Plan to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for the 2020 LGA Spring Conference on April 23-25, at the new Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg! Enjoy the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the patio at Cross Keys Vineyards for the Opening Night Party, or from horseback on a trail ride Friday afternoon – unless the brewery tour or a hike/bike experience is more to your liking.

We’re planning educational and entertaining sessions for you, including the perennial favorite Legislative Update (what will come out of this year’s General Assembly?!), as well as sessions on such timely topics as Elections and Redistricting, Homelessness, and a lightning round of Hot Topics which will include a bevy of new legal issues confronting local government attorneys. Other sessions will cover real estate, social services, Treasurer’s collections, and stormwater topics.

Come to Harrisonburg, known as the Friendly City, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the engaging sessions, and the excellent social events. 

Tara A. McGee, Chair, LGA Conference Committee

Important Documents
Conference Schedule
Online Registration Link Available NOW! SPEAKERS - Contact Amy Sales to register.
Attendee Registration Form (if you mail a check, PLEASE NOTE NEW MAILING ADDRESS): Available NOW!
Guest Registration Form (if you mail a check, PLEASE NOTE NEW MAILING ADDRESS): Available NOW!
Law Student and Fellows Scholarship Applications
Payment & Cancellation Policy 
Education Materials Link: Available 4/14/2020
Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Amy Sales at [email protected]

Lodging & Parking Information As of 2/24/2020 the LGA Room Block is FULL. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Amy Sales and list your arrival and departure dates. If your organization booked more rooms than needed, please contact Amy Sales, so your room can be transferred to the next person on the waitlist. 


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (as of February 13, 2020)

THURSDAY, April 23

General Session - 1 to 3 p.m.

2020 Legislative Session Ends: Time to Head for the Hills.
Moderator: Jim Benkahla, County of Augusta
Speakers: Phyllis Errico, Virginia Association of Counties; Michelle Gowdy, Virginia Municipal League; and Jeff Gore, Hefty, Wiley & Gore, P.C..

Concurrent Sessions - 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Successful Strategies for Avoiding and Resolving Real Property and Title Issues.
Moderator: Erin Swisshelm, County of Frederick
Speakers: Jim Windsor, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.; Vivian Seay Giles, Sands Anderson; and Steve Blatt, Town of Shenandoah.

Homelessness Challenges for Localities and Residents.
Moderator: Chris Brown, City of Harrisonburg
Speakers: Andy Friedman, Virginia Beach Housing Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation; and Andrew Gore, City of Richmond.

YLGA Reception Event Information: Coming soon!
Opening Night Party: CrossKeys Vineyards (offsite). Transportation TBD.

FRIDAY, April 24

General Session - 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Hot Topics in Lightning Round Sessions.
Moderator: Jon Puvak, Gentry Locke
Speakers: Jason Ham, County of Shenandoah; Melisa Michelsen, City of Waynesboro; Paul Klockenbrink, Gentry Locke; Larry Spencer, Town of Blacksburg; and Tim Oksman, Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.

Concurrent Sessions - 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Smoke Filled Rooms: Dealing with Vape Shops and Gaming Parlors.
Moderator: Olaun Simmons, Town of Culpeper & Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.
Speakers: Eric Heyer, Thompson Hine, LLP; and Adam Melita, City of Norfolk.

Foster Care Prevention $$$: The New Federal Family First Prevention Services Act 
Moderator: Kim Gutterman, County of Rockingham
Speakers: Kristin Zagar, Virginia Department of Social Services DSS, Division of Family Services; and Christianna Cunningham, City of Virginia Beach.

Friday Afternoon Activities: Coming Soon!
Friday Evening Reception and Awards Banquet: On Site

SATURDAY, April 25

General Session - 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Election Law 101: Gearing up for 2021 Redistricting and the Basics of Electoral Board Representation.
Moderator: John Blair, City of Charlottesville
Speakers: Walter Erwin, City of Lynchburg; Jeff Mincks, County of Chesterfield; and Steven Piepgrass, Troutman Sanders LLP.

Concurrent Sessions - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stormwater Enforcement Trends at the Federal, State, and Neighborhood Level.
Moderator: Peter Lubeck, County of Roanoke
Speakers: Chris Pomeroy, Aqualaw PLC; Tom Tokarz, County of Henrico; and Andrea Wortzel, Troutman Sanders LLP.

"Collect"ing Legal Issues with Treasurers.
Moderator: Erin Swisshelm, County of Frederick
Speakers: Kevin Appel, Treasurers’ Association of Virginia; John Rife, Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C.; and Andrew Newby, County of Henrico.