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Virginia Town & City is the official magazine of the Virginia Municipal League.
Published 9 times a year at 13 E. Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23219.

Editor / Advertising Manager: Rob Bullington

Contributing Editor & Graphic Design: Manuel Timbreza

Circulation Manager: Rob Bullington

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Vol. 58 No. 6 – Jul/Aug 2023

Vol. 58 No. 6 – Jul/Aug 2023

Outdoor spaces that do more! 2023 The Virginia You Love edition

Saturday, July 22, 2023

High temperatures? Check. Kids wearing short sleeves and shorts? Yup. VML’s annual look at outdoor destinations and doings in the Commonwealth? You’ve got it! For 2023 we’re looking at how some outdoor places are serving many purposes and offering a variety of options. Happy summer! (pictured is pod cabin in Roanoke County’s Explore Park, see page 11)

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Vol. 58 No. 5 – June 2023

Vol. 58 No. 5 – June 2023

Chart a course for charters!

Thursday, June 15, 2023

About the cover:  Charters are like the compass that shows the way to the map that lets local governments know how to find the directions to the key that opens the chest with the scroll that…sorry, we got off track there. Rest assured though that with a charter a locality will always find its way!

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Vol. 58 No. 4 – May 2023

Vol. 58 No. 4 – May 2023

Big ideas from bright kids: The winners of the "If I were Mayor" essay contest – Statewide Winner is Jayden McCraw

Monday, May 15, 2023

About the cover: Looking for some reassurances that Virginia’s future is in good hands? Well, we’ve got a group of kids with some great ideas for improving their communities that are sure to brighten your day. Read what these mayors in waiting have planned inside.

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Vol. 58 No. 3 – April 2023

Vol. 58 No. 3 – April 2023

So many bills in so little time! 2023 General Assembly: Legislative Summary for localities

Friday, April 14, 2023

About the cover: So many bills in so little time! We take a look at the legislation that matters most for Virginia’s local governments from the 2023 short session. We’d love to have included a budget analysis as well, but…there isn’t a budget yet! We’ll get to it in a future issue (sigh).

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Vol. 58 No. 2 – March 2023

Vol. 58 No. 2 – March 2023

Great Chemistry: The ingredients for a successful mayor/council-manager relationship

Saturday, March 18, 2023

About the cover: For 123 years the mayor/council-manager form of government has gotten things done in Virginia’s localities. When it works, it works really well. In this issue we explore the perfect chemistry that makes local governments operate at their best.

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Vol 58 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2023

Vol 58 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2023

Perspectives on public safety

Thursday, February 9, 2023

About the cover: Public safety is job #1 for all levels of government. Why? Because without it not much else matters. Here’s a big shout-out to the folks that keep us safe. Thanks!

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Vol. 57 No. 10 – Dec. 2022

Vol. 57 No. 10 – Dec. 2022

A Pennington Gap Conversation: Meet VML’s new President Jill Carson

Thursday, December 1, 2022

About the cover: “That’s what I do. I talk. A lot.” So says our new President and Town of Pennington Gap Councilmember Jill Carson. Find out what she has to say about her life, her adopted hometown, and her hopes for the future.

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Vol. 57 No. 9 – Nov. 2022

Vol. 57 No. 9 – Nov. 2022

Priority: Transportation

Thursday, November 10, 2022

About the cover: And then came “Mary,” the HRBT tunnel boring machine, named after Mary Winston Jackson, a NASA Scientist and Mathematician. The cutting head carries the Hampton Roads colors with 14 stars, one for each of the HRTAC member jurisdictions. Photo by Herrenknecht.

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Vol. 57 No. 8 – Oct. 2022

Vol. 57 No. 8 – Oct. 2022

Managing risk by protecting reserves: Williamsburg takes top honors

Thursday, October 13, 2022

About the cover: Congratulations to the City of Williamsburg for distinguishing itself by taking home both the Risk Management category and President’s Award trophies in the 2022 VML Innovation Awards. How did they do it? Williamsburg did a great job not breaking the (piggy) bank during the pandemic! Learn more inside.

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Vol. 57 No. 7 – Sept. 2022

Vol. 57 No. 7 – Sept. 2022

Be Local, Be Bold, Be RVA! 2022 Conference Issue

Thursday, September 8, 2022

About the cover: Welcome to Richmond! For those of you traveling to our 2022 Annual Conference, the league staff are thrilled to have you in our city! For those of you who live in the Richmond Region, we don’t need to tell you how great this place is (but please read the magazine anyway). 

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