RRRC August 2019 Newsletter
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August 13th
Foothills Housing Network
RRRC Board Room | 1:00 pm

August 15th
Land Use & Environment Committee
RRRC Board Room | 10:00 am

August 28th
Regional Commission
RRRC Board Room | 1:00 pm

September 8th
Flavor of the Piedmont Farm-to-Table Showcase & Public Tasting
The Barn at Lord Fairfax CC
Vendor/Buyer Showcase | 3:00 pm
Public Tasting | 4:00 pm

September 26th
RRRC Annual Meeting
Prince Michel Winery, Madison | 5:00 pm
Registration and Ticket Details
Registration Now Open for the 2019 RRRC Annual Meeting -- September 26th
Members and staff of the Regional Commission ask that you please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 26th for the Regional Commission's 2019 Annual Meeting.  This year's event will be yet another opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues across the Rappahannock-Rapidan region and beyond!

Registration is now open for this year's event that will be held at Prince Michel Winery just off of Route 29 in Madison County.

Details on the keynote speaker will be finalized and shared later this month and the Regional Commission will also present the 2019 Regional Distinguished Leadership Awards recognizing the contributions of citizen and government stewards of the region, along with the release of RRRC's Annual Report.

We look forward to seeing you on September 26th!
2019 RRRC Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

Thursday, September 26th

5:00 pm: Registration, Networking, Heavy Hors D'oeuvres, Cash Bar
6:15 pm: Welcoming Remarks & Keynote Address
7:00 pm: Presentation of 2019 RRRC Leadership Awards

Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery 'Barrel Cave'
154 Winery Lane
Leon, VA 22725

$25 prior to September 20th; $35 thereafter

Register Online (processing fees apply)
To pay by cash/check, please call (540) 829-7450
Flavor of the Piedmont Farm-to-Table Events

Co-hosted by the Piedmont Environmental Council and RRRC, the Flavor of the Piedmont Farm-to-Table Showcase and Public Tasting events will celebrate locally produced foods and beverages on Sunday, September 8th at the Barn at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton!  Tickets are available for local food producers and vendors, as well as for members of the public to sample local foods, beverages and family activities!

Farm-to-Table Showcase
Sunday, September 8 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | Tickets & More Info

Local food producers and buyers are invited to network and build new purchasing relationships! Vendor tables will be provided for local farmers, value-added producers and specialty beverage makers to provide food samples and information about their products.

Buyers—ranging from restaurant chefs to wholesale and institutional buyers—will have the opportunity to meet producers and learn what local products are available.

Farm-to-Table Public Tasting
Sunday, September 8 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | $5-$10 | Tickets & More Info

Once the exclusive buyer-producer networking event ends at 4pm, the room is open to the public for some free sampling and purchasing of locally-grown food and beverages.

We’ll also have a number of family-friendly activities!

VTrans Workshop Scheduled for August 22nd in Culpeper

The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) is hosting a VTrans Regional Workshop on Thursday, August 22nd from 9:30am to 2:00pm at Germanna Community College in Culpeper.  Staff and representatives from local governments, transit providers, transportation demand management (TDM) agencies and public transportation entities are encouraged to attend.  RSVPs are requested by OIPI.

VTrans is Virginia's multimodal transportation plan developed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) every four years. VTrans lays out the overarching Vision and Goals for transportation in the Commonwealth, identifies transportation investment priorities, and provides direction on implementation strategies and programs to the CTB and to transportation agencies such as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), as well as regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

The purpose of the workshop is for OIPI to share and discuss data trends and performance measures that will be used to identify needs for Corridors of Statewide Significance, Regional Networks and Safety issues.  These needs have direct applicability to project eligibility for the Smart Scale transportation funding program.  Participants in the workshop can enhance this effort by providing feeds on performance measure thresholds that best address the underlying VTrans Goals and Objectives and by sharing local/regional knowledge to identify issues that may not be fully captured or accurately represented by data alone.

In the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, Interstate 66, U.S. Route 29 and U.S. Route 17 between I-66 and Stafford County are identified as Corridors of Statewide Significance.  As of the last round of Smart Scale, there were no Regional Networks within the region, although the Regional Commission has supported broadening the definition of regional networks to increase project eligibility within the region.

Be on the Lookout for Commuter Services Vanpool Wrap
RRRC Commuter Services recently worked with a regional vanpool operator to promote vanpooling and encourage commuters within and outside the region to connect with ridesharing opportunities with a Vanpool wrap.  The wrap puts RRRC Commuter Services information 'on the road' and in front of commuters that may benefit from the cost and time savings associated with ridesharing.

RRRC Commuter Services can be reached at (540) 829-7451 or (540) 829-7450 and is online at  The project was supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and in cooperation with Vanpool!VA.
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