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General Session: Tremors Within Local Governments

Wednesday, January 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Virginia's San Andreas Fault

The Virginia Constitution and state statutes set out the extent of authority of Virginia counties, cities and towns. Is the local government system working in Virginia or not changing as quickly as society advances, to the detriment of our hometowns?

A panel will delve into the legal challenges and consequences surrounding Virginia's local governments in a program titled "Virginia's San Andreas Fault: Tremors Within Local Governments - The Legal Challenges and Consequences." This plenary session, starting at 2:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, during the 128th Annual Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge, was produced by the VBA's Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance. McCandlish & Lillard, P.C., is sponsoring the program. The VBA has opened this session to news media coverage. Journalists should register at online at

The general session is one of 19 sessions to be presented at the VBA Annual Meeting Jan. 18-20. Attorneys can still register to attend. Learn more at

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During the general session, the panelists will identify and discuss statutory models that address the growing demands on local governments and alleviate the budgetary concerns of state government. These include the statutory creation of the County Board of Supervisors model, planning district commissions, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and other efforts, such as GO Virginia, the Growth Opportunity program.

Innovations from across the nation will be discussed as models for consideration for the growth and well-being of local and state 2018 Annual Meeting General Session welcome by former Gov. Gerald L. Balilesgovernment in Virginia. MCLE Credit Hours: 1.5 (approval pending).

Join us as the Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance, an interdisciplinary think-tank group, presents an examination of this developing trend and emerging topic with an impact on the law and the lives of all Virginians.

2018 Annual Meeting General Session moderator Cynthia HudsonThe panel

Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, a committee member, will open the program and provide an overview. Cynthia Hudson, a member of the VBA Board of Governors and chief deputy attorney general of Virginia, will moderate.

Mike Amyx

2018 Annual Meeting General Session panelist Mike AmyxMike Amyx retired in 2013 as executive director of the Virginia Municipal League after 34 years in the role. Last year, he was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a five-year term on the Commission on Local Government. He has served as a city manager, assistant city manager and on the staff of three state municipal leagues in his 43-year career in local government. Amyx was the first chairman of the Southern Municipal Conference. He also hold a juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Robert C. Bobb

2018 Annual Meeting General Session panelist Robert BobbRobert Bobb is president and CEO of The Robert Bobb Group, LLC, a private/public sector consulting firm. He managed the effort to turn around the financially distressed municipal government of the City of Petersburg. He is a former city manager of Richmond, Virginia; and Oakland and Santa Ana, California and served as the city administrator and deputy mayor for Washington, D.C. In 1993, City & State Magazine (now Governing magazine) named him the Most Valuable Public Official among professional managers of local governments.

Jim Campbell

2018 Annual Meeting General Session panelist Jim CampbellJames D. Campbell is the retired executive director of the Virginia Association of Counties, a role he held from 1990-2016. Before that, he was director of intergovernmental affairs with the Virginia Municipal League. He is a past president of the Virginia Society of Association Executives, the Virginia Alliance for Public Service, the Conference of Southern County Associations and the National Council of County Association Executives. Campbell also served the Virginia Association of County Administrators as vice president and treasurer.

If you aren't yet registered for the VBA 128th Annual Meeting, do so now. And be sure to attend the general session next Friday.

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