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7/19/2017 to 7/20/2017
When: July 19-20, 2017
Where: Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 E. Main Street
Norfolk, Virginia  23510
United States

Online registration is available until: 6/29/2018
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2017 VAPDC Summer Conference & Annual Meeting

Creating Opportunities through Regional Collaboration

Wednesday-Thursday | July 19-20, 2017

We’re in VIBRANT DOWNTOWN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA for the 2017 VAPDC Summer Conference at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott! The program committee has a great event planned as this year’s conference explores Creating Opportunities through Regional Collaboration.

>> Slideshow via Flickr <<


>> Letter from Senator Mark Warner <<

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Conference Opening/Welcome/Lunch
>> Keynote Speaker --John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority <<

Session II: Perspectives on Broadband in the Commonwealth
>> Wayne Strickland, Executive Director, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany RC <<

>> Toni Stubbs, Vice President of Technology & Engineering, Cox Communications <<

Session III: The Future of Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles
John Martin, CEO and Managing Partner, The Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc. (SIR)
>> SIR's Autonomous Vehicle Report <<
>> SIR's VTrans2040 Autonomous Vehicle Report <<
>> Commonwealth Transportation Board's Resolution for Testing Connected Vehicles <<

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Session IV: Public Health: Dealing with the Opioid Epidemic in Virginia

>> Tim Coyne, Public Defender, City of Winchester <<

Session V: Federal & State Perspectives
>> Joe McKinney, President, National Association of Development Organizations <<

Session VI: Lighting Round Show & Tell -- Innovations in PDCs/RCs

>> Attendee List <<

>> Agenda <<

>> Speaker Bios <<

>> Directions & Parking <<

>>  Explore Norfolk/Downtown Dining <<

Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 E Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Refined luxury and stylish comfort come together brilliantly at Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Perched in the heart of the city's charming downtown historic district, the hotel is conveniently connected to Waterside Convention Center, also just moments from the USS Wisconsin and cruises on the Spirit of Norfolk. Stretch out in your well-appointed room or suite, which offers river views, plush bedding and premium bath amenities. Challenge yourself with a workout in the hotel's state-of-the-art gym or enjoy a swim in the heated indoor pool. Located on the Elizabeth River, the hotel is just a short distance from the beach, as well as Norfolk Naval Base. It is also convenient to Town Point Park, Granby Street and much more.

Take I-64 Southeast across and through Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel into Norfolk and then take exit 277A (Tidewater Dr S). Merge onto Tidewater Dr, follow signs for Waterside Dr and merge onto it. Turn right onto Atlantic and first left onto E Main Street.

To receive the VAPDC Summer Conference rate ($159.00 per night + applicable taxes and fees) call 1-757-627-4200 by Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Accommodation reservations may be made online by clicking on the link below: 

Summer Conference Fees
Full Conference Registration- $350 (Includes all Conference Sessions, Breaks, Wednesday Lunch and Dinner Reception, and Thursday Lunch and Reception.)

Ala carte Registration Choices are intended for Spouses of Full Registration Attendees. If registering for the full conference the events below are included in the Full Registration price.

Wednesday Lunch - $50
Wednesday Dinner Reception Onboard the Battleship Wisconsin - $80
Thursday Lunch - $50
Thursday Evening Reception - $40
Full Conference for Spouse - $250

Conference Registration Details and Cancellation Policy

  • Online conference registration will close at 5 pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017. A limited number of onsite registrations can be taken at the Conference registration desk; however participants are encouraged to register in advance to ensure participation.
  • No cancellations will be accepted after July 13, 2017.
  • There will be a $25 fee assessed on cancellations prior to July 13, 2017 and no refunds after July 13, 2017.

Wednesday Night Dinner Reception Onboard the Battleship Wisconsin

Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 30th state. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1941 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on December 7, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Walter S. Goodland, and commissioned on April 16, 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command. After her trials and initial training in the Chesapeake Bay, Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, on July 7, 1944, bound for the British West Indies. Following her shakedown, conducted out of Trinidad, the third Iowa-class battleship to join the Fleet returned to her builder’s yard for post-shakedown repairs and alterations.

Battleship Wisconsin Chronology

  • January 25, 1941 – Keel Laid Down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
  • December 7, 1943 – Launched
  • April 16, 1944 – Commissioned
  • July 1, 1948 – Decommissioned
  • March 3, 1951 – Recommissioned for Korean War Service
  • March 8, 1958 – Decommissioned
  • October 22, 1988 – Recommissioned as part of President Reagan’s 600 Ship Navy
  • September 30, 1991 – Decommissioned
  • February 12, 1998 – Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve
  • December 7, 2000 – Battleship Wisconsin Moved to Nauticus Berthing