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2018 VEDA Fall Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 9/12/2018 to 9/14/2018
When: Wednesday, September 12 - Friday, September 14
Where: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue, NW
Roanoke, Virginia  24016
United States

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Join VEDA members and guests for the 2018 Fall Conference in Roanoke on September 12-14, 2018. The VEDA Fall Conference will focus on the importance of Innovating for the Future, demonstrating why economic developers are Agents of Change.

Economic development organizations are increasingly working to develop high-functioning innovation ecosystems for their communities. One of the keys to maintaining Virginia's economic vibrancy is its ability to grow and sustain a community of innovators. This conference will focus on new ideas and perspectives that nurture innovation to drive economic growth. As economic development professionals, we must continue to encourage a culture of innovation throughout Virginia.

Please update your calendar and reserve your room today, paying close attention to the exciting pre-conference activities ranging from golf and biking on the Roanoke River Greenway to tailored professional development opportunities. Join us with engaging review of how Virginia can compete successfully, and promote innovation and growth in today’s economy.

Jill Loope, Director of Economic Development, Roanoke County
Ann Blair Miller, VEDA Cardinal & Past President
Fall Conference Committee Co-Chairs

Conference Agenda

VEDA Members - $350
VEDA Cornerstone Members - $315
Non-Members - $425

Cancellation Policy: Last day to register online is Friday, September 7, 2018. No cancellations or refunds after Friday, September 7, 2018. Cancellations prior to Friday, September 7, 2018 will be assessed a $25 cancellation fee.

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue NW

Roanoke, Virginia 24016
About the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

Directions and Parking Information


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

Make your hotel reservation by August 21, 2018 to receive the VEDA group rate of $139 per night

This invite-only event will be at the conference hotel from 5:15 to 6:00 pm. New Members since fall of 2017, VEDA Young Professionals, and Board Members/Committee Chairs are invited to this informal meet and greet.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:15 6:00 pm
Cost: There is no cost, but registration is required.

Ballast point

VEDA Fall Conference celebration will be held on Thursday of the conference and treat conference attendees to a fun evening in a $48 million economic development project in Botetourt County! Buses will shuttle participants to the Ballast Point Brewing Company Tasting Room & Kitchen at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield in Daleville.

With 128 taps featuring a variety of Ballast Point beers, growler filling station, retail area with unique merchandise & swag, and a restaurant, it’s a one-stop shop for everything Ballast Point Brewing Company. The views from the bar and dining room also feature the stunning beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. VEDA has bought out the whole facility so come check out the bar, modern-decorated dining area, 2nd floor space overlooking Greenfield Lake, and outdoor patio, which includes a fire pit—there are no bad seats!

See the story behind the economic development project: Ballast Point to build $48 million brewery in Virginia:

In addition to the beautiful views be entertained by Fuzzy Logic on the balcony outside! Fuzzy Logic plays great rock and roll from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Check them out on Facebook:

For a photo tour of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Botetourt County location go to

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: Included in Conference Registration

DINING IN ROANOKE AREA Downtown Restaurants

  • Alejandro’s Mexican, 127 Campbell Avenue SE, 540-400-7053 (Mexican, Southwestern)
  • Alexander’s, 105 S. Jefferson Street, 540-982-6983 (American, Cajun/Creole, Seafood)
  • Benny Marconi, 120 Campbell Avenue SE, 540-400-8818 (Pizza, Italian)
  • Bread Craft, 24 Church Avenue, 540-562-4112 (American Café)
  • Firefly Fare, 32 Market Square SE, 540-206-2630(American, International Fusion)
  • Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse, 104 S. Jefferson Street, 540-527-2333 (American Steakhouse)
  • Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, 210 Market Street SE  540-433-5225 (American Pub)
  • Lucky, 18 Kirk Avenue SW, 540-982-1249 (American)
  • Macado’s, 120 Church Avenue SW,540-342-7231 (American, Gourmet Sandwiches/Salads)
  • Table 50, 309 Market Street SE, 540-904-2350 (American)



Virginia Sponsors


Commonwealth Sponsor

Dominion Sponsors

Botetourt County
Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
York County Office of Economic Development


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