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2020 VEDA Spring Conference

3/11/2020 to 3/13/2020
When: Wednesday-Friday
Where: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave., NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24016
United States

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The Roanoke region is looking forward to hosting VEDA members and guests for the 2020 Spring Conference. The conference agenda promises to be exciting and filled with interesting topics including dynamic outdoor concepts, CEO insights, and why economic developers need a vision to win in the future.

Economic development organizations are increasingly working to develop performance-based, results-oriented strategies for their communities. One of the keys to maintaining Virginia's economic vibrancy is its ability to evaluate trends that impact growth throughout Virginia.  As economic development professionals, we must continue to identify and map the trends that impact tomorrow. Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc. President and CEO John Martin will join us for lunch on Friday to discuss Trends Shaping the Future of Economic Development in Virginia.

Update your calendar and reserve your room today. Registration will be open soon. Pre-conference activities will golf at a private course, biking on the Roanoke River Greenway, and much more! Join us for an engaging review of how Virginia can compete successfully and drive economic growth in the future.

Jill Loope, Director of Economic Development, Roanoke County
Heather Fay, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Botetourt County
Spring Conference Committee Co-Chairs


VEDA Spring Conference Video

Welcome Slideshow

Office of Outdoor Recreation
Video: Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Announcement
by Cassidy Rasnick, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

Playing to our Strengths
by Pete Eshelman, Director of Outdoor Branding, Roanoke Regional Partnership

Explore Park-Fulfilling the Community's Vision
by Doug Blount, Director, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Scott Ramsburg, Marketing & Administration Manager, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

How Carilion Clinic is Transforming the Roanoke Region’s Economy
Videos: The Farmer --- Economic impact per latest Weldon Cooper Study --- Expansion Plans
by Nicholas C. Conte, Executive Vice President and General Counsel 

CEDA Slide Show

Final Agenda

Speaker Profiles

Attendee List

Hotel Accommodations

Wednesday Pre-Conference Activities

Thursday Activities

Friday Activities

Meet the Sponsors

Senator Warner Welcome Letter

Conference Registration Cost (REGISTRATION OPENS SOON)
VEDA Members - $300, Cornerstone Members - $270, Non-Members - $375

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Online Spring Conference Registration closes Friday, March 6, 2020. No cancellations or refunds after Friday, March 6, 2020. Cancellations prior to Friday, March 6, 2020 will be assessed a $25 cancellation fee.

Accommodations (Click HERE for additional Hotel Information/Directions/Parking)
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24016

Make your hotel reservation by February 19, 2020 to receive the VEDA group rate of $158 per night.

Hotel: 540-985-5900
Reservations: 1-866-594-4722
Online Reservations:

Pre-Conference Activities
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spring Conference Golf Outing
Hidden Valley Country Club
2500 Romar Road, Salem, Virginia 24153
Golf Details and Registration Form

*Please note that when registering you must provide a handicap for each player so the committee may adequately rank the teams for scoring, no later than Monday, March 2, 2020

Biking Activity
Roanoke Mountain Adventures
806 Wasena Ave SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015

Network with VEDA members as we ride the scenic Roanoke River Greenway – 9 miles of flat hard surface trail, off limits to motorized traffic. It parallels the Roanoke River winding through picturesque parks and neighborhoods. A great ride for families and those looking for exercise or a relaxing bike ride.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 2020; Meet at Roanoke Mountain Adventures at 1:00 pm; Bike Ride begins at 1:30 pm.
Cost: There is no cost from VEDA. Participants will be responsible for reserving and paying for their bike rentals. Registration is required. Bring your own bike or rent from Roanoke Mountain Adventures. RMA has all the bikes and gear to get you out on some of the world’s best greenway riding and road cycling routes. They rent high quality, well maintained greenway bikes. Because we are early in the season and different sizes may be required, bikes are limited so reserve yours today!

