Career Center | Print Page | Sign In | Join
2016 VEDA Fall Conference Details
Share |

Join VEDA members and guests for the 2016 Fall Conference in all the splendor and beauty that is the Omni Homestead Resort in Bath County, Virginia, home to the world-famous Hot Mineral Springs, on September 21- 23rd, 2016. The Fall Conference will expand upon VEDA’s framework for 2016, Leveraging Virginia’s Value Proposition by highlighting the importance of Placemaking at this unique destination.

Although Placemaking is continuously redefining itself within the technology driven 21st Century, the model arguably remains the most powerful tool to attract investment in many of our communities. This conference will challenge you to rethink your existing assets, and diversify your development strategies to inspire and promote well-being across multiple spheres. Now more than ever, Virginia must build on its core strengths in order to compete for investment in today’s global economy. Expect this forum to challenge you to approach the concept of Placemaking through a new lens, prompting you and your professional colleagues to transcend these challenges.

Please update your calendar and reserve your room today, paying close attention to the exciting pre-conference activities ranging from golf on the spectacular Old Course, Sporting Clays and tailored professional development opportunities. Join us in celebrating the resilience of Virginia’s economy, and the unique qualities that offer our communities a competitive edge. 


Jenny Carter, Virginia Community College System
Courtland Robinson, City of Staunton Department of Economic Development
VirFall Conference Committee Co-Chairs


Conference Registration: VEDA Member $360 | VEDA Cornerstone Members $324 | Non-Member $435

CANCELLATION POLICY Last day to register online is Friday, September 16, 2016. No cancellations or refunds after Friday, September 16, 2016. Cancellations prior to Friday, September 16, 2016 will be assessed a $25 cancellation fee.

>> Agenda <<

>> Conference Photos via Flickr <<


Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation: Discovering & Marketing Your Outdoor Assets
by: Jean Clark, Director of Tourism & Patty Williams, Marketing Director, Rockbridge Regional Tourism

Project Bravo IV
Beth Doughty, Executive Director, Roanoke Regional Partnership
Brandon Talbert, CEcD, Director, Austin Consulting
Wayne Bowers, Director of Economic Development, City of Roanoke

Get the Reels Turning: Exploring Unique Community Features in Film
by: Mary Nelson, Film Location Strategist/Consultant

VEDA Public Policy Update
by: Michael Woods, Senior Manager, Troutman Sanders Strategies & VEDA Legislative Liaison

Revitalization as a Placemaking Tool
by: Jeff Johnson, Director of Tech Center/Joint Effort of WM Jordan & Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (Innovation Districts, Entrepreneurship & Place-making)

Arts, Culture & Nature: Catalysts for Economic Growth
>> by: David Hill, President, Hill Studio, Moderator <<
>> by: Todd Christensen, Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Abingdon, Virginia <<

Keynote Speaker: J. Patrick Rhamey, Jr., Assistant Professor, Virginia Military Institute

>> Attendee List <<

>> Optional Activities <<

>> Jackson River Scenic Trail - Bike Ride | Details & Signup <<

Golf Details & Signup
Online golf registration is closed. Contact Scott Sutton or Paul Bryan for more information.

>> Homestead Resort & Dining Information | Alternate Lodging Options <<

>> Driving Directions <<

 Conference Sponsors

>> Sponsor Profiles <<

Virginia Sponsors



Commonwealth Sponsors


Dominion Sponsors

Albemarle County Economic Development


Chesapeake Economic Development

CSX Transportation

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

InterChange Group

Louisa County Economic Development

Roanoke Regional Partnership

Rockingham County, Virginia

Sands Anderson

Sanford Holshouser ED Consulting

Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development

Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development  

Whittington Consulting

W.M. Jordan

Dogwood Sponsor

City of Suffolk Department of Economic Development




1340 N. Great Neck Road, #1272-128
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454