324 Places

A new VML initiative …


Each of Virginia’s 38 cities, 191 incorporated towns and 95 counties is a unique place with its own identity.  Together, these localities are the future of the Commonwealth.  Throughout 2015, the Virginia Municipal League will be studying the key trends that Virginia local governments will face over the next 10 years. 

Our goal is to provide local officials a road map with strategies for effective operations and planning.  From changing transportation needs to the future of workforce development, the “324 Places” initiative will identify important trends to help localities better prepare for the future.  In addition, wherever possible the initiative will provide action steps for decision makers to consider.

Each month, Virginia Town & City magazine will explore one of the eight key study areas.  Those articles will be followed by webinars that will delve into the specific topics even further.  The initiative will culminate with the VML Annual Conference, Oct. 4-6 in Richmond. 

The conference theme will be, The Future of Virginia: 324 Places.  Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to work in groups focused on specific study areas.  In addition, there will be discussions centered on the regional differences in the 10-year trend analysis.

The year 2015 marks the 110th anniversary of the Virginia Municipal League’s service to the cities, towns and counties of the Commonwealth.  To honor this proud tradition, we are looking toward the future to help guide and empower local officials.  Working together, we will shape the future of our great state.  Working together, we can build amazing places for our citizens to live, work, and play. 

... Kimberly A. Winn, VML Executive Director


324 Places Webinar Schedule


Infrastructure Shift

March 31, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording  |  Download Handout


Education & Workforce Development

April 28, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording   |  Download Handout


Economic Development

May 26, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording   |  Download Handout


Sustainability & Resiliency

June 23, 2015 - 2 p.m.  |  View Webinar Recording   |  Download Handout


Community Image & Reputation

July 28, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording  |  Download Handout



August 25, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording  |  Download Handout


Leadership, Engagement and Purpose (VML Annual Conference Keynote)

October 5, 2015 - 9 a.m - 10:15 a.m. 


Transportation & Mobility

November 18, 2015 - 11 a.m.  |  View Webinar Recording