Virginia Recreation & Park Society 's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
2016 VRPS Annual Conference
November 5-8, 2016
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Registration
Save an additional $10 by registering on or before July 13, 2016.

* New for 2016:  payment-in-full must be made on or before September 28, 2016 or registration will not be guaranteed.

 


Scholarships
The Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is offering up to 29 Annual Conference scholarships, ranging from $100 to 100% of the early registration rate.

  1. Register for Annual Conference; use the "Bill Me" option.
  2. Submit your Scholarship Application by the deadline:  
    Wednesday, 7/13/2016.
  3. Be a member in good standing of both VRPS and the Foundation of VRPS:  Scholarship preference will be given to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through membership in VRPS and the Foundation of VRPS.
  4. Scholarship applicants will be notified of their scholarship status after the submission deadline.

Award Nominees
Awards Ceremony Banquet:  Monday, November 7, 2016
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

$35/Nomination Early Nomination Deadline:  6/30/2016
$45/Nomination:  7/1/2016 and after
Awards Nomination Deadline:  7/31/2016

Exhibitors and Sponsors
Exhibit Hall:  November 6-7, 2016
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

About the 2016 Exhibit Hall

Benefits
* Highly Targeted Marketing - 600+ attendees from the field of parks and recreation
* Brand Awareness and Recognition - opportunities through unique advertisement and onsite presence
* Cultivate Your Network - connect and reconnect with new and current customers and expand your business partnerships
* Product Promotion - exclusive access to member and delegate list and a chance to promote new equipment or services
* Community Involvement - participation supports the sustainability and growth of the parks and recreation profession and the professionals who serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and recreation services

Exhibit Hall Hours
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4:30pm-6:00pm; Setup: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Monday, November 7, 2016, 9:30am-12:30pm; Tear down: 12:30pm-2:30pm


Have your single sheet flier in the hand of every delegate by inserting it in the 2016 Conference Registration Packet.

Have your brochure/single sheet flyer on an unmanned tabletop exhibit at the 2016 Conference.

Reinforce your presence at the Conference by placing an ad in the VRPS Conference App.
VRPS Commercial Membership

Companies other than non-profit organizations involved in the delivery of leisure services, equipment, supplies or similar associated activities for parks and recreation qualify for VRPS Commercial Membership. Each Commercial Member will receive:

* Access to online Membership Directory, to include corporate logo, website URL, and Social links in Commercial Member listing
* VRPS member agency department mailing list upon request
* Copies of Virginia Parks & Recreation Magazine and VRPS President's Newsletter (3 per year of each publication)
* 10% discount for advertising
* Membership certificate, free job bank and classifieds postings
* Full use of Members Only sections of www.vrps.com

New for 2016, Commercial Membership also includes:

* Two individual Commercial Representative memberships for a total of 2 individuals representing the commercial organization
* Listing on VRPS "Preferred Vendors" webpage, to include hotlink to website
* Listing in Virginia Parks & Recreation magazine and VRPS Presidents Newsletter on full page representing preferred vendors - (6 publications/year - distributed electronically to entire VRPS membership)
About Hotel Roanoke

Located in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia, the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, is situated alongside downtown Roanoke in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Built in 1882, the fully-restored Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of IACC (International Association of Conference Centers), Hotel Roanoke is pleased to offer world-class lodging facilities, including newly renovated guest rooms and 63,000 square feet of stateof-the-art conference space. The hotel's business facilities include 35 meeting rooms, a fixed-seat lecture hall, two boardrooms, conference center lounge and an elegant hotel ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,400 guests.

 
Contact Us
Maureen Wilson, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, (540) 777-6342
Student Opportunity
Through a generous educational grant from the 
Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, student VRPS membership will include complimentary student registration to the 2016 VRPS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of parks and recreation professionals in the Commonwealth.
  • Student registration includes all academic sessions plus the Exhibit Hall luncheon.
  • Student membership must be valid at time of conference registration and through month-end of the conference.
  • Students must register for the Annual Conference by the end of the regular registration period or pay standard rates.
* Student nonmembers and those registering after 9/28/2016 are subject to Student Conference rates.