Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission Newsletter
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February 2018 RRRC Newsletter
Meetings this Month

February 13th
Foothills Housing Network
RRRC Board Room | 10am

February 14th
Regional Tourism Committee
RRRC Board Room | 9:30am

February 15th
Land Use & Environment Committee
RRRC Board Room | 10am

February 28th
Regional Commission
RRRC Board Room | 1pm
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RRRC Food Council Welcomes Two New Members
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Food Policy Council welcomed two new members at its January meeting. Amanda Grove now serves as the Education Sector Technical Advisory Member.  Her position as Rappahannock County Schools’ Nutrition Director will provide key insight as the Council begins to assist the region’s schools in enhancing their farm-to-school programs.  Tom Weaver serves as the new Processing and Distribution Technical Advisory Member.  He brings to the Council a wealth of experience as a farmer and owner of Papa Weaver’s Pork.  

The Council acts as an advisory body to the Commission on food system matters and oversees implementation of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Farm and Food Plan, including the Purely Piedmont local food brand and ongoing work with local farmers markets and producers.  Council members include Locality Representatives appointed by each of the five member counties, and Technical Advisory Members appointed by the Council in six food system sectors.

The Council’s next meeting will be held on March 20th at 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the RRRC conference room. While only the appointed members may vote on council matters, meetings are open to the public and non-members are encouraged to participate in discussions.  For additional information, please contact Michelle Edwards at, or visit the Commission’s Food System Webpage at  
Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Workshop Recap
Thank you to all of the participants and speakers who attended the Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Funding Workshop on January 31st!  Over 45 attendees from local governments, service authorities, engineering firms, and public funding agencies learned about various grant and loan opportunities available to expand and maintain critical infrastructure. Presentations are now available at from the following agencies:
  • USDA Rural Development
  • VDH Office of Drinking Water
  • Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP)
The Regional Commission especially thanks staff at James Madison's Montpelier for hosting the workshop at Claude Moore Hall and Draper Aden for providing refreshments.
R-R Regional Tourism Committee Announces Next Workshop on March 21st
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Tourism Committee has announced its next free workshop - Packages & Promotions: Increase Business Through Co-Marketing.

When:  Wednesday, March 21st | 9am to Noon
Where:  Narmada Winery, 43 Narmada Lane, Amissville, VA 20106
Free Registration

Led by the tourism directors from the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, the workshop will offer participants the ability to create effective and successful packages and promotions, including weekend getaways and co-marketing packages, networking opportunities with area businesses, and other valuable resources for capitalizing on the region's wonderful assets.
Regional Farm to School Network Meetings Scheduled
The Virginia Department of Education is hosting a a series of kickoff meetings for its regional Farm to School Network program and invites school nutrition professionals, farmers, distributors, produce company representatives, and anyone interested in Farm to School to attend the first of these meetings on Tuesday, February 13th from 9am to 3pm at the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitors Center.  

The meeting in Warrenton is for the Department of Education's Region 4, which includes the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, Northern Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia.  Topics for the meeting will include:
  • Food safety from farm to school
  • Reading, writing, and responding to solicitations for bids
  • Creative delivery and distribution models
Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.  Details can be found online at
Weldon Cooper Center Releases 2017 County Population Estimates
County population estimates for July 1, 2017 released in late January by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service show year over year growth from 2016 to 2017 in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, and Orange counties, and a decline over the past year in Rappahannock County.  The 2017 estimate for the Rappahannock-Rapidan region is 174,369, representing an approximate increase of 2,629 persons, the largest annual increase in the region's population since the 2010 U.S. Census.

Since the 2010 Census, the estimated population has grown in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange counties, while declining slightly in Madison and Rappahannock counties.  For the region as a whole, just over 60% of the increase in population is due to net migration, or the number of persons moving into the region minus those moving out of the region.  Just under 40% of the increase is due to natural increase, or the number of births minus the number of deaths.

During the years since the 2010 Census, the Rappahannock-Rapidan region (PDC 9) has grown by 5.0%, the sixth-fastest rate among 21 planning districts across Virginia, behind only Northern Virginia (PDC 8 - 11.7%), George Washington (PDC 16 - 9.9%), Thomas Jefferson (PDC 10 - 7.9%), Richmond Regional (PDC 15 - 7.1%), and Northern Shenandoah Valley (PDC 7 - 5.1%).  
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