Roanoke Mountain Adventures, 806 Wasena Ave SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015. Make a reservation: 540-525-8295 or email for more information. Greenway bike rentals include bike and helmet. Rental Fees: ½ day adult = $20; Full day adult = $30

Stops along the way…
Black Dog Salvage 902 13th Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Black Dog Salvage was created in 1999 to provide a home for Southwestern Virginia’s architectural past. The brainchild of entrepreneurs Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp and inspired by Molly, Black Dog’s namesake. Inventory changes daily. Discover architectural salvage, old house parts, custom upcycled designs, reproduction garden statuary, furniture paint, salvage inspired furniture and décor in the main showroom. Curated regional artisans and vendors add a constantly changing mix of new, vintage, and antique home décor.

The Green Goat  802 Wiley Drive, SW, Roanoke, VA 24015, 540-904-6091

The Green Goat is a restaurant located off the Roanoke River Greenway, in the Wasena area of Roanoke, Virginia.


Project Preview: Redevelopment of a Local Landmark
Join other conference attendees for this preview of the Mast General Store redevelopment project in downtown Roanoke. Starting from the lobby of the Hotel Roanoke, participants will walk over the pedestrian bridge and get a glimpse of this project that was 13 years in the making, brought to downtown by the Roanoke Regional Partnership and the City of Roanoke. The Mast General Store, a family of stores based in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, will be located inside the Heironimus Building at 401 South Jefferson Street. Originally constructed as a furniture store in 1905, the Heironimus Department Store took over the building in 1915 and remained a part of downtown until 1996. Renovations are being completed while maintaining and preserving the history of the building—a mission Mast General Store is known for, saving something old and making it new again. Mast General Store will open in summer 2020.


Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
There is no cost to attend the Project Preview, but registration is required.
Logistics/Additional Information: Walking Tour participants should meet in the lobby of the Hotel Roanoke by 3:45 and the group will depart from the Hotel Roanoke promptly at 4:00 pm.


YP Dutch-Treat Dinner/Dinner on Your Own
YP Dinner Location: The Young Professionals Chair has made a reservation at Corned Beef & Co, 107 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke
 Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 6:30 pm
Dinner is Dutch-Treat, but registration is required.

Dinner on Your Own Many options available downtown within walking distance of the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Wednesday evening is the perfect time for dinner on your own to catch up with colleagues and friends!

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Local Economic Development Organization Meeting with VEDP (LEDO)
Date/Time: Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:30 am - 11:30 am
There is no cost to attend the LEDO meeting, but registration is required.
Logistics/Additional Information: This meeting is intended for representatives of Local Economic Development Organizations only. Please do not register for this event if this does not apply to you. There is limited seating.

VEDA Spring Conference Dinner Reception
Don’t miss the Spring Conference reception at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. There will be dinner-worthy food, drinks, and time to network and catch-up with colleagues and friends.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: There is no cost but please let us know you're coming during registration.

Friday, March 13, 2020
Membership Engagement Opportunities/Breakfast
If you’re new to VEDA, we want to extend our warmest welcome, learn more about you, and provide you with a thorough knowledge of the resources that are now yours as a VEDA member. Or if you’ve been a member for a while and just want to learn more and get involved, we hope to see you too! Join us for breakfast at 7:15 on Friday to learn about our history, goals, governance, and opportunities for you to engage in the organization.    

Date/Time: Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:15 am - 8:00 am
Cost: There is no cost to attend this briefing, but guests must register for the meeting through the registration website.
Location: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

Regional Economic Development Organization Meeting with VEDP (REDO)
Date/Time: Friday, March 13, 2020. 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (meeting will begin following the close of the conference)
Cost: There is no cost to attend the REDO meeting, but registration is required.
Logistics/Additional Information: This meeting is intended for representatives of Regional Economic Development Organizations only. Please do not register for this event if this does not apply to you. There is limited seating.

Spring Conference Sponsors
Sponsor Profiles






Bedford Cournty Office of Economic Development
Botetourt County Economic Development
City of Chesapeake Economic Development Department
City of Portsmouth Economic Development
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
InterChange Group, Inc.
MEB General Contractors
Onward New River Valley
City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development
York County Office of Economic Development


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