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2014 Summer Conference Speaker Bios/Presentations
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Topic:  Session II:  Virginia's Economic Trends and Impact on Local Budgets
Speaker:  James J. Regimbal, Jr., Principal, Fiscal Analytics, Ltd.

 Mr. Regimbal has 29 years of experience in state and local budget and tax policy analysis. He served for 12 years on the staff of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee from 1987-1999, where he provided the Committee with expertise in tax policy, economic and revenue forecasting and transportation and finance agency budgets.

In 1999, he co-founded Fiscal Analytics Ltd. where his expertise in state and local budget and tax policy issues have been provided to local governments, business groups, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. His local government clients currently include the Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia Municipal League, and the
Virginia First Cities Coalition.

Mr. Regimbal holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pacific, and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jim has been married for 29 years and has three sons. 

Topic:  Session III:  Economic Development & International Best Practices; Panel Discussion
Speaker:  Mark Gibb, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Topic:  Session III:  Economic Development & International Best Practices; Panel Discussion
Speaker:  Honorable James S. Cheng, Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

As Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Jim Cheng manages the jobs and opportunity agenda for Virginia. In this role, Secretary Cheng oversees thirteen state agencies focused on promoting the growth of Virginia’s vibrant business community and attracting new investment into Virginia’s economy.

Secretary Cheng has over 20 years of experience in information technology and government contracting, and is active in angel investment and early stage entrepreneurial ventures of various types. He was most recently the President of Totus Lighting Solutions, a startup efficient-energy firm, and mentored several emerging companies.

From 1994-2005, Secretary Cheng was founder and CEO of CHM, a government contracting company specializing in Information Technology, which he grew from a staff of 5 people to 550 and $90M in revenue at the time of sale in 2005. In 1999, his company was named Virginia Business Magazine's fastest growing private company in Virginia and #12 fastest growing private US company in Inc Magazine's "Inc 500". In 2001, he was named SE Virginia's KPMG Entrepreneur of the year. From 1981-1994 at ECI, a government IT contracting firm, Secretary Cheng held various management and technical positions, rising to the position of Sr. Vice President of Marketing.
Secretary Cheng is active in the community and has served on the boards of non-profits, state-level and community organizations. He was a board member of the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority from 1999-2007, and is currently a Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at UVA, and a member of the ODU Education Foundation Board. Secretary Cheng holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Long-time residents of Virginia Beach, Jim and his wife, Jeanette, moved to Northern Virginia in the late 1990's, where they reside.  

Topic:  Session III:  Transforming International Partnerships at the Sub-National Level
Speaker:  Dale Medearis, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Topic:  Session III:  Spatial Planning and Water
Speaker:  Suzan van Kruchten, M.Sc., North Holland Province, Embassy of the Netherlands

Suzan van Kruchten, M.Sc. in Public Administration, specialized in decision-making and management on complex spatial planning projects. Since 2010, Suzan works for the province North-Holland as a policy advisor on water-related issues. The province North-Holland is a regional government in the Netherlands, responsible for tasks concerning housing, spatial planning, economics, agriculture, recreation and the environment. The province has its own governing council.

This summer, Suzan is studying possible applications for local climate-related adaptation policies and strategies for the Northern Virginia region and seeking opportunities for formalizing a relationship between Virginia and the Netherlands.  This project is in cooperation with the Royal Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

Before working as a policy advisor, Suzan studied climate change adaptation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California and organized the event ‘a new alliance; climate change adaptation where Californian and Dutch professionals and researchers met and exchanged knowledge and expertise.  

Topic:  State of Public Transportation in Hampton Roads
Speaker:  Ray Amoruso, HRT's Chief Planning & Development Officer

Topic:  Keynote Speaker, The Political Landscape of the Commonwealth
Speaker:  Robert Holsworth, Managing Partner, DecideSmart 

Topic:  Session IV:  DHCD Update
Speaker:  Bill Shelton, Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Bill Shelton currently serves as Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and is responsible for the management and policy oversight of the agency, which provides community development and housing program support to communities across the Commonwealth. The Department also administers statewide building codes. Bill works closely with the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and with the Governor to advise on community development, economic development, affordable housing, and state uniform building code issues.

Bill is an ex-officio member of the Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Housing Development Authority and serves on the board of Virginia Community Capital, Inc., the Commonwealth’s community development bank. Bill also serves as the Governor's state alternate for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

A native Virginian, born in Amherst County and raised in the Charlottesville area, Bill was educated at Washington and Lee University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics, and at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.

Topic:  Session V:  Virginia's JLARC Study on Regionalism
Speaker:  Mark Gribbin, Senior Staff member, Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission (JLARC)

Mark is a senior analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) of the Virginia General Assembly. Prior to arriving at JLARC, he served as an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Over the course of his State and federal career, Mark has examined public policy issues spanning numerous areas of government, including technology, transportation, taxation, employee compensation, education, planning, and defense. He is currently assigned to JLARC’s review of State incentives for regional collaboration and provides ongoing oversight of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. He holds a B.A. in History and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Topic:  Professional Development Workshop-Managing Contentious Public Meetings
Speakers:  William C. Bosher and Lane Ramsey, Managing Partners, Decide Smart