reduce fossil fuel emissions, stimulate the economy and lower total energy use and costs by improving energy efficiency in building, transportation and other sectors. The Governor recently awarded $13.2 million from the ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) to 39 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments and Planning District Commissions.
RRPDC Board Members Start April Meeting by Riding on Segways 
    Those attending the April meeting of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission were greeted by members of the board riding Segways through the parking lot. The elected officials and other board members also prepared for the meeting by sitting on a GRTC bus, discussing electric motorcycles, and popping the hood of an hybrid plug-in electric automobile from Dominion Virginia Power as part of a showcase entitled "Transportation Innovation in the Richmond Region."
     The public event was designed to facilitate a discussion on transportation technologies currently in use or planned for the Region. The interactive displays were organized by the Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond (STIR) and featured transportation options beyond the standard gasoline automobile, including a hybrid plug-in electric automobile from Dominion Virginia Power, a ZERO electric motorcycle from Velocity Motorcycles , Segways from Segway of Richmond, and a new GRTC bus. Those who attended the event had the opportunity to learn about these sustainable transportation technologies and a dozen board members cruised the parking lot while test driving Segway personal transporters.
2010 Sponsors
Brown and Caldwell
GHD Inc.
 SCS Engineers
Virginia Housing Development Authority
Draper Aden
 Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Thompson & Litton
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