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VEDA 2020 Program of Work

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2020 Communications Committee Chair: Steve Cook, Hampton Roads Workforce Council; Vice-Chair: Rick Whittington, Whittington Consulting

The VEDA Communications Committee focuses on VEDA’s external communications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

2020 Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) Committee Chair: Traci Blido, Bedford County Economic Development; Vice Chair: Jenny Carter, Virginia’s Community College System

The VEDA Community Economic Development Award Committee (CEDA) coordinates the selection process and ultimate presentation of the Community Economic Development Awards at the Spring Conference annually.

2020 Golf Committee (in conjunction with Spring & Fall Conferences) Chair: John Loftus, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The VEDA Golf Committee plans and implements the Golf Tournaments during the Spring and Fall Conferences.

2020 Legislator of the Year Awards (LOTY) Committee Chair: Patrick Barker, Frederick County Economic Development Authority; Vice-Chair: Garrett Hart, Chesterfield County Economic Development

The VEDA Legislator of the Year Award Committee coordinates the selection process and ultimate presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award annually.

2020 Membership Committee Chair: Linda Green, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance; Vice-Chair: Marian Marquez, Arlington Economic Development

The VEDA Membership Committee encourages and promotes membership in VEDA and reviews and recommends applications for membership as provided in the bylaws. The Membership Committee will manage the Mentor on Call program intended to connect seasoned economic developers with young professionals and members new to Virginia for networking and membership purposes.

2020 Program Committee Chair: Gregory Hitchin, City of Waynesboro; Vice-Chair: Lori Melancon, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The VEDA Program Committee creates the content and themes of VEDA’s conferences and meetings (Spring Conference, Fall Conference, and Membership Meetings) to ensure consistency of message across programs. Under the auspices of the Program Committee individual meeting chairs and their committees work to deliver the Spring Conference, Fall Conference and two Membership Meetings annually.

2020 Spring Conference Committee Co-Chairs: Heather Fay, Botetourt County Economic Development and Jill Loope, Roanoke County Economic Development

2020 Fall Conference Committee Co-Chairs: Chris Gullickson, The Port of Virginia and Amy Jordan, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

2020 Membership Meetings Committee Co-Chairs: Patrick Barker, Frederick County Economic Development Authority and Travis Carter, Shenandoah Valley Partnership

2020 Professional Development Committee Chair: Christina Winn, Prince William County Department of Economic Development; Vice-Chair: Voncile Gilbreath, City of Chesapeake Economic Development Department

The VEDA Professional Development Committee focuses on issues and tasks related to furthering members’ economic development professional training efforts. The committee oversees the Scholarship process, collecting scholarship applications and making recommendations for scholarship recipients. This committee is responsible for exploring opportunities for professional development training in conjunction with existing VEDA meetings.

2020 Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs: Russell Young, The Port of Virginia and Paul Bryan, Froehling & Robertson

The VEDA Sponsorship Committee conducts the annual Sponsorship Opportunity Campaign and follows up on those solicitations to support VEDA’s programs and activities throughout the year.

2020 Young Professionals Planning Committee Chair: Courtland Robinson, Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Vice-Chair: Gizelle Siapno, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The VEDA Young Professionals Planning Committee works to plan and implement opportunities for ‘young’ professionals across VEDA’s Program of Work. Any VEDA member (40 years of age and younger) may be identified as a Young Professional by contacting the VEDA office.

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