The Online Newsletter for the Virginia Economic Developers Association
October 2018
President's Message
As I have said many times before, serving as VEDA's 2018 president is a privilege. The camaraderie of our members and VEDA's leadership make it enjoyable. There are a lot of professional associations out there, and, certainly I am partial, but the Virginia Economic Developers Association is top-notch. Our public policy work is critically important as economic development evolves and our professional development benefits the citizens and organizations we serve. One item I neglected to mention last month in addressing the cancellation of the Fall Conference is the phenomenal work that Connie Long and her team performed to refund hundreds of registrations and sponsorships. Thank you, Connie!

Last week, Connie, incoming president Stephanie Landrum, Mike Woods (Troutman Sanders) and I met with Secretary of Commerce & Trade Brian Ball and his team and VEDP's Stephen Moret to get a sense for 2019 legislative priorities and to check in on 2018 economic development activities in the Commonwealth. Every initiative has challenges and setbacks, but Virginia economic development is making progress and VEDA is in the unique position to influence decisions in Richmond that will affect every part of Virginia. Toward that end, we will shortly ask our members for their perspectives on economic development priorities as 2018 winds down and we prepare for 2019 and the General Assembly session.

Plans for the Winter Membership meeting as being finalized and registration is open. We will convene in Charlottesville on December 4th and 5th in part to elect our slate of officers and directors. We look forward to seeing you there!

-Ken McFadyen, VEDA President



VEDA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Winter Membership Luncheon completes the program year of Agents of Change and brings a first-rate program to Charlottesville on December 5th. This final meeting for 2018 will include the year in review, the election of VEDA's 2019 leadership, VEDA's prestigious Cardinal Award presentation and programming that will address Transforming Change to a Strategic Vision.
The 2018 VEDA Annual Meeting & Winter Membership Luncheon will kickoff with a reception on Tuesday night at the University of Virginia's Inn at Darden. Come out early and network with VEDA members and guests. Make plans to go to dinner with a group following the reception. On Wednesday, be sure to arrive early and network before the program begins at 9:30.
We missed seeing you in Roanoke in September so we hope to see you in Charlottesville in December!
University of Virginia Inn at Darden
10 Duffy Boulevard, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Three easy ways to reserve your room at UVA Inn at Darden:
1. Book online via this link ->
 2. Call us directly at 434-297-7384
3. Send us an email via
Please reference the " VEDA Conference" room block when calling or emailing our team.
Be sure to take advantage of the VEDA Group Rate of $119 at The University of Virginia Inn at Darden. Room block will close November 29, 2018.
The University of Virginia Inn at Darden is an exclusive on-Grounds hotel property located at the internationally renowned Darden School of Business. For the past 25 years, the property has been welcoming professionals from around the world to gather, network, learn, innovate and grow in one of America's premier learning environments.
Featuring 177 well-appointed guest rooms and an array of flexible meeting and event space options that combine practicality with comfort, the University of Virginia Inn at Darden combines Jeffersonian décor with an array of services and amenities. - all in a state-of-the-art, self-contained campus environment, which offers all the elements for a successful meeting or event in one remarkable setting.
The University of Virginia Inn at Darden, like the University of Virginia itself, is inspired by Thomas Jefferson's groundbreaking vision of an "Academical Village," a place that is both built for and conducive to easy collaboration and constant learning. The Inn at Darden in Charlottesville is located within a 10-minute drive of Rotunda and Scott Stadium, and 10.1 mi from Monticello and 4.5 mi from the Downtown Mall.
The Inn features air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions; complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls. Free self-parking is available onsite. Other amenities include 24-hour front desk, bar/lounge; coffee ship/café; concierge services; free newspapers; and restaurant.
Governor's Infrastructure Financing Conference
The 2018  Governor's Infrastructure Financing Conference, December 10-12, 2018 will take place at  The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia. The conference is designed to bring together government and private sector professionals in discussions that will help facilitate the planning and delivery of much-needed capital improvement projects across Virginia, including schools.

The conference will highlight state funding resources available for capital improvement projects focusing on the health and safety of communities. Particular emphasis will be given to funding resources aimed at promoting economic development and job-creation opportunities for Virginians, including tourism. Informative sessions highlighting various sources of funding, including private financing of public infrastructure, public-private partnerships, state and federal loans and grants, bank loans, etc. will be held as well as the very basics of planning capital projects and developing financial policies that support capital improvement needs. Participants will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits as well.

In addition to attracting local and state elected and appointed officials, the 2018 Governor's Infrastructure Financing Conference will include public finance professionals such as bankers, financial advisors, accountants, and attorneys, as well as engineers, builders, consultants, and other professionals who assist local communities in planning and implementing capital improvement projects. This will allow attendees an opportunity to network with professionals who may be able to help with their infrastructure financing needs.
To register for the conference and for sponsorship and exhibit opportunities CLICK HERE.
GO Virginia Board & Regional Updates
Check out the most recent GO Virginia newsletter which includes updates from the board, the regional councils and details about upcoming events. Click Here to read what's happening with GO Virginia!
In This Issue
Theme for 2019:
Telling the Virginia Story

2019 Legislative Reception
Monday, January 14, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

2019 Spring Conference
Your Place - Your Story
Wednesday, March 27-Friday, March 29, 2019
Harrisonburg, Virginia

2019 Summer Membership Meeting
Telling Your Story in Numbers
Tuesday, June 4-Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Portsmouth, Virginia

2019 Fall Conference
Tools for Telling Your Story
Wednesday, September 18-Friday, September 20, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

2019 Annual Meeting & Winter Membership Luncheon
Has Your Story Hit its Mark?
Tuesday, December 3-Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mark your calendar and plan on attending these economic development events in 2019!

In the news...
Onward New River Valley received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Targeted Industry Brochures, in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization received an Excellence in Economic Development Award from IEDC in recognition of the organizations new website,

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership has hired   
J ay A. Langston, Ph.D.
, as the new executive director of the organization. 
As we near the end of 2018, there are many things to be aware of as a VEDA member!

-Nominations for the Community Economic Development Awards will be accepted beginning in November

-Professional Development Scholarship Applications will be accepted in November 

-VEDA's 2019 Public Policy Agenda will be available in December

-VEDA Dues Investment Renewal process will begin in December

-VEDA members will elect new officers and directors for 2019 on December 5th

-2019 Sponsorship Opportunities will open in November

Stay tuned for these and other important VEDA activities to make the most of your membership.