Town and City
Gear up for growth: What the future holds for Economic Development in Virginia
- The business of creating business-ready sites
- Virginia looks to workforce development on its way to the top
- What is the state of economic development?
- Nine basics to put your community on track for success
- … and more!
About the cover: In 2019 Virginia was ranked #1 among states for business. That was news worth celebrating, but we won’t keep that title without robust economic development initiatives in 2020 and beyond. In this issue, we check in with some state-level programs that are poised to take economic development in Virginia to new heights and what that means for localities across the Commonwealth. We also check in with a small town’s economic development director and get some international relations advice from a protocol expert.
VML’s new president: Norfolk’s native son Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr.
- VML’s 2020 Legislative Program
- A visit to FASTC and Blackstone
- Rethinking recycling
- …and more!
This is one busy guy. He’s a council member from the City of Norfolk, principal of the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, a city-wide Project Based Learning and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school, and our new president! Get to know Tommy Smigiel beginning on page 12.
Happy budget season!: Celebrate all that the season offers (and takes) with our experts.
- A budget primer
- Understanding Virginia’s budget process
- A budget perspective
- …and more!
Most everyone enjoys making money. Some people enjoy spending money while others prefer to save. Local and state governments are made up of people, so why should they be any different? In this issue we explore the mechanism by which governments make plans to spend or save money: Budgets!
Vol. 53 No. 7 – Sept. 2018
Innovation is the key: Hampton’s rich history and vibrant future is on display Inside: The year in review 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…
Vol. 53 No. 6 – July – Aug. 2018
The ultimate challenge: Providing educational opportunity for Virginia’s low-income children Inside: Annual Conference Preliminary Agenda 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…
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. Inside: Conference Host City Night venue revealed. 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…
Vol. 53 No. 4 – May 2018
It’s not a wrap: Legislature adjourns without a budget Inside: Innovation Awards call for entries 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…
Vol. 53 No. 3 – April 2018
How secure are you? Local governments confront cybersecurity and ransomeware threats Inside: Airports, localities and economic growth 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…
Vol. 52 No. 2 – March 2018
‘If I were mayor’ – Jalia Hardy of Richmond is statewide winner of essay contest Inside: Winning essays from all 8 regions On the cover: Jalia Hardy of Winford Middle School in Richmond was the statewide winner of the 2017-2018 “If I were Mayor” essay contest. Read about the contest, the statewide winning essay…
Vol. 53 No. 1 – Jan./Feb. 2018
Feeling the squeeze: Local Governments struggle to keep pace with service and infrastructure needs About the cover: Local governments are between a rock and a hard place, as they face service and infrastructure demands that outstrip revenue growth. Learn more about the results of a survey of local fiscal conditions conducted this past November and…
Vol. 52 No. 10 – December 2017
A dedication to public service: Dr. Patricia Woodbury is VML’s new president Inside: 2018 General Assembly details On the cover: Newport News Council Member Dr. Patricia Woodbury is the new President of the Virginia Municipal League. VTC highlights Dr. Woodbury’s dedication to public service and the City of Newport News. Story begins on page 12.…
Vol. 52 No. 9 – November 2017
Step up your game: Increasing playability leads to healthy outcomes for all About the cover: Increasing playability leads to healthy outcomes for all. Eleven Virginia localities have been recognized for making play part of a community-wide agenda. Download VTC Nov. 2017
Vol. 52 No. 8 – October 2017
Community Health and President’s Award: Lynchburg’s Live Healthy website and campaign transforms the community Inside: All Innovation Award winners and Annual Conference recap About the cover: For transforming the health of city residents, Lynchburg’s healthy living campaign was awarded VML’s new Community Health Innovation Award and the 2017 President’s Award. Find inspiration from their…