From the President
It's hard to believe that it has only been three brief months since the beginning of VAPDC's 'new year' and the election of officers and directors for our organization. We have a great group of people helping to guide VAPDC to continued success. Thanks to all who made our Summer Conference a great event.
VAPDC continues to participate in activities that raise the profile of PDCs and working regionally to be an efficient and effective state. The PDCs will meet this month with various state agencies to discuss how the state and the regions of Virginia can work together to solve Virginia's issues.
Look for the debut of our new and very much improved website around the first of the year. The address will remain the same, but the site will have many new features including resources, easier registration for events, and much more!
VAPDC will join forces once again with VML/VACo for their Legislative Day in February 2012 and will hold the Winter Conference at that time. We are working to bring you a timely agenda. Program details will be available soon on www. VAPDC.org. You won't want to miss this annual program!
I will look forward to seeing many of you in February at the Winter Conference in Richmond and if not in the coming year. Get involved and help us continue focusing on issues from a regional perspective to find solutions that work for Virginia.
- 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
Bike the Valley Launches Marketing Campaign
With funds provided through the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and matched with local funds from the area's tourism and bicycle entities, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission has developed a marketing campaign designed to promote the Shenandoah Valley as a key bicycle tourism destination in the Commonwealth.
Funding for this project has been used to design, produce and distribute promotional materials, place print advertising, and update the Region's only bicycle website.
Promotional rack cards have been distributed in four of Virginia's Welcome Centers and in Canada through the VTC's international promotional program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of visitors to the Shenandoah Valley who are interested in this ever-growing and popular outdoor activity. Click here to view the rack card.
CRC Provides Redistricting Assistance
Every 10 years, following the U.S. Decennial Census, Federal Law requires election districts to be redrawn to ensure each elected district has roughly the same population. The requirement to redistrict in Virginia localities requires Redistricting to be completed and receive Pre-Clearance by the U.S. Department of Justice prior to November of 2011 elections. Because Virginia has elections in November of 2011, there is a tight window for Redistricting. In order to provide assistance to expedite the process, the Commonwealth Regional Council in January of 2011authorized staff to purchase Redistricting Software and provide Redistricting Mapping services to localities interested, free of charge. The CRC purchased DistrictSolv Redistricting Software.
In February 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the Virginia 2010 Census data counts necessary for Redistricting. Eight localities requested assistance from the CRC to prepare 2011 Redistricting Map products. Committees were designated in each of the eight localities to begin the Redistricting process. Melody Foster, Regional Planner for the CRC, began facilitating the mapping sessions for each committee.
Virginia Employment Commission Offers New Resource for PDCs
Virginia Employment Commission offers a new resource available on its website that will be valuable to the PDC regions. VEC publish a dynamic report called the Community Profiles, which feature a wealth of demographic, economic, and educational data. Each report is updated automatically whenever new data is available. VEC recently expanded these reports to include all of the PDC regions, and you can view them online. If you like these reports, please feel free to link to them on your own website.
Grant Writing USA
Grants Training in Roanoke, VA
December 15-16, 2011
Roanoke Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Roanoke, December 15-16. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.
For more information, contact:
The Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA
Lt. Rick Morrison, Roanoke Police Department
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