Finance Forum



Cosponsored by the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties

January 4, 2017, OMNI Richmond, 100 S. 12th Street

VML holds a Finance Forum each year prior to the start of the General Assembly.  This popular forum provides an excellent opportunity for local elected officials and staff to be brought up to date on a number of important fiscal issues.  Topics include an up-to-the moment examination of the state budget and a state revenue outlook; a Virginia economic forecast and its possible effect on local budgets; the effect of changes in employment on Virginia’s economy, the maker movement and its implications for local economies; and how local officials can weigh in on the 2017 session of the General Assembly.  


Agenda (PDF)

10 - 10:10 a.m. 

Welcome and introductory remarks

10:10 - 11:10 a.m.

Overview of Governor McAuliffe’s Budget Proposal and Priorities
Betsy Daley – Staff Director, Senate Finance Committee - Presentation

11:10 - 11:25 a.m.


11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Impact of the Governor’s Budget Proposal on Local Budgets
Jim Regimbal – President, Fiscal Analytics - Presentation

12:20 - 1:10 p.m.


1:15 - 2 p.m.

Economic and Job Growth in Virginia
Ann Battle Macheras – Vice President of the Regional Economics Division, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Presentation

2 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Economic Development/Business Incubators
Tim Ryan – Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator (Launchpad) - Presentation
Amanda Jarratt – Franklin-Southampton Economic Development, Inc. - Presentation

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Communications Strategies during the Legislative Session - Handout
Gage Harter – Director of Communications, VACo and
Nancy Chafin – Communications Specialist, VML

3:30 p.m.

Wrap up and adjournment

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