Town and City
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 of the East Coast. This seaside city includes exciting attractions and heritage sites that lure visitors with its family-friendly offerings.
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 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.
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 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.
Vol. 48, No. 6 – Jul/Aug 2013
WATER: Complicated issues require comprehensive response starting now About the cover: A host of regulatory and environmental issues related to water threaten to swamp Virginia local governments unless a comprehensive, coordinated response is forthcoming. Illustration by Manuel Timbreza. Files: Download VTCJulAug_Web.pdf (4.66 MB)
Vol. 48, No. 5 – Jun 2013
Smithfield: Town gains acclaim as beautification success story About the cover: The Town of Smithfield in Isle of Wight County has won national acclaim for its numerous beautification efforts, which are reflected in this image of Hayden’s Lane, an idyllic pathway between two busy downtown streets. The adjoining space is used regularly for small ceremonies…
Vol. 48, No. 4 – May 2013
Bristol: Capturing a city’s vibe on an iPhone About the cover: An image from the City of Bristol – the Birthplace of County Music – as captured by the city’s public information official on her iPhone using a digital photography application called Hipstamatic. The original image shown here was cropped to fit the cover. Photo…
Vol. 48, No. 3 – Apr 2013
Affordable Care Act: What local governments need to know About the cover: Local governments will confront an unwieldy new federal law next year when the Affordable Care Act takes effect. Understanding how the act will affect local government operations is essential. Files: Download VTCApr13_Web.pdf (3.74 MB)
Vol. 48, No. 2 – Mar 2013
Aboutface: In review: General Assembly ends burdensome reversion program About the cover: The 2013 General Assembly saw fit to eliminate the onerous “local aid to the Commonwealth” program that had sapped $270 million from city and county budgets over the past five fiscal years. Abolishment of the reversion scheme was the No. 1 legislative goal…
Vol. 48, No. 1 – Jan/Feb 2013
Who’s growing: Estimates reflect resurgent cities, aging population About the cover: Every year, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service produces the official population estimates for Virginia. The most recent numbers, based on changes since the 2010 census in housing stock, school enrollment, births, deaths and driver’s licenses, revealed some significant trends of interest to…
Vol. 47 No. 10 – December 2012
Money matters: Local issues will abound in 2013 General Assembly About the cover: The 2013 session of the General Assembly will convene Jan. 9 in Richmond. Local government issues, many of them tied to the state budget, will be in the spotlight. Photo illustration by Manuel Timbreza. Files: Download VTCDec12_web.pdf (3.16 MB)
Vol. 47 No. 9 – November 2012
VML President Ed Daley, City Manager, Hopewell Also inside: Preventing underground utility damage About the cover: Hopewell City Manager Ed Daley, DPA, Was elected the 94th president of the Virginia Municipal League at VML’s Annual Conference held in Williamsburg Sept. 23-25. Photo by David Parsons. Files: Download VTCNov12_web.pdf (6.4 MB)
Vol. 47 No. 8 – October 2012
Be a part of history in Williamsburg: VML Annual Conference Sept. 23-25, 2012 Files: Download VTCOct12_Web.pdf (4.26 MB)
Vol. 47 No. 7 – September 2012
President’s Award Winner: Abingdon – Free wireless Internet coverage blankets town About the cover: More than 65 entries in six categories were received for judging in the 2012 VML Achievement Awards competition. The winner of this year’s President’s Award is the Town of Abingdon. Files: Download VTCSept12_web.pdf (4.89 MB)