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2018 VEDA Fall Conference

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

Quick Links

Attendee List

Conference Agenda

Hotel Reservations

Wednesday-Golf Tournament Details & Registration

Wednesday-Group Bike Ride

Wednesday-Virginia Tech Carilion Research Insitute & Medical School: Presentaton & Tour THIS TOUR IS FULL

Wednesday-New Member Meet & Greet/Young Professionals

Wednesday-Young Professionals Dutch-Treat Dinner

Thursday-VEDA Conference Celebration-Ballast Point

Friday-VEDA Member Engagement Orientation

Dining in Roanoke - Downtown Restaurants


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

Hampton Inn and Suites Roanoke Downtown
Group rate $149, Call today!
27 Church Avenue, SE
Roanoke, VA 24011

WEDNESDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT - Details and Registration

WEDNESDAY GROUP BIKE RIDE on Roanoke River Greenway
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 win
ding through picturesque parks and neighborhoods. A great ride for families and those looking for exercise or a relaxing bike ride.

Map of Roanoke River Greenway:

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. We rent high quality, well maintained greenway bikes.

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 Dr 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.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Cost: Participants are responsible for reserving and paying for bike rentals. There is no cost, but registration is required.

Tour of VTCRI with Michael J. Friedlander, PhD, Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech/Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute/Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Read about VTCRI!

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Cost: There is no cost, but registration is required.

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, September 12, 2018
Time: 5:15 6:00 pm
Cost: There is no cost, but registration is required.

At 7:30 pm, the conference reception will close for conference participants to go to dinner on their own. The Young Professionals Chair will make a reservation at a local restaurant for this group of VEDA members/guests.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:30 pm
Dinner is Dutch-Treat and 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

Friday, September 14, 2018
Time: 7:45 – 8:30 am
Cost: Included in Conference Registration, but registration is required.

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 just want to find out more about getting involved in VEDA, please join us for breakfast with us at 7:45 on Friday to learn about our history, goals, governance, and opportunities for you to engage in the organization.

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)



Sponsor Profiles

Virginia Sponsors


Commonwealth Sponsors

Dominion Sponsors

Branch Civil, Inc.
City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity
Sands Anderson PC
Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
York County Office of Economic Development

Dogwood Sponsor

H+M Company
MEB General Contractors
Onward New River Valley


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