Education & Training

VML educational events provide up-to-date information on major issues and concerns relating to local government. These events include annual conferences, regional events and webinars. Consult the events calendar for more details including dates, times, locations and specific topics.

The VML Leadership Academy, formerly Virginia Elected Officials Leadership Academy (VEOLA), is a continuing education program designed for both elected and appointed officials. Appointed officials must be employed by a locality in Virginia to participate in the Academy. The program offers courses located in cities across the state.


Awards & Scholarships

The VML Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of member local governments for innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increasing citizen participation and striving toward higher service levels.

VML’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest provides students the opportunity to reflect on the important role of elected officials in their own city or town. The essays describe what the student would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live.

Administered by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Virginia Municipal League, the Wallerstein Scholarship provides support to an exceptional individual for a period of one year for the purpose of undertaking research that would benefit Virginia local government.