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March 2018 RRRC Newsletter
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Meetings this Month

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

March 20th
Food Council
RRRC Board Room | 5:30pm

March 21st
Packages & Promotions Workshop
Narmada Winery, Amissville | 9am to Noon
Free Registration Required

March 22nd
Rural Transportation Committee
RRRC Board Room | 1:30pm
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RRRC Recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA Member to Focus on Housing and Homelessness Issues in the Region
The Regional Commission is one of six organizations across Virginia partnering with the Virginia Housing Alliance to recruit AmeriCorps VISTA Members to support activities of the Foothills Housing Network and regional homelessness planning and coordination.  The VISTA Member will work out of the Regional Commission offices, but will also share information with her/his colleagues across the state and contribute to statewide efforts to end homelessness. The position provides a monthly living allowance, education or end-of-service stipend, healthcare benefits, training and professional development, and relocation assistance.

A full description of the AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity can be found on the RRRC website, and applications must be submitted via the MyAmeriCorps portal.  
Register Today for Regional Tourism Packages & Promotion Workshop!
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 Registrationhttp://rrtourism.eventbrite.com

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.
Foothills Housing Network Conducts Annual Point-in-Time Count
On January 24th, members of the Foothills Housing Network Local Planning Group and other volunteers conducted the annual Point-In-Time Count.  The count is conducted across the nation once per year and seeks to identify homeless individuals and households in the region, both sheltered and unsheltered.  While the count is a snapshot of the homeless population on one night, trends can be identified when looking at data over a multi-year period.

In the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, the total number of individuals experiencing homelessness decreased from 2011 through 2018, as shown in the table below.  Between 2017 and 2018, total individuals counted in the Point-In-Time County decreased from 160 to 139.  The number of children experiencing homelessness was 48 in 2018, the lowest number between 2011 and 2018.  At the household level, total households experiencing homelessness increased from 72 to 79 between the 2017 and 2018 counts.  Of the total households in 2018, eight were identified as unsheltered, the highest such number since 2011. 
 
The Culpeper Star-Exponent provided this recent report on the Point-In-Time Count in the region. If you have questions about the Point-In-Time Count, please contact Cathy Zielinski at (540) 829-7450.
Registration Open for Solar Planning Workshop: April 13 in Remington
The Regional Commission is partnering with Piedmont Environmental Council for a half-day workshop focused on solar planning best practices, including utility-scale and residential solar projects.  Presenters will discuss lessons learned from solar planning activities in other Virginia localities, statewide policy tools and changes from the recent General Assembly session, and provide information on tools for homeowners and localities considering various aspects of solar energy in the region.

Presentations will include:
  • Overview of Solar in Virginia
  • Solar Regulations and Permitting
  • Legal, Economic, and Tax Considerations for Local Governments
  • Local Planning Case Studies
  • Promoting Residential Solar
  • Transforming Brownfields into Solar Projects
Please contact Michelle Edwards at medwards@rrregion.org of (540) 829-7450 with questions.

 
Date
Friday, April 13th

Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Workshop begins at 9:00 a.m.

Where
American Legion Post 247
11420 James Madison Hwy
Remington, VA 22734
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Registration
Workshop is Free, but registration is required at http://solarplanning.eventbrite.com
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