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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. 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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Vol. 57 No. 6 – July/Aug 2022

Vol. 57 No. 6 – July/Aug 2022

Rethink your recreation!: Advice for successful outdoor adventures

Friday, July 8, 2022

About the cover: Any geologist glancing at our cover would immediately think, “Oh look, columnar joining!” For the non-geologists among our readers, this curious feature is formed by the heating and cooling of rock (typically basalt) causing columns (typically hexagonal) to form. Rock formations like these are found in places like New Zealand, Ireland, California, and…at Compton’s Peak in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Learn more about the park, and other great outdoor recreation locations, inside! Cover photo courtesy Jessica Bowser.

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Vol. 57 No. 5 – June 2022

Vol. 57 No. 5 – June 2022

New Frontiers in Affordable Housing

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

About the cover: Between 1908 and 1940, it was possible to purchase a home from the Sears catalog. To many at the time, this seemed both odd and innovative. But while the process may have been different, the affordable homes themselves proved to be familiar and long lasting. In fact, many are still standing and happily occupied. Catalog homes (not to mention catalogs themselves) may be a thing of the past, but a new frontier in affordable housing beckons. In this issue of VTC you’ll learn more about how the affordable homes of the future will be put together employing new techniques such as CrossMod construction and 3D printing (like the home on the cover).

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Vol. 57 No. 4 – May 2022

Vol. 57 No. 4 – May 2022

Words of wisdom: Our essay contest winners have real solutions for local issues

Sunday, May 8, 2022

About the cover: It’s the May issue! So…May we present the statewide winner of this year’s VML “If I Were Mayor” essay contest:  Charlotte Lieu of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church. Astute readers may remember that Charlotte’s brother Preston graced the cover of VTC in May of 2020 for his winning entry. But while she certainly comes from a talented family, Charlotte’s achievements – and her great ideas – are all her own! Learn more inside.

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Vol. 57 No. 3 – April 2022

Vol. 57 No. 3 – April 2022

Hot topics: Staff reports from the 2022 General Assembly

Friday, April 8, 2022

About the cover: Ah, spring in Richmond! The trees are budding, the air is full of irritants, the General Assembly is still in (special) session, there’s no budget in sight, and temperatures – both atmospheric and temperamental – are on the rise. So, break out some allergy medication, pour a tall glass of lemonade, put yourself in a legislative state of mind, and prepare to peruse our policy staff reports on the hot topics trending this season of Session.

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