During this month of February, several committees are holding conference calls and moving forward with the mission of the Virginia Economic Developers Association. VEDA has many leaders who are doing what they do best.
With Von Gilbreath's guidance, the Professional Development committee has reviewed scholarship applications and is identifying upcoming workshops for our membership. The Communications committee, led by Steve Harrison, is strengthening an already clear message that VEDA is the Commonwealth's "Voice of Economic Development." Traci Blido, in her new role chairing the Community Economic Development Awards committee, is leading the committee to recognize our profession's best practices in 2018. Amanda Glover, continuing to chair the Membership committee, is implementing a well-developed plan to attract and retain VEDA's membership, currently at 530. The Sponsorship committee, with new leadership from Greg Kelly and Russ Young, is surpassing expectations and allowing VEDA to deliver even better programs. Debbie Melvin took charge of an ad hoc committee asked to review VEDA's relationships with related organizations and to recommend ways to strengthen those relationships and build new ones. With our Spring Conference quickly approaching, conference chairs Christine Bell and Conaway Haskins are leading the committee that has developed an impressive agenda to leverage the conference theme of Redefining our Evolving Profession.
With the General Assembly is session, our Public Policy committee, led by Chris Lloyd and facilitated by Mike Woods, is monitoring and acting on several bills and budget amendments. Our friend and colleague Delegate Matthew James is sponsoring legislation on VEDA's behalf related to the Regional Industrial Facilities Act. Budget amendments dealing with business-ready sites, economic development marketing and workforce development are receiving close attention from both houses' money committees. VEDA is actively engaged too with members and committees of the General Assembly that have considered legislation affecting small business development and industrial development authorities. Most bills and budget amendments support economic development programs, and some don't. As a member of VEDA, we encourage you to contact your elected officials to talk about economic development and how we must have the resources to be successful in serving our communities.
See you soon!
-Ken McFadyen, VEDA President
VEDA's Spring Conference to focus on Our Evolving Profession
Spring is just around the corner and we are excited to be hosting what is shaping up to be a great Spring Conference! Trees and flowers will be in full bloom, birds will be singing and the smell of fresh cut grass will fill the air.
Our Spring Conference theme of Redefining OUR Evolving Profession, paired with VEDA's yearlong theme, Agents of Change, will prove to be a winning combination. Topics include How Technology is Being Harnessed by Economic Developers to Drive Local Business Growth; The EDA/IDA as an Effective Economic Development Tool; Perspectives on Economic Development; Practitioner Leadership, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and much more!
We've invited Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Esther Lee and Amy Liu with the Brookings Institute will wrap up the conference on Friday, April 13th.
We have a wonderful program and activities planned. We look forward to seeing you in April!
Christine Bell, Virginia Economic Development Partnership & Conaway Haskins, Virginia Tech
VEDA Spring Conference Co-Chairs
SAVE THE DATES
VEDA 2018 EVENTS
and see why economic developers are
Agents of Change
VEDA Spring Conference
REGISTRATION OPEN SOON!!!!
April 11-13, 2018
VEDA Summer Membership Meeting
June 5, 2018
VEDA Fall Conference
September 12-14, 2018
VEDA Winter Membership Luncheon
and Annual Meeting
December 5, 2018