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October 2017 RRRC Newsletter
Meetings this Month

October 10th
Foothills Housing Network
RRRC Board Room | 10am

October 11th
Floodplain Management Workshop
Town of Culpeper Community Room
9am to 4pm
*AICP & CFM credits available
*Registration Required

October 25th
Regional Commission
RRRC Board Room | 1pm

October 26th
RRRC Board Room | 10am

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Commission Honors Regional Leaders
The Regional Commission hosted its 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on September 27th at Rock Hill Farm in Culpeper County.  Local elected officials from the region's five counties and eight towns were joined by planning staff members, public, non-profit, and private sector partners in the region to celebrate the work of the past year and look ahead to continuing coordination and collaboration in the future.  The 2017 Regional Distinguished Leadership Awards were presented to Mr. Robert Bradford and Mr. Brian Duncan for their years of service and stewardship to the Rappahannock-Rapidan region. 

Mr. Bradford was selected in acknowledgement of his voluntary service and stewardship of the region’s natural resources.  Mr. Bradford has served as a member of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors since 1996 as an elected representative from Orange County.  His service as Chairman of the District’s Technical Committee includes oversight of technical operations related to flood control dams in the District’s service area, applications for cost-sharing incentive programs supporting Best Management Practices, and policy guidance.  Mr. Bradford is also a past President of the Central Virginia Cattleman’s Association, and is an advocate for innovative solutions for agriculture and natural resource management, including water quality measures, forestland management, and forage management on his farm in Orange County.

Mr. Duncan was selected as an honoree in appreciation for his 25-year service to the Rappahannock-Rapidan region as Executive Director of Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services.  As RRCS Executive Director, Mr. Duncan has overseen the expansion of services for behavioral health, developmental disabilities, mental health, and aging services in the region, as well as progress in providing timely access to treatment, increased residential options, collaborative transportation initiatives, and facility expansion and renovations.  Mr. Duncan’s steady, patient, and analytical leadership style have improved outcomes and opportunities for RRCS as an organization and for the coordination of services within the Rappahannock-Rapidan region.  Mr. Duncan has announced his retirement for February 2018.

Along with the award presentation, Regional Commisson members and meeting attendees heard a presentation from Mr. John Martin on Autonomous Vehicles and impacts of driverless vehicles on transportation systems and how planners and local governments can prepare for such impacts.
AICP and Floodplain Management Credits Available at October 11th Workshop
There is still time to sign up for a FREE, one-day Floodplain Management Workshop on Wednesday, October 11th beginning at 9am hosted by the Regional Commission and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The workshop will be held at the Culpeper Police Department Community Room at 740 Old Brandy Road in Culpeper (Map).  

Lunch will be provided and the workshop is approved for 6 AICP CM credits for planners and 6.5 CECs for Certified Floodplain Managers.  The workshop is also eligible for VAZO and CEM recertification.

To register, please send an email to Michelle Edwards at or call (540) 829-7450.

Topics covered at the workshop will include:
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Overview
  • Flood Ordinances & Permitting
  • Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
  • Accessing and Using Flood Hazard Data
  • Pre- and Post-Disaster Considerations
  • Community Rating System (CRS)
  • Model Ordinance Updates
  • Virginia Flood Risk Information System (VFRIS)
  • Virginia Dam Safety Database
Local Food Promotion Partners Hosting Farmer & Chef Networking Event
The Piedmont Environmental Council, one of the Regional Commission's partners working on the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant, is hosting a networking event on November 6th to connect producers and local restaurants and retailers in support of local food sourcing in the region.  Please register for the free event at
DHCD 2017 Roadshow Coming to Warrenton November 6th
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Development Division will hold an informational meeting at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton on November 6th at 1pm to provide information about the various community development and capacity building programs available through the agency. 

DHCD staff will introduce stakeholders to our programs, provide examples of how communities have used these grant funds and prepare participants for the upcoming grant cycle this winter.   Attendees will learn about Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Virginia Main Street (VMS), the Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF), Building Collaborative Communities (BCC), Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE), Community Business Launch (CBL), and Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA).

DHCD representatives will be available to introduce you to the programs, as well as talk individually about potential projects.

This event is free, but pre-registration is requested.
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