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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. 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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Vol. 57 No. 2 – March 2022

Vol. 57 No. 2 – March 2022

Small towns, big achievements

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

About the cover: Terms like “big” and “small” lose their meaning when you consider scope. A drop of water in the ocean seems small. But that same drop in a thimble is a big deal. So, it is with local government achievements. Too often, we focus on the big things happening in big places. But we can’t overlook the relatively big things happening in small towns because, well, they’re “big” deals too. In this issue of VTC we begin to make amends.

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Vol. 57 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2022

Vol. 57 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2022

Federal acts, local wins

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Outcomes of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act – About the cover: Localities have been riding a raft of Federal actions with money either trickling down or flowing directly to local governments. In this issue of VTC we find out how localities are making good use of the funds already dispersed and how they can make best use of the funds still to come.

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Vol. 56 No. 10 – Dec. 2021

Vol. 56 No. 10 – Dec. 2021

Connecting with VML’s new President Jon Stehle!

Thursday, December 9, 2021

About the cover: Who is that man on the cover? Is it a City of Fairfax Council Member? Is it a Director for Tyler Technologies? Is that a coach? A husband? A father? A professor? Is he an award-winning champion of local government partnerships? A Northern Virginia commuter extraordinaire? Well, yes, he’s all those things (and more). Meet VML’s new President, Jon Stehle.

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Vol. 56 No. 9 – Nov. 2021

Vol. 56 No. 9 – Nov. 2021

Volunteers Power Communities

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

About the cover: For the 2021 Annual Conference, our outgoing President Willie Greene (Mayor, City of Galax) asked us to do something special for volunteers. As a volunteer fireman, volunteerism is close to Mayor Greene’s heart. So, we honored volunteers with branded goods, a special conference session and now, to bring it home, an issue of our magazine!

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Vol. 56 No. 8 – Oct. 2021

Vol. 56 No. 8 – Oct. 2021

2021 Innovation Winner/President’s Award for Innovation

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Vienna takes top honors with Local Champion winner – About the cover: Plato wrote that “Our need will be the real creator.” This usually gets rephrased as “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Allow us to propose an additional translation: “Adversity is the engine of innovation.” Because despite (or maybe because of) the adversities of the past year, our local governments proved to be engines of innovation. Read all about the winners of this year’s Innovation Awards, including this year’s President’s Award winner!

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