VAPDC Connections

Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions - July 2011

In This Issue
~ President's Message ~
~ Summer Conference ~
~ RVA Sustainability Summit ~
~ FOLAR in Crater District ~
~ Fields of Gold ~
~ NRV Unveils Tourism Site ~
From the President

     As you know, July brings the 'new year' for VAPDC and for me this year, the beginning of my second term as your president. More than 100 PDC staff members, commissioners, sponsors, speakers and guests gathered in Virginia Beach last week to celebrate the past year and VAPDC's accomplishments, as well as, look forward to 2011-2012 and the many opportunities we have to see our organization, and our PDCs grow and prosper. It was a great conference and if you missed it, we'll hope to see you either at our Winter Conference or at next year's Summer Conference.

     The coming year has many exciting things in store for VAPDC. Look for a new and much improved website to come online. We're planning on adding many more resources for our PDC members as well as news and information others can use. The VAPDC Board has contracted with Bill Leighty,, DecideSmart to assist the Association in developing and executing its strategic plan over the next two years. This effort will help move VAPDC forward along with supporting our member PDCs and the many entities our PDCs work with to promote regionalism and efficiencies in government.

     VAPDC continues to make great progress as an Association in working with state agencies and providing a forum where PDCs can network and exchange best practices to Create Regional Opportunities. I look forward to continuing to work with all of Virginia's PDCs and welcome your input. Get involved and help us continue approaching issues from a regional perspective to find solutions that work for Virginia.



Martin Nohe     

President, VAPDC
  • 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
  • Commonwealth PDC 
  • Richmond Regional PDC
  • George Washington RC
  • Northern Neck PDC
  • Crater PDC
  • Middle Peninsula PDC
  • Accomack-Northampton PDC
  • Hampton Roads PDC
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Summer Conference Wrap-Up

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RVA Regional Commission Holds Sustainability Summit

     The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission held a Regional Sustainability Summit on April 29, 2011 in Daleville, VA. Over 80 participants attended the event, which included presentations from 14 Roanoke Valley leaders who stated their vision for a sustainable and livable region. The Summit was highlighted with a keynote presentation by Mariia Zimmerman, the Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Summit served as a kick-off for the Roanoke Valley Livability Initiative, which is being led by a Consortium of local governments, nonprofits, businesses, colleges, and universities. For more information regarding the Summit or the Livability Initiative, please contact Jake Gilmer at [email protected] or 540-343-4417.
The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River Are Making Significant Contributions to Crater District Quality of Life

     In 1992, the Crater Planning District Commission, through its Coastal Resources Management Task Force, initiated development of the Appomattox River Corridor Study. This study included an inventory of recreational, cultural and natural features, an examination of current and future land use information, and it addressed water quality and wetland issues in the river corridor.
     This effort served as a catalyst for increased interest in river access along the Appomattox. Using Virginia Transportation Enhancement funding, the City of Petersburg developed the Appomattox River Heritage Trail along the south bank in the City.
     Included in the Corridor Plan was a recommendation to form a non-profit citizen organization, "Friends of the Lower Appomattox River" (FOLAR) to oversee and guide implementation of the Plan.
Fields of Gold     


     The Central Shenandoah PDC, in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, is developing a regional agritourism initiative called Fields of Gold.
     The Fields of Gold program is envisioned to distinguish the Central Shenandoah Region as an agricultural destination. The Shenandoah Valley has a rich agricultural history and agriculture is one of the region's greatest assets. Three of the top five ag-producing counties are located in the Shenandoah Valley. Another strength of this Region is its outdoor and cultural activities, two of the most popular reasons for visiting this area. By joining these two industries, agriculture and tourism, the vision is for increased economic activity, both on and off the farm, and a marketable identity for the Region.


New River Valley Unveils Regional Tourism Website  


     A tourism partnership project with support from the Chambers of Commerce, Visitors Centers, local governments, and the New River Valley Planning District Commission unveiled a new regional tourism website on May 31st. The regional tourism site, found at http://www., provides information on outdoor recreation (paddle sports, fishing, trails), cultural activities (events, museums, music), and other tourist attractions and destinations within the New River Valley.
     Tourism in the New River Valley has become increasingly important to the region's economy in the past several years and the Blue Ridge Highlands (Washington to Franklin County, including the whole New River Valley) has become one of the top tourism destinations in Virginia. According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia generated $637 million in revenue, supported more than 7,500 jobs and provided nearly $50 million in state and local taxes.
LENOWISCO Awarded Grant 


     LENOWISCO Planning District Commission has been awarded a $1,750,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco and Community Revitalization Commission.
     In partnership with the Scott County Economic Development Authority and Secure Futures, LLC, the project will provide 400 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels to be shared by the tenants of the Crooked Road Technology Center and the Pioneer Center for Business Opportunity.