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The VML Voice is the official podcast of the Virginia Municipal League. Each episode explores a different locality or issue but the focus is always on Virginia and the local governments that make the Commonwealth work for everyone.

Contact Rob Bullington, to suggest topics, ask questions, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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VML Voice – March 29, 2021

VML Voice – March 29, 2021

Checking in with the VDH’s Office of Environmental Health Services

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

On March 18, host of the VML Voice, Rob Bullington, chatted with a couple staff members from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Environmental Health Services. He was joined by Director Julie Henderson and Legal Affairs and Environmental Health Coordinator Karri Atwood.

VML Voice – Feb. 26, 2021

VML Voice – Feb. 26, 2021

Petersburg: How to save a city (Part 2)

Friday, February 26, 2021

In part 1, we explored how Petersburg nearly went off the rails when it faced financial ruin just a few short years ago. In part 2 we spend some more time with Mayor Samuel Parham, City Manager Aretha Ferrell Benavides, Deputy City Manager Lionel Lyons and Economic Development Manager Clay Hamner as they discuss some recent good news and their hopes for the future of the city that is now back on track.

VML Voice – Feb. 11, 2021

VML Voice – Feb. 11, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In the fall of 2016, the City of Petersburg was on the precipice of a major financial crisis. Two weeks ahead of a million-dollar payroll, the City held only $75,000 in funds. Tax collections were below 60%, water utility rates were below competitive market rates, and the Treasurer’s office was under scrutiny by the FBI. The city had a six-million dollar deficit and a Standard and Poor’s bond rating of BBB.