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 Join VAPDC for the Training Conference
October 4, 2012
Virginia Department of Forestry Headquarters
Fontaine Research Park
900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

This inaugural event designed for PDC staff will target hot topics and issues pertinent to PDCs and their programs. In addition this meeting will provide PDC staff with an opportunity to network with fellow staff members and share best practices on a variety of topics. The group will come together at 10 am on October 4th for a general session focused on Communications. Participants will learn about low-cost/high-impact communications ideas and should be prepared to share their communications ideas, successes, and issues with the rest of the group. Following lunch, the Conference will hold concurrent breakout sessions highlighting Environmental, Transportation, and Telecommunications. The group will come back together at the end of the day to wrap up, discuss lessons learned and explore topics for future Training Conferences. Registration cost of $25, includes lunch, beverages, snacks, and conference materials.

Training Conference Schedule

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome, Introductions, Overview
10:15 - 11:30 General Session:  Keynote Speaker-Lt. Craig Luecke, Communications Overview
11:30 - 12:30 General Session:  Lunch/Networking/VDMME Presentation
12:30 - 2:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions:  Environmental, Transportation, Telecommunications
2:30 - 3:00 General Session:  Wrap Up, Lessons Learned, Looking to the Future

Online registration is not available for this event.  Please download and complete Registration Form.  Return by mail to (VAPDC, 1712C Jefferson Avenue, #250, Newport News, VA 23606) or email to (  


Lt. Craig Luecke has an interesting job these day. He’s planning for an event that will happen in three years -- the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax. The games are the second largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics. Previous host cities/countries have included Barcelona, Vancouver, New York, Northern Ireland and Australia. Public safety athletes from 70 countries will participate in 69 events in and around Fairfax County. Craig will share with us some of the marketing, media, social media, event planning and logistics of the games so far.
          Presentation:  Fairfax 2015

After Lt. Luecke, Kevin Byrd, Executive Director of New River Valley PDC, will present how New River Valley PDC became involved in social media.

Next we'll look at PDC communications tactics and techniques from around the Commonwealth. Joe Turner, Communications Manager, at the Hampton Roads PDC, will invite PDC staffers from contributing PDCs to comment and share their experiences.
           Presentation:  Current PDC Communication Methods around the Commonwealth

We'll wrap up this session with a brief overview from Division of Geology and Mineral Resources (DGMR).
Aaron Cross, Geologist with DGMR
David Spears,
State Geologist
          Presentation:  DGMR


The Environmental Session will have two areas of interest in a roundtable discussion:

  • Stormwater Regulations - Approaches & issues that all our regions are facing.
  • Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) II Lessons Learned - Looking to the future for additional ideas on joint projects such as the WIP II program.


Robert Hofrichter, Assitant Administrator, VDOT Transportation and Mobility Planning Division
          Presentation: Transportation Plan and Program Coordination Chapter 729 of the 2012 Acts of Assembly
Understanding the New Transportation Coordination Requirement for Local Comprehensive Plans: The presentation will provide state perspectives on the new requirement that the transportation element of local comprehensive plans be coordinated with the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s long range transportation plan, adopted six-year improvement programs and corridor location and design decisions. The new law provides financial penalties to localities and regions when conformance of local and regional plans with those of the CTB does not occur.

John Simkins, Planning and Environment Team Leader for the Virginia Division of the FHWA
Ed Sundra,
Director of Program Development for the Virginia Division of the FHWA
          Presentation: MAP-21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
Overview of the new Federal Transportation Authorization-Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21): On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 represents a milestone for the U.S. economy – it provides needed funds and, more importantly, it transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure. The presentation will provide an overview of MAP-21 and aspects that will effect transportation planning in the Commonwealth. 


          Handout: Broadband Fact Sheet

High speed internet access can be transformative to a local economy. The availability of broadband internet service in a community opens new doors for better public service and safety, commerce, education and healthcare. Throughout Virginia communities have struggled to gain access in rural and remote areas due to population density, topography and current market demand. This session will provide insight to the challenges and opportunities localities and regions have faced in connecting communities through high speed internet service. Attendees will hear about the following: national and state directions in assuring complete coverage and tools to get there, local stories of deploying a middle mile network in a rural distressed community, and regional efforts to manage a broadband network.

The takeaway lessons for session attendees will be to identify gaps in coverage areas (from State maps) and learn the tools available to help localities achieve the Commonwealth goals for telecommunications connectivity. This session will raise awareness of telecommunications from examples in 4 PDC regions, overview various service technologies (fiber optics, wireless, etc.), and exemplify strategies for partnering between localities, services providers, and PDCs. Funding opportunities will also be discussed to provide PDCs with resources.

Panelist Projects

Neeta Bidwai, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Mark Warner: Commonwealth's Telecommunications Mission and Goals

Karen Jackson, Vice President, Center for Innovative Technology, Governor's Office: Telecommunications Technology and Tools to Get There
          Handouts:  Veterans HealthPolicy Considerations for Telecommunications Deployment Digital Economy Analytics Online PlatformBroadband Mapping

Martha Shickle, Northern Shenandoah Valley RC: NSVRC and Page County Broadband Project
          Presentation:  Page County Broadband Authority
The Page County Broadband Authority is constructing a middle-mile broadband network in Page County, VA that will connect 25 community anchor institutions and support health care, education, jobs, economic development and quality of life applications for a rural population. The project includes deployment of hard fiber and microwave installations and will link the four (4) communities in Page County with high speed broadband connectivity. Funds for the project were awarded through the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in 2010. The project is slated to be complete in early-2013.

Jerry Davis, Northern Neck PDC: Northern Neck Broadband Authority & PDC Project
          Presentation: The Northern Neck Broadband Authority
The Northern Neck PDC and its localities have focused on improving telecommunications and high speed internet access on a regional basis working closely and in partnership with the region's private service providers. These efforts have progressed from regional broadband planning to design and engineering. Recently, the NNPDC and the Northern Neck Broadband Authority completed a pilot project in cooperation with several private partners that tested deployment of the most advanced broadband wireless licensed frequencies and associated equipment. Currently, the NNPDC and NNBA is assisting one of the region's existing wireless service providers, who utilize an unlicensed frequency, to transition over to the licensed frequency.

Larry Carr, Cumberland Plateau PDC: Cumberland Plateau and VCC Project
          Presentation: A New Communications Deployment
Cumberland Plateau PDC has been involved in deploying a redundant fiber optic broadband network since 2004. At the present time they have approximately 405 miles of fiber and 530 industrial commercial customers. The Cumberland Plateau broadband project recently combined forces with the LENOWISCO PDC through a joint initiative known as the Virginia Coalfield Coalition (VCC) to advance a 4G LTE wireless deployment throughout the seven county footprint of the VCC. Future plans for this initiative will include a study to improve connectivity in mountainous or remote areas where existing traditional wireless technologies are difficult to deploy due to economic and market conditions.

Skip Skinner, LENOWISCO PDC: LENOWISCO Project and Master Plan
          Presentation:  Broadband in LENOWISCO
In December of 2001, the LENOWISCO Board of Directors gave permission to the staff to pursue planning and implementation funding for a major infrastructure initiative for the district to install fiber-optic lines to support broadband communication between the communities of the District and beyond to the commodity Internet. This state of the art system uses the Ethernet protocol developed for local area networks and supports gig-Ethernet speeds. A Master Technology Plan was adopted to guide the initial development. When fully implemented, this effort will drastically change the economic and community development opportunities for the region.