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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. 54 No. 2 – March 2019

Vol. 54 No. 2 – March 2019

Get on board with Housing & Real Estate: A wide-ranging look at the economics, issues and opportunities in Virginia

Friday, March 15, 2019

About the cover: Spring is (almost) in the air and with it the annual heating up of the real estate market. So, it’s a good time to consider housing and real estate related issues and opportunities across the Commonwealth. From small-scale development in Southwest VA to big tech development in NoVA, this issue is all about the roofs over our heads, the foundations under our feet and the thing every person and business needs: a place to call “home.”

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Vol. 54 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2019

Vol. 54 No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2019

Rethinking Procurements: What you need to know to make the process easier, better, faster

Friday, February 15, 2019

About the cover: We kick off the year with a collection of articles about procurements.Admittedly, not the most electrifying topic, procurements are nevertheless an essential and heavily codified function of local government. As such, we believe that the discussions herein will be of interest to all our subscribers and may benefit more than a few. Enjoy!

Note: In 2019 each issue of Virginia Town & City will have a theme. Upcoming issues will explore housing and real estate, disruption economies, energy, youth activities in Virginia, and more. 

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Vol. 53 No. 10 – Dec. 2018

Vol. 53 No. 10 – Dec. 2018

VML’s new star: 2019 President Anita James Price

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

About the cover:  Anita James Price, council member from the “Star City” of Roanoke, is the new President of the Virginia Municipal League. VTC highlights Anita’s dedication to education and the City of Roanoke. Story begins on page 13.

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Vol. 53 No. 9 – Nov. 2018

Vol. 53 No. 9 – Nov. 2018

An ounce of prevention: Putting a stop to zoning and land use liability lawsuits

Thursday, November 15, 2018

About the cover: On those occasions that a municipality loses a zoning and land use lawsuit, the reason is almost always a failure to comply with the statutory provisions of Virginia Code Chapter 15.2. These lawsuits are expensive, but the good news, as delivered by former vice mayor for the City of Richmond in this month’s cover article, is that a relatively small amount of preparedness can forestall the need for a cure.

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Vol. 53 No. 8 – Oct. 2018

Vol. 53 No. 8 – Oct. 2018

Environmental Quality and President’s Award: Falls Church uses smart design to drive community and environmental improvements

Monday, October 15, 2018

About the cover: The City of Falls Church took home the 2018 VML President’s Award for their groundbreaking curbside food and organic waste collection program. The city overcame several challenges, from helping residents get past the “gross” factor to transporting the high-water content material, to reduce waste going into the landfill and help the environment in the process. Learn more on page 9.

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Vol. 53 No. 7 – Sept. 2018

Vol. 53 No. 7 – Sept. 2018

Conference Issue – Innovation is the key: Hampton’s rich history and vibrant future is on display

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

On the cover: Vibrant Hampton is located on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is graced with miles of shoreline and breathtaking water views and is literally in the heart of the Hampton Roads region and the center of the East Coast. This seaside city includes exciting attractions and heritage sites that lure visitors with its family-friendly offerings.

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Vol. 53 No. 6 – Jul/Aug 2018

Vol. 53 No. 6 – Jul/Aug 2018

The ultimate challenge: Providing educational opportunity for Virginia’s low-income children

Saturday, August 18, 2018

About the cover:  Creating a learning environment for economically-disadvantaged students, particularly where those students are concentrated in low-income schools, requires good leadership and hard work.  The ability to provide quality leaders, engaged teachers, and additional services requires additional funding and creativity. There will be a high return on investment if the state can improve the education of its economically-challenged students and schools. The story starts on page 14.

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Vol. 53 No. 5 – June 2018

Vol. 53 No. 5 – June 2018

Powering up for the future: Energy bill creates new investments in the grid, renewables, and energy efficiency. Consumer credits, too.

Monday, June 18, 2018

About the cover: Virginia is poised to power up for the feature following adoption of legislation during the 2018 session of the General Assembly. Learn about the effects of this legislation, as well as approaches local governments are using to benefit from changes in the energy sector. Starts on page 14.  By L. Preston Bryant Jr.

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Vol. 53 No. 4 – May 2018

Vol. 53 No. 4 – May 2018

It’s not a wrap: Legislature adjourns without a budget

Friday, May 18, 2018

About the cover: The 2018 session was supposed to be over and done before now, but it was not to be. The state budget for the 2018-2020 biennium still has to be adopted, leaving local governments in the dark about state aid for shared state-local services such as education, constitutional officers, social services and more. The story starts on page 12.

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Vol. 53 No. 3 – April 2018

Vol. 53 No. 3 – April 2018

How secure are you? Local governments confront cybersecurity and ransomeware threats

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

About the cover: Local governments have learned the hard way about the potential for cyberware threats and ransomware attacks. Find out the results of a survey on the top concerns of information technology professionals and learn what local governments can do to combat cybercriminals. The article by Dr. Alan R. Shark with the Public Technology Institute begins on page 12.

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